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Scott Feinberg Discusses Jack Klugman’s Final Interview

A week after Jack Klugman‘s 90th birthday this spring, Hollywood Reporter awards analyst Scott Feinberg conducted a 45-minute video interview with the beloved Quincy M.E. and Odd Couple star at the actor’s San Fernando Valley home. The May 2012 session was, by all the indications, Klugman’s final such conversation.

It was Feinberg’s turn on Christmas Eve to discuss this interview as part of the BBC News’ coverage of Klugman’s passing. He pointed out that Klugman, one of “the last of the live TV generation,” tied Burgess Meredith for the most appearances on Rod Serling‘s Twilight Zone series.

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Rod Serling’s Daughter Teases Upcoming Memoir

At the top of her personal website, Anne Serling—daughter of famed Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling—proclaims, ‘AT LONG LAST… The manuscript is complete. Salon.com publishes excerpt.’

The book she’s referring to is Another Dimension: Growing Up with the Man Behind The Twilight Zone. In the December 27 excerpt, she recalls going through various phases of grieving after her dad died in 1975, leading her eventually to re-watch his timeless TV show:

Later that summer, a little more resilient, I began to watch my father’s Twilight Zone‘s, doing this more to see him than the actual show. I randomly selected one called “In Praise of Pip.” The episode was filmed at the Pacific Ocean Park, the same amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier that my dad took my sister and me to.

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Play by Jack Klugman’s Son Could Make Audience ‘Mad as Hell’

Even though he’s based in Portland, media strategist Adam Klugman references Hollywood every time he takes to the airwaves of KPOJ 620 AM. That’s because the name of the excellent progressive talk show hosted by Jack Klugman‘s 47-year-old son (pictured) takes its name, “Mad as Hell,” from the famous (and still-relevant) Peter Finch (Howard Beale) speech in the 1976 movie classic Network.

Part of Klugman’s radio routine is to get people to call in to share what they’re “mad as hell about.” But this weekend, he’s hoping for the opposite reaction when his new play Treason, about a peace activist on death row for causing the death of 47 fellow protesters, premieres Saturday, January 22nd at 2 p.m. in the form of a workshop reading at Portland’s Arists Repertory Theater. It’s all part of the city’s ten-day Fertile Ground Playwrights Festival.

“The play is either incredibly timely or incredibly untimely, and I’m hoping audiences can help me decide which it is,” says Klugman via press release. “The play is ultimately a renunciation of violence, but along the way some pretty difficult issues come up. Not the least of which is how far must citizens go to reclaim a broken democracy.”

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