James also has a tribute to his old pal, Chris Steinbrunner, the fella who PROGRAMMED WOR's movie shows for years (and was responsible for airing many of the great B-movies and European horror films that they'd screen), authored one of the first histories of fantasy and science fiction movies, produced many shows at Channel 9, was a vice-president with the Mystery Writers of America, won an Edgar-award, wrote jokes for Zacherley (!), contributed to THE JOE FRANKLIN SHOW for decades, helped run conventions (!) and did much, much more!
In Part Three of his Kong tribute there's some lovely material on Fay Wray and the Empire State building today.
There's family time coming up and I can't help but think of The Carol Burnett Show skit where Eunice and her family play Sorry!
Me-TV will have a New Year's Day That Girl marathon starting at 11am to 5 pm EST. That should be fun, That Girl is one of those sitcoms from back in the day that I can still enjoy.
The Burr Tillstrom Copyright Trust released Kukla, Fran and Ollie : The First Episodes Volume Two on Friday, December 16. It is once again being sold through Amazon.com. The last DVD was made from video copies of the kinescopes that Burr had produced before he died. This volume was created directly from the kinescopes. The majority of the shows are from 1949-1954, but the "extras" include some of the 5 minute "Kukla and Ollie" shows Burr did for NBC back in the early 60s. I love love loved the first edition!
I just watched just about every episode of Frazier over Netflix streaming during the last couple of weeks and was thoroughly entertained and laughing out loud all day while I worked.
Friday, December 23, 2011 - 7:36am
BONUS RARE PARADE VIDEO
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 11:59am
Light on pretension, long on facts and anecdotes, Berman provides a sweeping look at one of Hollywood's most respected, most talented but least remembered superstars.
In case you don't know this legendary performer, Ed Wynn became known in the radio days as the Texaco Fire Chief, the star of one of radio's most popular variety shows. This after a successful career in Vaudeville. He was as big a star as Bob Hope or Jack Benny during the glory days of audio entertainment but his persona was a lot more loquacious and frenetically bizarre.
Hence the 'Fool' appellation as opposed to being categorized as a comedian or a clown. They're different things, as evidenced by this LIFE magazine cover from 1950, shot when Ed Wynn was making the transition to the new medium of television. It wasn't until Jim Carey came along decades later that the public embraced such an extreme Fool again.
Wynn had limited success on the small screen at first but quickly and unexpectedly made an unlikely transition to a second career as a dramatic actor. A brilliant one at that, if you ever saw the Twilight Zone episode 'One for the Angels' where a small time salesman is visited by Death and has to get his priorities in order - that was Ed Wynn. In fact, Serling wrote that first season episode especially for the actor. He was also cast as the old man who thinks he'll die if his grandfather clock stops ticking in another Twilight Zone storyline, 'Years Without Slumbering.'
Illustrated with plenty of lively pictures, The Perfect Fool: The Life and Career of Ed Wynn shines a light into the musty forgotten crevices of the entertainment business and the result is a solid, entertaining, and detailed biography of a seminal American entertainer. A time capsule of an earlier form of entertainment, classic TV lovers will enjoy Berman's coverage of Wynn's innovative television productions and will appreciate the breezy tone that makes this book such a satisfying read.
Monday, December 19, 2011 - 6:56am
HOLIDAY MUSICAL NUMBERS
Friday, December 16, 2011 - 6:15am
I caught an episode of The Exes which follows Cleveland on TV Land and it's clear that lightning is not going to strike twice for the network. They've launched 3 sitcoms to follow Cleveland (that I remember) and they all tanked, all with good reason. It's clear from the pilot for The Exes that the everyone is trying way too hard, the actors and the laugh track are pushing way into the red.
Friday, December 16, 2011 - 6:03am
Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 9:23am
Here's a first look at The Dark Knight Rises.
Ed Asner's career is hot again, he's been upgraded to series regular on Hawaii Five-0 and will reunite with former co-stars Betty White and Mary Tyler Moore on Hot in Cleveland. The storyline will run next summer when TV Land will roll out some new episodes. Stunt casting is actually routine on this show, it's one of the perks of watching. Jane Leeves got together with Frasier co-star John Mahoney, Valerie Bertinelli reunited with her One Day at a Time co-star Bonnie Franklin and Wendie Malick does the same with Just Shoot Me! co-star Laura San Giacomo in the December 14 episode.
ION Television has acquired all seven seasons (156 episodes) of the hit crime drama "Cold Case."
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 10:18am
GREAT CONVERSATION ABOUT SHOW BUSINESS IN THE 1970s
The interview starts with a portion of the sisters singing in concert and they get a chance to tell some of the amazing stories from the book Beyond Our Wildest Dreams. Stories about the last glory days of Las Vegas and working with show business legends like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Louis Prima to name a few. Ed is a fantastic interviewer and extremely knowledgeable, it's rare to have a show where show business folks get to talk at length.
Monday, December 12, 2011 - 8:08am
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