TV BLOG - 155
WE'VE GOT COMICS!
World's Finest covers, mostly drawn by Curt Swan and George Klein, often times had super friends Superman and Batman at odds with one another with one or the both of them turning evil. Presented for your amusement are some of those groovy covers from around 1966.
DC is reprinting these comics in glorious black and white in a few weeks, something like 500 pages for around $15.00.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 9:01am
It was really a blast exploring part of North Carolina's history with moonshine, that led to the development of Stock Car racing. During the production I got to meet the legendary Junior Johnson, and he fixed our breakfast on the second day of shooting. While at the North Wilkesboro Speedway, we met Terri Parsons, the widow of Benny Parsons, a former Stock Car Champion and sportscaster. Terri is an awesome and very classy lady that is continuing her and Benny's dream of operating Benny Parsons Rendezvous Ridge winery.
I've never tasted moonshine!
James Rana, host and producer of THE JAMES RANA SHOW, welcomes British actress/comedienne Carol Cleveland to the program on Sunday, February 7 at 8am on 89.1fm WFDU. Regarded as "The Seventh Python," Carol Cleveland was a regular sketch actress on numerous episodes of "MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS," and appeared in all Python films. Most recently, Ms. Cleveland reunited with Python alum: John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam celebrating Monty Python's 40th Anniversary.
There's an all new episode of Caprica coming on Friday - here's a sneak peek.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 8:07am
NOW THAT'S OBSCURE KNOWLEDGE
My friend Andy Klyde, a lawyer who is also the researcher for the Bonanza TV tributes, asked Mr. Roberts about this and he confirmed that he worked on that kid's show in Baltimore, Md.
I'm just sorry that I wasn't able to talk with Mr. Roberts about this - then again, seeing that there are some aspects of his career that he would prefer to forget, it's probably just as well.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 11:20am
THIS 'N' THAT
January 30, 1969 The Beatles' played their last concert on the roof of Apple Records.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 6:30am
Monday, January 25, 2010 1:15pm
That was where Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, USMC) found himself in '69, he chose to leverage his ratings clout by getting CBS to green light his own variety hour, ala Carol Burnett. This way Nabors got to display his considerable singing talents between the requisite comedy skits where he played - basically the same Gomer Pyle character week after week. The Jim Nabors Hour finished season one at a highly respectable number 12 but lasted only two seasons thanks to the one-two punch of dropping out of the top 25 year 2 and CBS' desire to rid itself of the network's country bumpkin image.
The reason I brought it up is that I found these clips of Vicki Carr guest starring on The Jim Nabors Hour in April of 1971, one of the last episodes. She's in spectacular voice, just listen to one of the solo numbers she performed, 'What Are You Doing The Rest of your Life?'. Classic!
And here's one of those comedy skits with Vicki and Jim.
Sunday, January 24, 2010 12:34pm
TV PIONEER PASSES
Sunday, January 24, 2010 11:45am
THIS 'N' THAT
Have you heard about the all-white basketball league? What's up with that? The league owner is calling it "Snowball vs broball." If he was kidding it might be funny, who would go to see such a thing?
"The Sarah Silverman Program" returns for a third season with 10 all-new episodes beginning on Thursday, February 4 at 10:30 p.m. Follow Sarah and the rest of the gang as she takes on pedophile vans, rigs a mayoral election, takes a stance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" and reconnects with her imaginary childhood friend (played by Andy Samberg), among other adventures in this irreverent new season.
Friday, January 22, 2010 11:55am
HOST & CONTESTANT REUNITED
A veteran of the 'Boss Radio' days, "Shotgun Tom" Kelly is currently heard afternoons 4pm to 8pm on the Los Angeles flagship station K-Earth 101.Youngsters who grew up in So Cal also remember "Shotgun Tom" as the host of the McGraw-Hill produced syndicated game show Words-A-Poppin', which ran from 1974 through 1979. (The show was broadcast on KGTV San Diego, KERO TV in Bakersfield as well as KMGH TV in Denver, WRTV Indianapolis.)
Words-A-Poppin' ran for 5 years and the genial host won two Emmy awards as host; after that "Shotgun Tom" Kelly moved over to KUSI TV to MC the KUSI Kids Club for 12 years.Filmed in front of a studio audience, Words-A-Poppin' featured a panel of six kids attempting to unscramble words grouped in a category (like kinds of birds or foods), racking up points and prizes for correct answers.
Shotgun Tom Kelly recently was reunited with one of the contestants from this classic game show. I'll let him tell you the story:
One of the kids on my TV show "Words-a-Poppin" found me through my website shotguntomkelly.com
I get lots of E-mails from kid's who watched the show and kid's who were on the show. But this is the one kid I met. It was a wonderful experience. I just want to tell people about.
Her name when she was on my TV show was Mary Ann Musser, today she's married and her name is Mary Ann Alexander.
She called the TV station KGTV channel 10 in San Diego and asked about the Words-a-Poppin show she was on when she was in 6th Grade. They told her the video tape's had been destroyed. That's when she found the show she was on on my website. She was so excited she E- mailed me and I made a copy for her on DVD and I met her and gave it to her in person. We took a picture in my office and had a wonderful time talking about when she was on my show and how she told her 4 kids and now they too can see there Mom on TV when she was their age.
Friday, January 22, 2010 6:20am
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