SAN FRANCISCO â€” Talk show host Tom Snyder, whose smoke-filled interviews were a staple of late night television and an inspiration for Dan Ackroyd on â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€, has died after a struggle with leukemia. He was 71.
Snyder died Sunday in San Francisco from complications associated with leukemia, his longtime producer and friend Mike Horowicz told The Associated Press on Monday.
Known for his improvised, casual style and robust laughter, Snyder conducted a number of memorable interviews as host of NBCâ€™s â€œThe Tomorrow Show.â€ Among his guests were John Lennon, Charles Manson and Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.
Snyder began his career as a radio reporter in Milwaukee in the 1960s, then moved into local television news. He anchored newscasts in Philadelphia and Los Angeles before moving to late night.
Tiffany Brissette, that Small Wonder, turned up on the pages of Details Magazine (or at least on their website)
Age: 32 \\ Best known as: Vicki the Robot on Small Wonder
The plotâ€”an engineer builds a robot that looks just like a 10-year-old girl and â€œraisesâ€ her in his homeâ€”was absurd, and the production quality laughable. What made Brissetteâ€™s Vicki so memorable were the machineâ€™s awkward attempts to fit in. â€œThere were times when Iâ€™d try to sneak human emotion into the scene,â€ explains Brissette, â€œand my producers would always say â€˜No, no! Youâ€™re a robot!â€™â€ She still finds herself drawn to human feelings, working as a nurse in Boulder, Colorado.
CBS is bringing familiar faces to its fall children’s slate. Resurrected favorites “Care Bears” and “Strawberry Shortcake” are among the new shows next season, as well as “Sushi Pack” and “I Was a High School Dinosaur.”
The three-hour FCC-required block, which is programd by DIC Entertainment, also includes returning shows “Cake” and “Horseland.”
â€‚”Care Bears” will celebrate 25 years with new episodes and a new take on such original characters as Cheer Bear, Funshine and Grumpy.
â€‚”Strawberry Shortcake” follows the adventures of the title character and her similarly sweetly named friends in the Saturday morning broadcast television debut.
Winner for most unusual piece of development this pilot season goes to ABC, which has turned a series of quirky Geico commercials into an actual half-hour comedy project.
“Cavemen” will revolve around three pre-historic men who must battle prejudice as they attempt to live as normal thirtysomethings in modern Atlanta.
Project, from ABC TV Studio, is penned by Joe Lawson, an advertising copywriter who was behind the “Caveman” ads — as well as other Geico commercials (think the cockney-speaking Geico gecko, and the reality TV spoof “Tiny House”).