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  • James Garner was the perfect fit in 'Rockford Files'
    James Garner was the perfect fit in 'Rockford Files'

    If all famous lives come down in the end to the lead sentence in an obituary, James Garner was put on Earth to play Jim Rockford, the life-sized private eye hero of "The Rockford Files." There was more to it, of course, before and after, on big screen and small. (You may remember...

  • 'Orange Is the New Black' Emmy nods a win for women
    'Orange Is the New Black' Emmy nods a win for women

    In this year's Emmy race, "Orange Is the New Black" embodies the most important change in television in recent years.

  • The Emmys and I (a Golden Oldie)
    The Emmys and I (a Golden Oldie)

    It is Emmy Nominations Day in America, and once again, I do not care. And in recognition of this event, and to explain my continuing lack of interest in it, I offer you this 2-year-old chestnut on the subject, revived here like a holiday classic. Had I composed this column this morning I...

  • Cartoons on YouTube: 'Bee and PuppyCat,' 'Dead End,' 'King Douglas'
    Cartoons on YouTube: 'Bee and PuppyCat,' 'Dead End,' 'King Douglas'

    I bring you cartoons. (Or links to them anyway.) They are your friends, friends, and though the work of many hands — sometimes separated by oceans — over many months, perhaps the purest, most direct expression of delight the Televisions has to offer. ("The Televisions" is the name...

  • Talking with Scott Stuckey, the man behind 'Pancake Mountain'
    Talking with Scott Stuckey, the man behind 'Pancake Mountain'

    Is "Pancake Mountain" finally ready for its close-up? After a decade as an intermittent, now-you-see-it, now-you-don't cult item, the alt-rock guerrilla kids' dance party, forged in the crucible of Washington, D.C., cable-access television and spread like a not...

  • Casey Kasem: From 'Shebang!' to Shaggy and beyond
    Casey Kasem: From 'Shebang!' to Shaggy and beyond

    Casey Kasem died Sunday, after a long career in broadcasting, from a disease that had already robbed him of the ability to speak.

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