Cloris Leachman

In honor of Cloris Leachman, revisit the ‘Phyllis’ opening

Comedy legend Cloris Leachman died earlier this week at age 94. The Academy Award and Emmy winner (nine Emmys total!) gave the world so many memorable performances, in comedies and dramas, but she might be known best as Phyllis Lindstrom, the self-obsessed landlady in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Leachman was so popular in the role, she helmed her own spinoff “Phyllis” for two seasons. The theme song just might be one of the funniest and most apt for any sitcom ever.

Give it a listen:

And while you’re here, enjoy the final episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in which Lou (Ed Asner) brings back Phyllis and Rhoda (Valerie Harper) to console Mary.

The fun starts at about the 10:55 mark.

Leachman gave Phyllis such a delicious edge.

We can’t just leave any Cloris Leachman appreciation post without mentioning her uproarious turn as Frau Blucher (horses whinny) in “Young Frankenstein.”

A person who can give so much joy to the world has truly led a great life.

That was Cloris Leachman.

Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, "The Office"

To celebrate its new home at Peacock, ‘The Office’ releases a never-before-seen scene

NBC’s “The Office” closed up shop in 2013, but apparently NBC has been holding on to comedy gold all these years.

To mark “The Office’s” move to the Peacock streaming service, NBC Universal released this never-before-seen cold open apparently filmed for the ninth and final season and never aired.

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Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, "True Blood" (Photo: HBO).

Are you ready for another bite of ‘True Blood’?

HBO reportedly is developing a reboot of its hit horror series “True Blood.”

According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” “Riverdale” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is behind the new series, but original series creator Alan Ball is on board as a producer.

The original series, based on the novels by Charlaine Harris, ran from 2008 to 2014, and starred Academy Award-winner Anna Paquin as telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse.

Sookie became the lover of vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), crossed paths with two threatening, pissy vamps, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (the glorious Kristin Bauer van Straten), and faced off against all manner of threats, ranging from shapeshifters to witches to all-too-human religious fanatics.

The show was gory and sexual, and, especially in its early seasons, scary as hell.

Vampires were second-class citizens who were struggling for equal rights as they “came out of the coffin” to mainstream society. The allegory to the LGBTQ civil rights movement was, at the time, groundbreaking.

Today, it’s one part of the show that hasn’t aged that well, as it implies LGBTQs are scary deviants.

Ball and Aguirre-Sacasa are both gay, and it would be fascinating to see if a reboot would openly embrace Eric’s bisexuality, for example, and finally allow him to pursue Sookie’s hunky but dim-witted brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten in the original). That was teased several times and now plays like gay-baiting. Jason, if he were being authentically updated, would probably be pansexual.

All these years later, and I’m still mad about how the show did Tara (Rutina Wesley) dirty. She deserved so much better.

And who could possibly play Lafayette, the sassy chef so brilliantly captured by Nelsan Ellis? Ellis died tragically in 2017 from complications of alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

Any reboot will have a lot to live up to.

Don’t believe me? Check out this iconic moment from the series. You don’t want to mess with Lafayette when the earrings come off.

Donald Trump.

Never forget: NBC is the reason America is saddled with Trump

NBC’s decision to grant Donald Trump airtime after he refused to debate Democratic rival Joe Biden is another example of how the peacock network has consistently betrayed America to enable an unfit narcissist.

Trump has such a stranglehold over the nation’s attention, it’s hard to remember that back in 2004, he was a marginal figure outside of New York. Then “Survivor” creator Mark Burnett tapped him to host “The Apprentice,” the reality series that presented Trump as a canny, successful businessman.

That image had nothing to do with Trump’s broken reality and his multiple bankruptcies.

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