I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Joe Besser was hired in 1956. Joe, Larry, and Moe filmed 16
shorts through December 1957. With the death of Columbia head Harry Cohn, the making of short subjects came to an end, and
Howard was forced to take a job as a gofer at
Throughout their career, Moe acted as both their main creative force and
business manager. C3 Entertainment,
Inc. was formed by Moe, Larry and Curly-Joe DeRita in 1959 to manage all business
and merchandise transactions for the team.
Eventhough the Stooges never made any money when thier Columbia shorts were
syndicated on local TV stations, the did do very well fiancially making
personal aparances in the cities where thier shorts were airing. The movie The Outlaws Is Coming (1965) has a nod to television's key
role in the resurgence of the Stooges' popularity, the outlaws were played by
local TV hosts from across the U.S. whose shows featured the trio's old
Normandy Productions, and amassed control over the
team's finances and existed until 1994 when the heirs of Larry and Curly-Joe
filed a lawsuit against Moe's family, particularly his grandsons. The result
gave the other heirs more profits, and placed Curly-Joe's stepsons (Robert and
Earl Benjamin) in charge of the Stooge images/sales. The moniker C3
Entertainment, Inc. was reinstated and is currently the owner of all Three
Stooges trademarks and merchandising. Larry's
grandson Eric Lamond is a majority owner in the company as well.
The final episode of Boy Meets World aired on ABC.
The television sitcom chronicles
the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons
of Cornelius "Cory" Matthews (played by Ben Savage).
The show follows Cory and his friends and family through seven seasons, from
his middle school days as a pre-pubescent child to his life in college as a
married man. The show aired from 1993 to 2000 on ABC, part of the network's TGIF lineup.
The entire series has since been released on DVD, as well as on iTunes.
Betty White becomes oldest
Saturday Night Live host.
White’s hosting gig came about, in part, after
hundreds of thousands of her fans signed onto a Facebook campaign rallying for
In late December 2009, a 29-year-old fan started a Facebook campaign dubbed
“Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!” That March, after nearly half a million
fans had joined the campaign, it was confirmed White would host the show on May
8, 2011. Lorne Michaels, SNL’s Canadian-born creator and executive producer,
later said the show had tried to get White to host at least three times in
previous decades but was unable to make it work with her schedule.
May 9, 1990
Sinead O'Connor and Nora Dunn refused to perform on Saturday Night Live after Andrew Dice Clay was named as host.
Dice Clay was scheduled as a host for the May 12, 1990 episode, cast
member Nora Dunn immediately announced to the press that
she was boycotting the show in protest. She stated the protest was in view of
Clay's perceived misogynistic, politically incorrect act, and did so without
informing Michaels, the cast, or most of the crew about her intent. The public
backlash was immediate; the selection of Clay was compared to the
Holocaust by an audience member during an interview with Michaels. Female
members of the cast and crew were harassed by phone and mail for sticking with
the show, and metal detectors were installed at the show to enhance security.
NBC censors insisted that the episode be aired with a delay to compensate for
anything Clay might say on air. During the live show, some audience members
heckled Clay but were immediately removed by the increased security detail. Dunn's
contract was already coming to an end, and with one episode left in the season,
the staff voted against having her take part in the final episode of the season
and her contract was not renewed. Sinéad O'Connor was scheduled to be the
musical guest for the episode, but she also boycotted the show because of
Clay's involvement, forcing the producers to find musical replacements.
To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".