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Louie Anderson won three Emmy awards. One as a woman. The Minnesota-born comedian played Christine Baskets, mother to professional clown Chip (played by Zack Galifianakis), on the FX comedy Baskets (2016-2019). “I feel wonderful about the award, for two reasons,” Anderson told reporters gathered in Pasadena, Calif., in 2017 for the semi-annual Television Critics Association

Who doesn’t love Meat Loaf? I met the Grammy Award-winning singer — a.k.a. Michael Lee Aday — in 2016 in London. The burly rock star with the booming voice was there to promote the premiere of a West End musical based on his 1977 rock anthem album Bat Out of Hell — one of the

Bob Saget was no Sidney Poitier. He didn’t win an Oscar and was no Civil rights icon. As an actor and as a human rights advocate, he was not in the same league as Mr. “To Sir with Love.” He was just a dad on TV and in real life, a Funniest Home Video host

Those of us who listened to TCM’s “The Plot Thickens” podcast didn’t know it at the time, but we got to catch what turned out to be the last act of Peter Bogdanovich. The Hollywood director, producer and sometimes actor, who played the shrink Dr. Melfi turned to on The Sopranos (Dr. Elliot Kupferberg), died

UPDATED: NBC will re-broadcast White’s Mother’s Day episode of Saturday Night Live from 2010 this Saturday, Jan. 1 at 11:30 p.m. ET. Twenty twenty-one — don’t let the door hit you on on your way out. Just 18 days before her 100th birthday, beloved TV icon Betty White has passed away at 99. One of

A few years ago, my son Dan was shocked to learn that there really was a John Madden. To many under 30, Madden — who died Dec. 28 at 85 — is more likely thought of as Col. Saunders or Ronald McDonald, a corporate brand ambassador. If you are closer to 50-plus, you remember the

Shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Jean-Marc Vallée. The Emmy Award winning Montreal-born director passed away Dec. 26 at his cabin near Quebec City. No cause of death has been given at this time. Early in 2017, at a conference I attended, the stars of HBO’s Big Little Lies raved about

Some of these I’ve listed before, but I try to change it up a bit every December. You’ll find some vintage Christmas episodes free to stream at CTV’s Throwback channel. Hamilton’s CHCH is also holding a daylone Christmas sitcom marathon Dc. 24 and 25th. Here, in chronological order (and heavy on the ’60s) is my