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It's official — NBC has granted the long-rumored reboot of Will & Grace a 10-episode, limited-series run.
All four leads are going to be back in action, with director James Burrows and creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan returning as showrunners.
Lifelong racist Trump cancels MLK Day visit to African-American visit after attacking civil rights icon John Lewis. Not hard to connect dots.
Have you checked out the Cuban-American reboot of One Day at a Time, featuring Rita Moreno?
Gay man in Chile attacked by neo-Nazis.
This image is giving me a Gregory Nalbone-er:
Above, listen to snippets of the remembrances offered by luminaries like Judge Judy, Carol Burnett and Tom Bergeron at this weekend's private tribute to the memory of Florence Henderson.
2016 really was a disaster for losing famous names.
Tattletales was one of my all-time fave game shows, though I liked it better when it switched formats to all questions and no buzz-ins.
Watching it now is an odd experience because so many of the relationships — it was all husbands/wives or longterm relationships — crumbled spectacularly.
In this episode, it's hard to simply enjoy the banter without thinking: Amanda Blake got HIV from her next husband and died of AIDS, Shatner divorced his wife and his next one drowned mysteriously in their pool and poor Bobby Van died young and Elaine Joyce remarried, to Neil Simon (a fact I just learned).
Oh, and Van and host Bert Convy both died of brain cancer — two out of the seven people in the episode!
Dick Gautier, best-known as Hymie on Get Smart in six episodes from 1966 to 1968 (and in the 1989 reunion TV movie), died yesterday at 85 after years of declining health.
Along with being a familiar face on TV, he received a Tony nomination for playing Conrad Birdie in the original 1960 production of Bye, Bye Birdie, humorously (and sexily) channeling Elvis for the teen-idol role.
Of being picked to try out for the Birdie role by Gower Champion (1919-1980) himself, he recalled in 2014:
They asked me to read for this thing. I was a little put off because I didn't like rock and roll. Not at that point. I said, “I don't think it's for me. I like Jerome Kern and George Gershwin.”
They said, “Will you at least come in and audition?” I went in and they said, “Would you sing an Elvis song?” I said, “I don't know any Elvis songs.” So they just played some blues and I ad-libbed and I guess they liked it. Couple months later they called.
He begrudgingly took the role and his career changed.
You may also remember Gautier from The Patty Duke Show (which lost most of its original cast in 2016), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (a lothario) or other guest appearances in the '60s, '70s and '80s.
I recall him from Tattletales, on which he appeared with then-wife Barbara Stuart (1930-2011):
I was fortunate enough to meet Gautier at one of my beloved autograph shows. He was charming, and flirty with the idea of his gay fans. He seemed like a sweet guy.
ABOVE: Living legend Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), the last surviving March on Washington speaker, told NBC News' Meet the Press it will be hard having a relationship with Trump because:
I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president... I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.
Lewis based his comment on the well-documented Russian interference in the U.S. election., a fact Trump denied until recently, when he admitted they probably interfered — but that it made no difference.
Like the child he is, Trump tweeted a response worthy of a Valley girl (it ends with Sad!), saying Lewish should spend more time working on his district.
For his part, liberal lion Lewis — who has attended evvery swearing-in since he was (legitimately) elected — is skipping Trump's inauguration:
You cannot be at home with something that you feel is wrong, is not right.