There are those who believe, or claim to, that there is no difference between the two major American political parties, but no one who wandered onto the convention floors in Cleveland at the beginning of last week or Philadelphia on Monday could have mistaken one for the other. They were different in tone and substance, in form and content, in intention and energy ï¿½ not perfect mirror images, but with opposing moods and visions: dark/light, fear/hope, me/us.
July 31: Actor Don Murray is 87. Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell is 85. Actress Susan Flannery ("Bold and the Beautiful") is 77. Actress France Nuyen ("South Pacific") is 77. Singer Lobo is 73. Singer Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys is 71. Singer-guitarist Daniel Ash (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) is 59. Actor Dirk Blocker ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") is 59. Drummer Bill Berry (R.E.M.) is 58. Actor Wesley Snipes is 54. Country singer Chad Brock is 53. Musician Fatboy Slim is 53. Guitarist Jim Corr of The Corrs is 52. "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling is 51. Actor Dean Cain is 50. Actor Jim True-Frost ("American Odyssey," "The Wire") is 50. Actress Eve Best ("Nurse Jackie") is 45. Actor Robert Telfer ("Saved by the Bell") is 39. Country singer Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band is 38. Actor B.J. Novak ("The Office") is 37. Actor Rico Rodriguez ("Modern Family") is 18.
NEW YORK - It's a few minutes after 6 p.m. on Thursday night, and as Donald Trump prepares to accept his nomination at the Republican National Convention, a weary-looking Stephen Colbert is rehearsing a few hundred miles away at the Ed Sullivan Theater.
In a story July 22 about ratings for Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the Republican convention, The Associated Press erroneously reported that 1.9 million viewers watched it on PBS. It was 2.75 million viewers.
They say that dying is easy, comedy hard. You couldn't prove that by the sitcoms that manage to plumb laughter week after week. With hits like "Modern Family," "black-ish," "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Real O'Neals," the humor just keeps coming.