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Mary Willard, Comedy Playwright & Wife Of Fred Willard, Dead At 71

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Mary Willard, playwright, TV writer and wife of four-time Emmy nominee Fred Willard, has died at the age of 71.

Willard died on July 13, but news of her death was recently made public.

Champion is the one word that comes to mind when remembering Mary Willard and she wasn’t just Fred Willard’s best cheerleader, but she also mentored and nurtured a number of creative comedic writers and actors through the Willards’ Los Angeles-based comedy sketch group The Mohos over the last two-plus decades (which anecdotally I was a part of some years ago).

‘Let’s put on a show’ was an unofficial mantra, and within less than two-weeks time, the troupe would pull wigs out of the closet and brush up pages for performances at the Io West and The Bang Theater and even as far as the Inland Empire. Those trying out sketches at Mohos had the opportunity
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Alan Thicke’s Boldest Alt-Comedy Moments: Watch Him on ‘Tim and Eric’ and More

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Last night, actor Alan Thicke, best known as patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver on the ABC family sitcom “Growing Pains,” died of a heart attack. He was 69 years old.

Read More: Gene Wilder, Star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein,’ Dies at 83

Besides playing one of America’s most beloved TV dads, Thicke was a presence on many alt-comedy shows on Adult Swim, often making self-deprecating, strange cameo appearances. In one episode of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” Thicke advertised “The Cinco Napple,” an apple with a sleeping aid.

He made an appearance on “The Eric Andre Show” where he and David Alan Grier closed out the show with a goofy, upbeat song.

Thicke also appeared in the final episode of the short-lived series “The Jack and Triumph Show,” starring Jack Brayer (“30 Rock”) and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

Finally, Thicke even made a guest appearance on a first season episode of “Scream Queens,
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'Growing Pains' Star Alan Thicke Dead at 69

'Growing Pains' Star Alan Thicke Dead at 69
Alan Thicke, the actor, talk show host and composer known for his turn as the Seaver family patriarch on the sitcom Growing Pains, died of a heart attack Tuesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69.

Thicke reportedly suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with one of his sons. He was taken to a Los Angeles area hospital where he was pronounced dead. He is survived by his wife Tanya and sons Brennan, Carter and the pop star Robin Thicke.

Growing Pains ran for seven seasons on ABC between
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Exclusive: Norman Lear Interviewed By Cinema Retro's Eddy Friedfeld

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Norman Lear- Just Another Version of You

By Eddy Friedeld

The first two people in my life who taught me to think deeply about social and political issues and argue cogently and passionately for what I believed in were my late father David and Norman Lear.

Lear, the 94-year-old entertainment icon is the subject of a terrific American Masters documentary: Norman Lear- Just Another Version of You, which premieres nationwide Tuesday, October 25, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS.

Speaking from his home in Los Angeles about both the documentary and his masterful 2014 autobiography, Even This I Get to Experience, he still has an energy level that would put people a quarter of his age to shame.

“People think when you’re over 90 you’ve changed. It’s everyone else who’s changed. Suddenly I’m extremely wise,” Lear says. Charming and reflective, he explains why he wears the
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Season premiere review: 'Community' - 'Ladders/Lawnmower Maintenance'

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Season premiere review: 'Community' - 'Ladders/Lawnmower Maintenance'
"Community" is back for an improbable sixth season, now on Yahoo Screen, and I have a review of the season's first two episodes(*) coming up just as soon as the score in my head changes from Trent Reznor to Johnny Cash doing Trent Reznor... (*) Note: the rough cut versions that critics saw of both episodes were deliberately missing the end credits tag on the first episode, so if Donald Glover or Chevy Chase or someone else made a surprise appearance in it, I won't know until I wake up on Tuesday and check it out on Yahoo. "Community" at the start of season 6 has lost its original network, three of its original castmembers, plus several notable recurring players. (John Oliver and Jonathan Banks are otherwise occupied at the moment, and even the actor who plays Fat Neil is off scaring your parents about the internet on "CSI: Cyber.") It's certainly
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Martin Mull is back on TV with Fox’s controversial “Dads”

