Famous Friends of Oscar and Felix

During the run of The Odd Couple on ABC from 1970 to 1975, celebrities played themselves as they graced the adventures of Oscar Madison, famous sports writer for The New York Herald and Felix Unger, photographer boasting portraits a specialty. Allen Ludden, the host...

Stern and Stars

The 1997 movie Private Parts, based on Howard Stern’s autobiography of the same name, has fairly rich television connections. Stern, a shock jock, portrayed himself in the story recounting his rise from a $96 a week disc jockey to the King of All Media.  His...

Of Frolic and Festivus

On May 14, 1998, Seinfeld ended its dominant run in prime time. We said goodbye to puffy shirts, Kramerica Industries, and Newman. We said goodbye to Uncle Leo, Festivus, and doing the opposite. We said goodbye to Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer. The final episode...

Pembleton, Bayliss et. al.

In the 1990s, NBC dominated with a powerful lineup of programs, including Seinfeld, Friends, and ER.  Homicide:  Life on the Street, while overflowing with quality scripts, story lines, and actors, did not bathe in the glitz factor of NBC’s other shows.  Still,...