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Speaking of remakes, CBS wants a reboot of The Rifleman starring Chris Columbus in the role made famous by Chuck Connors. At least the producers of Justified essentially remade The Rifleman but made it original. C'mon guys!
Andy Williams has cancer but he hopes for a full recovery to be back with his Christmas show in Branson next year. Let's hope so. Williams is one of the last of that generation of entertainers and he's one of the best pop crooners of all time. As original and as popular for a time as Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra.
The Closer is wrapping up but most of the supporting cast will be back next year with a new drama Major Crimes, picking up where they leave off after Kyra Sedgwick and Corey Reynolds leave for other projects. I like that cast so I'll give it a try even though I've mostly lost interest in The Closer.
House may be evicted after this term, we'll know soon.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 11:56am
HE'S DONE IT AGAIN
Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 11:10am
That old gal Fanny Brice had a hell of a career on the Vaudeville stage and later with two decades on radio as Baby Snooks. I never thought the Snooks show was very funny but then I've only sampled an episode or two. Most of the old radio programs are hopelessly dated - although Amos 'n' Andy, Jack Benny, Burns & Allen and a handful of others stand the test of time.
Fanny had hit records as well, 'My Man' and 'Second Hand Rose' being the first of many. She died in 1951 before she could conquer TV. She appeared on the very small screen only once, as Baby Snooks. She came to realize that Snooks wouldn't translare well into the new medium. A kinescope exists.
Here are Fanny Brice (doing her exagerated Yiddish accent) and Jack Benny in a 1938 radio skit that goes off the rails very quickly.
Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 10:00am
Dig the Los Angeles area as it whizzes by, bucolic and so spread out. It wouldn't be long before the region exploded in growth. Someone has posted a video tribute to Baby Spanky with photos and choice clips from many of the best shorts.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 10:15am
SEEN IN THE NEWS
Justices to decide if warrant needed to attach a GPS device to a person's car.
Jerry Seinfeld to Guest Co-Host 'Live! With Kelly'
Nazi Reenactor Throws Weight Behind Boehner
Fox And Friends Call Protester Mom 'Filth' For Joining #OWS
I'd link to the stories but what more do you need to know?
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 9:55am
THE ALVIN SHOW
Along with the Alvin stories the series would feature a sing a long segment where Alvin and his brothers Simon & Theodore would perform a tune and ask the viewers to join in with them and.
Then there was an extra story that showcased the inventions and mishaps caused by eccentric scientist/inventor Clyde Crashcup (voiced by character actor Shepard Menken) and his assistant Leonardo.
"The Alvin Show" only lasted one season on CBS. It went off the air on Wednesday September 12, 1962 but it remained popular in syndicated reruns into the 1970s.
Nelson Riddle recorded a version of the Alvin Show theme and it's really swinging!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:58am
FORTY YEARS AGO FUNNY
My fave game from the 70s was The New Treasure Hunt, a syndicated nighttime show where contestants could win massive amounts of money and prizes after going through a fakeout and stunts from host Geoff Edwards, possibly the wittiest guy to work in the genre.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:20am
NEW ON DVD
Although short-lived, I'm Dickens… He's Fenster featured an extraordinary roster of guest stars, many of whom made their television debuts on the show including: Yvonne Craig ("Batgirl" from Batman), Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show), Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H), Peter Lupus (Mission: Impossible), Lee Meriwether (The Time Tunnel), Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), Edy Williams (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls), and Jim Nabors (The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle USMC). The series also featured such directing talent as Arthur Hiller (Love Story, The In-Laws), Jay Sandrich (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls) , Norman Abbott, (The Munsters), Claudio Guzman (I Dream of Jeannie) and writers Mel Tolkin (Your Show of Shows, All in the Family), Don Hinkley (The Steve Allen Show, The Muppet Show) and Jay Sommers (Green Acres, Ozzie & Harriet).
In addition to being creator, writer, director and producer on I'm Dickens…He's Fenster, Leonard Stern's remarkable career included writing for the Abbott and Costello and Ma and Pa Kettle movies, and the classic TV shows The Honeymooners, Sergeant Bilko and The Steve Allen Show. From 1965-1970, Mr. Stern was executive producer, writer and director on the classic spy spoof Get Smart (starring Don Adams and Barbara Feldon). He also created, produced and directed the TV series He & She (co-starring Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss) and McMillan & Wife (starring Rock Hudson and Susan St. James). He also co-created the immensely popular series of children's game books, Mad Libs.
Visit imdickenshesfenster.com for more!
Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 9:20am
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