With nearly 40 years of TV experience behind him, you might wonder if Martin Mull would still get excited about a new project. For every successful run he’s had — your Fernwood Tonight, Roseanne — he’s had other here-and-gone experiences (Domestic Life, His & Hers), enough that he could be forgiven for being ambivalent about the whole scene. But in talking with the 70-year-old actor about Dads, his new sitcom that debuts tonight on Fox, he sounds as upbeat and enthusiastic as a fresh-faced actor getting his first big break of pilot season. Dads centers around Warner and Eli (Giovanni [...]

The post Martin Mull is back on TV with Fox’s controversial “Dads” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine.
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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Weekend

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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Weekend
On TV this weekend: The Fall Classic continues, Good Wife brings back a bad guy, Dexter has a crisis of faith, and… did someone order Robot Chicken? Here are 19 programs to keep on your radar.

Saturday, October 22

5 pm House of Bones (Syfy) | In case this week’s Supernatural got you jonesing for more Charisma Carpenter, here she is in a 2009 TV-movie about two “ghost hunter” types (her and Corin Nemec) who get more than they bargained for.

7:30 College Football (NBC) | Notre Dame hosts USC. Ausiello, you’ll be watching this, right?

8 pm World Series Game 3 (Fox) | With the series
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Character Actor Kenneth Mars Dead At 75

One of the greatest character actors, Kenneth Mars, has sadly passed away according to the Associated Press.

Kenneth Mars, a Mel Brooks collaborator who played a Hitler-worshipping playwright in “The Producers” and an earnest police inspector with a malfunctioning artificial arm in “Young Frankenstein,” has died. He was 75. In a statement Monday, Mars family said the actor died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Grenada Hills.

In Brooks’ 1968 romp “The Producers,” Mars co-starred as Franz Liebkind, a Nazi enthusiast whose play, “Springtime for Hitler,” is the basis for a scheme by two conniving showmen (Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder) to bilk investors by putting on a surefire Broadway flop.

Brooks cast Mars again in 1974′s “Young Frankenstein” as the constable poking around the castle grounds on the trail of mad scientist Wilder’s monster.

In both films, the Chicago-born Mars demonstrated his talent for vocal farce, lending over-the-top German accents to the characters.
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Jay Leno Joins The Pantheon Of Spectacular Talk Show Flameouts

After a few days of speculation, the news is now official: NBC confirmed that Jay Leno will be leaving his 10 o'clock time slot and returning to late-night. The last prime-time episode of "The Jay Leno Show" will air on February 12. There is currently no word on how the shake-up will effect Conan O'Brien (the host of "The Tonight Show," which airs in the 11:30 slot that Leno will be once-again assuming) or Jimmy Fallon (whose show airs after Conan's).

Though Leno ruled late night for years as the host of "The Tonight Show," he did not enjoy the same dominance when his new show launched back in September 2009. Though the show started strong, the ratings quickly bottomed out. The low numbers upset local affiliates, whose 11 p.m. newscasts were tanking because the lead-in audience was so low.

"The Jay Leno Show" joins an elite club of spectacular talk show disasters.
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Fred Willard Interview Exclusive

Fred Willard radiates a unique charm that has established him as one of the industry’s most gifted comic actors, first coming to prominence as ambitious but dimwitted sidekick Jerry Hubbard to Martin Mull’s smarmy talk-show host Barth Gimble in the devastating satirical series “Fernwood 2 Night” (1977). A master of sketch comedy, he is most heralded for his quick wit and improvisational expertise. His over 70 appearances in sketches on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” are indicative of his ability to transform any character into a unique comic portrayal. Fred recently completed a sold-out run of his one-man show, “Fred Willard: Alone At Last!” (with a cast of [...]
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