via Variety: Actor Joseph Campanella dies at age 93. A staple of network television for more than three decades, including many of the shows produced by Quinn Martin, he also played Mike Connors’ boss on the first season of Mannix and Bonnie Franklin’s ex-husband on the original One Day at a Time

Joseph Campanella Dead

Veteran Character Actor Joseph Campanella Dies at 93

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via SFGate: The Senate votes to kill FCC rule that would have repealed net neutrality. However, reports say that the GOP-controlled House is unlikely to act on it

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Television Academy Unveils Its New Online Portal for The Interviews: An Oral History of Television, with never-before-seen interviews

(North Hollywood, Calif. — May 16, 2018) — The Television Academy Foundation has launched its new website for The Interviews: An Oral History of Television (, featuring never-before-seen interviews with many of television’s most beloved stars, show creators and behind-the-scenes innovators.

It is the world’s largest such collection available online.

For more than 20 years, the Foundation has been recording and preserving the first-person stories of television’s creation and its evolution, amassing the largest oral history archive on the medium and, since 2008, making it available online.

That website has been redesigned, updated and expanded, housing a curated and fully searchable, cross-referenced online archive of over 4,000 hours of uncensored interviews with icons from television’s earliest days to current stars and visionaries. It’s an unmatched collection of in-depth conversations with industry professionals from many disciplines and in all genres in television who speak candidly, at times comically, and always perceptively about their careers and experiences.

Visitors to the site can screen thousands of clips from the personal stories of TV’s greatest luminaries: Walter Cronkite shares the emotional challenge of reporting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols reveals that Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged her to continue her role as one of television’s most prominent African-American characters; Late Show with David Letterman’s Paul Shaffer divulges he was the first star approached to play George Costanza in Seinfeld; Rita Moreno reflects on the stereotypical roles available for Hispanic actors in the 1950s; and, then-NBC journalist Linda Ellerbee notes that no dress code existed for female reporters on Capitol Hill in the 1970s since no one expected women to hold those positions.

The accomplished men and women profiled provide insight into the lives and work of the artists, corporate executives, larger-than-life characters and technical innovators responsible for the evolution of television. These firsthand accounts capture the context of different eras in American history, illustrating how television reflected society through its news and entertainment content and shaped culture in ways that no other medium could.

All of the inspiring, funny, poignant and fascinating stories — from Betty White to Edie Falco, John Amos to Dick Van Dyke, Edward James Olmos to Richard Thomas, Diane English to Norman Lear — make The Interviews an irreplaceable industry resource. The Foundation has also established partnerships with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Visual History Program, Emerson College’s American Comedy Archives and the Writers Guild Foundation to co-produce and share content on The Interviews site.

The new site premieres with a number of newly produced and catalogued interviews, including a conversation with Emmy® Award-winner Larry Wilmore (black-ish/The Bernie Mac Show). Additional new 2018 interviews include: Saturday Night Live’s production design team and Director Don Roy King, Bonnie Bartlett (St. Elsewhere/Home Improvement/Once and Again), Director/Producer Barry Levinson (OZ/The Wizard of Lies), Jimmie Walker (Good Times), William Daniels (St. Elsewhere/Boy Meets World), John Astin (The Addams Family), Louise Lasser (Girls/Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) and Bernie Kopell (The Love Boat/Get Smart).

“The Foundation is thrilled to present the redesigned site for this historic video collection,” said Madeline Di Nonno, chair of the Television Academy Foundation. “For over two decades the Foundation has been producing The Interviews, providing an invaluable, free-to-screen resource for students, teachers, journalists, TV fans, producers, historians and the general public worldwide. We invite everyone to visit the site and explore its fresh content and updated features.”

Jodi Delaney, executive director of the Television Academy Foundation, said, “With the new website launched, the Foundation is focused on fundraising for a long-term storage and preservation plan for The Interviews as well as making it more accessible with captioning and language translation.”

About the Television Academy Foundation
Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs, such as The Interviews: An Oral History of Television, College Television Awards and Internship Program, the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all of society. For more information on the Foundation, visit

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via Deadline: Designated Survivor reportedly in talks with Netflix about continuing production of the series

‘Designated Survivor’: Netflix Eyes Thriller Drama Series After ABC Cancellation

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via Washington Post and SFGate: ABC renews Roseanne, but says that the show will steer away from politics next season

'Roseanne' riles everyone up: Just like old times

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Coming in June to TV CONFIDIENTIAL: Michele Lee on playing Dottie West and Madame Morrible, the backstory of “I’m Way Ahead” from the Broadway musical Seesaw, and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the final episode of Knots Landing

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via @latimes: Journalist and novelist Tom Wolfe dies at age 88

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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 404 with guests Neil Sandilands, Lili Bordan and Lisa Hackett is now available online for listening on demand

Show No. 404 with guests Neil Sandilands, Lili Bordán and Lisa Hackett
Original Airdate
: May 11-14, 2018
Listen to “TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 404 with guests Neil Sandilands, Lili Bordán and Lisa Hackett” on Spreaker.

First hour: Actress Lili Bordán (Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, The River, Max’s Midnight Movies) talks to Ed about filming the crime thriller Live or Die in La Honda on location in the historic town of La Honda, California; playing iconic Warner Bros. story editor Irene Lee in the upcoming biopic Curtiz (which depicts the events behind the scenes of the production of Casablanca); and what music she listens to when dancing in her car. Lili also appears with Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen and Diane Keaton in the romantic comedy Book Club, which opens in movie theaters nationwide on Friday, May 18; Live or Die in La Honda is available for streaming on demand through Amazon and other platforms. Also in this hour: Ed welcomes Lisa Hackett, one of the daughters of legendary comedian and actor Buddy Hackett, and the executive in charge of licensing and distribution requests for Hackett Entertainment. Topics include Buddy’s short-lived series, Stanley (NBC, 1956-1957), one of the last live sitcoms from the Golden Age of Television, and the first television series role for Carol Burnett; and how Buddy revolutionized how comedy concerts were filmed for cable television. All nineteen episodes of Stanley are available as a DVD set, while two of Buddy’s live comedy specials for HBO, Buddy Hackett: Live and Uncensored 1 and Buddy Hackett: Live and Uncensored 2 are available for streaming on demand through Google Play, iTunes and Second hour: Ed welcomes Neil Sandilands, the actor who currently stars as arch villain Clifford Devoe, The Thinker, on Season Four of The Flash. Topics include finding the humanity in characters such as Devoe; Neil’s interest in all aspects of film production, including directing, editing, and cinematography; and why he thinks of himself more as an “interpreter” than an actor. The season finale of The Flash airs Tuesday, May 22 on The CW. Neil can also be seen as Academy Award-winning director Fred Zinnemann in the forthcoming biopic Frank and Ava.

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via The Wrap: Actress Margot Kidder dies at age 69

Margot Kidder Photo: Dick Darrell/Toronto Star Via Getty Images

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via Deadline: FOX picks up Last Man Standing, one year after the Tim Allen sitcom had been canceled by ABC

‘Last Man Standing’ Resurrected At Fox For Season 7 With Original Cast Led By Tim Allen

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