Jack LaLanne, a TV pioneer who urged coach potatoes to get fit long before Richard Simmons and others, has died, his longtime agent told The Associated Press. He was 96.
Rick Hersh told the AP that LaLanne died of respiratory failure from pneumonia Sunday at his home in Morro Bay, Calif.
Which extra-special guests are on board for NBC's live-action take on the stop-motion classic The Year Without a Santa Claus, premiering Dec. 11? In addition to John Goodman and Delta Burke (as Santa and his Mrs.), Chris Kattan, Ethan Suplee and Eddie Griffin (as elves), and Harvey Fierstein and Michael McKean (as Heat- and Snowmeisers), the star-studded outing features cameos by Queer Eye's Carson Kressley (playing Santa's dresser), Dr. Laura Schlessinger (as, duh, a TV talk-show therapist), and Jack LaLanne (as another legendary fitness nut, Hercules, who is now living in a "retirement home" for mythological figures).
Bonnie Hunt's third sitcom effort has done what the others (The Building and Bonnie) couldn't — get asked back for a second season! Of course, the return of ABC's Life with Bonnie — Sept. 26 at 9:30 pm/ET — is no surprise. Much like Hunt herself, the show is smart, funny, and well, just plain affable.
Affability is a good quality to have when juggling the craziness of both home and work life. In the season premiere, Bonnie's two worlds collide when a persnickety co-worker (David Allen Grier) loses his home in a fire, then moves in with her and ends up ruling the roost. Meanwhile, during an exercise segment on her talk show, Bonnie faces a feisty fitness guru — the legendary Jack La Lanne playing himself — who takes quite an interest in the TV hostess's, um, form.
"Jack, I hate to say it, but I forgot my panties," explains the skirt-adorned Hunt as La Lanne insists she lift her leg