The death of movie director Sydney Pollack at age 73 was noted by each of the network anchors. All three noted Pollack's most acclaimed titles: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Out of Africa, Tootsie. CBS' Katie Couric claimed he made "comedies like Tootsie" while ABC's Charles Gibson (embargoed link) noted "actually it was the only comedy he ever directed." NBC's Brian Williams added in Three Days of the Condor and Absence of Malice; he and Couric both mentioned The Way We Were. Noting Pollack's skill directing big-name actors, Couric told us that his films accounted for twelve different acting nominations for Academy Awards.
By the way, CBS' Couric also mentioned the death of Earle Hagen, aged 88, who composed Fishin' Hole, the theme to the treacly, pre-Civil-Rights North Carolina sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. Couric, displaying controversially corny taste, called Griffith her "very favorite" TV show. Not at all corny was the TV comedy marked by NBC's Williams: Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In co-host Dick Martin died, aged 86.
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