Thursday, May 19, 2011

Art Laboe, Joel Tator on KTLA Morning News anniversary shows


Joel Tator, who oversaw the KTLA Morning News in the early days and then later went on to a very successful career with Tom Snyder on the NBC "Tomorrow" show, will return to Channel 5 Morning News between 7 and 9 am Friday (May 20) to talk with the anchors about the show and his memories.

Next, Art Laboe is on the KTLA Morning News Sunday, 6 to 9 a.m. Here is the information

Radio on TV with Art Laboe LIVE on KTLA 5 Morning News Sunday May 22nd 6a-9a

Wake up early or set your TiVo/DVR....

Radio Legend, Art Laboe, will be a TV guest this Sunday, May 22nd on the KTLA 5 Morning News at 7a with Anchors Chris Burrous and Mary Beth McDade. That day the telecast will be renamed the All Request and Dedication Art Laboe KTLA 5 Morning News. Tune in from 6a-9a, as there will be teases in the 6a hour and Art Laboe will appear live in several segments between 7a-9a.

Art Laboe is excited to return to the KTLA studios where circa late 1950s & early 1960s he hosted his own teen dance TV program, The Art Laboe Show. Kids would line up around the block to dance on the show while Laboe played records and introduced appearances and performances by some of the hottest stars of the day. The show ran nearly 3 years and much of that time broadcast from Scrivners, a drive-in restaurant.

KTLA is Channel 5 in Los Angeles and most of Southern California. KTLA 5 may also be viewed via satellite or on

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fox Upfront: "Flintstones" Returning in 2013 (

At The Fox Upfront, after word of The X Factor, there was this --

In a surprise announcement that somehow didn't leak to the press before today's presentation, Reilly said the network will bring back The Flintstones to its animation roster.

The revival won't premiere until 2013, but production has begun.

Monday, May 16, 2011

MOVIE FANS: Silent Film Exhibit Opens at Old Orange County Courthouse

"On Location: Silent Films in Orange County," has opened at the old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, CA. Presented by the Orange County Archives and OC Parks, the exhibit opened May 6 and runs through Aug. 5 at the 3rd Floor Museum Gallery at the Old County Courthouse, 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., in downtown Santa Ana.

Between 1910 and 1928, the county says, OC might well have been called Hollywood's back lot, home to the production of hundreds of films, ranging from comic shorts and newsreels to full-length silent movies.

"The county's silent film history is vast, thanks to the proximity to Hollywood, its sweeping natural vista and pristine beaches. 'The Two Brothers,' filmed in 1910 at Mission San Juan Capistrano under the direction of legend D.W. Griffith, was the first motion picture filmed in Orange County. Movie greats Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and native Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle all appeared in movies in OC, as well as Gilbert Roland, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Lon Chaney and Rudolph Valentino," the release says.

The exhibit includes photos, artifacts, props, movie posters, and replica costumes from Theda Bara's epic 'Cleopatra' and Douglas Fairbanks' 'The Mark of Zorro.'

Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The courthouse and the exhibit will be open for a special Saturday open house on June 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. A special screening of Buster Keaton's 'College,' beginning at 2 p.m., will be presented with accompaniment by Bill Campbell of the Orange County Theater Organ Society.

The OC Archives are overseen by the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department. Jean Pasco is Director, Archives and Outreach. Questions, her e-mail is

As many of you know, I wrote the Foreword to Manny Pacheco's excellent book, "Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History" and it led to the "Forgotten Hollywood" radio show 3 p.m. Saturdays on KSPA/1510 AM and streamed at

Pacheco is a well-respected broadcaster who lives in Cypress. Lycan is the radio columnist for the Orange County Register and lives in Santa Ana. Both teach and advise at the Academy of Radio & Television Broadcasting in Huntington Beach. So our Orange County roots are familiar to those who know us, and we both share a passionate interest in film history.

To learn more about the book, the radio show, and local appearances, please visit Manny's site at

The making of films in Orange County is still a vibrant activity, many locations attracting top directors, producers and actors. Janice Arrington is our Orange County Film Commissioner who works tirelessly to create opportunities and supply location recommendations for films, commercials, TV shows. If you have an interest in filming in OC, contact her at



Fox Axing Weekly America's Most Wanted (Deadline.Com)

'America's Most Wanted' Cut Back to Quarterly Specials

Fox announced Monday that it is essentially canceling “America’s Most Wanted,” although it will keep it around in scaled-back form by slating four quarterly two-hour specials for the show, reported.

Kevin Reilly, Fox entertainment president, said it didn’t make economic sense to keep the show on the network as a regular series, noting that the series has not made money in some time.

Reilly said John Walsh, who hosts and produces the show, is talking with other divisions of Fox parent News Corp. about finding a possible place for the series, which is produced by Fox TV Stations.

