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This is important to us because being able to sell some of the DVDs ourselves is what will allow us to put out additional classic television shows like Mister Peepers, and others where we have the only or best material.
The UCLA Archive does so much great work and that Mr. Peepers collection is a wonderful DVD set - and I heard talk that a Mr. Adams & Eve DVD collection may be in the works. That's one of the funniest sitcoms ever produced but how many episodes exist of this two season wonder is in question - as is ownership I'll bet.
Susan Walker went shopping and found a rare treasure: I was messing around on Craigslist last weekend when I found an ad for vintage antiques in Belmont/Cramerton. When I clicked on it, I found not only a console Philco radio, but a very old Emerson console TV that I thought was probably 1950-51.
I'm picking the TV up tomorrow. The man selling it says that his family owned a TV store in Cramerton for years. Just out of curiosity, I asked him what the model number was on the TV and what year it might have been manufactured. This morning I had an email stating that it's an Emerson model 638... manufactured in 1948. Since I love the 40s era I am just thrilled. No, it doesn't work. For $50 I didn't expect it to - however, I don't care.
I've been asked why in the world I'd want an old TV sitting around my house. Hmmm... let's see. Character. Nostalgia. Something to bring back warm memories - the first TV I remember our family having was an Emerson. I wish it worked... I'd love to watch "I Love Lucy" on the 10 inch screen.
I'll bet few people in 1949 dreamed one day you could watch I Love Lucy on a 40 inch screen! (That picture is of a 1949 Emerson projection TV set.)
Finally, Jay Blotcher throws this illustration of unknown origin our way. So wrong and yet so funny! Remind me again WHY they made that Bewitched movie a few years ago?!?
Sunday, March 21, 2010 10:59am
Which can't help but remind me of another Diva doing a parody of morning radio shows - it's Tallulah Bankhead and Fred Allen from a radio show of the 1940s.
As long as we're on the subject, here's Judy Garland guest starring on Tallulah's The Big Show, radio's last stand.
Sunday, March 21, 2010 10:20am
East Coasters (and anyone else) should be looking forward to the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, a three-day non-profit film festival benefiting the St. Jude Children's Hospital. Check out the stellar lineup of classic TV stars you can meet - VAN WILLIAMS
By the way, did you know Mark Goddard just released his autobiography?
Thursday, March 18, 2010 12:19pm
Am I the only one who thinks those Ghost Hunter type shows are the most bogus programs on TV today?
Fox has renewed Kitchen Nightmares, one of my favorites, for the 2010-11 season, no word on how many episodes there will be. Did you know you can watch that show for free on Hulu?
Showtime announced their summer series premiere dates:
They're calling him the Dating Game killer - a psychopathic mass murderer who once made an appearance on the game show in the 1970s, after he had been convicted in the rape and beating of an 8-year-old girl. They may never get to the bottom of just how depraved this sicko is.
Sure you've seen the video of the angry white guys shouting down a Parkinson's sufferer but did you see this? Regis farted on the air.
Thursday, March 18, 2010 11:55am
A few weeks ago I remarked about how young some of the bands are today out on tour. This press release tells me it's worse than I thought: I want to pitch you on a really cool and interesting new band called, The Thrashers. All the member are 9 years old and yes, really good musicians. This is not your Disney scene. The band is out of the bay area and are playing their first LA gig on Saturday at The Whiskey. I’d love for you to consider for a blurb or a story.
Here's the band's web site. 9 years old and they already have representation. Yeah, nothing could go wrong with that.
NBC's 10pm ratings are up a whopping 45% since Leno moved back to 11:30.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 8:45am
MORE BETTY WHITE
“The talented Betty White is the finishing touch to this outstanding sitcom ensemble,” states Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. “Betty’s illustrious career spans more than 60 years and makes her one of Hollywood's most iconic and sought after actresses in television today. Her lively role as Elka in "Hot in Cleveland" is what viewers love to see from her - an amazing sense of timing and fantastic comedy genius. We are confident audiences will love her in this project, TV Land's first foray into scripted television.”
