The original 1970s Dark Shadows movies
Now that Netflix is reviving Arrested Development The Street has a list of 10 shows they think are ripe for a redo. Some are foolish, like Freaks & Geeks. Those kids are grown now so if you start over what's the point? But I agree with Veronica Mars. At the top of my list would be The Andy Griffith Show, there are still Mayberry cast members alive and a younger generation can take the lead. But it would have to fall in line with today's times.
Last week’s series debut of Anger Management was the most-watched scripted comedy primetime series premiere in cable history in delivery of Adults 18-49 (2.65 million), and Total Viewers (5.47 million, excluding children’s programming). It also ranks as the most-watched series premiere in FX history in Total Viewers. Episode 2 of Anger Management (9:30P) grew to 5.74 million Total Viewers, and the demo also grew in the second half hour to 2.89 million A18-49.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 5:55am
Don't miss it, not for me, but for the other fascinating guest he has collected for the tribute. Did you know Mr. Bubble is 50 years old?!? That was another of Dick Beals' lucrative advertising accounts in the sixties.
Tuesday, June 27, 2012 - 8:55am
The long hyped Charlie Sheen vehicle Anger Management and the return of Louis CK's Louie happens Thursday, June 28 ofn FX. EW says Louie is better than ever, topping season 2 will be something to see!
What would it be like to be in the restaurant when Chef Ramsey has done his makeover and it's the first night of service being filmed for the show? A New York writer, Lanford Beard was seated for the season 6 opener and it's an interesting story. The series returns September 28 on FOX.
Did you know one of Chef Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares hosts committed suicide? 39-year-old Joseph Cerniglia (the chef at New Jersey restaurant Campania) jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge in NYC. And Rachel Brown, 41, shot herself in her family's Dallas home a year after appearing on Hell's Kitchen in 2006. Both of those deaths happened in 2010.
The Black Keys are suing Pizza Hut and Home Depot, they say music was used without permission. You'd think companies that big would know better....
Tuesday, June 27, 2012 - 8:55am
Here's one of (if not the) last Family sketch on The Carol Burnett Show, from season 11. I hadn't seen this one before. Burnett's show was a bit long in the tooth by that point, not terribly funny, but you gotta love Carol and Betty White (Harvey Korman had left the production).
Speaking of, there's a Carol Burnett Specials collection coming soon with the shows leading
Friday, June 22, 2012 - 8:00am
BACK IN TIME
Shirley Jones will be there too, sounds like fun!
Neville Ross writes about the upcoming DVD release of Shazam!: ...Count me out of this; I used to watch the original show, and while I may have loved it as a kid, as an adult, I can see how silly and stupid it is now. I'd rather be reading Shazam/Captain Marvel instead, or watching a new animated series based on the direct to DVD movie that came out. The show doesn't work now.
Well, I actually am looking forward to it—mostly because it was shot outdoors! I'm going to enjoy seeing Chatsworth before it was paved over with condos. In the meantime here's a short interview I did with Shazam! star Jackson Bostwick wherein he talks about the surprising reason he was fired from the role.
Didja ever see the magazine article I scanned from 1945 (Spot magazine #1) that showed how Captain Marvel comics were created?
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 8:00am
TALES OUT OF SCHOOL
When I showed him the finished art and explained the change he said, "No problem. We'll shoot it by candlelight." I was out of there by 7:30 and here's what Tony shot:
Uh Oh. Someone asked High School-ers some basic questions from the citizenship test! That never goes well. The clueless boy is so cute he doesn't need to be smart! (Did you know you can use your headphones for a microphone?!?)
The National Enquirer had a snippy article about Happy Days star Erin Moran living in a trailer park and states how awful she looks. Not fair! Look at the photo for yourself I think she looks great for her age. Hey, look, just because someone isn't a TV star any longer is no reason to denigrate them.
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So if you don't find me here I might be there!
Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 10:00am
Kevin Butler writes: "This month former NYC based kids TV host/performer Chuck McCann will be selling his new book The Let's Have Fun Scrapbook: My Life In The Wacky World Of Live Television. To help promote this new manuscript I'm reprinting my article from The NYC Kids Shows Round Up section that looks back at Let's Have Fun's history and to give some extra insight into it's success as one of NYC's most popular and enduring kid's comedy variety programs."
Donald Trump is suing one of his Miss USA contestants for saying the contest is rigged. Of course it is, it's a TV show!
What a fantastic DVD collection this is - Route 66 The Complete Series. Not only do most of the episodes look and sound crystal clear there's a filmed symposium with the show's star George Maharis and producers and writers. (In all fairness some of the earlier episodes look like syndication prints.)
Another boffo complete set has been released by A&E Home Video - The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 16 Ton Megaset packed with every episode of the hit comedy series that turned television on its ear.
It's inconceivable to me that someone hasn't experienced the Python troop, they exploded in the USA during their run on PBS in the 1970s, followed by the cult hit movies into the eighties - And Now For Something Different, Life of Brian and others. The motion pictures are not included in this set but they aren't missed, it's in the television and live shows where the group really shines.
A particular joy for me in the extras was the inclusion of Live at the Hollywood Bowl. I had that soundtrack as a kid in the seventies and thought it was a blast. Getting to see the actual concert again (I think it ran on HBO in the '80s) reminds me just how funny these raucous lads were improvising.
It's not at all likely there will be another reunion so this 14-volume mega-set serves as a testament to the timeless hilarity that is Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 6:40am
Also got my new book back from the editor, making last minute changes and it should be available in less than 2 weeks. Famous last words. I can tell you though, this is by far the best thing I've ever done. I hope.
Jim Longworth has a great interview with Dallas star Patrick Duffy ahead of the TNT reboot of the show.
Susan Walker writes: On hearing that "The Munsters" is being reworked as a drama, I have only one thought. It didn't work for The Bradys. At least we haven't been subjected to a Munster Variety Hour.
Actually I would watch The Munsters Variety Hour - if it had the original cast!
Someone Auto-Tuned Mr. Rogers and it's become a viral hit.
'Thor 2' is in the works - but without Josh Dallas as Fandral. He's committed to ABC's 'Once Upon A Time,' whatever that is. (Honestly, I don't want to know.) They made the feature stars sign five picture deals, so they're locked in for sequels and Avengers films.
Speaking of, 'Madagascar 3' will be tops at the box office this weekend, not 'Prometheus.' Oops!
Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 11:10am
Shazam! is coming from Warner Archives, no date yet but here's a Facebook page to 'Like.'
Time-Life is releasing a 22 DVD mega-set of The Carol Burnett Show
A raucous 100-minute Cast Reunion with Carol, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway and Lyle Waggoner.
“Bring Up the Lights” – Carol’s Q&As
THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION is now available for pre-order at www.CarolOnDVD.com
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 11:59am
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