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ABC Promos Go 1970s Retro In Honor of ‘Live In Front of a Studio Audience’ (Watch)

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ABC’s harkening back to the days when it was “Still the One!” in a new slate of retro promos scheduled to air during Wednesday’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience.”

In honor of the Norman Lear/Jimmy Kimmel special, which is re-creating 1975 episodes of “All in the Family” and “Good Times” with modern casts, ABC promos that evening will use throwback voiceovers, graphics and title treatments inspired by the Alphabet network’s actual on-air campaigns from that era.

ABC Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios marketing president Shannon Ryan said the idea came out of a conversation with Kimmel. “We hatched an idea to ‘retro-fit’ — get it? — all of our promos so that when viewers turn on ABC on Wednesday, it will appear as if they’re stepping back in time,” she said. “The graphics package, the logo, the voiceover, the music and the copy will all look
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‘Blue Bloods’ Pays Tribute To Ep Leonard Goldberg With End-Of-Show Card

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‘Blue Bloods’ Pays Tribute To Ep Leonard Goldberg With End-Of-Show Card
Blue Bloods executive producer Leonard Goldberg was saluted tonight with an end card tribute at the conclusion of the show.

The card came up following the cast’s traditional dinner table scene, with this particular version sporting a “Merry Christmas” theme all around. The happy moment then faded to black and the Goldberg end card: “In loving memory of our founder and mentor Leonard Goldberg.” It was followed by the episode’s end credits, the first of which was for Goldberg as the series’ executive producer.

Goldberg was a main driver behind Blue Bloods. He came up with the general idea for the cop drama, he suggested Tom Selleck for the lead and he is credited with making the family dinner an end-of-episode staple.

Goldberg, a former president of 20th Century Fox and head of programming at ABC, died Wednesday at 85.from injuries resulting from a fall, his publicist told Deadline.
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Leonard Goldberg, Former 20th Century Fox President, Dies at 85

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Leonard Goldberg, Former 20th Century Fox President, Dies at 85
Leonard Goldberg, the TV executive and producer who previously served as president of 20th Century Fox, died on Thursday at the age of 85.

He died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center from injuries resulting from a fall, according to a spokesperson. He was surrounded by his family.

Goldberg served as president of 20th Century Fox for two years beginning in 1987. Under his leadership, the studio produced such notable films as “Broadcast News,” “Big,” “Die Hard,” “Wall Street,” and “Working Girl.” Under his own banner, Goldberg also served as producer on projects including “WarGames,” “Sleeping With The Enemy,” “Double Jeopardy,” and “Charlie’s Angels.”

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Goldberg began his career in the research department at ABC, eventually working his way up to head of programming. In that position, Goldberg oversaw the launch of shows like “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game,” and “Dark Shadows,” and is credited with pioneering the made-for-tv movie format.
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Leonard Goldberg, Former 20th Century Fox President and ABC Head of Programming, Dies at 85

  • Variety
Leonard Goldberg, Former 20th Century Fox President and ABC Head of Programming, Dies at 85
Film and television executive and producer Leonard Goldberg passed away on Wednesday due to injuries sustained during a fall. He was 85. He died surrounded by his family.

Goldberg most recently served as an executive producer on the popular CBS drama series “Blue Bloods,” which is in its tenth season. He was formerly the president of 20th Century Fox, during which time the studio produced hit films like “Broadcast News,” “Die Hard,” “Wall Street,” “Big,” and “Working Girl.” Goldberg also executive produced a number of films under his own production banner, including “WarGames,” “Charlie’s Angels,” and “Sleeping With the Enemy.”

He was also formerly the head of programming at ABC, during which time he helped pioneer the made-for-television movie format. Hit shows like “Mod Squad,” “That Girl,” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.” all came during his time at the network. As the producing partner of Aaron Spelling, Goldberg also worked on hit shows like “Charlie’s Angels,
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John Clarke, Beloved Days of Our Lives Star, Dead at 88

Actor John Clarke has died.

The beloved Days of Our Loves actor was 88.

He passed away on October 16 due to complications with pneumonia, Deadline reports.

The actor suffered from a stroke in 2007, and his health had been deteriorating over the past few years.

Clarke first debuted on Days of Our Loves back in 1965 and stayed with the soap all the way to 2004 -- a 39-year role.

