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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...
  • Joey Luft honors mother Judy Garland with new show

    Joey Luft honors mother Judy Garland with new show
    Joey Luft remembers it well: appearing on the 1963 Christmas episode of his mother Judy Garland's CBS musical-variety series with his two older sisters, Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli. On a recent afternoon, Luft was rewatching the show, his eyes wide and...
  • 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...
  • NBC Rewrites History To Promote Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight' Debut

    NBC wants Jimmy Fallon to succeed so badly when he takes over its venerable "Tonight Show" in February that it is attempting to bend the rules of time. In a promo unveiled Saturday evening, the Peacock depicts Fallon as the latest in the decades-old...
  • Dick Cavett to be honored by Museum of Broadcast Communications

    Dick Cavett to be honored by Museum of Broadcast Communications
    Erudite and witty, Dick Cavett elevated the late-night talk show genre, going head-to-head with Johnny Carson for five years in the early 1970s. "The Dick Cavett Show," which won three Emmy awards, ended on ABC in 1975 but found new homes on PBS, then...
  • 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...