What to Watch: TV chat with Hank Stuever

Feb 11, 2016

Post TV critic Hank Stuever talked about what's bad, good and so bad it's good on TV.

Here's what Hank would watch if he wasn't paid to watch TV: "Game of Thrones," "The Americans," "The Amazing Race" and "The Walking Dead." Lately he's been digging "Billions," "Shameless," "Outsiders" and "American Crime Story."

So much to chat about today, but first a nod to #ThrowbackThursday:

Tomorrow (Feb. 12) marks 25 years since Gary Shepard from "thirtysomething" died. I've written a piece about how shocking it was. Viewers of the show (including 22-year-old Hank Stuever, cub reporter at The Albuquerque Tribune) were prepared for Nancy to die from cancer and then things swerved unexpectedly.

And they've been swerving ever since. Five weeks later, Rosalind Shays plunged down an elevator shaft on "L.A. Law" and then came all those "E.R." deaths (Mark Green, Lucy the intern, Dr. Romano and the helicopter) and, of course, premium cable shows that in some ways made their reputation on the premise that any character -- no matter how key -- could go at any time.

Got any memorable TV deaths you want to talk about today?

In other time-machine news, I thought Tuesday's episode of "The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" was too good to pass up another chance to write about how well the show is doing context. The White Bronco, the freeways, the magic-hour light, the theatrical release of "Speed," the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage," the writing of Joan Didion. It all goes together for me.

Where were you that night of June 17, 1994?

And I have a big review in today's paper of HBO's "Vinyl," which I have proclaimed to be the HBO-iest show that HBO has ever made. It's mostly a good review. Are you looking forward to watching it?

With that, let's get to your questions.

I watch this show faithfully, but I am getting a little disturbed over how nasty it is getting, especially toward the two gay boys. I am beginning to detest both Regina King's and Felicity Huffman's characters (which shows what fantastic actors they are!) and I feel sympathy for Elvis Nolasco's public school principal, who seems to find himself between a rock and a hard place. Again, fine acting. Kevin's father seems to be a fairly decent character. It is just a total battlefield between straight and gay, rich and poor, black and Hispanic, almost everyone. Amazing acting and writing. Emmys all around!

Not too spoliery -- thanks for weighing in. Last night I began to feel, slightly, that the writing was a little off when it comes to the gay teen stuff. If there was some sort of disclaimer, such as "this story takes place in 2005" instead of 2016, it might make more sense, because I really do think there has been measurable progress about slurs, acceptance and how parents and schools deal with a teen's coming out, even in a so-called flyover state. They sort of had that covered on Leslie's side (the Leland headmaster), with her hope that a school-wide acceptance rally would clear things up, but ... I dunno. "American Crime" so rarely misses a note, so it's odd to see it fumble a little when trying to portray gay teens. It's entirely possible I'm scrutinizing it too closely.

Mainly I thought Wednesday's episode was too sad.

I'm still thoroughly absorbed by it, though. I'm really impressed with Connor Jessup.

What a bummer to be watching the Super Bowl and have CBS sneak in an announcement that this would be the final season for The Good Wife. What cowards! Did they think we wouldn't notice it? At least Manning came through.

I'm also sad to see it go -- and those of us who cover TV for a living were just as shocked to hear about it during the Super Bowl ads -- but with the Kings leaving (creators/showrunners) and some recent plot developments, I think "The Good Wife" is in a position to depart on a really strong note. That's a lot more satisfying than watching it limp along for another season or two.

I recall you were somewhat lukewarm about Grandfathered when you reviewed the new shows. Any change in your opinion? I'm enjoying it. I like watching John Stamos' character's slow transformation from a narcissistic playboy to a slightly more self-aware playboy. I think all the cast does a great job. And I'm delighted that there are 2 Rob Lowe shows going on, with Grinder and YM&TA. Liking both of them.

I gave "Grandfathered" a B- in the Fall TV Preview, which is like high praise if you know my work. I thought it was sweet and passably entertaining (good casting) and I've only watched it a handful of times since, including once on an airplane. It's still about a B- for me.

