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  • A year without Don Rickles: A tribute to Mr. Warmth on the anniversary of his death

    On this day last year, we lost Mr. Warmth himself—Donald Jay Rickles, AKA the Merchant of Venom, who died of kidney failure just a month shy of his 91st birthday.  Tonight, Antenna TV pays him special homage by unleashing one of his later inimitable go-rounds with Johnny and Ed (Feb. 7, 1990). Rickles, who was then nearing his 25th wedding anniversary, loved salting their many matrimonial wounds whenever he returned to the Carson couch.  Arguably the all-time greatest late-night bombshell […]

  • A celebration of the majestically affable Carson favorite McLean Stevenson

    The March 21, 1974, episode of “Johnny Carson” finds the majestically affable McLean Stevenson (or “Mac” as he was known to pals) during the second of his initial three seasons as the majestically affable-but-cranky Col. Henry Blake on the CBS instant classic “M*A*S*H” — which would all-too-seamlessly continue on without him for another eight seasons. Famously, Stevenson (second cousin of two-time presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson II) asked to be released from his “M*A*S*H” contract during its third season to […]