Leonard Stern, a producer, writer and director who helped create The Honeymooners and Mad Libs, died Tuesday of heart failure, Variety reports. He was 88 years old.
A New York native, Stern got his start in Hollywood in the '50s writing film screenplays, including Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, The Jazz Singer and the Jack Lemmon film Three for the Show. His career shifted to TV, and he began writing for The Jackie Gleason Show.
Stern went on to...
Question: I have a bet with a few friends of mine who insist that I'm going insane. I say there used to be a TV show (on, I think, in the '70s) called Holmes and Yoyo or something close to it. I know I used to watch it as a child, but none of them remember anything like this. Can you help? Thanks.
Answer: Congratulations, Alisin, for being the first person I can remember who's got a bet and an argument about her sanity going with friends. (Keep in mind, however, that though I'm paid to remember countless details about old TV shows, I have a lousy memory for just about everything else. So for all I know, you're the fifth.)
Yes, indeedy, there was a comedy called Holmes and Yoyo on ABC from September to December 1976. The setup was that hapless police detective Alexander Holmes (Richard B. Shull), whose bad luck injured partner after partner, was assigned a robot to work with. The theory was, of cours