Longtime TV Guide columnist Joe Finnigan died January 22 in Sun Valley, CA after a long illness. He was 88. Finnegan began writing about Hollywood after landing in UPI’s Los Angeles bureau in the late 1950s, writing one of UPI’s two daily Hollywood columns. In 1965, Finnigan segued to TV Guide’s Hollywood bureau where, for the next 18 years, he penned the iconic, yellow-page “TV Teletype” column, along with features, profiles and interviews. He also wrote the “Inside Hollywood” column for the Daily Racing Form and worked as a writer/guest prep interviewer for The Merv Griffin Show. He later wrote for the now-defunct Television-Radio Age and Emmy magazine. Throughout the years, Finnigan also was occasionally cast as an extra in a TV series or movie, with credits including TV’s McHale’s Navy and Hazel and films Seven Days In May and The Patsy.

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