The show has reportedly led to the capture of 1,151 fugitives

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Norma Zimmer of Lawrence Welk Show fame Dies (MSNBC / AP)

Posted by MSNBC

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Norma Zimmer, the "Champagne Lady" of TV's "The Lawrence Welk Show" and a studio singer who worked with Frank Sinatra and other pop stars, has died. She was 87.

Zimmer died peacefully Tuesday at her Brea, Calif., home, Welk's son, Larry, said Wednesday. Larry Welk didn't know the cause of death but said Zimmer had been living an active life in recent years.

"She was one of the most gracious, likable people that anyone could ever meet. The other people on the show, to this day, just respect and love her," Larry Welk said.

Zimmer performed on Welk's network and later syndicated show from 1960 to 1982 as the "Champagne Lady," the title Welk traditionally gave to his orchestra's lead female singer. Zimmer sang solos, duets with Jimmy Roberts and waltzed with Welk to the strains of his effervescent dance tunes tagged "champagne music."

She appeared on the orchestra's public TV specials that have aired (along with repeats of the series) since 1987. Zimmer took part in a tribute to Welk and his show held earlier this year at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

Welk, who stopped performing in 1989, died in 1992.

Zimmer, born in July 1923 in Larson, Idaho, grew up in Seattle. The petite blonde sang with The Girlfriends, a quartet that performed with Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby, including on Crosby's famed recording of "White Christmas."

Zimmer made several film and TV appearances, including one with Crosby in the 1950 film "Mr. Music" and in an episode of "I Love Lucy," and was the voice of the White Rose in the 1951 Disney film, "Alice in Wonderland."

Her survivors include her sons, Ron and Mark. Her husband, businessman Randy Zimmer, died in 2008.

Funeral services for Zimmer were pending.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dana Wynter (Invasion of Body Snatchers) Dies at 79 (Zap2It) (AP)

'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' star Dana Wynter dies at 79
By AP Staff - Starred in numerous TV dramas in the '60s

Sunday, May 8, 2011 10:34 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dana Wynter, who ran from the Pod People in the 1956 science-fiction classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," has died in Southern California. She was 79.

Her son, Mark Bautzer, told the Los Angeles Times the actress died Thursday in Ojai of congestive heart failure.

Wynter, who starred in a number of television dramas in the 1960s, was best known for her role as Becky Driscoll in director Don Siegel's paranoid film about townspeople being replaced by emotionless duplicates grown from plant-like pods.

Born in Germany, Wynter grew up in England and studied to be a doctor before turning to acting.

She appeared with Robert Lansing in the ABC series "The Man Who Never Was," and starred in "Wagon Train," "Cannon" and "The Rockford Files."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Remembering Jackie Cooper (

Bob Thomas writes a terrific story remembering Jackie Cooper, who died at age 88. Here is the link to the AP story as carried on

Actor-Director Jackie Cooper Dies At Age 88 (NY Times)

Jackie Cooper was a successful actor, director. Beyond the kids movies, he was popular in both "The People's Choice" and "Hennessey." Decades ago, he spent an entire evening sharing stories with radio-TV students at Cal State Fullerton, in a class taught by the late Jerry Lennington. Cooper was gracious, informative, and told it with a straight-shooter kind of style I still remember today.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Summer Cable Drama Series Roundup / By Donna J. Plesh

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of television stories to be filed by Donna J. Plesh, a Southern California based television writer.

MAY, 2011

Summer Dramas on Cable: A Roundup

By Donna J. Plesh

Time was, summer TV meant reruns of your favorite, and some not-so -favorite shows. That all changed when the cable networks began programming new original dramas in the summer months.
Two cable networks, USA and TNT, have been the most ambitious with summer series over past few years, and both networks are adding two new series to their stable of returning shows. Also adding two new series this summer is ABC Family. Here’s a roundup to date of summer dramas.

New: Gabriel Macht stars in “Suits,” a legal drama about a top corporate lawyer out to hire a new associate. The guy who impresses him and who he hires (Patrick J. Adams) is a brilliant college dropout who, though he lacks a degree, has book and street smarts. Gina Torres also stars in the drama executive produced by Doug Liman (“Covert Affairs,” the “Bourne” trilogy). It premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday June 23.
New: In “Necessary Roughness,” Callie Thorne (“Rescue Me,” “Californication”) stars as a therapist who takes a job with a pro football team in order to make ends meet. She is so wildly successful with her tough love brand of therapy that she is soon sought out by musicians, politicians and others living in the spotlight who need her help. She’s great at the job, but the job causes problems in her home life as a single mom raising two teenagers. Marc Blucas, Scott Cohen and Mehcad Brooks also star. The series premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday June 29.
The network has also announced the dates for its returning summer series. “In Plain Sight.” starring Mary McCormack as a U.S. Marshall, is back for a fourth season Sundays at 10 p.m.
“Covert Affairs,” last summer’s hit series about a young CIA operative (Piper Parabola), is back at 10 p.m. Tuesday June 7.
“White Collar,” about the partnership between a con artist (Matt Boomer) and an FBI agent (Tim DeKay), returns for its third season at 9 p.m. Tuesday June 7.
Season five of “Burn Notice” kicks off at 9 p.m. Thursday June 23. Jeffrey Donovan stars as a blacklisted former CIA agent who takes on all types of crime-solving jobs while he tries to get his agency job back. Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless and Coby Bell also star.
It’s summer and Mark Feuerstein returns for a third season as the “doctor for hire” in The Hamptons in “Royal Pains” at 9 p.m. Wednesday June 29.

