April 4, 2009
We were forced to say goodbye to several veterans of the TV shows from the past. Some are well known to the public and some are not. Either way, the medium of television wouldn't be the same without their contributions.
They include Ron Silver (Chicago Hope, Law & Order, Crossing Jordan, Rhoda, and The West Wing), Alan Livingston (creator of Bozo The Clown), Morton Lachman (The Red Skelton Show, Sanford, All In The Family, Gimme A Break, and Kate & Allie), Millard Kaufman (Mister Magoo), Harry Harris (Fame, Gunsmoke, Kung Fu, Lost In Space, Hawaii Five-0, Falcon Crest, and 7th Heaven, and Andy Hallett (Angel, Buffy The Vampire Slayer). Here are the details...
, 62, passed away on March 15th after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer. A veteran of many movies (Reversal Of Fortune
) and Broadway plays (Speed the Plow
), television audiences know the talented actor from Chicago Hope
, Law & Order, Crossing Jordan,
and The West Wing
. One of his earlier roles in the medium was playing the boyfriend and neighbor of Brenda (Julie Kavner) on the Rhoda
sitcom. Silver was also the co-founder of an entertainment industry advocacy group, Creative Coalition.
On March 13th, Alan Livingston
died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 91. He was best known as the president of Capitol Records during the 1960s, having signed iconic artists like Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and The Beatles. He was originally hired as a writer and producer of children's storytelling record albums with illustrated read-along books. He wrote Bozo at the Circus
and worked with an illustrator to design the character. The record sold more than eight million copies and spawned Bozo
merchandise and local market Bozo-hosted TV shows.
February 24, 2009
Christian Kane is best known for playing slimy lawyer Lindsey McDonald on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off, Angel. He and David Boreanaz are the only two to appear in both the pilot and the series finale. Other series performers included Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Charisma Carpenter, Andy Hallett, Amy Acker, Stephanie Romanov, Vincent Kartheiser, James Marsters, Julie Benz, Mercedes McNab, Elisabeth Rohm, Daniel Dae Kim, and Glenn Quinn.
His next show was Close to Home, a CBS legal drama that ran for two seasons, working with Jennifer Finnigan, Kimberly Elise, David James Elliott, John Carroll Lynch, Jon Liggett, Cress Williams, Jon Seda, Bruce Davison, and Conor Dubin. He left after one season.
These days, Kane is playing Eliot Spencer, the enforcer of a group of con artists on Leverage. The show stars Kane, Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf, and Aldis Hodge. The TNT series has already been renewed for year two. In this audio interview, Kane discusses some past, present, and future projects.
Tune in to find out which classic TV character inspired his Leverage persona and why he almost didn't play the role. Get his take on how he would he like to see Leverage end.
The actor also recalls the fateful day, five years ago, when he learned that Angel was cancelled and Joss Whedon's reaction to the studio's desire to keep it going. Kane also shares his passionate feelings about his character's ignoble death and what it was like to work alongside one of his best friends.