He played Mickey Horton on the hit daytime soap and was part of some of the biggest storylines in the history of the series.

Before his popular role on the soap, he appeared on ABC crime solver The New Breed from 1961-62.

He was also well-known for his appearances on Death Valley Days, Hart to Hart, Dr. Quinn, The Twilight Zone, and many other TV series.

Clarke also starred in several movies throughout his turn in the spotlight, appearing in the likes of It's a Mad,
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Days of Our Lives Actor John Clarke, Who Played Mickey Horton, Dead at 88

Days of Our Lives Actor John Clarke, Who Played Mickey Horton, Dead at 88
Actor John Clarke, best known for his many years as Days of Our Lives‘ Mickey Horton, has died at the age of 88. He passed away on Oct. 16 due to complications from pneumonia, per our sister site Deadline.

Prior to Days of Our Lives, Clarke’s TV credits included episodes of The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke and The Fugitive, among other series. But on Days‘ debut episode in 1965, he originated the role of lawyer Mickey Horton, whom he went on to play for 39 years. He left the soap opera in February 2004, having appeared as Mickey in more than 3,500 episodes.

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John Clarke, ‘Days of Our Lives’ Star and Lifetime Achievement Emmy Winner, Dies at 88

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John Clarke, ‘Days of Our Lives’ Star and Lifetime Achievement Emmy Winner, Dies at 88
John Clarke, a longtime star of the NBC soap “Days of Our Lives” who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement daytime Emmy in 2005, died Oct. 16 from complications stemming from pneumonia, his family announced in a statement Monday night. He was 88, and had been in declining health for the last several years.

Born in South Bend, Indiana in 1931 and raised across the country due to his father’s career as an Army officer, Clarke attended UCLA, receiving a BA in theater, where among his accolades he received the Sigma Rho award. He studied with Dorothy Foulger at UCLA, Michael Ferrall of the University of Washington, and Stephen Book in Hollywood.

Clarke also served as an Air Force sergeant during the Korean war, performing as part of a troupe that entertained soldiers throughout the United States.

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The Young & The Restless Actor David Hedison Dead at 92

Prolific actor David Hedison has died on July 18 at the age of 92. While perhaps best known for playing Captain Lee Crane on the ABC series Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea in the '60s, Hedison is known to soap fans for his roles as Spencer Harrison on NBC sudser Another World in the 90s and a stint as Arthur Hendricks on The Young & The Restless in 2004. (Photo Credit: John Paschal/Jpi) Arthur was a judge who once had an affair with Katherine Chancellor and returned to Genoa City years later to reconnect. His stepson, Harrison Bartlett, claimed Arthur had killed his mother, Eleanor, to get his hands on her fortune, but he was never charged. Katherine chose to believe in Arthur and accepted his marriage proposal, but in the end, he couldn't handle the constant suspicion and left town. It was later revealed that Katherine and Arthur's son was Tucker McCall.
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Alf Star Max Wright Dead at 75

Alf Star Max Wright Dead at 75
Max Wright, best known as the father on the 1980s sitcom Alf, died Wednesday at his home in California. He was 75.

Wright passed away from cancer, our sister site Deadline reports.

He played Willie Tanner for all four seasons of Alf, NBC’s comedy about an alien life form, which meant he often had to act opposite a puppet of the titular character. Though the series went for laughs, “It was hard work, and very grim,” Wright later told People of the job.

Wright’s other TV work included Cheers, Norm, Quantum Leap, Mad About You, Friends, Hart to Hart,
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Alan Cumming on Why He’s Backing Pete Buttigieg, Inspirations for ‘Instinct,’ and His New Book

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Alan Cumming on Why He’s Backing Pete Buttigieg, Inspirations for ‘Instinct,’ and His New Book
Alan Cumming, whose CBS procedural, “Instinct,” starts its second season on June 30, is backing Pete Buttigieg in the Democratic nomination race for now, but that may change.

Cumming tells Variety at the Monte Carlo TV Festival: “I was one of the hosts on a fundraiser for Pete Buttigieg, who I really find inspiring…but I don’t know, it is early days. I feel like there are so many of them – it’s like a clown car.”

Cumming adds that he “feels inspired” by Buttigieg because of the way the Indiana mayor “engages with people.” “American people are so unused to dealing with actual political issues on a daily basis. In Britain and especially in Scotland, people are very politically engaged in a way that Americans aren’t, and it is once every four years they have to actually do something about that,” Cumming says.

