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"Guest Starring Jess Walton..."

Actress Jess Walton is best known for her successful and continuing 27 year run as Jill Foster Abbott on the CBS daytime soap opera "The Young and the Restless."  However, before she hit her stride in...

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Since You've Gone: An Interview with Cristina Raines

Establishing and maintaining a successful acting career usually represents the pinnacle of an actress' life and accomplishments, which is understandable and to be expected given the competitiveness of...

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Rediscovering and Reuniting Veteran Los Angeles-area "News Geezers"

Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s, I loved almost all the local television news programs, particularly KTLA Channel 5's "News at Ten" and the ones on KNBC Channel 4.  The various...

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Lois Chiles remembers Richard Kiel

In the wake of his passing earlier this week, actress Lois Chiles, a friend of this blog, asked me to share with the public her memories of her friend and colleague Richard Kiel, who she worked with on...

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Ludicrous Headline of the Week - "Morgan Fairchild: Badass Foreign Policy Wonk"

I read with interest and amusement The Daily Beast's piece earlier this week titled, "Morgan Fairchild: Badass Foreign Policy Wonk."  (To borrow a phrase from the author of the piece, Asawin Suebsaeng,...

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(Hopefully) Suggestions of a Feud Have Been Greatly Exaggerated by "The Rest"...

Last night, Caprice Crane, the daughter of Tina Louise (and a witty racounteur in her own right on her Twitter feed @capricecrane), emailed me that her mother had started an official Facebook page and...

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Robert Young Remains a Better Person (and Better TV Dad) than Bill Cosby

In TV History, there were two long-running sitcoms that presented an idealized version of the American family.  One show aired during the Golden Age of Television of the 1950s.  While it has continued...

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Christina Pickles & Priscilla Barnes Teach a "Class" Worth Attending

Last week, a good friend suggested I watch them in an episode of a web series they worked on called "Break a Hip." The series focuses on the burgeoning friendship between a young, aspiring actor...

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The Unresolved Love Between Marshal Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty Russell on...

In order to understand how television has changed through the years, one would have to consider the on-screen relationship between Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) and saloon owner Miss Kitty Russell...

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Concurrent Love Squares on "Dallas" and "Flamingo Road"

It's not unusual when a hit television series inspires a host of imitators containing elements that are similar to the show that preceded it.  What is unusual is when the original hit show starts to...

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Bo Derek Outshines Morgan Fairchild and Redeems "Fashion House"

A couple of years ago, during my last year of law school, I started noticing advertisements for a newly launched network called MyNetworkTV, which was comprised of former affiliates of the WB and UPN...

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Mark Harmon and Jo Ann Pflug Learn About Life While Patrolling in "Adam-12"

Growing up as a kid, "Adam-12" was one of my favorite TV shows.  It ran almost concurrently with my childhood years being raised in a Los Angeles that still had remnants of its past glories as it was...

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Positive Memories and Impressions of Jacqueline Bisset

I was dismayed to see all the negative comments and ridicule directed at Jacqueline Bisset ever since she gave her admittedly unfocused, slightly profane, and eccentric acceptance speech at Sunday's...

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Lisa Lu: An Authentically Asian Actress

While I was growing up, I used to be intrigued by Nancy Kwan and France Nuyen because, being an American of Chinese descent, I thought that it was cool that two Asian actresses during the 1960s, a...

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Taking Bruce Broughton's side in the "Alone Yet Not Alone" Song Nomination...

Undoubtedly my favorite entertainment news story of the week is the rescission of the Academy Award ® song nomination for the independently produced, Christian-themed movie "Alone, Yet Not Alone"...

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I Still Pick Ginger

I've been on the losing side of a popular culture question for the last 20 or so years (and I don't care).  Whenever people ask "Ginger or Mary Ann," in terms of who they prefer from the 1960s sitcom...

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Remembrances from a Ubiquitous "Law & Order" Guest Actor: An Interview with...

One of the best things about the epic "Law & Order" TV franchise is how often each series tapped into the reservoir of talented, New York-based actors who come from a strong theater background for...

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Cameron Watson and Christina Pickles Explain How to "Break a Hip"

A few weeks ago I blogged about the very funny web series "Break a Hip," created by Cameron Watson and starring Christina Pickles.  The series depicts the friendship between a lonely retired English...

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Belated Obituary & Tribute to Phyllis Davis (1940-2013)

Just over two years ago, I started reading things on the internet that indicated actress Phyllis Davis had passed away.  The first inkling I learned about it was a posting on Davis's IMDB Message Board...

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The Unilateral Disintegration of the Academy Awards® by Dawn Hudson & Cheryl...

Anyone with a vested, or even casual, interest in movies has heard by now of the controversy that has enveloped the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which annually awards the so-called...

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"Flat Top" to "The Great Escape" to "Midway": An Interview with Producer...

Walter Mirisch's remarkable career as a film producer is characterized by three words: quality, humility, and integrity.  Mirisch's work embodies the best aspects of Hollywood filmmaking by creating...

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Denise Matthews: The Actress Formerly Known as "Vanity"

The 88th Annual Academy Awards® has just ended and I've already got a bone to pick with them in terms of their choices and exclusions for their annual "In Memoriam" section.  The late singer/actress...

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Medium Cool: An Interview with Actress Marianna Hill

One of the best, most underrated, most versatile actresses working in films and television during the 1960s and 1970s was the chameleon-like Marianna Hill.  With a flair for foreign accents and a...

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Emotions & Images: An Interview with actress & artist Belinda Montgomery

In the 1970s, actress Belinda Montgomery made a name for herself playing vulnerable, imperiled heroines in a variety of television guest roles and Movies of the Week that made her a primetime fixture...

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Lois Chiles remembers Roger Moore

Actress Lois Chiles, a friend of this blog, asked me to share with the public her memories of her friend & colleague Roger Moore, who passed away today in Switzerland at age 89.  She played NASA...

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