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I was poking through the archives and ran across this review of a 2008 FOX network show that lasted only one episode:

I know, everyone says there are too many reality shows but they're cheap to produce so we'll be seeing a lot more from the networks. But can they keep coming up with fascinating ideas?

Anchorwoman TV Show

The demented new FOX reality show Anchorwoman looks like it was budgeted at $1.98 but it's the series' tackiness that makes it watchable. The premise gets points for originality - take former Barker's Beauty / WWE diva Lauren Jones from Los Angeles and give her a job in Tyler Texas as a news anchor. Not a feature reporter but actually anchoring the entire newscast.

Talk about whoring for ratings. Little miss perfect has absolutely no experience in any aspect of the job but she does have an amazing rack. If tits were brains she'd be Walter fucking Cronkite but as it is Lauren can barely read the teleprompter. When asked if she was left handed her reply was, "I don't know." And wait until you see what this bimbo wears on her first day at work, you'd think she was showing up to ride a pole.

The best part of the show are the looks on her co-worker's faces, especially the female co-anchors, as they get to know the 'new gal.' Seems they have a problem with a painted up tart laboring in what they believe to be a noble profession. It's a cold slap in the face to find out you can be replaced by Little Annie Fanny.

Anchorwoman is amusing and compelling in that train wreck sort of way. As you would expect, the production goes out of it's way to make everyone look foolish but that doesn't take much effort given the typically clueless TV management types on display and the inherent tension in the situation. Anyone who's ever worked with TV and radio management folks will recognize the type, they're generally feckless individuals.

At the end of the first show, after a few days of rehearsal, management throws this nubile newbie on the air to anchor the 5:00 news for the first time. Will she make it? You'll have to wait for episode 2 to find out.

Anchorwoman could be a hell of a show but I don't see where it can go after 4 episodes or so unless they make Lauren a feature reporter, get her out into the community. Or will they instead plant more dippy blondes at other stations and before we know it we'll all be tuning in to the Hooters girls for our news. Would we even know the difference?

Saturday, February 20, 2010 7:23am
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I started thinking about some of the great second banana comedians we grew up with on television, guys who were perennial guest stars but never had their own long running shows. George Gobel was one of my faves, his deadpan loser shtick was popular with TV audiences - his brilliant TV series ran bi-weekly from 1957-1960 and spawned a couple of catch phrases: "Well I'll be a dirty bird," and "You don't hardly get those no more." He's most famous for his appearances on The Hollywood Squares in the 1970s.

Speaking of which, here's an audio mix of Hollywood Squares quips from Gobel and another TV second banana Paul Lynde. I know most, if not all, of Lynde's jokes were given to him in advance. I'm not so sure that George Gobel wasn't working off the cuff most of the time.

Here's George Gobel and Dean Martin in an amazing duet that was heavily bleeped but delightfully spontaneous.

Red Buttons was another second banana that I enjoyed on the rare times he would turn up on TV. By the 1970s he was mostly relegated to the daytime TV talk circuit but I still remember watching this first routine from Red Buttons and roaring with laughter, from the Dean Martin Roasts.

Friday, February 19, 2010 7:19am
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Romper RoomWe've heard from another Romper Room teacher: "I was Miss Linda on Romper Room in Charlotte for a short stint in 1970.  The reason for my early retirement was born in September of that year. I think the person who followed me was the last Charlotte Romper Room teacher.  I substituted some for her before WCCB cancelled the show.  The only name I can remember from those days is a cameraman, Art Norman.  He went on to become a news anchorman in Charlotte and Chicago.  The cameramen were real jokesters.  They put masking tape all over my magic mirror.  They put Crisco in the do-bee puppet.  Of course,  I didn't know they had done these things until I was live on air and tried to use my magic mirror or stick my hand in the do-bee puppet!" - Linda Hamel, formerly "Miss Linda"

Just for the fun of it, let's look at some Winston Cigarette ads starring the cast of The Beverly Hillbillies.

Sadly, the actress that played Cousin Pearl, Bea Benaderet, died of lung cancer a few years years later.

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Headline of the week: Britney Spears & Jason Trawick Celebrate Valentine's Day At McDonald's. A person I don't care about and a person I never heard of make the news for eating fast food on the happiest day of the year? Wonder what it cost McDonald's?

Can this poodle wearing a tinfoil hat get more fans than Glenn Beck?

Saturday Morning TV 1980s on DVDHa ha! One of my Facebook pals Marty Silber posted this: In Sarah Palin, they've found a Republican so dumb that she has to write the words "tax cuts" on her hand. That's like looking at the coyote's paw, and finding the words "road-runner".

Those Saturday Morning TV DVD collections from the 60s & 70s have been big sellers. So naturally a 1980's set is on it's way with Thundaar, Mr. T, Ed Grimley and more.

Kevin Butler writes: Yes! I remember"TV Pow". During the late 1970s and early 1980s NYC based TV station WPIX 11 aired the game between reruns of old TV cartoons and old movie comedies - although the game was called "TV PIXX." Along with kid(s) at home playing the game the booth announcer (oft times Mr. Bill Biery, better remembered as "Beachcomber Bill") would ask the kid at home if he or she knew "The TV PIXX Magic Word Of The Day" and he would also ask "Who the TV PIXX Pal Of The day" was. If the kid at home guessed correctly he/she won a lot of great toys and other prizes (this is something that I'm sure really ticked off that miserable kid's TV bigot Mrs. Peggy Charren of The ACT). The game ended and within a few years WPIX TV stopped airing reruns of the old cartoons and film comedies altogether. It was our loss.

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