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Exclusive: Ray Romano's Men of a Certain Age Casts Robert Loggia

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Robert Loggia has joined the cast of TNT's new dramedy Men of a Certain Age, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

The Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actor will guest-star in a January episode as Artie, the father of Ray Romano's Joe. When Artie retires from running his hardware store, he spends all his time at home alone recovering from angioplasty. Joe takes it upon himself to bring back his dad's former spark.

Loggia, 79, made his big-screen debut in the 1957 Paul Newman boxing film Somebody Up There Likes Me and earned an Oscar nod  for his work as Glenn Close's foul-mouthed investigator in the legal thriller Jagged Edge. Loggia also earned Emmy nominations for his work on Malcolm in the Middle and Mancuso, F.B.I. Loggia's other credits include ... read more

Casting Scoops: Garrett on Monk, Rather Back to D$M and More!

Brad Garrett by Jim Spellman/ WireImage.com, Dan Rather by Bennett Raglin/ WireImage.com

Well, would you look at this: I took a bunch of random exclusive casting scoops and packaged them into one very special Ausiello Report blog post. Enjoy! • Exercising the "Sarah Chalke Clause" in his 'Til Death contract, Brad Garrett has signed on to appear in Monk's July 18 season premiere. He'll play a handyman who helps Tony Shalhoub with his home renovations.• Also on the Monk front, Robert Loggia (Big, Mancuso, FBI, assorted mobster roles) has been cast as an aging boxer in "Mr. Monk Takes a Punch," a Season 7 episode slated to air in August. • Former CBS newsman Dan Rather is reprising his role as former CBS newsman Dan Rather on ABC's Dirty Sexy Money next season. This time 'round, he'll be interviewing Patrick Darling (Billy Baldwin) about his new book.• Superman's pledging a fraternity! And that's not even close to being the truth! In reality, Greek is casting a Clark Kent-type to play Rusty and Dale's new R.A. Got suggestions? Post 'em below!Woo-hoo! Ra... read more

I seem to remember a mid-'60s ...

Question: I seem to remember a mid-'60s show called T.H.E. Cat. It starred Robert Loggia as an ex-cat burglar. I have a very thick book of all the TV shows ever, but it doesn't list this one. Can you tell me if it was a movie or a TV series?


Answer: Sure, but first I'll tell you to get a new book. It may be thick, but it doesn't include all the TV shows ever if it's missing T.H.E. Cat, which ran on NBC beginning in September 1966.

As you say, Loggia was a former cat burglar (and circus performer) who had a new line of work playing bodyguard to those in mortal danger from assassins. Cat didn't use any weapons, but didn't need them. Operating in San Francisco, he worked out of a nightclub (called, of course, the Casa del Gato) owned by pal Pepe (Robert Carricart), a gypsy who owed him his life, and worked frequently with local cop MacAllister (B.G. Armstrong). Alas, this read more

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