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article imageTV Land and TCM to honor Andy Griffith

By Tim O'Brien     Jul 3, 2012 in Entertainment
As news of the death of TV icon Andy Griffith spread, TV Land quickly reacted and released a statement noting they will indeed be paying tribute to the star of "The Andy Griffith Show."
They will do so on July 4 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. ET and again on July 7-9 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. ET. In that statement, it was noted, "We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Andy Griffith," said Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. "His contributions to the entertainment industry and his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor will live forever in the minds and hearts of generations of television viewers past, present and yet to come. The entire TV Land staff will miss him and our thoughts go out to his family."
They said a tribute on their Facebook page has been added, too. Go here to check that out.
According to TV Land, "The Andy Griffith Show" has long been a part of network's history and has been in the its line-up for over a decade. In 2003, the network erected a statue in Raleigh, North Carolina, depicting the famous opening sequence featuring Andy Griffith and a young Ron Howard in their roles of Sheriff Andy and Opie Taylor walking hand-in-hand.
He was born in 1926 in North Carolina and has been a part of the American TV landscape for nearly 60 years, first appearing on popular programs such as "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Steve Allen Show" in the early 1950s. In 1960, CBS premiered the series that bore his name, "The Andy Griffith Show." He also went on to star in the hit series "Matlock" for nine seasons.
Meanwhile, TCM has also issued a release of a special day as well. When we think of Griffith, most think Andy Taylor. That is not a bad thing, but he was much more than that and to get an idea of that, tune to TCM July 18.
TCM’s four-film memorial tribute is set to begin at 8 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, July 18.
8 p.m. – "A Face in the Crowd" - (1957) – with Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau and Lee Remick. Directed by Elia Kazan.
10:15 p.m. – "No Time for Sergeants" - (1958) – with Myron McCormick, Nick Adams, Murray Hamilton and Don Knotts. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
12:30 a.m. – "Hearts of the West" - (1975) – with Jeff Bridges, Donald Pleasance, Blythe Danner, Alan Arkin, Richard B. Shull, Herb Edelman, Alex Rocco and Marie Windsor. Directed by Howard Zieff.
2:15 a.m. – "Onionhead" - (1958) – with Felicia Farr, Walter Matthau, Erin O'Brien, Joe Mantell, Ray Danton, James Gregory and Joey Bishop. Directed by Norman Taurog.
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