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Don Rickles Dies at 90
Legendary insult comedian Don Rickles, a fixture on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure. He was 90.
Born on May 8, 1926 in Jackson Heights, New York, Rickles abandoned a potential career as an insurance agent by enrolling in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He tried his hand at performing comedy in nightclubs in between acting gigs, which is where he found his true calling by taking on hecklers.Rickles was doing just that in the 1950s when Frank Sinatra and his entourage saw his performance in Miami Beach, and recommendations by Sinatra opened doors for him in Las Vegas (and entry as an honorary member of the Rat Pack).
An appearance on “The Tonight Show” in 1965 gave Rickles his national breakthrough and he quickly became a regular guest. Rickles headlined three short-lived sitcoms: “The Don Rickles Show” on CBS in 1972, “C.P.O. Sharkey” on NBC from 1976-78, and “Daddy Dearest” on Fox in 1993. He also guest starred in numerous series like “The Twilight Zone,” “Wagon Train,” “The Addams Family,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Lucy Show,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gilliagn’s Island.” But it was “The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast,” which ran sporadically from 1974 to 1984 on NBC, that gave Rickles his greatest success.
More recently, Rickles guest starred in TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” and was the voice of Mr. Potato in the “Toy Story” franchise.
Rickles is survived by his wife Barbara, a son and a daughter, along with two grandchildren.
getTV and Antenna TV Remember Don Rickles
Diginet getTV will celebrate the life and legacy of Don Rickles with a variety block highlighting some of his most memorable Friars’ Club Roasts this Monday, April 10. The tribute begins at 10 p.m. ET, as the infamous insult comic gets a rare taste of his own medicine in 1970’s “The Friar’s Club Roasts Don Rickles,” hosted by Johnny Carson and featuring appearances by Henny Youngman, Dick Cavett, George C. Scott and Milton Berle. Next at 11 p.m. ET is “The Friar’s Club Roasts Johnny Carson” featuring appearances by Rickles, Groucho Marx, Flip Wilson, Dick Cavett, and Carson’s long-time sidekick Ed McMahon. “The Friar’s Club Roasts Jerry Lewis” completes the tribute at 12 a.m. ET.
Antenna TV, meanwhile, will feature Rickles on episodes of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” through this Sunday.
E! Acquires “The People’s Choice Awards”
“The People’s Choice Awards,” a staple on CBS since its birth in 1975, is moving to E! Beginning in 2018, the awards show will be broadcast on E! and produced by NBCUniversal’s Wilshire Studios, which produces E!’s red carpet coverage.“Rooted in pop culture and celebrity, the ‘People’s Choice Awards’ is a natural extension for E! and we are excited to evolve and supercharge this fan-centered event for the next generation in a way that only E! can,” said Adam Stotsky, president of E! “Over two decades ago, E! created the red carpet experience and became the leading destination for fans on Hollywood’s biggest nights. With this acquisition, we are harnessing our entertainment authority, live event expertise and huge multi-platform reach to take fans beyond the red carpet and offer a true end to end consumer experience.”
“The People’s Choice Awards” airs every year in January.
Food Network to Launch in Italy
Scripps Networks Interactive has announced the launch of Food Network in Italy on May 8 on free-to-air LCN 33. “The launch of Food Network in Italy, a key growth market for Scripps Networks Interactive, represents a significant milestone in the global expansion of this brand,” said Phillip Luff, Managing Director of UK & EMEA for Scripps Networks Interactive. “Italy offers a rich and dynamic culture, where food is in people’s DNA, and Food Network’s unique and entertaining programming will engage the many millions of Italians who celebrate food.”
Food Network will offer a mix of local original productions and flagship international shows across genres including culinary entertainment, competitions series and in the kitchen cooking techniques. In addition to original local commissions, which will be produced in Italian, all programming will be dubbed in Italian. To accompany the on-air offering, Food Network will launch a localized website featuring tested recipe collections, tips and food hacks, in addition to a social media presence on Facebook and Instagram to showcase exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes content.
Carrie Ann Inaba and Rob Marciano Confirmed for “National Cherry Blossom Festival”
Carrie Ann Inaba from “Dancing with the Stars” and Rob Marciano from “Good Morning America” will appear on the annual “National Cherry Blossom Festival,” which commemorates the 105th anniversary of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the city of Washington, D.C. Distributed by Timeless International, Inc., Sinclair owned WJLA in Washington DC will air this event live as a two-hour program tomorrow from 10:00 am – 12 noon. Filmed in high definition, this syndicated one hour spring special will begin airing nationally onSaturday, April 15 through Sunday, June 25.
For more information, contact Sean Deneny from Timeless International, Inc. at 631/726-8014 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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