Henry Winkler once had his face on T-shirts and lunchboxes all across America, but until this week, he didn’t have an Emmy Award. After more than four decades in show business, he finally won an award for his role in the series Barry. Of course, it’s hard to find TV stars who have been at it as long as Winkler has, and he credits his longevity to the lessons he’s learned along the way. One of the biggest came from Happy Days creator and producer Garry Marshall, who taught him a lot about self-discipline and keeping his ego in check. (Click on the media bar below to hear Henry Winkler)
Barry has been renewed for a second season by HBO, and subscribers can stream the first season on demand.
Dwayne Johnson’s career never has fit neatly into any one box. He’s constantly switched things up, going from football to wrestling to Hollywood, defying expectations along the way. He may have started his movie career as an action hero, but he’s managed to expand his success, not just into other genres, but into other formats as well. Along with a full slate of films, Johnson also stars in the HBO series Ballers, and he says he’s really enjoyed getting the opportunity to work on a show like that. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
Ballers, which has already been picked up for a fifth season, airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on HBO.
Henry Winkler is the very definition of an American TV icon. After all, his signature leather jacket from Happy Days is in the Smithsonian Institution. But, instead of playing the “Don’t you know who I am? I’m The Fonz!” card to get jobs, Winkler told us he still goes out and auditions for the jobs he wants, and he explained why he does that. (Click on the media bar below to hear Henry Winkler)
Winkler’s current project, Barry, airs Sunday nights at 10/9c on HBO.
There aren’t too many actors whose characters are represented in the Smithsonian Institution as being, well, an American institution, but Henry Winkler’s Fonzie is one of them. Though he’s gone on to have a long and diverse show business career, Winkler will forever be linked to the iconic ’70s sitcom Happy Days, and he’s fine with that. As he tells it, working on the show was one of the best experiences he’s ever had, and he attributes a lot of that to the way the show was run by its creator and executive producer, the late Hollywood legend Garry Marshall. (Click on the media bar below to hear Henry Winkler)
These days, Winkler’s keeping busy with two shows: the reality show Better Late Than Never, airing Monday nights at 9/8c on NBC, and a new HBO series with Bill Hader, Barry, which premieres on March 25.
Ever since its debut 42 years ago, Saturday Night Live has specialized in political satire. From Chevy Chase’sGerald Ford to Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump, American politicians have provided plenty of opportunities for great SNL impersonations and sketches over the years. Larry David, who got rave reviews for his spot-on Bernie Sanders impression during the 2016 campaign, will be hosting SNL on November 4, and you can bet he’ll be breaking out his Bernie again. David, whose first TV gig was on the ’80s sketch show Fridays, told us that once people saw Sanders debate, he was booked on SNL almost instantly. (Click on the media bar below to hear Larry David)
In addition to hosting SNL on November 4, David is starring in a new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sunday nights on HBO.