Posts Tagged ‘Paul Lynde’

Video: Bruce Vilanch on “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special”

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special is a Halloween-themed television special starring Paul Lynde broadcast October 29, 1976, on ABC. It featured guest stars Margaret Hamilton in the first reprisal of her role as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Also, guest starring is Billie Hayes as Witchiepoo from H.R. Pufnstuf, Tim Conway, Roz Kelly, Florence Henderson, rock band Kiss, Billy Barty as Gallows the Butler, Betty White and, in an unbilled surprise appearance, Donny and Marie Osmond. The special aired only once.

Bruce Vilanch was one of the writers. Read More

Audio: Bruce Vilanch Talks the “golden age” of TV variety shows and specials, “The Star Wars Holiday Special” and “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, ” and more…

Friday, August 17th, 2018

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Audio: Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast – #220 Bruce Vilanch
By Earwolf and Gilbert Gottfried.
August 13, 2018

Gilbert and Frank welcome an old friend, legendary comedy writer Bruce Vilanch, who looks back at the “golden age” of TV variety shows and specials, including “Donny & Marie,” “The Brady Bunch Hour,” “The Star Wars Holiday Special” and “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.” (all co-written by Bruce himself). Also, Margaret Hamilton makes her move, Robert Reed channels Carmen Miranda, Jack Benny does “The Match Bit” and Gilbert takes over “Hollywood Squares.” PLUS: Jack Palance! Bob Hope’s filing cabinet! “Wayne Newton at SeaWorld”! Bruce hangs with Tallulah Bankhead! And the Oscar joke that never made the air! Read More

Why Hip Hop Squares Needs A Gay Panelist

Friday, March 30th, 2012

‘Hollywood Squares’ Goes Hip Hop: Why It Needs a Gay Panelist

By Matt Patches , Staff | Friday, March 30, 2012

In the grand tradition of modernizing classic brands, MTV2 announced that they will revive the game show property Hollywood Squares with a 21st century spin. Hip Hop Squares will feature familiar names like DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, Mac Miller, Machine Gun Kelly, Ghostface Killah, Nick Cannon while throwing in the occasional associated panelist, including Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley and Jackass/Wildboyzstar Bam Margera. Speaking to EW, MTV2’s programming chief Paul Ricci the goal was to “refresh an iconic format and create a fun, dynamic series that’s unpredictable, heavy on personality and much more ‘party’ than ‘game show’.” Read More