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Edwin Newman, Veteran NBC Newsman, Dies at 91

by Kelly Woo, posted Sep 15th 2010 5:15PM
Edwin NewmanEdwin Newman, who spent decades as a newsman at NBC, has died. The veteran TV journalist, who was 91, passed away Aug. 13 in Oxford, England, though his death was only just announced by outlets including the New York Times so his family could have time to grieve privately.

Newman first joined NBC's ranks in the early 1950s and served as a correspondent, anchor, commentator, documentary host and theater critic over his three-decade tenure. He was known for his dry wit, stark eyebrows and love of plainspoken English.

In a statement, former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw said, "Ed Newman was an early role model for my generation of NBC News correspondents. Worldly, erudite and droll, qualities that were enriched by his pitch perfect use of the English language."

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Clickable: HBO's 'True Blood' Death Montage (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Sep 15th 2010 1:00PM
Usually we're immediately aware of everything worthy online that is TV-related. However, we'll admit that we somehow missed this gem two weeks ago.

To promote 'True Blood's' season 3 finale, HBO released a montage of deaths from the entire show and named it 'In Memoriam.' It is bloody beautiful.

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'Simon & Simon' Actor Eddie Barth Dead at 78

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 4th 2010 5:00PM
Eddie BarthEddie Barth, who played rival detective Myron Fowler on the detective series 'Simon & Simon,' died May 28 of heart failure, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 78.

According to the report, Barth died at his home in Los Angeles.

In addition to 'Simon & Simon,' on which he appeared in 38 episodes, Barth acted on a number of famous television shows throughout his career, from 'Kojak,' to 'Shaft' to 'Murder She Wrote.' He also provided the closing line in the Miller Lite beer commercials of the '80s.

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'Designing Women' Star Dixie Carter Dies

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 11th 2010 12:51AM
Dixie CarterTV star Dixie Carter died Saturday morning at age 70, the AP is reporting.

Carter's death was confirmed Saturday by publicist Steve Rohn, who represents Carter and her husband, Oscar-nominated actor Hal Holbrook. Further details, including the cause of death, were not disclosed.

"This has been a terrible blow to our family. We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy," Holbrook said in a written statement.

Carter's career spanned multiple decades on television and on the stage. TV fans may remember her best for her portrayal of Julia Sugarbaker on the CBS sitcom 'Designing Women,' on which she appeared in over 160 episodes from 1986-1993. The role came just one year following a two-season gig on NBC's 'Diff'rent Strokes,' as aerobics instructor Maggie McKinney

For more on the career of Dixie Carter, visit PopEater.

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John Forsythe Dead at 92

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 2nd 2010 3:22PM
John ForsytheGoodnight, Charlie.

According to the AP, John Forsythe, who starred in such classic TV series as 'Bachelor Father,' 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Dynasty,' died yesterday after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 92.

Forsythe's publicist, Harlan Boll, confirmed the news today, and said that his death was caused by complications of pneumonia.

Forsythe was arguably best known for his role as hard-edged oil tycoon Blake Carrington on 'Dynasty.' Forsythe joined the show in 1981, and appeared in over 200 episodes. In addition, Forsythe won two Golden Globe Awards for his role on the series, and an additional three Emmy nominations.

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'Treme,' 'ER' Writer David Mills Is Dead

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 31st 2010 11:10AM
David MillsSad news for HBO's 'Treme': NOLA.com has confirmed that staff writer and co-executive producer David Mills died Tuesday of a brain aneurysm in New Orleans, according to an HBO spokesperson. He was 48.

"HBO is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend and colleague David Mills. He was a gracious and humble man, and will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, as well as those who were aware of his immense talent. David has left us too soon but his brilliant work will live on," HBO said in a statement released to the NY Times.

Mills, who begin his career as a newspaper writer, took part in a number of popular TV shows during his career, from 'Homicide,' to 'ER' to 'The Wire.' He also won two Emmys for the 2000 miniseries 'The Corner,' for which he teamed with fellow 'Treme' producer David Simon.

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Robert Culp Dead After Tragic Fall

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 24th 2010 5:45PM
Robert Culp'I Spy' star Robert Culp, 79, died Wednesday after hitting his head during a fall, the LA Times has confirmed.

The incident occurred while the Emmy-winning star was taking a walk outside his Hollywood home. He was found by a jogger, who then called 911. Culp was pronounced dead after arriving at LA's Queen of Angels hospital.

Culp played Kelly Robinson for three seasons on 'I Spy' and received four Emmy nominations, including one for writing.

His other television credits include 'Trackdown,' 'Greatest American Hero' and the recent CBS comedy 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' in which he played Debra's (Patricia Heaton) father, Warren, in 11 episodes.

For more on the death of Robert Culp, visit PopEater.

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TV Icon Peter Graves Dies

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 14th 2010 11:50PM
Peter Graves'Mission: Impossible' star Peter Graves died Sunday of a heart attack, the NY Times has confirmed.

Graves, whose film and television career spanned about 60 years, was perhaps best known for his Golden Globe-winning portrayal of IMF leader James Phelps on the iconic spy series, which ran for seven seasons on CBS. He later reprised the role in an ABC reboot, from 1988-1990.

