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  • Review: 'Brief Encounters' by Dick Cavett

    In "Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks," a welcome sequel to 2010's "Talk Show," Dick Cavett covers a lot of ground in a collection of erudite and witty pieces: from writing jokes for the comedy-impaired Art Linkletter to...
  • Joan Rivers, an unstoppable comic force to the end

     Joan Rivers, an unstoppable comic force to the end
    Just as we long suspected, the only thing that could stop Joan Rivers was death. Abrasive, raunchy, self-immolating and often unapologetically offensive, Rivers changed comedy, courted controversy, survived catastrophe and refused to give up or give in,...
  • Remembering the Joan Rivers who broke down TV barriers for women [Appreciation]

    Remembering the Joan Rivers who broke down TV barriers for women [Appreciation]
    I hope those who know Joan Rivers only from her work the last couple of decades on shows like “Fashion Police” will take the time to read some of the appreciations that talk about who she used to be. Rivers, who died Thursday at age 81 after...
  • Joan Rivers Paved the Way for Raunchy Female Comedians

    Joan Rivers understood the importance of branding long before it was a showbiz buzzword. Her career outlasted so many of her contemporaries, male and female, from the 1960s nightclub arena, because she was adept at marketing herself and reinventing her...
  • From Allen to Fallon, Exec Has Worked With All 6 'Tonight Show' Hosts

    Rick Ludwin was reading about "The Tonight Show" getting its sixth host in 60 years this week when it hit him: He might be the only living exec to have worked with them all -- from Allen (Steve) to Fallon (Jimmy). NBC's former latenight and specials...
  • Jimmy Fallon takes over 'Tonight Show'

    Jimmy Fallon takes over 'Tonight Show'
    With moments of real, almost awkward sincerity and a parade of celebrity walk-ons, former sketch comic Jimmy Fallon took over Monday night as the sixth -- or seventh, depending on how you count it -- host of NBC's "The Tonight Show." Welcoming guests...
  • Jimmy Fallon's Debut as 'Tonight Show' Host Dominates in Ratings Monday

    A new era in latenight television commenced on Monday, with NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" easily keeping the venerable program on top of the ratings heap. Taking advantage of NBC's dominance in primetime courtesy of its coverage of the...
  • Op-Ed: Recalling 'Tonight Show' memories

    On the eve of “The Tonight Show's” final show in Burbank, I felt compelled to visit Burbank's hometown newspaper and see what was being written. As expected, a mixture of melancholy and upbeat optimism about the future of Beautiful Downtown...
  • Fallon a gracious host in 'Tonight Show' debut

    Fallon a gracious host in 'Tonight Show' debut
    Starting his “Tonight Show” hosting tenure Monday, Jimmy Fallon proved he can snag A-listers and, in the early going, ratings. The numbers that came out Tuesday showed him crushing the competition, at least for now.  But his moments of real,...
  • Jimmy Fallon readies his next-generation yet throwback 'Tonight Show'

    NEW YORK — Outside Studio 6B at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the once and future home of "The Tonight Show," the smell of fresh paint and sawdust fills the air. Visitors to one of the last tapings of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" are led up a back...
  • The Beatles powered TV, and TV powered the Beatles

    Fifty years ago next Sunday, on Feb. 9, 1964, via "The Ed Sullivan Show," America met the Beatles. It was not the group's first appearance on American television. CBS News had reported, dismissively, on British "Beatlemania," and Jack Paar had aired...