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The Retro Report: Farewell John Steed, MTM Should Get Charisma, Who Loves You Vin? & More!

Patrick Macnee passed away at age 93 on June 25, 2015, of natural causes in his home in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Before there was Marvel’s The Avengers on the big-screen there was The AvengersAvengers on the small-screen – originally starring the ever-sophisticated Macnee and oh-so-hot-and-elegant Dianna Rigg as secret agents John Steed and Mrs. Emma Peel.

Charisma Carpenter, co-star of sizzling hot TV classics like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars, will be featured in Scream Queens, Ryan Murphy’s new comedy-horror anthology series for Fox.

In the meantime, Charisma could play Mary Tyler Moore in a bio-pic of that legendary actress.

According to, Philip Gawthorne has been hired to pen the screenplay for Universal Pictures’ big-screen take on the little screen classic Kojak, set to star Vin Diesel.

Let’s see if the Fast & Furious icon can measure up to the iconic Telly Savalas, who originated the role, bald head, lollipop, and all.

Leonardo DiCaprio was to produce a remake of The Twilight Zone, Michael Douglas was to re-do My Three Sons, and Robert Downey, Jr. was to revamp (and star in) a revamp of Perry Mason, each set for theatrical release. What happened to all of that?

Life was better when there was just the Emmys, the Tonys, the Grammys and the Oscars.

The opening credit sequence from The Donna Reed Show or Father Knows Best? You pick.

Peace to lovers of all things classic.

Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato has worked for Bravo, Syfy, A&E, E!, TLC, NBCUniversal, Sony and Warner Bros.  
He’s also the author of several critically-acclaimed pop-culture books, all available at

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