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September 22, 2011
Tom Wilson Sr. Creator of comic strip character Ziggy Tom Wilson Sr., 80, creator of the hard-luck comic strip character Ziggy, died of pneumonia Friday at a Cincinnati hospital, his family said. Wilson was an artist at the American Greetings Corp. card company in Cleveland for more than 35 years and first published Ziggy in a 1969 cartoon collection, "When You're Not Around. " Ziggy was launched in 15 newspapers in 1971 and now appears in more than 500 daily and Sunday newspapers.
April 6, 2010 |
Kenneth Johnson has seen this show before. A major network excitedly re-envisions an original television series and trumpets its latest reincarnation as if it were the second coming of "Friends." As the creator of the original series "Bionic Woman" and "V," Johnson knows sometimes the new vision works and sometimes it doesn't. (NBC's "Bionic Woman" didn't. "V," still on ABC and considered a bubble show for renewal next season, has so far.) With little more than a month left before the major networks announce their new fall schedules, a slew of iconic "re-envisioned" shows from previous decades are being considered for next season.
July 8, 2005 |
A group is raising money to build a 10-foot statue of actor James Garner in front of a theater in his hometown of Norman, Okla. Organizers want to build a James Garner Commemorative Plaza and install the statue facing the Sooner Theatre. The plaza would cost about $185,000 and is tentatively planned to open in April. Garner, born in Norman in 1928, starred in the TV series "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files." His film credits include "The Great Escape," "Space Cowboys" and "Murphy's Romance."
June 27, 2004 |
Quite genuinely, they don't make Hollywood actors like James Garner anymore. In a career that now spans some 50 years, he has slipped easily between television and film, appearing in such productions as "Murphy's Romance," "Sayonara," "The Great Escape," "Move Over, Darling," "Grand Prix," "Marlowe," "Victor/Victoria," "Maverick," "Barbarians at the Gate" and "The Rockford Files." Recently, the 76-year-old Garner took on his first sitcom role in "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" following the untimely passing of that show's star, John Ritter.
December 27, 2003 |
James Garner isn't leaving "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" any time soon. Touchstone TV, producer of the ABC sitcom, has closed a deal with the veteran actor to continue on the comedy as a regular, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Garner started on the show in November following the death of the sitcom's star, John Ritter, who played a harried dad and newspaper columnist.
October 17, 2003 |
The new look and approach for ABC's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" are becoming clearer, with the network announcing Thursday that veteran movie and television star James Garner will be appearing on the sitcom in a four-episode arc when the series returns in November. The comedy began reruns this past Tuesday after airing the three episodes that the show's star, John Ritter, taped before his death of a heart ailment on Sept. 11.