Ron Glass 1945 – 2016

Ron Glass was often, to borrow a phrase used to describe Reggie Jackson when he was with the Yankees, the straw that stirred the drink on the classic ABC sitcom Barney Miller (1974 – 82). A gifted character actor, he passed away Saturday at the age of 71. Glass added a little edge to one of… Read on



Florence Henderson 1934 – 2016

Here’s a strange bit of TV trivia: Florence Henderson was born on Valentine’s Day and died on Thanksgiving Day. The actress packed a lot into the 82 years in between. Best known for her five-year run on The Brady Bunch, Henderson died Thursday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack. She was 82. Her death was… Read on


Dave Broadfoot 1925 – 2016

I spent a lovely afternoon five years ago with the great Dave Broadfoot. The comedian, who died Tuesday at 90, was the guy who came before; as in before SCTV, before The Kids in the Hall, before even the comedy troupe he was most often associated with, The Royal Canadian Air Farce. I met Broadfoot after… Read on


Looking for “Truth” on TV? Find it on Yes TV

Are you like me? Do you like black & white TV shows from the ’50s and ’60s? Yes TV — a Burlington, Ont.-based channel offering a mix of family fare and religious programming — offers a bundle of classic TV panel shows tucked way up in the week hours. Tune in Monday through Saturday from 1 a.m. till… Read on



Veep, Thrones, O.J. and Kimmel big winners at entertaining Emmys

Okay, it’s official: as television eclipses film, The Emmys is so much more the show to watch these days instead of The Oscars. Sunday night’s 68th Annual Emmy Awards was pretty terrific from start to finish. Host Jimmy Kimmel has played this room before and that helped. He knew how far to push things, kept his… Read on


Hugh O’Brian 1925 – 2016

Hugh O’Brian had the ability to take dead aim — even at himself. I met TV’s Wyatt Earp eight years ago at one of those Hollywood autograph shows where TV celebrities from yesterday gather in a hotel in Los Angeles to sign autographs. Some of them are there to please their fans. Some just really… Read on


Gene Wilder 1933 – 2016

Nineteen Seventy-four was a pretty cool year to be 17. Bobby Hull was setting a record pace in goal  scoring in the WHA. Girls wore bras that did up in the front. Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder were making the laugh-out-loud funniest movies of the past 5o years. Both “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” came out… Read on


Saluting three supporting players we loved

Used to be famous people died in threes but nowadays the obits never stop. Here are three familiar faces who made you watch for years, even if you never knew their names. Jack Riley pretty much stole every scene he was in for six seasons on The Bob Newhart Show. The Cleveland native died last Friday… Read on