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Today’s post is brought to you by the letter S — as in Sunday will make the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Sesame Street. The groundbreaking series is produced by Sesame Workshop (formerly known as the Children’s Television Workshop) and funded by the U.S. Office of Education, the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation.

I don’t think any character has made me laugh harder on television than Artie on The Larry Sanders Show. Torn’s face was a caricaturist’s dream, flashing between wild anger, numbing indifference and forced sunshine. He was a one man Norman Rockwell gallery of exaggerated American expression. Arte was the perfect marriage of actor and part.

Every now and then I like to compare notes with my pal and Buffalo News TV columnist Alan Pergament about this crazy, exploding medium we both write about. The subject quickly swung over to the new Deadwood movie (launching Friday, May 31 on HBO and Crave). “Did you notice anything different about the movie from

UPDATED WITH SUNDAY CRAVE GoT NUMBERS: While not everyone was thrilled with the result, the final episode of Game of Thrones was a record-setting draw for HBO in both Canada and the U.S.. Sunday in the U.S., 19.3 million viewers — including those who watched the encore broadcast or streamed the show on HBO Go

First off: I am not a Game of Thrones fan, so this is very much a review by somebody who, while he has sat on the throne, barely knows the series. Nevertheless, here goes. PLEASE READ NO FURTHER IF YOU’VE BANKED BUT NOT YET SEEN THE FINALE. Sunday’s much-anticipated series finale of TV’s No. 1

Craig Mazin has taken an unusual path to Chernobyl. The 48-year-old Brooklyn native graduated magna cum laude with a degree in psychology from Princeton. At that Ivy League university, his freshman roommate was none other than Calgary-born Texas senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Mazin spends a lot of time now just roasting Cruz