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René Auberjonois obituary

American actor and singer best remembered for his roles in the 1970 film M*A*S*H and TV’s Star Trek and Boston Legal

The actor René Auberjonois, who has died aged 79 of cancer, had a distinctive face – beaky, birdlike, inquisitive – and a gift for comic haughtiness. His biggest successes came on television: as well as appearing in guest roles on everything from The Rockford Files to Grey’s Anatomy, Starsky and Hutch to Frasier, he was a regular on three popular and vastly different shows, each of which required him to play variations on his stuffed-shirt persona.

In the sitcom Benson, a spin-off from the irreverent 1970s television hit Soap, he was the prissy, hypochondriac chief of staff to a Us governor; he joined the show in its second season in 1980 and remained on board until its cancellation six years later. He was seen throughout the seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-99) as Odo,
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Amazon’s IMDb TV to Stream ‘Chicago Fire’ Past Seasons, ‘Friday Night Lights’ for Free (Exclusive)

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Amazon’s IMDb TV to Stream ‘Chicago Fire’ Past Seasons, ‘Friday Night Lights’ for Free (Exclusive)
IMDb TV is now the streaming home of “Chicago Fire” seasons 1-6 — offering catch-up viewing for fans of the Dick Wolf-produced NBC primetime hit starting Friday (Dec. 6) for free.

It’s the biggest single licensing pact to date for IMDb TV, which is Amazon’s bid to capture share in the ad-supported VOD space. Terms aren’t being disclosed. IMDb acquired U.S. rights to “Chicago Fire,” part of the Wolf’s triumvirate of Windy City dramas along with “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med,” from Wolf Entertainment and NBCUniversal’s Universal Television.

In addition, IMDb TV will offer all five seasons of “Friday Night Lights,” beginning Dec. 31, on a nonexclusive basis, also from Universal TV. All episodes of the high-school football drama, which has proven to be a perennial fan-favorite, are currently available on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

Chicago Fire,” currently in its eighth season on NBC, stars Jessie Spencer,
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The Sopranos Legacy for TV, New Jersey, and Loose Endings

Tony Sokol Nov 19, 2019

The Sopranos gave rise to the TV antihero and spelled the death of closure.

Martin Scorsese's gangster film The Irishman promises to deliver classic cinema to Netflix while the rest of the movie-going public ride marvelous theme park attractions on the big screen. David Chase is doing post-production on The Many Saints of Newark, a film prequel to the series which changed television. The Sopranos premiered on HBO on Jan. 10, 1999, immediately eclipsing the groundbreaking series Sex and the City which debuted only six months before. The crime family saga blurred the lines between cinematic and televised art. It also transformed the way people see New Jersey, a borough of Manhattan, where the show's most rabid fans gather for SopranosCon, a place where the Dimeo crime family never dies. It doesn't matter whether Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini, the head of two Jersey families,
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John J. McMahon, Founding President of Carson Productions, Dies at 89

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John J. McMahon, the former president of Carson Productions Group and Wilshire Court Productions, died Monday at his Brentwood, Calif. home after a battle with advanced prostate cancer. He was 89.

A longtime network executive, McMahon served as senior V.P. of programming and talent for NBC where he’s credited for his involvement in shows including “The Rockford Files,” “CHiPs,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Chico and the Man,” “Police Woman,” “Sanford and Son” and “Facts of Life.”

His friend Johnny Carson hired him as president of Carson Productions in 1980, where he oversaw “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes,” “John and Yoko: A Love Story” and the Academy Award nominated film “The Big Chill.”

Born in Chicago in 1930, McMahon attended the U. of Wisconsin for a year before being drafted into the Us Armed Services during the Korean War, for which he earned two Bronze Stars. After finishing his term of service,
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Film Review: Marlon Wayans in ‘Sextuplets’ on Netflix

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Film Review: Marlon Wayans in ‘Sextuplets’ on Netflix
Once the funniest and most ubiquitous family in Hollywood, the Wayans siblings — Damon, Keenen Ivory, Kim, Shawn and so on — have largely faded from the scene in recent years, leaving youngest brother Marlon (now nearing 50) to carry the mantle. Audiences may not be showing up for sendups like “Scary Movie” and “Dance Flick” like they used to, but Marlon has figured out a foolproof solution: Make lowbrow laffers with search-friendly titles directly for Netflix, and the checks keep rolling in.

