| Jul 18, 2010
James Gammon, a character actor whose gravelly voice and craggy face made indelible memories in Sam Shepard plays, a spate of western TV shows and films, plus a comic turn in the baseball movie "Major League," has died. He was 70.
Gammon died Friday...
| Aug 19, 2010
| 11:52 AM
A home owned by the family of the late Albert Heschong, the Emmy-winning production designer for television, film and theater who headed the art department at CBS for more than two decades, is for sale in Encino at $1.15 million.
Heschong designed and...
| Sep 4, 2010
It seems as though actress Scarlett Johansson had no sooner sold her old place in the Hollywood Hills than she and her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, closed on a house in Los Feliz for $2.9 million.
Built in the late '60s, the restored Buff & Hensman-...
| Mar 8, 2009
Pitted against edgy procedurals, trendy reality shows or ensemble dramas, NBC's "Law & Order" for nearly 20 years has persevered as one of TV's most recognizable and durable brands. And if it lasts a few more seasons, the hybrid cop-and-lawyer series...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 11:19 AM
To celebrate the ending of "Breaking Bad," I've drawn up a list of the 50 greatest drama series to air in the United States.
I based the selections on the programs' quality, their influence, the length of their original runs and their continuing...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 11:43 AM
James Arness had just completed a two-decade run as Marshal Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke" when he jumped back into television Westerns in this late-1970s ABC series loosely inspired by the same-named 1962 movie.
He plays Zeb Macahan, patriarch of a family...
| Dec 22, 2011
You know, a lot of people tell me their favorite part of the column is the obituaries.
I'm really hurt.
It is, however, that time of year to remember the A&E folks we lost in the past 12 months.
Two-time Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor died in March,...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 10:57 AM
Year-ending memories include those of people who made marks in entertainment before passing. In 2011, they included a significant number of behind-the-scenes talents whose television efforts endure. Andy Rooney: It's a sad irony that the pundit's death...
| May 13, 2010
NBC has decided to cancel the police-and-courtroom drama "Law and Order" after 20 seasons, the website Deadline Hollywood published Thursday.
The show, which led to at least four spin-offs including "Special Victims' Unit," "Criminal Intent," "Trial By...
| Jan 13, 2011
| 11:23 AM
Television has been part of so many people's lives for so long, there's always an audience for its past.
If there weren't, Nick at Nite and TV Land likely wouldn't exist, nor would have the 2008 PBS miniseries "Pioneers of Television." Each of its...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 12:32 PM
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Actor James Arness, who played U.S. Marshall Matt Dillon on the TV western series "Gunsmoke," died Friday in Brentwood at the age of 88.
According to a posting on his official website, Arness, a native of Minneapolis, died of...