"Happy Days" creator Garry Marshal passed away Tuesday.
"Happy Days" creator Garry Marshal passed away Tuesday. (Photo: Mother's Day Movie Facebook)

A goodbye to Garry Marshall

2016 tragically claimed yet another entertainment giant Tuesday, as television and film writer-producer-director Garry Marshall passed away in Burbank, Calif., at the age of 81, following complications of pneumonia following a stroke.

Marshall, however, leaves behind an impressive and iconic television resume – including serving as a writer on several episodes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" as well as helping bring "The Odd Couple" and, of course, the Milwaukee-set hit sitcom "Happy Days" and its several, often equally beloved, spin-offs to life as their creator.

He also made quite an impact on the big screen, directing beloved romantic comedies like "Pretty Woman," "Runaway Bride" and "The Princess Diaries." And while his late output of movies – ranging from the Lindsay Lohan vehicle "Georgia Rule" to a trio of holiday-themed rom-coms – were often critically panned and performed unremarkably at the box office, there's something to be said about the fact Marshall made films unapologetically for women and about women, a group Hollywood then, and even still now, tends to treat as a niche audience.

Across television and film, Marshall also had a keen eye for burgeoning stars and how to utilize them in his projects. During his career, he helped launch Henry Winkler, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway all into stardom. They, and several others who worked with the producer over the years, took to Twitter to pay their respects to Marshall. 

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How will "Making a Murderer" take over our lives in season two?
How will "Making a Murderer" take over our lives in season two?

It's official: Get ready for season two of "Making a Murderer"

Welcome back to the "Making a Murderer" beat. It's been a while; remember where we left off with Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey still being in prison?

After every media organization spent the last half year trying to hop on board the true crime craze and come up with the next "Making a Murderer," Netflix today officially decided that maybe the next "Making a Murderer" ... is another season of "Making a Murderer." 

Deadline Hollywood reported today that Netflix ordered another season of the now Emmy-nominated docu-series and that it is currently in production under the watch of returning executive producer/director tandem Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.

According to Deadline's report, there is no word yet on how many episodes this new season will be or when it will premiere. It will remain on Avery and Dassey's story "as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have the convictions and life sentences upheld."

Which is weird, because while the last documentary took 10 years to make and ended in 2015, not much has happened to fill another season of TV. Or has it?

We don't know if fan favorites Dean Strang and Jerry Buting will return, but Deadline says:

"The episodes will offer exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as well as intimate access to the families and characters close to the case."

How will the show avoid becoming the next "Serial" season two? Staying on the same case, the one that captivated people in the first place, is probably a smart move instead of trying to get lightning to strike twice. At the same time ... they are still trying to get lightning to strike twice, and thanks to the media insanity still perpetually keeping an eye on the case, it's hard to imagine much sneaking up on viewers the way the first season did. If something shocking is discovered, one imagines we'd hear about it well befor…

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