One of television's most beloved and talented actresses, whose career has spanned over 60 years, Emmy® Award-winning actress Betty White is best known for her roles in the classic sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the beloved series “The Golden Girls.” White won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for the first season of “The Golden Girls” and was nominated every year of the show's run. The series ran from 1985 to 1992 on NBC. White has also guest-starred on a number of television programs including “Ally McBeal,” ‘The Ellen Show,” “That 70s Show” and won an Emmy® in 1996 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, appearing as herself on a memorable episode of “The John Laroquette Show.” White had a recurring role in ABC's “Boston Legal” from 2005 to 2008 as the calculating, blackmailing gossip-monger Catherine Piper, a role she originally portrayed as a guest star on “The Practice” in 2004. Most recently, White appeared in the 2009 major motion picture, “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. In January 2010, White was honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
“Hot in Cleveland” revolves around three fabulous, LA women of a certain age and best friends (Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick). Their lives are changed forever when their plane – headed for Paris – unexpectedly lands in Cleveland and they soon rediscover themselves in this new “promised land.” Loving their new home, the women find themselves living under one roof and battling the sassy caretaker of the property they have rented, played by Betty White.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 1:00pm
It was kinda funny, there was a herd of cattle there that graze on the land and they all came up to watch us as we set up in the morning, mooing and gazing intently with those giant cow eyes. We had to go Rowdy Yates on 'em to disburse the herd so we could shoot.
Anyhoo, that all reminds me of the late, great Jerry Clower, one of the funniest guys to come out of the South and one of the few that made it somewhat into the mainstream before the days of Jeff Foxworthy (who forever mainstreamed redneck humor).
Jerry Clower had some great comedy bits but his unique delivery was enough to carry over any bit. He loved to talk about Marcel Ledbetter, these stories were based on true events and actual people although there was some exaggeration to be sure. Here Jerry talks about 'Idiotic Lawsuits', always a timely subject, from one of later releases.
Clower's most famous routine might be The Coon Hunting Story from his first hit, platinum selling comedy album. Southern comics relied on an authenticity in the same way Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby and Jackie Mason did, the audiences wouldn't have it any other way.
Here's Jerry Clower from the Jerry Reed When You're Hot You're Hot Show in the summer of 1972. Clower's solo bit is followed by a minor Jerry Reed tune. Reed was fantastic as long as he wasn't trying to make another hit song like the ones he had before and this tune is an example of that. 'When You're Hot You're Hot' and 'East Bound And Down' are such originals that attempting to recreate that riff just rang hollow to me.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 10:00am
NEW STUFF TO WASTE YOUR TIME ON
Speaking of public service cartoons, here's a Time For Timer segment that ran on ABC Saturday mornings in the 1980s, these musical messages were burned into the minds of a generation.
Now this is really cool! Charles Brogdon is building miniature Hollywood studio sets, right down to the overhead lights, from your favorite classic TV shows. It's really amazing work - I Love Lucy, The Love Boat, Good Times, Seinfeld - in vivid detail, right down to the area rugs.
Saturday, March 13, 2010 10:30am
BLOG RERUN: THE BICENTENNIAL
Each segment was narrated by a different star and they were sponsored by Shell (finally something good from an oil company). Every major star you can think of took part in the series. In this one, Oscar winner Jessica Tandy does the honors.
These spots are pretty rare, I was surprised no examples could be found on You Tube. If I get enough requests I'll load up the only other one I have with Bella Abzug - but I doubt she's as popular as Ms. Tandy. Thanks once again to A. J. McWhorter from Television Archives.
Saturday, March 13, 2010 9:30am
Former NFL player and Little House on the Prairie star Merlin Olsen has died.
Thursday, March 11, 2010 11:52am
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