Day: April 9, 2018

R.I.P. Chuck McCann (1934-2018)

Charles John Thomas “Chuck” McCann delighted children for decades, first on local New York City television, then nationally, and finally in animation. McCann died on April 8 from congenital heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 83. Born Sept. 2, 1934, in Brooklyn, McCann made his name on his hometown station, WPIX Ch. 11, with The Chuck McCann Show in 1963. A few years later, he added Chuck McCann’s Laurel & Hardy TV Show to his duties, which allowed McCann to show off his Hardy impersonation. In the 1970s, he also co-created the CBS Saturday morning comedy Far Out...

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The Simpsons ineptly defends Apu as once upon a time “applauded and inoffensive”

On Sunday night’s episode of The Simpsons, the writers had little Lisa give advice to her mom about something or other, using it instead as an opportunity to defend themselves against charges of racism for having a white actor voice an Indian character with a heavily stereotyped accent. “It’s hard to say,” Lisa bemoans. “Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect… What can you do?” Posing the question, she turns to face a framed photograph of Apu, signed, “Don’t have a cow.” D’oh. #TheSimpsons completely toothless response to @harikondabolu #TheProblemWithApu about the...

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Episode #201: “Most Likely To Murder,” with Adam Pally, Rachel Bloom, John Reynolds, Doug Mand, Dan Gregor

In the movie Most Likely To Murder, Adam Pally (Happy Endings, The Mindy Project) wants everyone in his hometown on Long Island to believe he’s still the king of his high school, now making it big in Las Vegas when in reality, he’s still stuck working as a bathroom attendant. Over a holiday weekend, he drags them all into his murder-mystery comedy, including Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), John Reynolds (Search Party) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men). The film premiered at SXSW 2018, and will be released May 1 by Lionsgate on demand and on digital platforms. I sat down...

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