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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Forget 'Chicagoland' — 'The Sixties' shines for CNN

    Tom Hanks is one of the executive producers of a stunning, revelatory, exciting and surprisingly provocative 10-part television series titled "The Sixties." And there he is on camera at the start of Episode 1, saying, "The TV was the center of our house....
  • 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,...
  • 'Tonight Show' staffers to be laid off as show leaves Burbank

    'Tonight Show' staffers to be laid off as show leaves Burbank
    As "The Tonight Show" moves from its longtime Burbank home to New York City, where it originally debuted, 164 staffers will be laid off, an NBC spokesman confirmed on Friday. The layoffs, which were first reported in the Burbank Leader, involve...
  • 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...
  • Dickie Smothers: 'I'm Not Dead Yet,' Shopping TV Spots

    It's a small booth on the far corner of the NATPE exhibition floor, but baby boomers and TV connoisseurs are beating a path to space No. 108 this year to shake hands with a Smothers brother. Dickie Smothers aims to launch the next chapter of his long...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Why late-night kingdoms are tricky to pass along

    Why late-night kingdoms are tricky to pass along
    Being as Queen Elizabeth I, the so-called Virgin Queen, had no heirs, issues of succession loomed large in William Shakespeare's day. The fellow wrote constantly of what did and did not constitute "fair sequence," to borrow a phrase from "Richard II,"...