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Live Talks Los Angeles Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

Tomorrow night’s Live Talks Los Angeles event featuring Burt Bacharach in conversation with Mitch Albom is notable for a couple of additional reasons. It will mark the three-year anniversary of the popular local series and is the first of several Live Talks events planned for Glendale’s Alex Theatre.

It all began May 14, 2010 with author Jane Smiley interviewing Dave Barry. Since then, series founder-producer Ted Habte-Gabr has staged more than 100 events, bringing together everyone from Steve Martin and Tina Fey to Fred Willard and Darrell Hammond to Sharon Waxman and Sir Michael Caine. In addition to the evening series, which focuses for the most part on arts and culture, Habte-Gabr curates a downtown daytime business-themed bracket, Live Talks Business.

“We have three events booked at the Alex,” Habte-Gabr tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “The first one is Burt Bacharach; the second one is Phil Jackson in conversation with John Salley on June 12; and the third one is Neil Gaiman in conversation with Geoff Boucher, June 27. Then the Alex shuts down for some major renovations and they open back up in November, at which point we’ll probably have one or two more events there before the end of the year.”

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Fred Willard’s ABC Comedy Series Canceled

More bad news for Fred Willard as his ABC improv comedy series Trust Us With Your Life was canceled by the network on Monday, two weeks after his arrest at a Hollywood adult theater for lewd conduct.

Unlike PBS, who canned Willard immediately, the cancellation had nothing to do with the arrest but was due to poor ratings, according to TheWrap.

The last two episodes have been pulled from ABC’s schedule.

Now he has more free time to …  never mind.

Fred Willard Tells His Theater Story on Jimmy Fallon

Fred Willard continues to be very funny about his legal troubles stemming from an allegedly indiscreet visit to the Tiki Theater in Los Angeles. He made a pun-loaded appearance on Jimmy Fallon last night to explain what happened the night in question. He was, however, still very coy about what actually went on inside the theater. Which is probably smart, as authorities are still reviewing his case.

Fred Willard Sure Is a Funny (Alleged) Dirty Old Man

Fred Willard made his first public statement via Twitter today since getting busted by LAPD for allegedly fondling his goods publicly during a porno triple-showcase at the Tiki Theater in LA. Now that Willard is supposedly off-the-hook legally for whatever he was up to in that theater, he can afford to joke around about the incident. And good thing, too. Because he’s damn funny.

Fred Willard Likely Won’t Face Charges Following Arrest

He might be without his job at PBS, but it looks like actor Fred Willard likely won’t face charges following his arrest at the Tiki Theater in Hollywood for lewd contact.

TMZ.com reports the Los Angeles City Attorney will drop the charges against 72-year-old if he enrolls in a two-week Alternative Prosecution Program (ie: two weeks of being told not to expose yourself in public). The programs costs $380.

“I want to stress this was and is a fileable case, and should the defendant choose not to enroll or not complete the program, we have the option of filing criminal charges within a year,” said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for City Atty. Carmen Trutanich.

No word yet if Willard will accept the offer or not. He’s been adamant that it was simply a big misunderstanding but hasn’t denied being at the adult theater.

Take the deal and please work in a reference to this whole incident in Anchorman 2.

Thanks.

Fred Willard Fired by PBS for Doing Dirty Old Man Things (Allegedly)

PBS doesn’t believe in Matthew’s theory that you only live once (YOLO).

The network fired Fred Willard on Thursday as a narrator following his arrest at an adult theater where he was busted for committing a lewd act.

“Given the unfortunate news reported today, effective immediately, Fred Willard no longer will be involved with the Market Warriors series,” PBS said in a statement.

Willard’s camp fired back, denying that the 72-year-old was doing anything inappropriate.

“With all due respect to the individual officer, our belief is that Fred did nothing in any violation of any law,” Willard’s lawyer, Paul Takakjian, told TMZ.com.

Fred Willard is (Allegedly) a Dirty Old Man

Comedic actor Fred Willard was arrested last night by LAPD for lewd conduct, after getting caught with his pants down Pee Wee Herman-style at the Tiki Theater in Hollywood. According to a double entendre-loaded story by TMZ, Willard was enjoying the porno triple feature of Follow Me 2, Step Dad No. 2 and a parody of The Client List when officers caught him, member in hand. Willard was…er…released by LAPD shortly after his arrest.

Willard, incidentally, is 72-years-old. To which we say good for him! Let’s be honest, blue pill or no, you only have so many boners left at that age. YOLO, Mr. Willard. YOLO.

PBS Ups Humorous Ante with Fred Willard

We admit it. When we first came across the THR headline “Fred Willard to Narrate PBS ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Spinoff ‘Market Warriors’, we thought it was some sort of joke.

But it turns out the Best in Show deadpan master was the network’s first choice for the VO component of Market Warriors. Debuting in July, the program will allot cash to a quartet of expert antique shoppers and task them with turning that bounty into the most valuable set of flea market purchases:

“We are sometimes criticized for not having a sense of humor,” concedes PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger. “And I think Fred will enable us to counter that a little bit.”

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Tom Hanks Launches The 3 Minute Talk Show

Does the world really need another Hollywood-centric talk show?

Well, when the person behind it is Tom Hanks and the length of the weekly Wednesday online-only program is limited to a deliberately condensed six minutes, the answer to the above question can perhaps be yes. The first two episodes of The 3 Minute Talk Show with Barry Sobel debuted online today at LStudio.com, the online content venture from Lexus.

Fred Willard is the 3 Minute sidekick; stand-up Barry Sobel (who coached Hanks for the film Punchline) is the host; and producer Hanks, whose Playtone is underwriting, laughs it up as Guest #1:

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