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The new story focuses on the Ewing offspring as they clash over the future of the family dynasty. Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster and Brenda Strong are among the newcomers to the cast.

‘Letterman’ theater lobby trashed in break-in

New York police said a struggling actor on Sunday damaged the lobby of the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the “Late Show with David Letterman” tapes, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

James Whittemore, who had Broadway aspirations, according to the New York Post, was caught on camera kicking through the glass-panel doors and then using a velvet-rope stanchion to damage the box office.

He reportedly had been drinking several blocks away, then wandered over to the studio and fell asleep on the sidewalk at 5:30 a.m. When he woke up at about 7 a.m., he noticed his cellphone had been swiped and lost his temper, police said.

“The inside looked like it was a drunken bar brawl,” a law enforcement source told the Post.

Mr. Letterman’s show was to tape as usual Monday, CBS and Worldwide Pants said in a statement.

Mr. Whittemore has appeared in musical reviews in Atlantic City and Niagara Falls. He now works as a bartender.

He was charged with burglary and criminal mischief. The Post said he laughed after his arraignment hearing and was overheard saying: “[The media] are waiting for me. They know what I did, I’m known.”

‘Dick Van Dyke’ writer, Sam Denoff, dies at 83

Emmy-winning writer Sam Denoff, who wrote for TV’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and helped create the Marlo Thomas comedy “That Girl,” has died in Los Angeles at 83, according to the Associated Press.

Mr. Denoff’s son Douglas told the Los Angeles Times that his father, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died Friday at home in Brentwood.

Mr. Denoff and writing partner Bill Persky had written for the Steve Allen and Andy Williams television shows as well as the series “McHale’s Navy” when they sold a script for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which ran on CBS from 1961 to 1966. Mr. Persky and Mr. Denoff went on to share two Emmys for that series.

Marlo Thomas wanted the duo to write a series for her, and “That Girl” was born. The ABC series ran from 1966 to 1971.

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