| Apr 30, 2010
Dorothy Provine, who played the singing, high-kicking flapper in the early-1960s TV series "The Roaring Twenties" and appeared in the all-star movie comedy "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," has died. She was 75.
Provine, a longtime resident of...
| Dec 23, 2009
Arnold Stang, the diminutive, bespectacled comic character actor who was part of the ensemble cast of the classic movie comedy "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and provided the voice for the TV cartoon character Top Cat, has died. He was 91.
| Feb 2, 2010
Aaron Ruben, a comedy writer, producer and director whose five-decade career included producing "The Andy Griffith Show" for the first five seasons and creating the spinoff series "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," has died. He was 95.
Ruben, who devoted much of...
| Feb 12, 2011
Character actress on 'The Waltons,' 'Dukes of Hazzard'
Peggy Rea, 89, a hearty character actress best known for her TV roles on "The Waltons," "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Grace Under Fire," died Feb. 5, said the Santa Barbara Cemetery Assn....
| Nov 6, 2011
In the world of amphibian celebrities, there's no bigger star than Kermit the Frog.
Yet back in January on the set of Disney's upcoming film "The Muppets" — the first big screen outing for Jim Henson's beloved menagerie since 1999's "Muppets in...
| Oct 6, 2011
"If you can put a number on it," Arthur C. Nielsen Jr. said his father once told him, "then you know something."
It was a lesson the younger Nielsen — who died Monday at age 92 — never forgot. His lifelong efforts remade his father's once-...
| Jun 9, 2011
Leonard Stern, an Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and director whose career in television spanned "The Honeymooners," "Get Smart" and "McMillan & Wife" and whose additional career in publishing included co-creating the classic Mad Libs word game...
| Oct 14, 2009
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Seth MacFarlane and friends. Credit: Fox ONE. Microsoft is trying a new spin on an old method to promote its new Windows 7 operating system this fall. Taking its inspiration from the old Texaco Star Theater -- television's first big hit, in the 1950s,...
| Nov 19, 2008
Irving Brecher, a comedy writer whose career in radio, television and the movies included writing two Marx Brothers comedies, co-writing the Judy Garland musical "Meet Me in St. Louis" and creating the radio and TV series "The Life of Riley," has died. He...
| May 9, 2008
Eddy Arnold, the most successful country hit maker of all time, who played a crucial role in transforming what had long been considered "hillbilly music" from a rural phenomenon into music with broad-based national appeal, died Thursday. He was 89, a week...
| Feb 4, 2008
REMEMBER when they used to gobble horse innards and other delicacies on "Fear Factor"?
Ah, 'twas prime time's golden age.
Blame it on the writers strike, but network TV is rushing to embrace cheap and sponsor-friendly unscripted programming that makes...