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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 9:06am
Golden age of television director Ken Whalen was the guest on a 1973 episode of To Tell The Truth leading to a reunion of cast members from The Garry Moore Show. On the panel you'll see Bill Cullen and Nipsey Russell, two underapreciated TV talents, IMHO. I thought Bill Cullen was one of the wittiest guys on daytime TV in the 1970s, it was largely because of his personality that the game shows he hosted were worth watching.
Next up, bloopers from The Julie Andrews Hour then Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon cut up over a promotional spot for a feminine hygiene product.
More Carson - the opening and interview with Paul Lynde from a 1976 Tonight show.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 8:30am
NOT ON DVD
Here's Fred Willard at his best as dippy Jerry Hubbard who goes off on a political rant.
Before he was known as the "Hey Vern, It's Ernest" guy, Jim Varney caught my attention on Fernwood 2nite as Virgil Simms, the town's resident auto mechanic who demonstrates his electric car.
Another flaky character from the show was Bill Kirkenbauer as lounge singer Tony Roletti.
Although the show lasted but one brief summer season (5 nights a week for I'm guessing 13 weeks) fans waited for word on whether show would return. Ratings were lousy but the people who watched loved it, the improvisational nature of the show and the hip attitude stood in stark contrast to what you would normally find on TV at 11:00pm in 1977.
It did return the next spring, upgraded as America 2nite with a big name guest star each week. Ratings weren't much better and this unique program disappeared until TV Land resurrected it in reruns in the 1990s.
Monday, October 5, 2009 8:15am
Eric Smith writes: Hi, TVparty! I found your information on Shrimpenstein very valuable. I haven't had a chance to see many of the shows, (just the one on YouTube currently,) but I'm definitely a fan. I recently created and blogged an illustration of Shrimpy and Dr. Von Schtick and thought I would let you know, in case you'd like to add it to your Shrimpenstein page. I'm attaching it to this email.
The original blog post is here with desktop wallpaper and the original sketch. Thanks for the excellent website. Keep it up!
Thanks to Jay Blotcher for reminding us that The Twilight Zone is fifty years old this week.
To ring in the Zone's 50th, the Archive premieres new pages for Rod Serling and classic episodes "Eye of the Beholder" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" to our website featuring clips from the Archive's interviews.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show season 5 drops Tuesday, here are some clips in Quicktime format:
Of course, tonight is the night of the first part of the Seinfeld reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Sunday, October 4, 2009 1:18pm
And who should be returning to Melrose Place but Heather Locklear as Amanda. Which reminds me, I was just watching Melrose Place (the original series) on DVD. When I left LA in 1994 many of my friends and co-workers were hooked on that show. I didn't give it a glance but I watched season 3 last year and thought it was kind of fun, campy and funny. Silly, but I could see why everyone enjoyed it.
So I netflixed season 4 recently, the 1995-96 season - what an amazingly shitty run of shows that was! Completely, totally ridiculous - you have one character who goes stark raving mad, literally, she gets locked up in a psych ward, then just a few episodes later she's a psychologist treating her husband's paramour, the one that drove her insane in the first place. And what was up with Andrew Shue? At first I couldn't decide if he was the most brilliant TV actor of all time because of his restrained performance - or if he was just a no talent shell of an actor, incapable of conveying emotion. If you ever want to know what is meant by the expression "phoning it in" observe Andrew Shue on Melrose Place. Or better yet don't.
Poor Heather Locklear was literally carrying that incestuous little show on her shoulder pads, she was by far the only interesting character, even if they did have her hopping from one apartment and office cubicle to the next fucking everyone in sight for no apparent reason.
Friday, October 2, 2009 11:19am
Sales and his first comedy assistant puppeteer Clyde Adler would engage their viewers in comedy and puppet skits, song and dance numbers, present their own zany advice in 'Soupy Sez: The Words Of Wisdom,' narrate old silent film comedies and eat lunch with their viewers.
Inevitably Soupy would also get a pie in his face for his troubles and he became forever popular with adults, teens and kids and was undoubtedly the inspiration for other kidult TV comedy series hosted by such talented people as Clellan ("Axel") Card, Sandy Becker, John Zacherley, Chuck McCann, Johnny Ginger, Eddie Lawrence ("The Old Philosopher"), and Mario Cantone.
Lunch With Soupy Sales would be seen Saturday afternoons on ABC until the series was cancelled Saturday, March 25, 1961.
Also on that same day half a century ago:
October 3rd was the date 50 years ago when WNEW TV Channel 5 in NYC debuted their children's stunt game show Just For Fun. Wonderama's fourth host Sonny Fox needed more money to take care of his wife Mrs. Gloria Fox and their growing family so he asked the station execs at WNEW / Metromedia TV if they would pay him more for hosting that popular Sunday morning kid's education/talk/variety show.
The station bosses replied, "No, we can't pay you more for doing that show but if you can create another show for our Saturday morning schedule we'll pay you for hosting that show."
Working with producer and director Bob Cahn and using the concept of the Color Wars from his summer camp days, Sonny and Bob created a fun and exciting kid's game show for Saturday mornings until the show went off the air in September of 1965 (former Capt. Video regular and cartoon show host "Uncle Fred" Scott would MC Just For Fun during it's final run).
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 10:19am
THIS 'N' THAT
Another classic TV remake is coming: AMC will premiere its six-part mini-series “The Prisoner” on Sunday, November 15 from 8 - 10pm ET/PT, featuring the series’ first two episodes back-to-back. A reinterpretation of the 1960s cult classic, “The Prisoner” will air over three consecutive nights, with two episodes each evening, from 8-10pm ET/PT. It stars Jim Caviezel, Ian McKellen, Ruth Wilson, Jamie Campbell-Bower, Hayley Atwell and Lennie James.
Not a revival but a new show with an old cast: Sherri centers around a newly single mom, paralegal and part-time comedienne/actress who tries to get back into the dating scene and move on with her life after divorcing her cheating husband. Sherri finds solace and support among her girlfriends at the office while juggling her hectic life. Also starring in the series are Tammy Townsend (Lincoln Heights), Kali Rocha (Grey’s Anatomy), Elizabeth Regen (The Black Donnellys) and Kate Reinders (Ugly Betty). Terri Minsky (Less Than Perfect, Lizzie McGuire) has been named writer/executive producer of Sherri. The comedy reunites Shepherd, Minsky, Wass and Stein, who last worked together on the ABC sitcom Less Than Perfect.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 8:19am
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