Even While Fighting Cancer, Merv Griffin Still Calls the Shots
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The Biz: Revisiting The Merv Griffin ShowMerv Griffin died in 2007, but he lives on in TV history thanks to having created the remarkably durable game shows Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He even composed the iconic Jeopardy theme song. But for baby boomers, Griffin will always be remembered for his talk show that ran in several incarnations from 1962 to 1986. Thanks to a hilarious impersonation by SCTV's Rick Moranis, Griffin developed a reputation for being an obsequious lightweight who ooh-ed and ahh-ed at every word his guests said (more…)
Publicist: Zsa Zsa Gabor Asks to Receive Last RitesZsa Zsa Gabor has asked to see a priest and receive her last rites, her publicist tells TVGuide.com. Zsa Zsa Gabor undergoes successful hip surgery The actress, 93, was admitted to UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center to have two blood clots removed on Saturday, The Associated Press reports. It also marked her 24th wedding anniversary to husband Frederic von Anhalt.
Live Emmy Blog10:35: Stephen Colbert joins Jon Stewart on stage with a leaf blower. Ah, another bit about the "green" Emmys. The leaf blower, Colbert says, runs on "Al Gore's tears. He's a crybaby."10:37: Colbert accuses Stewart of flying to L.A. in his "private jet sandwich." Eesh. They're trying too hard. Where's Bruce Vilanch when you need him? I mean, I love me some Stewart and Colbert, but this feels forced.10:39: Kyra Sedgwick clearly agrees with me. She's smiling so hard (more…)
Merv Griffin, Dead at 82, Remembered as "Renaissance Man" and "Genius"Game-show bigwig Merv Griffin, 82, died of prostate cancer early on Sunday. His family issued a statement explaining that his recurrence of prostate cancer, for which he was hospitalized earlier in the week, progressed quickly.The veteran talk-show host created a multimillion-dollar empire in the entertainment industry, most notably by producing Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Wheel host Pat Sajak tells the Hollywood Reporter, "The loss of a dear friend has made it difficult to focus on Mer (more…)
Reports Say Merv Griffin Is "Gravely Ill"Game-show mogul Merv Griffin, 82, is reportedly "gravely ill," according to Entertainment Tonight. The Jeopardy! creator was hospitalized and treated for prostate cancer a recurrence of which was discovered during a routine medical exam at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July, but sources now tell ET that his prognosis does not look good.Griffin's reps have yet to confirm or deny these reports.
Fair warning! It's celebrity auction…Fair warning! It's celebrity auction time on The Apprentice. Didn't you love the auctioneer? The teams designed and auctioned off a personal experience with a celeb and his/her dog to raise money for Broadway Barks. While the Fran Drescher experience pulled in a whopping $28,000 for Matchstick, the two other top bids went to Primarius' Sorvino and Oldham packages, resulting in a win for project manager Jim. Good for him, considering Martha handpicked him to lead the team. Was she setting hi (more…)