First it was “Naked” — a “Groundhog Day”-style infinite-repeat scenario in which Marlon plays a groom who wakes up au naturel on his wedding day, over and over until he gets it right — and now it’s “Sextuplets,” which is the first thing that pops up when you type “S-e-x” into Netflix. In both cases, lonely viewers looking for something spicy will have to settle for a relatively bland and half-baked comedy,
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ABC's Stumptown Will Honor the Graphic Novel, and, Yes, Dex Parios Will Be Bisexual

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ABC's newest crime show Stumptown will stay true to the graphic novel of the same name, and Dex Parios, the main character, will be bisexual. Former How I Met Your Mother, Friends From College, and Avengers star Cobie Smulders is returning to broadcast TV this Fall to anchor the ABC series, and she has confirmed this important detail.

In the show, Smulders plays Army veteran turned private investigator Dex Parios, a woman just trying to survive in Portland, Or, while taking care of her younger brother and also struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (Ptsd) from her time serving in Afghanistan. The show is based on a graphic novel series written by Greg Rucka, who has also written Batman, Batwoman, Superman, and Wonder Woman comics, among many others. Rucka credits classic P.I. authors like Robert B. Parker and Raymond Chandler and classic P.I. television like Magnum, P.I.
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‘Killing Eve’ just ended a 17-year dry spell in drama actress with Emmy bids for Both Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer

‘Killing Eve’ just ended a 17-year dry spell in drama actress with Emmy bids for Both Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer
Killing Eve” made a killing with Tuesday’s Primetime Emmy Awards nominations with nine total. Two of those are for Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer in Best Drama Actress, marking the first time since 2002 that a show produced double nominations in the category.

Oh, who last year became the first nominee of Asian descent in the category, and Comer are up against Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Laura Linney (“Ozark”) and Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”).

The last duo to make the cut were Frances Conroy and Rachel Griffiths from “Six Feet Under.” They lost to Allison Janney, who upgraded to lead that year after back-to-back wins in supporting for “The West Wing.” For the three years before that, “The Sopranos” co-stars Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco competed against each other in lead, with the former winning twice in 1999 and 2001.

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Mj Rodriguez (‘Pose’) would be a historic Emmy nominee, and she may be a bigger contender than we think

Mj Rodriguez (‘Pose’) would be a historic Emmy nominee, and she may be a bigger contender than we think
Mj Rodriguez is a TV trailblazer. She stars on FX’s “Pose,” which itself is a trailblazing series for centering the lives and experiences of transgender women of color — who are actually played by transgender women of color, which up until recently has been a rarity in film and TV. So if Rodriguez earns an Emmy nomination for Best Drama Actress it would be unprecedented. She’s the emotional heart of the show as resilient house mother Blanca, so I think she might be a bigger threat in the category than we’re currently giving her credit for.

It was just five years ago that Laverne Cox made history as the first openly transgender person to earn a Primetime Emmy nom for acting. She contended for Best Comedy Guest Actress in 2014 for her recurring role on “Orange is the New Black,” and then after the show jumped categories she was
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Peter Dinklage needs to overcome a 23-year curse in drama supporting actor to make Emmy history

Peter Dinklage needs to overcome a 23-year curse in drama supporting actor to make Emmy history
Peter Dinklage feels like a mortal lock to take home his record-breaking fourth Best Drama Supporting Actor Emmy for “Game of Thrones,” but his victory may not be as assured if you go by recent Emmy history. If he does prevail again this year, it’d be his second straight win, but no one has been able to defend their crown in this category in 23 years.

The last person to win two drama supporting actor Emmys in a row was Ray Walston (“Picket Fences”), who triumphed in 1995 and ’96. Since then, the only people to earn multiple Emmys in this category have been Dinklage and Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”). Paul accomplished it first, winning his second trophy in 2012 to go with his 2010 one; he nabbed a third in 2014, becoming the most awarded person in this category. Dinklage tied him at three wins last year, but his were all non-consecutive as well,
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It Came From The Tube: Death At Love House (1976)

Anyone familiar with this column knows my deep-rooted affection for Ms. Kate Jackson; I espoused her many virtues when I covered Satan’s School for Girls (you can ponder my musings here), and I promise (warn?) you I will do so again as I discuss the couple-in-a-house-is-met-with-animosity-from-a-possible-ghost telefilm, Death at Love House (1976), aka How Much Is That Dead Actress In the Window?

Originally broadcast as The ABC Friday Night Movie on Friday, September 3rd, Love House was up against The CBS Friday Night Movies and NBC trotted out The Rockford Files/Quincy M.E. for folks like mine. So who won out? We all did! I loved Rockford and Quincy. Okay, CBS probably lost. But if you were looking for some charming stars doing charming things in a charming manor with a hint of danger, look no further than ABC.

