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Comedian David Brenner Dies at 78

David Brenner

Comedian and Tonight Show legend David Brenner died Saturday at the age of 78, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Top Videos: Kids Tackle Oscar Films, Ellen and Minnie Driver's Downton Audition

Minnie Driver, Ellen DeGeneres

This week, kids got together to film their own versions of the Best Picture Oscar nominees, with hilariously adorable results. Also adorable in a non-hilarious way: a paralyzed French bulldog learned to walk with the help of some prosthetic feet. In celebrity news, Ellen DeGeneres and Minnie Driver auditioned for Downton AbbeyJosh Groban saluted Jimmy Kimmel's 2,000th episode, and Fred Armisen and Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to The Beatles. And Netflix got in a few jabs at its competitor Amazon with a parody advertisement of its new "Drone to Home" DVD delivery service. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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Rick Huxley, Dave Clark Five Bassist, Dies at 72

Rick Huxley

Bassist Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of the Dave Clark Five, has died, The Associated Press reports. He was 72.

Huxley, who suffered from emphysema after... read more

Matt's Guide to Weekend TV: Wallander, Dinosaurs on Doctor Who, and More

Kennenth Branagh

In the tradition of all great detectives, Swedish bundle-of-brooding Kurt Wallander can't escape crime no matter where he goes — and that includes the country home he is just moving into with his lady love as the first of three new Wallander movies kicks off a third season on Masterpiece Mystery! (Sunday, PBS, check tvguide.com listings). read more

Davy Jones, Lead Singer of the Monkees, Dies at 66

Davy Jones

Davy Jones, the front man of the 1960s TV singing group The Monkees, has died, TMZ reports. He was 66.

Jones passed away from a heart attack at Martin Memorial Hospital in Marin County, Fla.

See other celebs we lost this year

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Celebrity Watchlist: Frances Fisher Wants a Modern Family and Loves Lucy

Frances Fisher

Frances Fisher may have joined ABC's new drama pilot Partners, but she'd really like to work on one of the network's other shows.

"Modern Family, of course," Fisher tells TVGuide.com. "[It's] very unique [with] well-drawn characters, well-played by very talented actors and insightful writing."

Check out photos of Frances Fisher

Fisher — best known for playing Kate Winslet's mom in Titanic and who can be seen next in The Lincoln Lawyer — is especially a fan of Sofia Vergara's and Julie Bowen's performances on the ABC hit. "Sofia's character — she ...
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Meet Ben Stiller's Parents on New Yahoo! Web Show

Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara and Ben Stiller

Get ready to meet Ben Stiller's parents — online.

The actor has teamed up with Yahoo! to produce an Internet series featuring his parents, comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, commenting on current affairs, Yahoo! Chief Marketing Officer Elisa Steele told Britain's The Guardian.

"Ben had a great idea, he started to talk to us and it was a good fit with Yahoo!" Steele said. "We intend to launch ...
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What Were the Top TV Shows from the '50s?

I Love Lucy, Leave it to Beaver

Thanksgiving always makes us feel nostalgic for '50s TV — maybe because of all those Twilight Zone marathons we watched growing up. So we were psyched to find AOL's list of the best '50s TV shows. With everything from Leave it to Beaver to Dobie Gillis, all of our favorites are here.

So we want to know... read more

Short Cuts: Elvis, The Wire and More!

Elvis Presley's three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show are chronicled in a three-disc DVD set due for release on Nov. 21.... BET is in talks to air syndicated episodes of HBO's The Wire, starting with Season 1 and unspooling perhaps as soon as 1Q 2007.... Dane Cook — my current fave to play Fletch on the big screen (see related blog entry), and Jessica Simpson's apparent fave to play footsie (per the New York Post) — is taking his Tourgasm act to Las Vegas on Nov. 17.... Fox News Channel celebrates its 10th anniversary with Thank You America!, a two-hour special airing Sunday at 8 pm/ET and hosted by Chris Wallace and Martha MacCallum. read more

Elvis and a President's Murder: What's the Connection?

Elvis Presley, 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America

What does Elvis Presley's 1956 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show have in common with the 1901 assassination of William McKinley? And the onset of the Pequot War of 1637, for that matter? They are three of the 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America, as revisited in a History Channel series airing for five consecutive days starting Sunday at 9 pm/ET. (A detailed schedule appears at the bottom of this page.) To gain insight into this trip down memory lane, TVGuide.com spoke to acclaimed director Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills), a coexecutive producer on the project who also helmed one of its installments.

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Premiered: June 20, 1948, on CBS
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Premise: The legendary really big `shew' was a Sunday-night variety staple for more than two decades, a something-for-everyone potpourri of musicians, comics, actors, singers, dancers, newsmakers (taking bows from the audience) and a range of specialty acts. Called `Toast of the Town' until 1955, the series featured an impressive roster of talent introduced by a host whose stiffness and utter lack of stage presence made him peculiarly likable (and a popular subject for impressionists).

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