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Imagine if this fall CBS or Netflix or anybody had launched a sitcom about a group of office workers in one of the upper floors of the World Trade Center — and had set it in the year 2001. No one would dare, right? Yet, in 1965, just twenty years after the end of World

Relatively late in life, Leslie Jordan became one of those people you’re always happy to see on TV. News of the death of the 67-year-old following a car accident felt like a career cut short in its prime. The truth is that the diminutive southerner always worked, amassing 134 International Movie Database (IMDb) acting credits.

The first star I met at the first Television Critics Association press tour I ever attended was Angela Lansbury. In 1984, the stage, screen and television star, who passed away Tuesday in Los Angeles at 96, was promoting a new CBS series called Murder. She Wrote. I was a raw rookie from TV Guide Canada

“Her majesty’s a pretty nice girl but she doesn’t have a lot to say.” So wrote Paul McCartney way back in 1969, as heard in a lick of music tucked in the final grooves of The Beatles’ album Abbey Road. The Queen’s 70-year reign spanned from well before Beatlemania through Brexit. With the passing of

Tempus fugit, as my dad used to say. News of the passing of Olivia Newton-John has me thinking of how time does fly. The British-born, Australian-raised songstress was a big star back when I was in high school, with a string of easy listening hits including “I Honestly Love You,” “Please Mister Please,” and “Have

In the summer of 2010, Nichelle Nichols was one of the featured guests at a session of the Television Critics Association press tour. She was there as one of the “Pioneers of Television,” a PBS series that saluted older stars. Nichols, who passed away July 30 at 89, was joined at the session by Martin