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Justin Tennison, 'Deadliest Catch' Deckhand, Found Dead in Alaska Hotel Room

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 23rd 2011 4:37PM
Deadliest Catch, Time Bandit'Deadliest Catch' deckhand Justin Tennison was was found dead in his Homer, Alaska, hotel room yesterday, TMZ reports.

According to the Facebook fan page of 'Deadliest Catch' star Captain Andy Hillstrand, the 34-year-old Tennison was an experienced fisherman who recently joined the crew of the Time Bandit as a deckhand for the Red King 2010 and Opilio 2011 seasons. He was the second cousin of Time Bandit crew member Eddie Uwekoolani, Jr., and served as engineer during the boat's off season.

"Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand," Hillstrand wrote on his Facebook page. "The Captains and Crew appreciated his hard work and many contributions this past year. We will miss him terribly and wish his family all the best during this most difficult time."

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Cady McClain returning to All My Children

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 13th 2010 8:33PM
cady_mcclain_abcDaytime soaps have always had a sketchy history when it comes to life and death. In short, like science fiction and fantasy, death is not a finality. Soap characters can return from the dead, not really have been dead at all, reappear as missing twins, turn out to have been victim of a coffin switch, and if all else fails, death become a way to bring a character back as a ghost or guardian angel. All that is part of Soaps 101, a college course taught at most universities today, I believe.

That was a long introduction to reveal that fan fave and multiple Emmy winner Cady McClain is returning to All My Children. Cady was more recently on As the World Turns as Rosanna, but left about a month ago when her story line wrapped. That means she was free to sign up with another soap and ABC came a callin' for the actress.

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Review: Desperate Housewives - Boom Crunch

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 6th 2009 2:08AM
Desperate Housewives
(S06E10) "Your mom needs help, and so does Mike." - Susan to Dylan

There we go, dear TV Squad readers, a few of our wishes and theories concerning Desperate Housewives have come true this week in the Christmas-themed installment of the show. I mentioned a few weeks back that I wanted Dylan, Katherine's daughter, to come back to Wisteria Lane and help her mother, and it came true. And two weeks ago, a few of you predicted the accurate turn of events concerning Katherine's stabbing.

But Katherine's crazy storyline wasn't the important event of the last episode of 2009. As teased for weeks, the lives of the Wisteria Lane citizens were rocked by a boom and a crunch.

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Heroic Brit dies protecting CBBC kids from elephant

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 4th 2009 11:02AM
A CBBC tour guide died protecting children from a mad elephant.When watching any nature special from PBS or the BBC featuring dangerous wild animals photographed at reasonably close range, how often do you stop and consider the very real danger men and women are in while getting that footage?

That danger proved deadly this past weekend when a rampaging African elephant trampled and killed a British tour guide (Anton Turner, 38) who was trying to protect a group of children visiting Tanzania.

The kids were in Africa serving as TV hosts for the CBBC (BBC's children's channel) show, Serious Explorers. Seven children were planning to follow the steps of Victorian explorer Dr. David Livingston.

Reports say, when the elephant charged a group of the CBBC kids, Turner challenged the elephant and attempted to shoot his rifle at the animal. But, he was unable to open fire in time and was trampled. Turner leaves behind a pregnant wife.

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Larry Gelbart dead at 81

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 12th 2009 8:42AM
Larry GelbartYesterday brought sad news for anyone who's a comedy writer, aspired to be a comedy writer, or just appreciated a well-turned and funny phrase. Larry Gelbart passed away; he had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. He died at his Los Angeles home yesterday morning at the age of 81.

Gelbart is probably best known for his writing on M*A*S*H during its early years. The almost lyrical comedic dialogue he gave Hawkeye, Trapper, and the rest of the gang is what drew me to the show, and he influenced almost everyone who worked on the show afterwards, including FOS (Friend of Squad) Ken Levine, who was just "too devestated" to write a tribute on his blog (expect one on Monday, though).

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George Carlin dead at 71

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 23rd 2008 5:25AM
George Carlin dead at 71Wow. I just got in from a very, very late flight from Denver, and the early-morning newscasts hit me with this wallop: my favorite comedian, George Carlin, passed away last night. On Sunday, he admitted himself into a local Santa Monica hospital, complaining of chest pains, and ended up dying that evening of heart failure. He was 71.

Carlin, of course, is most famous for the 1970s comedy routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV." It was a bit which not only got radio stations that played it in trouble with the FCC, leading to landmark First Amendment and decency rulings by the Supreme Court, but he was also arrested in Milwaukee on indecency charges after doing the routine on stage there.

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Martyr the Mouse dies for his land

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 1st 2007 4:42PM


Farfour, the Mickey Mouse-looking host of a children's program that encouraged Palestinian children to rise up against Israel, is now dead. On the final episode of Tomorrow's Pioneers, Farfour was "killed" by an actor portraying an Israeli official after refusing to sell his land.

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New webisodes based on Ghost Whisperer hit CBS site today - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 30th 2007 6:19PM

ghost whispererGhost Whisper, or as I call it, Can I Sit Through a Show I Hate For No Other Reason Than to Ogle Jennifer Love Hewitt?, now has a spin-off of sorts, an online-only series launching today on CBS' innertube broadband site. The new web series, Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side, focuses on Zach, an earthbound spirit who tries to come to terms with his death with the help of other spirits. Zach will be played by Mark Hapka, and the series will also feature Robin Hines, rapper DNA and Graham McTavish as the ghosts who try to help Zach communicate with the world of the living.

Zach will also appear in the second season finale of Ghost Whisperer. The first webisode is available to watch now, and a new episode will debut every Friday.

Check out a trailer for the new online series after the jump.