Let’s open up our battered faux TV Guide and see
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Sidney Sheinberg, MCA/Universal Exec Who Nurtured Steven Spielberg, Dies at 84

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Sidney Sheinberg, MCA/Universal Exec Who Nurtured Steven Spielberg, Dies at 84
Sidney Sheinberg, who served for more than 20 years as president and COO of MCA, Inc and Universal Studios and helped build the former agency into a potent entertainment corporation, died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 84.

Sheinberg’s son, Jonathan, confirmed the news in an email.

“He was an amazing man,” he wrote. Jonathan also remembered his father’s impact on the industry and the people whose lives Sheinberg touched through philanthropy.

“My heart is broken at this news,” said Steven Spielberg in a statement. “For now let me just say that Sid had a big personality and a tender heart. He was the tallest most stand up guy I ever knew. He gave birth to my career and made Universal my home. He gave me ‘Jaws,’ I gave him ‘ET’ and he gave me ‘Schindler’s List.’ We were a team for 25 years and he was
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‘Killing Eve’ could kill this 17-year dry spell in the Best Drama Actress Emmy category

‘Killing Eve’ could kill this 17-year dry spell in the Best Drama Actress Emmy category
Can “Killing Eve” make a killing in the Best Drama Actress Emmy race? Our early odds have Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer making the cut, which would be the first time in 17 years one show has produced two nominees in the category.

Six Feet Under” was the last show to do so, with Frances Conroy and Rachel Griffiths, who lost to Allison Janney (“The West Wing”). For the three years before that, “The Sopranos” stars Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco competed against each other, with the former winning twice.

The ‘90s yielded co-star nominees in 1997 (“ER’s” Julianna Margulies and Sherry Stringfield) and 1994. But it was ’80s where co-star nominees ruled since there were far fewer shows back then compared to the 500 now. “Cagney & Lacey” (Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless) and “L.A. Law” (Susan Dey and Jill Eikenberry) dominated, but others included “Dallas” (Barbara Bel Geddes and Linda Gray
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Ex-‘The Blacklist’ Ep Michael Watkins Sues Sony TV Over Alleged ‘Blackballing’ And Firing

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Ex-‘The Blacklist’ Ep Michael Watkins Sues Sony TV Over Alleged ‘Blackballing’ And Firing
A year after being suddenly cut loose from The Blacklist over alleged harassment of a crew member, the NBC series’ long-time director and executive producer Michael Watkins is aiming to give Sony TV, producers Woodbridge Productions and others a legal black eye.

The move comes in a breach of implied contract and failure to conduct investigation complaint filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court by the TV vet. In the paperwork, attorneys for Watkins alleges he was fired and suffered “blackballing” as a result of “power-hungry” co-ep Laura Benson, also named as a defendant.

“In furtherance of the scheme, moreover, Defendants launched a smear campaign to justify Watkins’s unlawful termination under the guise of remedying physical harassment,” the jury trial demanding complaint says. “Blinded by their determination to oust Watkins, Defendants disregarded the truth and the substantial harm that would accrue to Watkins as a result of their illegal and brazen scheme.
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'Stargate' Actor Carmen Argenziano Dead at 75

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'Stargate' Actor Carmen Argenziano Dead at 75
Carmen Argenziano -- who's perhaps best known from "Stargate Sg-1" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.  Argenziano passed away Sunday, according to his personal appearance agency, Event Horizon Talent. His agent, who books him for conventions, confirms to TMZ that Argenziano had, in fact, died ... but the circumstances of his death remain unclear for now.  The Pennsylvania-born actor has starred in tons of TV shows and movies over the course of his 5-decade career, including "The Rockford Files,
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Louisa Moritz Dies: ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ Actress, Bill Cosby Accuser Was 72

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Louisa Moritz Dies: ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ Actress, Bill Cosby Accuser Was 72
Louisa Moritz, an actress who appeared in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and brought a good-natured joy to a stereotypical blonde bombshell persona in early ’70s fare like Love, American Style and Match Game but in more recent years joined other women in accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, has died from a longstanding heart ailment, her longtime friend and publicist Edward Lozzi announced.

Moritz was 72 and died at her home last week in Los Angeles of natural causes.

In Cuckoo’s Nest, Moritz played Rose, a small but pivotal performance in which her good-time pal of Jack Nicholson’s R.P. McMurphy sneaks into the mental hospital for the against-the-rules party that leads to tragedy. In one memorable moment, she slow-dances sweetly with Danny Devito’s childlike Martini, his head resting upon her breast.