Part of me fears asking this question because when people say they don’t find such-and-such funny, they’re often written off as having no sense of humor. Which is not at all the case with me. I think I have a very good, broad, rich sense of humor, and am told often how funny I am. Having said that, I wonder if I’m alone in enjoying some characters and some aspects of certain TV shows, mainly comedies, and yet being completely turned off when the humor becomes surreal. I thought the idea of a sitcom set in a superstore was a good one. But I just can’t laugh at a pharmacist, for instance, who doesn’t care whether his customers are getting the right prescriptions and is so lazy that he sends an untrained clerk out to start giving flu shots. There are so many opportunities for humor without doing things that are just stupid. I’ll leave it at this as an example, but TV is ripe with this kind of thing. It feels lazy to me, on the part of writers, to fall back on things that — in this sitcom, for example — would either never happen or immediately lead to someone being fired or arrested. Go ahead, blast me for having no sense of humor.

Humor is, of course, a deeply personal thing -- each of has a different sense of it and a different way of measuring that sense against what others tend to find funny.

I wasn't thrilled with "Superstore" on any level (direct or surreal) and, like you, my main issue was/is verisimilitude. Because OF COURSE you make a great, realisitic, hilarious comedy/dramedy out of life inside a typical Walmart box store. But sadly they took a much flatter approach. (Ratings-wise, I should note, NBC is sounding pleased.)

I enjoyed her new show. Seems like she succeeded better with the Daily Show/Jon Stewart approach than Trevor Noah and Larry Wilmore have in their shows (I continue to watch each of the shows).

I had a little something I was working on in advance of Monday's premiere (I interviewed Bee for all of 12 minutes at the TV press tour in January), but I've decided to wait a few episodes to review. So far sounds like viewers were pleased.

I don't have time to watch all of these -- I check in on Noah once in a while, Wilmore too, and John Oliver if I'm in the mood. I think the one I watch most consistently is Bill Maher.

The game was disappointing; I expected better, especially from Cam Newton. The commercials were largely disappointing as well, although I liked the Museum of Earth commercial for avocados. But the speculation about the look on Eli Manning's face when his brother caught up to him by winning a second Super Bowl ring was possibly the most interesting part of the game. Sore loser? No longer Daddy's favorite? When his mother turned to hug him, even she looked a little shocked. Wow!

I really only watched it to make nothing major happened that would involve the intervention of a qualified television critic. (Our pop critic Chris Richards wrote a fast and fabulous piece on Beyonce's part of the halftime show, which was like the only protein to be had among Coldplay's mac-n-cheese.)

I also liked the avocado/Earth museum ad and maybe the wiener dogs wearing hot-dog costumes and I really can't remember anything else. Except Lady Gaga's anthem.

From your post, I gather some kinds of sportsball game was also played in between all that?

The Good Wife should get a medal for their ability to keep developments under wraps, resulting in huge shockers. I'm SO sorry to see it go--man, I love that show--but from Will's death to the "oh by the way, peace out" during the Super Bowl they've been so outside the norm on this. Most other shows have almost zero surprises because folks publicize contract negotiations (thanks for giving us a freaking season's lead time on killing Derek off, Grey's). I hope true shockers start becoming a thing again.

As I wrote in my piece (linked in the intro) about the anniversary of Gary's death 25 years ago on "thirtysomething" (which, trust me, was just as much or more shocking at that time than Will Gardner's), we are in a golden era of sudden-death syndrome, especially on premium cable. I think viewers have come to expect major deaths at any moment ("The Walking Dead" depends on it) -- and are let down when they don't get one. And I think networks and publicists have gotten very good at keeping the under wraps.

You touched on it with Mad Men and the assumption that Don would die, but I think in the age of Game of Thrones (and going back to Lost), the more surprising thing now is to not kill people off. I remember going into the Justified finale assuming it would be a bloodbath, and while some characters were killed, they were all villains just from that season and the main characters were okay. That was a way bigger twist than any Raylan-Boyd shootout would have been and it was a welcome surprise.

I agree (and I think you're good on "Justified's" statute of limitations on spoilerage, which you handled pretty obliquely).

And what's with all the ads for consumer goods whose basic message appears to be "our customers are idiots" (or rude, or destructive, or narcissistic ...)?

Example? (I mean, I see a few tech-gizmo ads where it's assumed that everyone over 40 is an idiot...)

Dan Conner in Roseanne. No zombie or sword or mob hit. Just a regular guy succumbing to a heart attack.

Good one!

Mary Tyler Moore at the memorial service for Chuckles the Clown. Classic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92I04DkMEps

Not a good one.

