If I counted right, you can hear Betty White say "I'm the luckiest broad on two feet" at least three times during the course of the "Funny Ladies" retrospective that kicks off a new season of PBS' Pioneers of Television (check tvguide.com listings). Who could or would want to doubt her? The evidence is right there in clips and stills from this living legend's earliest TV appearances in the 1940s and '50s, establishing her as a versatile broadcaster and gung-ho performer even before Lucille Ball made us fall in love with her — and blazing a trail for all who would follow.
Phyllis Diller, the legendary comedienne who paved the way for many female comics, has died. She was 95.
Diller died Monday at her Los Angeles home surrounded by family, TMZ reports. Diller had reportedly fallen recently, but the accident isn't believed to be associated with her death.
We'll have what she's having! TV Guide Magazine has learned that legendary comic — and 94-year-old fireball — Phyllis Diller is heading back to the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful for a two-day ...
Her laugh is as legendary as her one-liners. A cross between Burgess Meredith as the Penguin and Sesame Street's Count, Phyllis Diller's signature cackle cracks up anyone within earshot. Unfortunately, it's impossible to hear (or even spell) in print, which is one of the many reasons why you should see Goodnight, We Love You, a loving and revealing documentary about the groundbreaking comedian that arrives on DVD today. In between riotous clips from her 2002 farewell concert, Diller offers an unprecedented peek at her private life and her outrageous wardrobe. TVGuide.com joked with the octogenarian stand-up about her five decades in showbiz, her plastic surgery and her ill-fated Playboy spread.
TVGuide.com: Hello, Ms. Diller? Phyllis Diller: Hello, Raven? Oh, you're a lady! [Laughs.] I heard your name and figured you would be a man.
Question: What do you think about the promos NBC is using for The Office? To me they do not show what that series is about at all! The ads make it look like it's just a love story, which it is not. They don't show one bit of humor, and worse yet, they show only two characters, Jim and Pam, and in one ad they also called them the stars, which is either false advertising or they have changed the format of the show. Isn't NBC afraid that they are going to alienate a lot of potential viewers with this kind of advertising? Those who tune in because they like the appeal of the love story will be disappointed. Those who would be interested in The Office as it was (and hopefully still is) wouldn't tune in at all if they had only these ads to go by — I know I wouldn't have. What is NBC thinking? Are they trying to get rid of The Office when it's just getting started?
Answer: Judging a show by its promos is always dangerous, and I'll admit I haven't been paying attention to many of the fall