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Bosley was among best TV fathers

wbelcher@tampatrib.com
Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

The death this week of actor Tom Bosley reminds us that we have lost another great TV dad. Bosley's Howard "Mr. C" Cunningham on "Happy Days" would make anyone's list of top fictional fathers.

But what other TV dads would make your list? Most sitcom pops have been the bumbling kind.

Veteran film actor Robert Young as Jim Anderson on "Father Knows Best" may have set the standard for good TV dads back in the 1950s. But younger generations have never seen those shows.

From TV's golden era, one also could pick Ozzie Nelson or Ward Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont from "Leave it to Beaver"). Since then, we've seen all kinds of TV dads from Ben Cartwright on "Bonanza" to cartoon goofball Homer Simpson (the dumbest of dumb dads).

My own list, published on TBO.com, includes hug-challenged Texan Hank Hill (Mike Judge) from "King of the Hill"; ex-hippie good guy Steven Keaton (Michael Gross) from "Family Ties"; '70s mod dad Mike Brady (Robert Reed) from "The Brady Bunch."

Also making the cut is cool-for-a-minister dad Eric Camden (Stephen Collins) from "7th Heaven"; writer/romancer and modern single dad Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) from "Castle"; well-meaning clueless bumbler Ray Barone (Ray Romano) from "Everybody Loves Raymond" and long-suffering dad of snobbish siblings Martin Crane (John Mahoney) from "Frasier."

And there was blue collar funny dad George Lopez of "George Lopez" and upscale tough love dad Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) of "The Cosby Show."

Pioneer father Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon) also made the list that was topped by Mayberry Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) of "The Andy Griffith Show."

GOING 3-D: Rachael Ray is going 3-D for her Halloween show on Oct. 29. This will be a first for a daytime talk show. You will need 3-D glasses to see get the full effect of her Jessica Rabbit outfit. The official Rachael Ray 3-D glasses are in the current issue of TV Guide.

Ray's hubby John Cusimano drops by dressed as Roger Rabbit. Pee-wee Herman is her guest. The show airs at 2 p.m. weekdays on WFLA, Channel 8.

MILLIONAIRE SUSPENSE: Clearwater dance instructor Karolina Koszut-Ledogar survived seven questions and had accumulated $21,000 when "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" ended on Wednesday. She continues her quest at 4 p.m.

today on WTSP, Channel 10,
HAWAII HIGH: A couple of website designers in Honolulu who are fans of CBS's new "Hawaii Five-0" have created a gag site that has become an Internet sensation, especially in Hawaii.Their www.kukuihigh.com ("Home of the Fighting Nuts") is based on a scene in the "Hawaii Five-0" premiere in which Steve McGarrett and Chin Ho Kelly discover that they both played football at fictional Kukui High School.

The kukui is a kind of Hawaiian nut. The website displays the school's mascot, a fighting nut on a surf board. It also offers Kukui T-shirts for sale and fake alumni news.

Kukui High also has a Twitter feed and a Facebook page. A class reunion is planned for Nov. 13 at a Honolulu nightclub.

NBC ADDS MORE: NBC has decided to give full-season orders (22 episodes) for new drama "Chase" and veteran dramedy "Chuck." The network also has ordered four additional episodes of the J.J. Abrams-produced "Undercovers."This comes after NBC ordered full seasons for freshman series "Outsourced," "The Event" and "Law & Order: Los Angeles."

Tune in Tonight

"Big Bang Theory," 8 p.m., CBS

Mayim Bialik (of "Blossom" fame) continues as Sheldon's dour girlfriend Amy. Tonight we meet her mom (Annie O'Donnell). Meanwhile, geeky Wolowitz is embarrassed by a secret.

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