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Cleese towers over comedy, past and present


John Cleese is one of the towering figures of comedy, literally and figuratively. Long ago, his "Monty Python" and "Fawlty Towers" shows were brilliant; now he's part of a clever new show, "Hold the Sunset," which starts Wednesday (Sept. 12) on the Britbox screening service. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

The late Douglas
Adams offered a viable theory of comedy:

Comedies were soaring ... then sort of crashed


This is an updated version of the TV comedy round-up, one piece of the six-part season preview I sent to papers. The updates involve "Murphy Brown" and "Forever," which weren't available previously. Scroll down and you'll see the stories on mini-series and on non-fiction; scroll up and you'll see the others.

 

British actresses juggle genres ... and streaming services


When summertime TV and movies are at their silliest, we need some serious British moments. Fortunately, two streaming service are available. Here's the story I sent to papers, about the serv ices and the actresses.

By Mike Hughes

LOS ANGELES -- Each
August, Americans can grumble about reruns and reality shows.

Or they can try a
handy solution to many problems: Turn to the British.