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Playwright/screenwriter Ntozake Shange, who earned an Emmy nomination for co-writing the 1977 variety special An Evening With Diana Ross, passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ntozake-shange-dead-colored-girls-playwright-was-70-1155732November 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm #1202667580
Actor Ken Swofford passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ken-swofford-dead-fame-ellery-queen-actor-was-85-1157868November 5, 2018 at 3:20 pm #1202669068
Executive Joe Clayton passed away. https://variety.com/2018/biz/obituaries-people-news/joe-clayton-dead-dish-sirius-ceo-1203019795/November 12, 2018 at 12:38 pm #1202673495November 14, 2018 at 1:49 pm #1202675106
Little House On The Prairie star Katherine MacGregor passed away.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/katherine-macgregor-dead-harriet-oleson-little-house-prairie-was-93-1161142November 15, 2018 at 12:28 pm #1202675781
Actor James Greene passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/james-greene-dead-parks-recreation-actor-broadway-veteran-was-91-1161409November 15, 2018 at 3:01 pm #1202675913
Country singer and Hee-Haw host Roy Clark passed away. https://variety.com/2018/music/news/roy-clark-legendary-country-guitarist-and-hee-haw-star-dies-at-85-1203029645/November 16, 2018 at 2:35 pm #1202676603
Former Variety television editor Larry Michie passed away. https://variety.com/2018/tv/obituaries-people-news/larry-michie-dead-dies-variety-1203030310/November 16, 2018 at 2:56 pm #1202676619
Director/producer Jorn Winther passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jorn-winther-dead-director-landmark-david-frost-richard-nixon-interviews-was-88-1162181November 19, 2018 at 1:16 pm #1202678293
Canadian sportscaster Randy Tieman passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/randy-tieman-dead-veteran-canadian-sportscaster-was-64-1162591
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Actor John Bluthal passed away. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/nov/19/john-bluthal-obituaryNovember 24, 2018 at 6:58 am #1202681049
Actor Wayne Maunder passed away. https://variety.com/2018/tv/obituaries-people-news/wayne-maunder-dead-dies-custer-lancer-1203034624/November 27, 2018 at 10:12 am #1202683279
Animator Stephen Hillenburg has died of ALS at the age of 57.
After having started out in marine biology, Hillenburg enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts to pursue a career in animation. While he was a student there, he made a couple of short films that later led to him receiving his first job at Nickelodeon, which was on the 90’s animated series, Rocko’s Modern Life. In 1999, Hillenburg debuted his very own show titled SpongeBob SquarePants, which has since became one of the longest-running animated series’ in the history of television. In fact, Hillenburg originally intended for the first theatrical film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, to serve as the show’s series finale, but the property was still so successful, that Nickelodeon wasn’t ready for the series to end. So Hillenburg resigned as showrunner to pursue making more short films. Though he did eventually return to the franchise in 2015 with the second theatrical film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.November 28, 2018 at 12:04 am #1202683874
RIP Stephen Hillenburg
This one really hurts. The show he created, Spongebob Squarepants, was one of my defining childhood shows, if not (dare I say it?) THE definitive TV show I grew up. More than any other, Spongebob was the most memorable, most re-watchable, most quotable, and in its brand of humor for me felt like even the most unique television show I had as a little kid.
Thank you Mr. Hillenburg, for all the countless wonderful memories of a fun and hilarious time in Bikini Bottom, and for a show that did more than entertain kids but also proved to be incredibly inspiring in the world of animated TV aimed at younger audiences. Thank you for helping audiences and the industry evolve with your surreal, silly, and at times even surprisingly clever show about an underwater sponge with square pants. You will be deeply missed and loved.
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