I'm amazed I still watch this show. And yet I do. Is that the general consensus? Or is something else driving it?

Sorry to say I don't ever watch it. Maybe you can find a pal here, though. Chatters?

Anyone who has seen "The Good Wife's" titles knows that the first season's were one word, the second seasons's were two words ... the fourth were four words ... then they slowly receded to one word this season. So this being the end was projected years ago. Also, last month, the star said she was "unemployed come April." And the storyline's obviously winding down. So, no surprise there.

CBS's head of programming in January said at the press tour that another season was very possible.

We all know about the coy titling sequence, but that was always speculation.

Edith Bunker. And yes, I'm showing my age.

Yes, very good one. (But somewhat anticipated, no? I was too young to be reading Variety at the time, but wasn't it known that Jean Stapleton was leaving the "All in the Family"/"Archie Bunker's Place" show?

I stopped watching that after the 3rd (I think) season. The show was trying too hard. My husband continues to watch it because he refuses to ever give up on anything. Haha.

Gary-schmary. "Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake's plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan. It spun in; there were no survivors." Goosebumps just typing that.

Another really good one, yes -- also brought about by an actor not renewing his contract, no?

The dad in Give Me a Break. I was still young so I had no idea the actor had died until after the show, too.

I wasn't alive for the original shock, but it broke my heart seeing it in syndication nearly 20 years later. Didn't see that one coming.

I love the first season so much that I watched every episode twice. Second season was good, but not as good as the first and continued on a downslope. I gave up when Mike left the law firm for a different job.

The surprise of Dan dying was somewhat dampened by the fact that the show itself had died painfully seasons before.

True that.

We interpreted this plot turn as the whole point being that the headmistress wasn't doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing., but solely because she's so cynical that she only cared about PR damage control. And yes, Felicity Huffman, Regina King and the rest of the cast are brilliant.

Yes, I think all of her moves have been pretty transparent, but frankly, also very sound for someone in her position. Maybe someone who runs a private school could weigh in, but Leslie is often the voice of reason amid a bunch of real boneheads on her school board -- I think we're going to hear a lot more about whatever "issues" that one guy on the board has.

I can't believe thirtysomething is now ruined for me. Thanks Obama.

Haha.

I caught part of her debut episode and it was clear right away that she should have replaced John Stewart, not Trevor Noah, who while nice and lovely is just so oh so milquetoast.

I was rooting for her to get that job, too.

Any reactions to his programs on BRAVO?

Answering this would take a thousand words or so (maybe more) and I've come close in the past to writing a deep, critical look at him and the Bravo oeuvre, but it always seems like shooting fish in a barrel. He and his programming serve a certain set of niches and I'm never sure if I should take it on or not.

Why do you ask?

Hi Hank, Just heard about this. Looks fab! "You thought Craig Ferguson was History… well he is now! Don’t miss the premiere of ‪#‎JoinOrDie‬, February 18th at 11/10c on The History Channel." What do you know about this show?

Thanks, Person Who Writes a Whole Lot Like a History Channel Publicist!

Mostly I just know I'm looking forward to it, and this afternoon I'll be checking to see if I have any previews of it somewhere in my email -- I can't remember if I do. We got sort of a taste of what the show will be like at the TV press tour -- Craig was there and funny as ever. It's like a topical, Bill Maher sort of show, but trying to get current events into historical context. Or something like that.

I can't tell any difference from the first half of the season to now, can you? I remember hearing that they were redoing it somehow. Quite happy the overall mood and tone of the show hasn't changed because I think it's amazingly funny and I make liberal use of the skip-back-8-seconds button!

Yeah, me too, to all of this. I had expected a bigger change. (And I also like the show a lot.) However, the news isn't so great ratings-wise. I suggest we not get any more attached than we already are...

The only TV death that was more shocking to me than Gary was MASH's Henry Blake. I think big deaths are do over-hyped these days that the impact is less, plus there always seems to be the possibility (real or hopeful) that the character isn't really dead. Someone is always coming back from the brink of death on Grey's Anatomy or Scandal, but we knew Gary and LTC Blake were dead, and it seemed more real.

Creighton Bernette on "Treme"...maybe not a huge surprise but heart-grabbing nonetheless.

Yes, another good one. Sad.

Can I admit here in public that I have become extremely attached to reruns of The Closer?

