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  • Already a well-regarded producer of television specials and variety shows by 1967, George Schlatter pitched to NBC an idea that was a radical departure: a comedy special inspired by the hippie counter-culture, one which would take the idea of sit-ins, love-ins, and be-ins, and manifest that politicized, sexualized, consciousness-raising energy into comedic sketches. The special, Laugh-in, was so successful it became a regular television series, running from January 1968 to March 1973 and eventually becoming the #1 show on TV.Schlatter new book, "Still Laughing," features never-before-told backstories from the creation of one of the most beloved shows in television history.
  • Beloved actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. shares hilarious and poignant stories of his improbable life in his memoir "To the Temple of Tranquility...And Step On It!." The book focusses on his relationship with his legendary father, adventures with Hollywood icons, the origins of his environmental activism, addiction and recovery, and his lifelong search for wisdom and common ground.
  • Bestselling author of "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and Down and Dirty Pictures," cultural critic Peter Biskind turns his eye toward the new golden age of television in "Pandora’s Box: How Guts, Guile, and Greed Upended TV." There will be a Book Release Celebration for Peter Biskind at Spencertown Academy on Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Mrs. Sidhu is not Miss Marple and Max Arnold is not Endeavour Morse. The unique personalities of current TV detectives keep viewers intrigued. No spoilers.
  • Joe Donahue speaks with Apple TV+'s "Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock" producer Matt Fusfeld, and stars John Tartaglia (Gobo) and Dave Goelz (Boober).
  • This month, HBO celebrates its 50th anniversary. The new book, "It's Not TV: The Spectacular Rise, Revolution and Future of HBO" by veteran media reporters Felix Gillette and John Koblin is the inside story of the start-up that reinvented television. Now synonymous with quality and prestige, HBO pushed the envelope of how stories could be told on TV. But HBO’s own story is as compelling and complex as any drama it put on the air, with a dynamic cast of characters who drove innovation in unprecedented ways. John Koblin is a media reporter for The New York Times, covering the television industry.
  • Shadowland Stages in Ellenville, New York presents the world premiere of "Safe Home," written by Tom Hanks and James Glossman, based on stories from Hanks' book "Uncommon Type." The play stars Emmy Award-Winning actor Timothy Busfield whose credits include playing Elliot Weston on the TV drama "thirtysomething" and Danny Concannon on Aaron Sorkin’s "The West Wing." He has hundreds of credits acting, producing, and directing.
  • In his debut novel, "The Mutual Friend" (Dutton), Carter Bays demonstrates his deep talent for writing a warm, witty, captivating story brimming with lovable characters. As the co-creator of "How I Met Your Mother," which ran on CBS for nine years, received thirty Emmy nominations and ten wins, his work developed a cult following. This year sees that legacy continue with the Hulu spinoff, "How I Met Your Father," starring Hilary Duff.
  • Joe Donahue speaks with Apple TV+'s "Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock" producer Matt Fusfeld, and stars John Tartaglia (Gobo) and Dave Goelz (Boober).
  • On December 24, the series finale of the AppleTV+ series, "Dickinson" will be available to stream on the subscription platform. "Dickinson" stars Hailee Steinfeld in the eponymous role of the great American poet, Emily Dickinson. Set just before and during the American Civil War, we watch Emily Dickinson and her family and neighbors in Amherst, Massachusetts experience love, loss, obligation and creativity and debate the usefulness of tradition, the abolition of slavery, gender equality, and the value of fame.