“They don’t like – it
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Kip Niven Dies: ‘Magnum Force’ Rogue Cop & Actor In ‘Alice’, ‘The Waltons’ & Sensurround Films Was 73

Kip Niven Dies: ‘Magnum Force’ Rogue Cop & Actor In ‘Alice’, ‘The Waltons’ & Sensurround Films Was 73
Kip Niven, a veteran character actor whose career ranged from early-’70s TV and the first two Sensurround films to regional theater and starring in 2014’s Jayhawkers, has died. He was 73. Local media outlets in his native Kansas City, Mo, said Niven died Monday of a heart attack.

Born on May 27, 1945, he got his start with guest roles in such 1970s TV dramas as Night Gallery, Escape and Emergency! before landing a key role in the first Dirty Harry sequel. In 1973’s Magnum Force, Niven played “Red” Astrachan, one of the vigilante rookie cops who terrorize San Francisco’s underworld — and eventually Clint Eastwood, who eventually gets his revenge. Astrachan’s comrades were played by future stars Robert Urich, Tim Matheson and David Soul.

After that, Niven would appear in dozens of TV shows and more than a dozen features including Earthquake (1974) and Midway (1976), the first two movies released in
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‘Whiskey Cavalier’ Review: This Eighties Throwback Lets You See It Sweat

‘Whiskey Cavalier’ Review: This Eighties Throwback Lets You See It Sweat
If you’re the kind of person who still pays close attention to what the traditional broadcast networks are doing, you may have noticed that this has been the most uninspiring season for the Big Four in a very long time. Even with the very recent success of This Is Us on NBC, it feels like the networks have completely given up on the idea of competing with cable and streaming when it comes to drama. They know audiences aren’t expecting complexity from them, so they’ve stopped trying to offer it.
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Days Of Our Lives Star Frank Parker Dead at 79

Actor Frank Parker, best known to soap fans as Grandpa Shawn Brady on Days Of Our Lives, has died at the age of 79. He passed on Sept. 16 from complications of Parkinson’s and dementia. In addition to Days, Parker has also had small roles on General Hospital and The Young & The Restless. Parker joined the cast of Days as Shawn Brady in 1983 and played the role until he retired from acting in 2008. Grandpa Shawn died after giving up his oxygen mask to save his son, Bo Brady, as the airplane they were on was going down. Shawn gave his life to save his son's. (Photo Credit: Paul Skipper/jpistudios.com) Throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, Parker’s career spanned numerous primetime series such as Lost In Space, Hogan’S Heroes, Mission Impossible, S.W.A.T., Wonder Woman, CHiPS, Quincy M.E., and Hart To Hart. He also appeared in films including Stay Away,
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Daniel Pilon Dead at 77

Daniel Pilon died on June 26 after a battle with cancer. He was 77.

Pilon, who had a 50-year career as an actor that reached its peak during the 1970s and 1980s, was born on November 13, 1940, in Montreal.

His first movie role was in Gilles Carle's 1968 drama Le Viol d’une Jeune Fille Douce (The Rape of a Sweet Girl), where Pilon and his elder brother, Donald Pilon, played two of the heroine's three brothers.

That was followed by an appearance in the 1969 British war film, Play Dirty, where Pilon played the role of Capt. Allwood alongside Michael Caine and Nigel Davenport.

During the 1984-1954 season, Pilon guest-starred on primetime soap opera Dallas as Renaldo "Naldo" Marchetta, the villainous tycoon and ex-husband of Jenna Wade.

In daytime soaps, Pilon's most popular role was Max Dubujak on Ryan's Hope (1984-1988). He went on to play Alan Spaulding on Guiding Light (1989-1990) and
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That's Alan Rachins Playing Judge Horowitz on General Hospital

For viewers thinking Judge James Horowitz on General Hospital looks familiar, that’s probably because you’ve seen actor Alan Rachins in one of his many other roles in film and television. Or you might also remember him from his previous appearance in 2016 when he ruled in Olivia’s favor on the issue of public breastfeeding. Rachins got his start in theater, appearing in the Broadway productions of After the Rain and H’adrian the Seventh as well as Off-Broadway productions of The Trojan Women and Oh! Calcutta!. Then he switched to writing for a time, selling scripts to shows like Fall Guy, Hill Street Blues, Knight Rider, Quincy, and Hart To Hart. After a critically-acclaimed turn in the independent film, Always, Rachins returned to acting with a starring role as Douglas Brackman on L.A. Law, which earned him both a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination in the Supporting
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Slideshow: 20 Portraits From The Hollywood Show in Chicagoland on March 17-18, 2018

Previous | Image 1 of 20 | NextStefanie Powers from TV’s ‘Hart to Hart.’

