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“On November 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence; that request came from his wife. Deep down, he knew she was right, but he also knew that some day he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his friend, Oscar Madison. Several years earlier, Madison’s wife had thrown him out, requesting that he never return. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?”…“The Odd Couple” (ABC): 1970-75
Television and Radio
The opening narrating from the original “The Odd Couple,” starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, on ABC, which aired from 1970 to 1975; “Cheers” spin-off “Frasier” reached the 200-episode mark in 2001. It officially concluded on May 13, 2004 after 265 episodes, winning 37 Primetime Emmy Awards during an 11-season run (and breaking the record then held by “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” with 29). “Frasier” also holds the record for the most consecutive Outstanding Comedy Series Emmys, winning five from 1994 to 1998…
Walt Disney’s animated “Fantasia” was released in 1940…“GoldenEye,“ the 17th James Bond film, was released in 1995. It starred Pierce Brosnan and Judi Dench…Animated “Toy Story 2,“ featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, opened in 1999.
Eminem released single “Lose Yourself” from the soundtrack of “8 Mile” in 2002. This was the first rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song…Ringo Starr released single “Wrack My Brains” in 1981…Paul McCartney released singles “Figure of 8” and “Ou Est Le Soleil” in 1989…Sharira’s fifth studio album and first English language album, “Laundry Service,” was available in 2001.
Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for US President in New York City in 1979.
Actor Jimmy Hawkins (“It’s A Wonderful Life”) is 80; “Criminal Minds” star Joe Mantegna is 74; actress Tracy Scoggins (“Dynasty”) is 68; “Sex and the City’s” “Big,” Chris Noth, is 67; “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg is 66; actor Rex Linn (“CSI: Miami”) is 65; “The Middle” star Neil Flynn is 61; late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is 54; actor Steve Zahn (“Happy, Texas”) is also 54; actor Gerard Butler (“300”) is 52.
Did You Know?
Whoopi Goldberg was hoping to become the modern day female Archie Bunker as opinionated Mavis Rae in NBC sitcom “Whoopi.“ But the half-hour only lasted one season (from 2003-04). Earlier in her career she appeared opposite Jean Stapleton, Archie Bunker’s “dingbat” half, in CBS comedy “Bagdad Cafe.“ It ran for two half seasons, from 1990-91, and was based on the 1987 film of the same name.