Don Pardo: The Man with the Big Voice

As a staff announcer at NBC for 60 years, Don Pardo was a robust, velvety virtuoso of enunciation, whose baritone resonated like the aftertaste of a full-bodied fine wine. His trademark gig was performing the introductions at the beginning of each episode of Saturday Night Live, which he did for all but one season between the show’s debut in October 1975 and its most recent season finale in May.   Pardo, who died on Aug. 18 at age 96 in …

Helen Mirren Gives Jimmy Fallon Very Straight Answers

Looking for straight answers? Look no further than the Mirren, Mirren on the Wall. The ever wise and witty dame Helen Mirren got a little naughty as the Magic Mirror on the Wall, a skit on the 100th episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. Fallon, an eager and inquisitive regal subject, asked Mirren about E.L. James’ best-selling novel. >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. “Mirren, Mirren, on the Wall, what do you think …

Proud Papa Brian Williams Announces Daughter’s Role as Peter Pan

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams got to show just what a proud father he his. Reporting the evening news July 30, he announced that NBC has cast his daughter, Allison, as the lead in a musical performance of Peter Pan Live! “Family members confirm that she’s been rehearsing for this role since the age of 3, and they look forward to seeing her fly,” said Williams, displaying a childhood photo of his daughter decked out in full Peter Pan …

Casey Kasem Has Not Been Buried

It’s been about a month since Casey Kasem’s death, yet his body has still not been buried, according to NBC News. Jean Kasem, Kasem’s second wife, has the rights to his body but has kept it in a Washington morgue, according to a spokesperson for Kerri Kasem, the radio icon’s eldest daughter. The DJ’s children have said that their stepmother kept them from seeing or communicating with their father in his final year of life. Jean Kasem did not attend …

Christopher Walken to Play Captain Hook in NBC’s ‘Peter Pan’

Christopher Walken fans get ready: the Oscar-winning actor is slated to play Captain Hook in NBC’s upcoming live adaption of Peter Pan. Walken is no stranger to song and dance. He’s showcased his dancing feet in Pennies From Heaven, Hairspray and Jersey Boys as well as stints on NBC’s own Saturday Night Live. “He might really be a song-and-dance man at heart,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters. “He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play. …

Jay Leno Says Good Night

By Lynn Elber AP Television Writer BURBANK, Calif. (AP) – Jay Leno, as affably efficient backstage as he is in front of the camera, avoids waxing poetic about his 22-year “Tonight Show” run that draws to a close Thursday. Instead, he relies on numbers to tell the story. Leno’s tenure is second only to Johnny Carson’s 30 years; “Tonight” was No. 1 among viewers when he took it over and will be when he hands it off to Jimmy Fallon; …