William Windom: An Appreciation

by M.C. Antil on August 22, 2012

A few working actors catch lightning in a bottle and get their names above the title, while earning the kind of perks that go along with that level of mega-fame. The balance would consider themselves fortunate if they found work for the rest of their lives and lived out their days earning a living at something they love. […]


To millions of Baby Boomers he was Robbie Douglas, the cleft chin-handsome but entirely harmless middle brother during the early, black-and-white days of the mind-numbingly bland 1960’s sitcom, My Three Sons, who then, somehow and in barely explained fashion, became the oldest brother during its later color years.  But to Sixties-era pop aficionados he was Don […]


Award-winning journalist Tom Wicker, who was the lead reporter on the New York Times coverage of the JFK assassination, Jack Jones, who won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the 1965 Watts riots for the L.A.Times, and Robert Pierpoint, long-time CBS newsman whose iconic radio reporting on the Korean War found a second life on […]


More actors whose passing in 2011 you may have missed, but whose work will, no doubt, continue to live on. Doris Belack She had long been playing women who were not only powerful (the soap opera producer in Tootsie), but often the smartest in the room (the director of the mental hospital in What About […]

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On TNT, Drama and Viewers of a Certain Age

by M.C. Antil on August 16, 2011

They say nothing brings about the demise of a bad product faster than good marketing.  I offer that little pearl of wisdom as a preface to the following.  I just heard this week that TNT is not renewing one of the smartest, most well-written, well-acted and genuinely human shows on all of television.  Apparently, Mike […]


Is there anything more disingenuous than a prepared statement?   Or, for that matter, any written form of the English language (outside of, say, a contract) more about caution and covering one’s ass than it is about truth? Think of how many times you’ve been subjected to a prepared statement from some would-be felon of an athlete […]


The John Lennon Murder — Cosell and Gifford Revisited

by M.C. Antil on December 15, 2010

One achievement on which Howard Cosell always used to hang his hat was the fact that he  broke the story of the murder of John Lennon.  In fact, on more than one occasion he proclaimed proudly that, given his eminence and standing as a journalist, coupled with his personal relationship with the victim, he was the “perfect […]


R.I.P. — Chris Shea

by M.C. Antil on December 11, 2010

The odds are pretty good you have never heard the name Christopher Dylan Shea. Who Chris Shea is — or I should say was — was a former child actor who passed away a few months ago at the age of 52 at his home in Northern California. And though you may or may not have ever seen his face (he did […]


One of the most unexpected and delightful benefits of the MLB Baseball Package is that one gets to hear the hometown broadcast teams, raw and unvarnished — and not just in micro-byte form on some highlight show. That’s why I was especially saddened by the death yesterday of Hall of Fame announcer and Mariner legend […]


Irene Tedrow: Working Actor

by M.C. Antil on November 8, 2010

Unless you’re a far bigger pop culture geek than you should probably let on, you have never heard the name Irene Tedrow.  But regardless of your level of geekiness, you know the woman’s face. I promise you, you know her face.  Irene Tedrow is one of those hundreds of nameless faces you see all the time on television and […]