Moritz had already become a recognizable, if not quite name-famous, presence on many
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James Cromwell movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Babe,’ ‘L.A. Confidential,’ ‘The Queen’

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James Cromwell movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Babe,’ ‘L.A. Confidential,’ ‘The Queen’
Actor James Cromwell celebrates his 79th birthday on January 27, 2019. The actor has had a highly successful 45-year career in television and film. He won an Emmy Award in 2013 for his supporting role in the limited series “American Horror Story” and was nominated for an Oscar in 1995 for his role in “Babe.”

Cromwell first came to the public’s attention for his appearance on the wildly popular “All in the Family” in which he played the recurring character of Stretch Cunningham, a co-worker Archie Bunker. It was only his second television acting job (after an appearance on “The Rockford Files”) and it launched him to a highly steady career in guest appearances on television shows and occasional small movie roles.

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That all changed for Cromwell when he appeared in “Babe” an Australian film telling the story of an orphaned baby
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James Cromwell movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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James Cromwell movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Actor James Cromwell celebrates his 79th birthday on January 27, 2019. The actor has had a highly successful 45-year career in television and film. He won an Emmy Award in 2013 for his supporting role in the limited series “American Horror Story” and was nominated for an Oscar in 1995 for his role in “Babe.”

Cromwell first came to the public’s attention for his appearance on the wildly popular “All in the Family” in which he played the recurring character of Stretch Cunningham, a co-worker Archie Bunker. It was only his second television acting job (after an appearance on “The Rockford Files”) and it launched him to a highly steady career in guest appearances on television shows and occasional small movie roles.

That all changed for Cromwell when he appeared in “Babe” an Australian film telling the story of an orphaned baby pig who is raised by the sheep dogs on the farm where he lives.
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Paul Koslo Dies: Veteran Character Actor Was 74

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Paul Koslo Dies: Veteran Character Actor Was 74
Veteran character actor Paul Koslo, known for his work in films such as The Omega Man and Vanishing Point, has died. Koslo died January 9 of pancreatic cancer surrounded by family at his home in Lake Hughes, California, his family said in a statement. He was 74.

Koslo, born in Germany and raised in Canada, began his career in his early 20s with a role in Little White Crimes, a short, in 1966. In the 1970s, he established a foothold as an actor in cult films such as Nam’s Angels aka The Losers, referenced in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, along with Vanishing Point and The Stone Killer. While he became known for more villainous roles, he appeared in an unusually

sympathetic co-starring role opposite Charlton Heston in sci-fi cult classic The Omega Man.

His more villainous roles included films Joe Kidd in 1972, opposite Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson-starrer Mr. Majestyk in
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James Karen, ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘Return of the Living Dead’ Actor, Dies at 94

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James Karen, ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘Return of the Living Dead’ Actor, Dies at 94
James Karen, character actor with hundreds of roles who was best known for “Poltergeist” and “Night of the Living Dead,” died Tuesday in Los Angeles, his friend Leonard Maltin confirmed. He was 94.

Born Jacob Karnovsky in 1923, the actor later changed his last name to Karen after setting out to pursue a career in New York in the 1940s as a professional actor. Under his new name, he would go on to garner appearances spanning both film and television for more than 70 years.

Of his many roles, Karen is perhaps best known for his rendition of the “Poltergeist” character Mr. Teague, a real estate developer who builds a suburban housing community on top of a cemetery filled with angry spirits. Karen also starred in the horror classic “Return of the Living Dead,” playing an unassuming medical warehouse manager who manages to release an experimental gas that brings the dead back to life.
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Win The Rockford Files Season 1, Murder, she wrote and Memoirs of an Invisible Man on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of The Rockford Files, Memoirs of An Invisible Man and Murder, She Wrote, all out now, we’ve been given 3 bundles of the films to give away on Blu-ray.

The Rockford Files Season 1

James Garner stars as Jim Rockford, a private investigator who lives and works out of a house trailer at the beach in Malibu, Los Angeles. Charging $200 per day plus expenses, he s not the cheapest detective available, but he s the best. Jim relies on his brain not brawn to solve a case, and frequently his charm. An ex-convict, once imprisoned for a crime he didn t commit, Jim has a penchant for taking cases that are closed by the Lapd those the police were sure had been resolved. Contains all 22 episodes from the classic TV series now fully restored and in high definition. Starring James Garner and Noah Berry and produced by TV legend Stephen J. Cannell.
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