Gerry Anderson, the man who created the iconic TV series Thunderbirds in the 1960s, has died, the BBC reports. Anderson, whose work was honored by a special set of moving-image stamps in Britain last year, had suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.
The comedian, who plays Tom Haverford on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, just released a new comedy special directly on his website. He's also embarking on a multicity tour, where he'll be riffing on the things that terrify him — marriage, for instance, and babies.
It seems almost miraculous: after nine years at the bottom of the broadcast ratings pile, NBC won this fall season. But this silver lining has a huge cloud, says Eric Deggans, who is the TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times.
Believe it or not, Downton Abbey is not the only quality show that the BBC has sent stateside in the past few years. Elizabeth Blair explores BBC imports — and an original from its American counterpart — that conjure up the same nostalgia and drama.
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