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Meredith Grey looks awfully good... for a zombie

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 22nd 2007 11:42AM
Ellen PompeoOne of the reasons why I stopped reviewing Grey's Anatomy was because that it just plain tired me out. With so many characters and storylines to keep track of, it became very difficult to cover them all in my reviews. Another reason was that the increasingly soapy melodrama was wearing me down, a notion that was confirmed to me last week when George and Izzie drunkenly slept together at the end of the episode (Though it did give birth to Jonathan's clever use of the name "Gizzie").

But what also got to me about the show was its complete lack of medical realism. Yes, I know it's a TV show and it doesn't have to be hyper-real, but in the day and age of ER and reality medical shows on TLC, you need to come somewhat closer to medical realism than, say, Marcus Welby, M.D. did 35 years ago.

The last straw on this front was when I saw Meredith Grey at the beginning of last week's episode. Despite the fact that she was clinically dead for what seemed like hours, she came out of it not only OK, but prettier than ever!

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Jeni's family says death was probably a suicide

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 14th 2007 3:01PM

richard jeniI have to admit I hadn't paid much attention to the work of comedian Richard Jeni over the last few years, but when I was in middle school and his specials aired on Showtime, I thought he was one of the most hysterical comedians I had ever seen. This equation of his is one I still quote from time to time:

'God is love. Love is blind. Therefore, Ray Charles is God.'

That makes perfect sense to me, but what's always a little more difficult to figure out is why a person would take their own life. According to Jeni's family, who released a statement saying Jeni's career was going fine and that they believe his death was probably a suicide, spurred by Jeni's having been "diagnosed with severe clinical depression coupled with bouts of psychotic paranoia." No official announcement from the autopsy has been made yet.

You can read the full statement on Jeni's official site.

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Comedian Richard Jeni dead from an apparent suicide

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 11th 2007 5:32PM
Richard JeniWow. Here's a shocker for a Sunday afternoon: Comedian Richard Jeni has passed away from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 45 years old (Update: Jeni's web site cites his year of birth as 1957).

According to this AP report (via CNN), Jeni's girlfriend called police and told them "my boyfriend shot himself in the face." Jeni was found in a West Hollywood home barely alive, and he died in the hospital soon afterwards.

You've likely seen Jeni many times, as a guest on various talk shows (he appeared on The Tonight Show often, with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno), or on HBO specials like Platypus Man or last year's A Big Steaming Pile of Me. He first appeared nationally on a 1990 Showtime special entitled Richard Jeni: Boy From New York City.

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TV composer Harvey R. Cohen dead at 55

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 17th 2007 7:31PM

harvey r cohenHarvey R. Cohen, who composed music for both live-action and animated series and won Emmys for his work on the television cartoon series Aladdin and The Adventures of Batman and Robin and was nominated for his work on Casper and Batman: The Animated Series, died January 14 of a heart attack. He was fifty-five.

Cohen's other TV work included Superman, Tiny Toon Adventures, Bonkers, Taz-Mania, The Little Mermaid, Gargoyles, Goof Troop, Dallas, The Wonder Years, Knots Landing, Growing Pains and Murphy Brown. He also orchestrated Billy Crystal's popular Oscar medley on four different occasions, and arranged music for many stars, including Kenny G, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters and Shirley MacLaine. In 2003, he composed a tribute to the Columbia Space Shuttle astronauts.

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Animation producer Steve Krantz dead at 83

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 11th 2007 11:00AM

fritz the catSteve Krantz, the producer who helped bring Marvel characters to the television screen, passed away due to complications from pneumonia on January 4 at the age of 83.

Krantz produced The Marvel Superheroes, a limited-animation series featuring The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Sub-Mariner. The series used artwork taken directly from the comic books, often from different artists so that the character designs would sometimes change within a single episode. Marvel Superheroes was a major influence on the graphic style of the Adult Swim series Minoriteam.

Krantz also produced the Spider-Man cartoon in the late '60s, and was also a producer for Ralph Bakshi's films Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic. Bakshi also worked as a writer on Marvel Superheroes. Krantz's other projects included developing series based on books by his wife, the novelist Judith Krantz. His son is 24 executive producer Tony Krantz.

[via Toon Zone]

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Remembering Muppeteer Richard Hunt - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 7th 2007 6:03PM

richard huntJim Henson passed away in 1990, but two years later, on this very day, we also lost another important Muppet performer: Richard Hunt. Hunt joined Henson for several of the Muppets' appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, and eventually joined Sesame Street, performing characters such as Forgetful Jones and Don Music. On The Muppet Show, he performed Beaker, Janice of The Electric Mayhem, Statler (one of the old men in the balcony) and Scooter (whose Uncle owned the theater).

Hunt also performed half of the Two-Headed Monster on Sesame Street along with Henson. The chemistry on stage between Henson and Frank Oz is often talked about, but Hunt was equally brilliant when working with Henson, as the hilarious exchanges between Statler and Waldorf prove. Casual fans may not hear much about him, but he was an important element in bringing that zany Muppetness to the TV screen.

I placed some clips of Hunt's characters below for your enjoyment, so, enjoy them.

[via Muppet News Flash]

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PBS makes Gerald Ford documentary available to local stations

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 29th 2006 8:02PM

gerald fordI'm too young to really remember the late Gerald Ford, though he was president when I was born. That's not really significant, I'm just grasping for any kind of connection I might have with the man. The truth is, I don't know a lot about him, other than the basic stuff: he was not elected to the presidency, but rather took over when Nixon resigned, and also pardoned the former president. But then, I've always had what I describe as a "Cliff's Notes" way of retaining history.

If you're interested in learning a little more about Ford, you should check the listings for your local PBS station, because the WGVU-produced documentary, Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History has been made available to PBS stations everywhere. The documentary was based on James Cannon's book of the same name, and chronicles the life of the late president and his political career.

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