Pioneering Radio And TV Sitcom Writer/Actress Peg Lynch Dies At 98
July 27, 2015 at 6:40 AM (PT)
PEG LYNCH, who created, wrote, and co-starred in a network radio and early television situation comedy and paved the way for women showrunners in comedy, died FRIDAY in BECKET, MA at 98.
LYNCH, whose career began at KATE-A/ALBERT LEA, MN, wrote "ETHEL AND ALBERT," a low-key sitcom about a young married couple based on a show she started at KATE in 1938, for the BLUE NETWORK (later ABC) in 1944, starring as Ethel alongside original Albert RICHARD WIDMARK. ALAN BUNCE later took over the Albert role, and the show then moved to television as part of KATE SMITH's variety show in 1950, then as its own show on NBC in 1953 and later on CBS and ABC. In 1957-60, LYNCH and BUNCE starred in another network radio sitcom, "THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR," for CBS; the show became a brief segment on NBC's "MONITOR" in 1963. "ETHEL AND ALBERT" was revived for a series on NPR's "EARPLAY" in 1973 and had a syndicated show, "THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE," in 1976.
MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE columnist JAMES LILEKS has a tribute section about LYNCH including music cues from "THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR" on his website; see it by clicking here, and read his several posts about LYNCH and excerpts from his 2013 interview with the radio and television pioneer here.