In here, err'ybody's got their sum'thin'.

That's what so wonderful about TV these days. For all our chitter-chatter and buzzy-buzz, you can still just watch something you like for pure pleasure, regardless of when it aired or whether it's cool.

Mrs. Landingham on the West Wing.

Oh, yes, very good. And very much descended from Gary, Rosalind Shays, Mark Green et al

The cast are saying that horrible things are about to happen. Any insight on who we are about to lose?

I've seen this Sunday's episode -- but I'm not telling.

I'm loving the OJ series, but I can't get over how miscast Cuba Gooding is. I just can't see OJ in him. I have to keep telling myself that's OJ. And why does Travolta give Robert Shaprio a british accent? It's really bizarre. Doesn't Shaprio have a NY accent? At least he sounds like he does in those Legal Zoom ads.

I don't hear British in the Travolta's Shapiro. I think it's pretty good -- go back and watch some original Shapiro on YouTube.

Agree completely about Gooding-as-OJ, which I dinged as the show's only big flaw in my review last week.

The saddest ones are those where the actor has died. Most recently is Ralph Waite, who had a recurring role as Jethro's father on NCIS. On another note, I recall a beautiful week of programming on death after the actor who played Mr. Hooper on "Sesame Street" died.

Aw, Mr. Hooper...

In a show filled with vampire slayings and slaying vampires, I still remember being shocked by the sudden death of Buffy's mother: young, healthy, coolest Mom around. Followed by Buffy's reaction. I may be misremembering, but I believe not a word was uttered in the entire episode.

"Buffy" is something of a gap in my database but I'm sure someone in here can recap the episode precisely for us.

I think you're right that McLean Stevenson had decided to leave M*A*S*H; the whole episode had been about Col. Blake getting his orders and going home. Which is of course why killing him off was extra awful. (A generation later, Aaron Sorkin sort of split the difference between Col. Blake and Gary when he killed Mrs. Landingham, didn't he? Kathryn Joosten had - according to the DVD commentary - done a pilot for another show that would have taken her off The West Wing, so along came this new-car storyline in which she was killed in a car accident on her way back to the White House because the president wanted to see the car [and tell her about his MS]. If she'd just driven home and come to work the next day, all would have been well. ... And then the pilot didn't get picked up, so the actress was out of two jobs.)

It's important to remember that Leyland is a FOR-PROFIT high school. This colors every decision the headmistress makes, in a very ugly way.

When did they establish that it's a for-profit school? Why the $3 mil fundraiser for the capital campaign? It doesn't have 501c3 status? I mean, it could be all those things and still be very, very hypersensitive about press, enrollment, the bottom line. I went to non-profit private schools my whole life (Catholic, I grant you) and can easily see them being swept up in damage-control like this.

No question -- Leo McGarry on West Wing. Also after the show had seen its best moments, but since the actor John Spencer also died unexpectedly, it was utterly heartbreaking.

Yeah, that's a whole other genre -- where the actor dies first and so they have to write in an explanation (usually death) into the show. ("Glee" for example -- and I've already forgotten the character's name and think the actor was Cory ... Monteith? Google says YES)

I saw that there will only be one or two more episodes before it is gone. What will CBS plug into that time slot, some reruns of an existing show, new show, more sports?

Hmm, I'm not sure.

In any event, it means more time for Jane Lynch to do "Hollywood Game Night," I suppose.

In your last chat, someone asked what happened to the third installment of "War and Peace," the BBC-produced miniseries that was supposed to be shown simultaneously on A&E, History and Lifetime. I don't have an answer, but we faced the same predicament. We had set our DVR to record the series on the History Channel, and were stunned to find out that History never aired the third and fourth installments - same with A&E. It turns out that only Lifetime aired the whole thing. By the time we figured this out, we were able to DVR the final part on Lifetime, but the only way we could bridge the gap from Part 2 to Part 4 was to shell out six dollars to Verizon On Demand to see Part 3. Making it even more confusing, each of the four installments that were shown (to the extent they were shown at all) by the cable channels were in fact two episodes combined into one, so when we went to "On Demand," we had to pay for episodes 5 and 6 in order to see what would have been Part 3 (have I lost anyone yet? It took us a while to get it all straight). So, my question to you is: what the _____, A&E? This was a high-quality, well-done miniseries, so why announce that it will be simulcast on three of its channels, and then pull the plug halfway through with no announcement or anything? Total disrespect for the viewing audience.

