April 7, 2014 |
Stand-up comedian John Pinette has died at age 50. According to the Associated Press, the comedian, who was best known for his routine about an all-you-can eat Chinese buffet and for guest-starring on the series finale of "Seinfeld," was found dead of natural causes in a Pittsburgh hotel room. Pinette, who had struggled with his weight for decades, died of natural causes, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office. Pinette's personal doctor also signed off on the cause of death, meaning no autopsy is planned.
September 30, 2013 |
"Breaking Bad," the sweet little show that captured the hearts of approximately one-fortieth of a nation (more like one-thirtieth, if we reckon by the finale), sent itself into history Sunday with a well-balanced episode that stayed on mission, touching themes present since its first season and consonant even with what we might characterize as the series' faults. (Quirks might be a better word.) I found it intellectually and aesthetically satisfying without being particularly moved by it -- most of these characters stopped being real to me some time ago -- and send congratulations to all concerned from my corner of casual investment.
July 14, 2012 |
Before the “Breaking Bad” panel began on Friday evening, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston gleefully dug into a box of costumes and props shipped directly to San Diego from the show's New Mexico set. The two actors removed gas masks and bright yellow hazmat suits and put them on with all the practice of their characters, Jesse Pinkman and Walter White, New Mexico's best meth dealers. The gritty AMC show is premiering the opening episode of its final season at Comic-Con, and Paul doesn't see anything wrong with showing it at a place that's usually about escapist fantasy.
October 21, 2001 |
West Covina's Dave Lyon earned his second victory of the season, winning the 75-lap American Race Truck series finale at Irwindale Speedway Saturday night in front of a near-capacity crowd of 6,195. Lyon, who previously won this season at Altamont, held off Huntington Beach's Michael May by 0.142 seconds. Southwest Region champion Deyon Young finished third. The King Taco Legends Series concluded its season as Tom Landreth won the track title with a third-place finish in the 35-lap main event.
September 23, 2013 |
It wasn't enough for "Breaking Bad" to win the Emmy as best drama on Sunday. It had to go and set another ratings record too. AMC's drama about a dying chemistry teacher who turns to the drug trade delivered a series-best 6.6 million total viewers with its next-to-last episode, according to Nielsen. This despite intense competition that included the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS, a Chicago Bears-Pittsburgh Steelers game on NBC and...
July 24, 2012 |
Sherman Hemsley, who died of natural causes at his home in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday, had a lengthy career, but in the minds of most TV-watching Americans, he will always be George Jefferson. Jefferson, the successful owner of a chain of New York City dry cleaners, made his debut in the fourth season of producer Norman Lear's groundbreaking sitcom "All in the Family. " He was Archie Bunker's next-door neighbor, and his appearance on the show in 1973 provided comedic fodder as the two headstrong bigots tried to outdo each other in insults and prejudices.