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By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 16, 2014

Another link to the Johnny Carson era is gone. The comedian David Brenner died Saturday. An obit is here. According to the obit, Brenner believed that he would have succeeded Carson if the late-night king had retired in the '80s instead of later, and Brenner was not off-base. There was a long period when it seemed that Carson was constantly musing whether to step down, and Brenner was often on the speculative short lists of successors. Of course, that was a no-win game for just about everyone who ever guest-hosted for Carson, and ultimately for Carson himself, who preferred Letterman and saw Leno get the job.

My chat with David Giffels about his new book and life in Akron is here.

This week's DVD and Blu-ray column, focusing on "American Hustle" but with notes about some other titles, is here.

Today's column about some upcoming TV is here.

Friday's column is here.

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