Chicago – The TV, movie and entertainment world is coming back to Chicagoland with The Hollywood Show on March 17th and 18th, 2018, at the Hyatt Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. The event gives fans and admirers an opportunity to meet and get pictures with celebrities and take advantage of vendors offering show business memorabilia.

This year’s show is focusing on 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s nostalgia, as Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers (Wally and the Beaver from “Leave it to Beaver”) will make their first Chicago appearance. Also in attendance will be Lyle Waggoner from the “Carol Burnett Show,” Linda Blair from “The Exorcist,” Parker Stevenson from “The Hardy Boys” and Julie McCullough from “Growing Pains,” among other big names. Click here for a complete list.

HollywoodChicago.com is at The Hollywood Show every year, and photographer
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Natalie Wood: reinvestigating the mysterious death of a movie star

Wood drowned in 1981 and almost 40 years later, her husband is a ‘person of interest’ – will we ever know what really happened?

In the TV series Hart to Hart, Robert Wagner played an amateur sleuth who with his wife, played by Stefanie Powers, investigated murder and intrigue among Los Angeles jet-setters.

Poisoning, kidnapping, blackmail, espionage, the golden couple cracked case after case in the ABC series which ran from 1979 to 1984.
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Feature: Top 25 Celebrity Portraits of 2017, Captured by Joe Arce

Chicago – My year in capturing 2017 celebrity portraits is best summed up with a bit of poetry: My subjects skewed older and politically bolder/In a year that demanded change/My list is longer with work hopefully stronger/In capturing these faces not strange.

As per every year the ranking of these portraits are based on a combination of the star power wattage of the subjects, the artistic results and the difficulty of landing the quarry for those budding smart-phone celebrity stalkers who may wish to play along at home. So without further adieu, I present my (Joe Arce’s) Top 25 Celebrity Portraits of 2017.

25. Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Maddie Ziegler works the camera just as gracefully as she choreographs the dance floor. Carefree, playful and unafraid of taking chances, the teen dance phenom – and break-out star of “Dance Moms” and numerous
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It Came From The Tube: Mind Over Murder (1979)

The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) was an unpopular thriller with a clever premise. Laura would have visions whenever a killer attacked someone, and she witnessed the murders through his eyes. Naturally, TV had to take a crack at the premise, which brought us Mind Over Murder (1979), a thriller that adds a few wrinkles to the basic premise and ends up being the more enjoyable of the two.

Originally airing on October 23rd as part of The CBS Tuesday Night Movies, Mind Over Murder bore down against NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies and ABC’s Three’s Company/Taxi/Hart to Hart lineup. Not hard to tell where the majority of viewers planted their eyeballs this night, but those who stayed with “the eye” were treated to a mostly effective thriller with some genuinely unsettling moments. You shouldn’t have too much Tripper in your diet, after all.

Let’s
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Exclusive Photo: Happy Birthday to Actress Stefanie Powers of ‘Hart to Hart’

Chicago – For years, her signature TV series – and subsequent TV movie run – was the iconic “Hart to Hart,” co-starring Robert Wagner. Stefanie Powers began her career in the Swingin’ 1960s, and her career includes one of the signature TV shows from that era. HollywoodChicago.com wishes Stefanie Powers a Happy Birthday on November 2nd, 2017, with this Exclusive Portrait from photographer Joe Arce at “The Hollywood Show” from the Chicago gathering in March of this year.

Stefanie Powers at ‘The Hollywood Show,’ in Chicago in March of 2017

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

She was born Stefanie Federkiewicz in Hollywood, California. She graduated from Hollywood High School, and made her film debut in a small role in “Tammy Tell Me True” (1961). She co-starred with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in “McClintock!” in 1963, and her distinctive look got her a role as April Dancer in a spin-off
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