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Fox Cuts “Making History” Midseason Episode Order
Upcoming midseason Fox sitcom “Making History,” with Adam Pally as a brilliant, dorky professor who basically invents a time-traveling device that allows him to court young women in the past, has had its episode ordered reduced by the network from 13 to 9 episodes. The reasoning, according to Fox, is the timing, with the network claiming it does not need as many episodes for its spring slate as originally ordered. But no new series has its episode ordered slashed unless the network is not satisfied with what it is seeing.
Executive-produced by “Last Man on Earth” producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, “Making History” centers on three friends who find a way to travel through time in search of truth, justice, and riches, which complicates their lives in 2016. They visit some of the greatest moments of the past as they try to resolve their personal problems, while history and pop culture comically collide. Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”) also stars.
John Zacherle, TV’s “Cool Ghoul,” Dies at 98
John Zacherle, one of the first late night horror-movie hosts, died on Thursday at his home in New York. He was 98. Nicknamed “Cool Ghoul” by Dick Clark, Zacherle, who sometimes spelled his name Zacherley, debuted his popular, crypt-dwelling undertaker character in Philadelphia before moving to New York City in 1958. He hosted Saturday night show “Chiller Theater” on WPIX in New York, among other shows. And, in 1967, he became a morning radio host for WNEW-FM. Two years later in 1969, he became the station night broadcaster for a progressive rock format. In 1971 he switched his show to WPLJ-FM, where he stayed for 10 years, and also appeared as a wizard on kids favorite “Captain Kangaroo” in the early 1980s.
More recently, Zacherle was featured in documentary “The Aurora Monsters: The Model Craze That Gripped the World” in 2010.
Zacherle is survived by three nieces including Bonnie Zacherle, creator of the My Little Pony toys, as well a collection of great nieces, nephews and great great nieces and nephews.