Graves' small-screen career dates back the mid-'50s when he landed a regular gig on the NBC Western drama 'Fury.' From then on, he became a regular face on television, with additional roles on 'Whiplash,' 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents,' 'The Dean Martin Show,' 'Fantasy Island' and, more recently, the WB family drama, '7th Heaven.'

For more on the career of Peter Graves, visit PopEater.

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'24': Who's REALLY Dead?

by Adam Keleman, posted Jan 16th 2010 3:00PM
'24,' a show known for cutting corners occasionally on time (Can Jack really get from the Valley to CTU in under 10 mins?), is still based on a real-to-life world; when a person gets shot, they usually are gone for good. That's what is so effective about its premise: Thoroughly developing characters that grab the attention of the audience, be it good or bad, and allow fate to run its deathly course.

There are times, though, when the details of a character's death are somewhat inconclusive, undoubtedly shrouded in mystery (What happened to Tony?!). So we took it upon ourselves to list some of our favorite deceased '24' characters, scrutinizing their untimely demise -- to see if things were how they seemed...or not.

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'Mr. Ed' Actress Connie Hines Dies at 78

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 24th 2009 1:00PM
Connie Hines on Mr EdConnie Hines, best known for playing the role of Wilbur's wife, Carol Post, on the 1960s TV classic 'Mr. Ed,' has died at the age of 78. Variety reports that the actress passed away of heart complications in the comfort of her Beverly Hills home this past week.

Hines began work in the industry modeling and taking stage parts, finally moving to Los Angeles and accepting a role on the helicopter television show 'Whirlybirds.' Her first film role emerged in the 60s in a movie called 'Thunder of Carolina.'

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Angry Torchwood fans threaten writers with bodily harm

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted Aug 3rd 2009 8:57PM
Torchwood: Children of EarthIf you're a regular viewer of the BBC sci-fi series Torchwood, you're more than aware of the recent dust up between fans and writers over a major character death in this past season's finale. Angry fans immediately ran to message boards to express their displeasure with the direction the show has taken, but now, that angry fan reaction seems to have taken a sudden and serious turn for the worse.

Before we get too far into this, I'm putting a spoiler warning on this post, even though the episode in question has already aired in the U.S. For anyone still saving it on their DVR, beware. It's a biggie.

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TV News Daily: Mark Pellegrino Joins 'Supernatural'

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 29th 2009 12:00PM
Mark Pellegrino and Missy Peregrym

'Lost' alum Mark Pellegrino lands one hell of a role, Missy Peregrym joins a new ABC cop drama, Lea Thompson returns to the small screen and more TV news.

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Busy night for network news: Michael Jackson tribute to air with a Farrah tribute

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 25th 2009 8:02PM
Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson... both of whom died today
Wow. Busy day in celebrity deaths. First we hear that Farrah Fawcett finally lost her battle to cancer, then suddenly we hear that, after being rushed to a LA hospital in cardiac arrest, Michael Jackson also died. He was only 50, and he was about to embark on a comeback concert stint in London that he hoped would revive his career.

ABC News was already scrambling to move up the Farrah special they had planned to air on 20/20 this coming Friday. That special, where Barbara Walters interviews Ryan O'Neal, will be shown tonight at 10 PM ET. They also just announced that they will be airing an MJ retrospective at 9 PM ET.

Other networks are following suit with their own specials, according to THR.com.

It's interesting how most news outlets aside from Fox didn't confirm MJ's death even though our friends at TMZ had the news first. I guess it wasn't legitimate enough for them. Either way, it's a shockingly sad day in the entertainment biz, no matter what you may have thought of Farrah or Jackson.

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Ed McMahon Dies at 86

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 23rd 2009 11:00AM
Ed McMahon'Tonight Show' sidekick Ed McMahon died early this morning in Los Angeles.

According to his publicist, Howard Bragman, McMahon, who was hospitalized with pneumonia in February, died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering a "multitude of health problems the last few months."

Among the reported ailments: bone cancer, an anonymous source told the Associated Press.

He was 86.

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9/11 death of Frasier creator reverberates through fellowship

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 11th 2006 1:01PM
David AngellAmong the almost 3,000 people that died on September 11, 2001 was Frasier co-creator David Angell and his wife Lynn, who were on the plane that was flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Just like the deaths of everyone else that day, the Angells' demise was tragic. But also like many of the victims, the families of those who died are using the incident to better the world around them. This Hollywood Reporter article speaks to Kathy Fischer, the first recipient of the David and Lynn Angell Humanitas Comedy Fellowship in 2003. She was able to utilize the fellowship, awarded for a Bernie Mac Show spec script, and launch a TV comedy writing career that has landed her a job as a staff writer on the George Lopez. She's now writing scripts for new pilots.

The article goes on to talk about how the Angell Foundation was founded and funded, mostly coming from the Angells' estate. Its causes are varied, involving social justice, arts, education, and spiritual causes. It's good to know Angell and his wife are still helping people out, even if they are no longer around to see things through.

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