This all sounds legit upsetting and I'm sorry you had to put so much effort into watching it.

OMG, people, give it a rest. His face always looks like that.

Kathryn Joosten was dying of cancer while appearing on "Desperate Housewives" at the end of its run (including when her character died), and she died soon thereafter, IIRC.

I'm enjoying this, but at least once or twice last week and again this week, I find myself wondering if Ryan Murphy put together this whole thing just to find a new way to ding Kim and the rest of the Kardashian (K-A-R-D-A-S-H-I-A-N! *claps* Kardashian! Kardashian!) In a deep place, I hope he did. God that scene with the kids was annoying...

Having seen the series up through episode 6, I think they might (MIGHT) be done using the Kardashian children as a sort of Greek chorus on the dangers of seeking fame (yes, I know they're technically Armenian, I mean "greek" theatrically). There's a scene in the coming episode where Robert Kardashian takes his children to brunch and cautions them not to let all this go their pretty little heads...

Omar on The Wire. Not shocking that a man who robs drugdealers for a living would be shot but it was still so unexpected and out of context.

That Craig Ferguson "question" reminded me of the hilarious questions in Walter Scott's Personality Parade in the Parade magazine each week. It is simply amazing how "normal people" happen to write in about B list celebs who just COINCIDENTALLY have some product coming out that week. What are the odds of that happening? Zero says the cynic.

Same person who wrote earlier about things I didn't find funny (in sitcom writing). Now that I see that people are commenting on Samantha Bee and other late-night hosts, I want to say here (and have wanted to say everywhere this comes up): PEOPLE... this is an embarrassment of riches. Trevor Noah is getting better and better. Larry Wilmore is good, and often very good. John Oliver is brilliant. Seth Meyers with his new nightly news is frequently hilarious. Samantha Bee is a gift from the comedy gods.... we're lucky to have them all. Stop complaining about who is where he/she should be, and just enjoy! (Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallen, Jimmy Kimmel... I truly enjoy them all, too. Not EVERYTHING they do. But enough of it.)

We do have quite a buffet to choose from -- I think Jon Stewart knew this when he decided to retire, that we would be well served through 2016 and beyond.

They did speak, but there was no background music or noise. Anya's speech about not understanding death was heartbreaking. On another note, a few friends are starting to watch West Wing for the first time and are half way through Season 2. I don't want to tell them....but oh man, that death crushed me.

Although Buffy and her friends deal with death every week, often in very gruesome and fantastic ways, in this episode they are bewildered by the natural death of Joyce Summers, the divorced mother of Buffy and her sister Dawn and occasionally a mother figure to their friends. They struggle to comprehend what the loss means to each of them and to the group. Buffy must begin to face her life and her duties as the Slayer without parental support and comfort. The episode was stripped of all music—a regular staple of the Buffy series—and disorienting effects were included to convey the sense of displacement and loss associated with the death of a close family member. For its frank depiction of grief and coping with a very realistic death when the show usually used monsters or demons as figurative symbols, "The Body" has been described by multiple critics as one of the best television episodes ever broadcast.[1]

Haven't seen any comments on new spy drama on BBC America? It's half-way thru it's 5 episode run and is excellent so far. With Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, and Charlotte Rampling. Story makes viewer question the motives of every character.

It looks good, I've heard it's good, I want to watch it and I hope one day to have some extra time to do so. But right now, hoo-boy, I am really swamped in big shows.

Hiya. Quick question: what's a showrunner? I basically get what they do, but what's it shorthand for--director? Producer? Writer? Gaffer? You know, like the Drug Czar is officially the Director of National Drug Policy.

This questions deserve answering, periodically.

The showrunner is in charge. In television, the director is more of a highly-skilled hired hand, usually changing from episode to episode. The showrunner is often the person who created the show, serves as one of its most-executive producers, probably writes quite a bit of it (and controls the final drafts of other writers) and is just generally the auteur of the whole thing. That's a really basic definition. Some showrunners are people who took over the first showrunner moved on.

You gave it a "B" in your Fall Preview. Have you watched enough episodes now to consider raising your grade? I was doubtful about the concept, but it's won me over with some excellent performances and outstanding writing. It's now the first thing I watch when I open my DVR.

