RIP Tanya Roberts

Tanya Roberts, best remembered for roles on That 70s Show, Charlie’s Angels, and in the Bond film A View To Kill, has died at the age of 65. Her publicist confirmed that the cause of death was not related to COVID, however there was some confusion for 24 hours as to whether she was still alive or not.

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After “Charlie’s Angels,” Ms. Roberts acted in both television and films. Her roles included the private eye Mike Hammer’s secretary in the television movie “Murder Me, Murder You” (1983), a detective working undercover at a sex clinic in “Sins of Desire” (1993) and a talk-radio host on the erotic anthology series “Hot Line” (1994-96). Her final screen appearance was on the Showtime series “Barbershop” in 2005.

Even in her heyday, Ms. Roberts appeared not to enjoy being interviewed. Chatting with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” in 1981, she laughed nervously, gave short answers and flirted with Michael Landon, her fellow guest. At one point, Mr. Carson mentioned a cover article about her in People magazine, prompting Ed McMahon, the host’s sidekick, to suggest, “Maybe there’s something in the magazine that’d be interesting.”

Read: NYT

TeeVee Snacks

  • The great Clancy Brown will be the villain in the new Dexter revival series. Read: Deadline
  • The Grammy Awards will be postponed due to the LA COVID situation. Read: NYT
  • Drew Taylor at Collider takes a look at the new streamer Discovery+. Source: Collider
  • This week marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the film 12 Monkeys. So, obviously, there’s an oral history. Read: Inverse
  • If Blackadder returns, it wouldn’t necessarily be a TV show. Source: Radio Times
  • Yesterday in the newsletter I mentioned the new Star Wars: The High Republic publishing initiative that would build the world of the High Republic era of Star Wars that would then feature in some of the upcoming TV shows. One of the books is a Marvel Star Wars comic that is released tomorrow. It has already sold out (but you should be able to buy it digitally via Comixology tomorrow, or you can wait for a reprint in a few weeks and/or the collection which will be out in a few months). Source: Bleeding Cool

Trailer Park

Doug Liman’s pandemic-set heist movie Locked Down debuts on HBO Max Jan 14.

Search Party season 4 returns to HBO Max on Jan 14.

Surviving Death debuts on Netflix Jan 6.

What happens after we die? This docuseries explores personal stories and research on near-death experiences, reincarnation and paranormal phenomena.

Everyone is Doing Great debuts on Hulu Jan 13.

The Great Escapists debuts on Amazon Prime Video on Jan 29.

Kid Cosmic debuts on Netflix on Feb 2.

What’s next?

(Hopefully less of a quiet news day)