New: What happens when aliens invade Earth? Its remaining residents fight back in the new sci-fi drama “Falling Skies.” The story begins six months after an initial alien invasion when survivors band together to fight occupying alien forces. Noah Wyle stars as a resistance leader, and Moon Bloodgood co-stars. Steven Spielberg is the executive producer of the series that premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday June 19.
New: Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Brecken Meyer play two young seat-of-their pants lawyers in “Franklin & Bash,” premiering at 8 p.m. Wednesday June 1. Malcolm McDowell also stars as the head of a button-down law firm who hires the two young hotshots because they get results.
Back for a second season is “Memphis Beat,” premiering at 9 p.m. Tuesday June 14. Jason Lee plays a Memphis police detective and Alfre Woodard is his very demanding boss.
Jada Pinkett Smith stars in the hospital drama “Hawthorne,” which begins its third season at 10 p.m. Tuesday June 14. Michael Vartan also stars.
Season four of “Leverage” kicks off at 9 p.m. Sunday June 26. Timothy Hutton heads a gang of thieves, grifters and con artists who help people get even against the big shots that have destroyed their lives. Gina Bellman also stars.
Boston’s notorious criminals are the targets of police detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander)
as “Rizzoli & Isles” begins its second season at 10 p.m. Monday July 11.
The seventh and final season of the police drama “The Closer” begins at 9 p.m. Monday July 11. Kyra Sedgwick, who stars, won a 2010 Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Los Angeles deputy police chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.
Season 2.1 of “Men of a Certain Age” returns at 10 p.m. Wednesday June 1.
Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher star in this drama about three men facing the challenges of midlife.

ABC Family
New: “Switched at Birth, “ premiering at 9 p.m. Monday June 6, tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. One grew up in a wealthy family, while the other who lost her hearing at an early age, grew up with a single mom in a working-class neighborhood. Things come to a head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls. Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano. Lea Thompson, Constance Marie and D.W. Moffett star.
New: In “The Nine Lives of Chloe King, “ Chloe is looking forward to celebrating her birthday until she develops heightened abilities and discovers she is being pursued by a mysterious figure. She soon learns she’s part of an ancient race that has been hunted by human assassins for millennia and that she may be their only hope for survival. Skyler Samuels and Amy Pietz star in the drama premiering at 9 p.m. Tuesday June 14.
Back for its second season is “Pretty Little Liars,“ the story of an outwardly perfect little town filled with many secrets… with some of the ugliest ones belonging to the prettiest girls in town. When one of the girls disappears, the others vow to never tell what happened the night she disappeared. This season that mystery surrounding her disappearance resurfaces, and the girls’ loyalties to each other will be tested. Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, and Sasha Pieterse star. The new season begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday June 14.

Bryan Cranston stars in “Breaking Bad” as a terminally ill high school teacher who turns to a life of crime to secure his family’s financial security.
The series begins its fourth season on July 17.

“Damages” is moving from FX to DirecTV for its fourth season. Glenn Close stars as brilliant and ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes, and Rose Byrne plays her protégée. This season’s guest cast includes Judd Hirsch and Griffin Dunne. The series will air in July at a date and time to be announced.

“Rescue Me” returns for its seventh and final season at 10 p.m. Tuesday July 12. Denis Leary stars in the drama about the personal and professional lives of a group of New York City firefighters.

Brooke Elliott stars in “Drop Dead Diva,” which returns for a third season at 9 p.m. Sunday June 19 on Lifetime. Elliott stars as Jane, a wannabe model who dies in an accident and returns in the body of a brilliant, plus-size attorney. Margaret Cho also stars.

New: In “Alfas,” a team of ordinary citizens with extraordinary mental and physical powers, investigates cases to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able, or willing to solve. David Strathairn stars. The series premieres at 10 p.m. Monday July 11.
Back for season three is “Warehouse 13” at 9 p.m. Monday July 11.
The series follows a team of government agents who work at a top secret storage facility that houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic and preternatural souvenir collected by the government. Saul Rubinek, Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly star as agents investigating reports of supernatural and paranormal activity as they search for new objects and retrieve ones missing from Warehouse 13.
“Haven,” about the strange supernatural goings on in the small town of Haven, Maine, returns for a second season at 10 p.m. Friday July 15. Emily Rose stars as an FBI agent unraveling the mysteries of the sleepy town, which has been a longtime refuge for people with supernatural afflictions.