Still a B here, which ain't bad.

John Ritter, both in the show and real life

Billy on Ally McBeal. Oh my god, that one and Will Gardner just knocked me down. Yowza!

Despite all of the millions (billions?) of dollars poured into the Super Bowl ads, the ones this year that made my teenage daughters laugh hardest - and which they chose as their favorites - were the local ads with Joe Jacoby for gas fireplaces and Mike Tyson for Michael and Sons. So wonderfully bad!

Kalinda needs to come back and kill Alicia so she can marry the Governor. Take THAT Juliana Margoles!

*Margulies*

Vicious scenario! (Would be nice to see Kalinda once more, in some context. Maybe, who knows?)

When is it coming back?

March 16!

Is it back yet?

Monday night! (February 15)

It may not have started with Ned Stark getting beheaded on "Game of Thrones", but it certainly established it.

We'd seen plenty before Ned, but yes, his beheading at the end of season 1 was sort of signal of what GoT was really going to be about. (But no surprise to those who'd already read the novel series.)

"Good Times" they killed the Dad off just as they were about to leave the Projects. In actuality, John Amos wanted more money.

Thank you, Google! "Huffman, returning to the series as another woman with questionable morals, is the face of a for-profit private school looking to avoid losing funding due to the actions of its students." Link: http://www.indiewire.com/article/review-american-crime-season-2-makes-hate-too-great-a-burden-to-bear-20160106

When was the first time a TV series reflected the death of an actor by having his/her character die (as opposed to replacing the actor with someone else, so the character continued, or the character just disappearing without explanation)?

Someone out there will know (or insist they know)...

Call me a dinosaur but what has happened to comedies on tv, I remember shows like Taxi, Cheers, and my personal favorite, Frazier, and I don't see anything like them on TV today, what happened to good writing, on an adult level, which is what all these comedies had in common, written for adults!

Dino, have you tried watching cable comedies? "Veep?" "Silicon Valley?" "Episodes?" ...

I thought I was the only one who thought it horrifying! That poor man, does he need the money that badly??

The OP is conflating "The Body," a really brilliant episode in which Buffy's mom dies in the teaser, with "Hush," a really brilliant episode in which no words are spoken. Two hours of good television.

The sorrow of Edith's death was that she was one of the most beloved characters in the history of TV.

Yes, it was known to fans that Jean Stapleton was leaving the show. But the fine acting of Carroll O'Connor made the death memorable for so many of us. He was always able to put a human face behind Archie's bluster and malapropisms, but watching him show Archie's tremendous sense of loss and regret impressed me so much.

For those who weren't spoiled by the books, Ned Stark was a huge shock. Gus McCrae in "Lonesome Dove" had me bawling. The website Television Without Pity (RIP) had a great response to Dr. Romano's death: "Helicopters 2, Viewers 0"

They killed off Matthew and Sybil on "Downton Abbey" when both of those actors wanted off the show. They were both pretty shocking, anyway!

Not so much shocking as a COMPLETE tear jerker ... the mom on Sisters. Cried like a baby.

I watched every episode of CSI until the very end. Just couldn't help myself.

I'm still watching! Interesting story line this time around; it's like a house of dominoes all getting ready to crash.

I think it's his voice that makes it not work. It's too high and flinty and OJ's is distinctively deep.

Also a problem: size and stature. Cuba Gooding can definitely play "big," but not in a literal sense?

I just posted a ton of comments about character deaths -- wanted to get in as many as possible. Colonel Blake seems to the real biggie for a lot of you.

Now that we're good and depressed on this wintry day, I will leave you to your Kleenex and klouds.

We'll meet back here next Thursday, Feb. 18, at noon.

Thanks everyone!

 

Kate Mara's character on the very first episode of Season 2 House of Cards. Show went off the rails after that, imo.

Yeah, I'm tired of books spoiling the endings of good movie and TV adaptations.

Haha -- you're right.

Okay, now this is goodbye. Til next week.

According to MentalFloss, it's Dan Blocker/Hoss from Bonanza.

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Hank Stuever
Hank Stuever, The Washington Post's TV critic since 2009, joined the paper in 1999 as a writer for the Style section, where he has covered an array of popular (and unpopular) culture across the nation. Stuever was born and raised in Oklahoma and previously worked at newspapers in Albuquerque and Austin. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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