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Spike TV’s All-Star Don Rickles Tribute: Turning Up the Heat on ‘Mr. Warmth’

Remember the old Dean Martin celebrity roasts that ran for 10 years on NBC starting 40 years ago, where Martin skewered the top names of the day like Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart, Phyllis Diller, Jack Klugman and even…

May 28, 2014

All You Can Eat — and More: Feasting From Television’s Upfront Buffet

Attending upfronts is a bit like partaking in an all-you-can-eat buffet: something you do once a year — in which some of the offerings are pretty tasty, some inedible, several of which that are incredibly delicious and leave you hungering…

May 23, 2014

To Play the Game With an Unreachable Perfection: Arnold Palmer, My Dad, My Brother and Me

Back in 1961, in his fiftieth year, my dad decided to take up golf. My brother and I were rather surprised. Our dad liked watching baseball and football, but we don’t recall him participating in any sport other than our…

May 8, 2014

Jack Bauer Is Back in the ’24′ Reboot ‘Live Another Day.’ Is It Worth Watching?

When last we left Jack Bauer, four years ago, he was in a world of hurt, both personally and professionally. Both the Americans and the Russians were trying to hunt him down. Then, as we fans of Bauer know, Jack…

May 5, 2014