Sounds Like: Local TV Icon Captain Jack Duffy Dead at 81

Mention the name “Captain” Jack Duffy and if the other person smiles, he or she is between the ages of 45 and 55 and lkely grew up in the Toronto/Hamilton/Niagara region. Duffy, who died Monday in Toronto at 81, was one of the stars of Party Game, a fondly-remembered suppertime charades series produced out of… Read on

Night Watch: Part Two with Steve Allen

Steve Allen may have invented late night, but by the time I spoke with him in 1992, at the age of 71, he rarely watched it anymore. This excerpt from that conversation was unearthed for a book on late night TV I am in the process of writing. If you missed Part One of my… Read on

Night Watch: Tonight Show Pioneer Steve Allen

Over the past few months, there have been plenty of shout outs here about my book, Truth and Rumors: The Reality Behind TV’s Most Famous Myths. It is available at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble, thanks for asking. My publisher, Greenwood Publishing in Connecticut, is anxious to see some copy for my next book,… Read on

Today: Edward R. Murrow at 100

I don’t know if any of you out there are old enough to remember TV newscasts. They used to have them on at suppertime and later at the end of the night just before you went to bed. This was way back before we started getting the daily news from comedians. Anyway, back when TV… Read on

Good Night, Emily

Susanne Pleshette and Tom Poston were at a TCA press party a few years ago, standing on the back lawn of the Ritz Carlton in Pasadena like they owned the place; maybe they did. The two first met in 1959 when they appeared together in a Broadway play called “The Golden Fleecing.” They had a… Read on

“Pioneers” Bring Us Back to Late Night

Tonight, while you’re waiting for Dave, Jay, Jimmy, Conan and Craig to finally return to late night, flip on over to PBS at 8 p.m. for a blast of classic TV. Pioneers of Television (PBS, 8 p.m.) is a continuation on a series which premiered a couple of seasons ago. Tonight, classic sitcoms are celebrated,… Read on