How long have Wheel and Jeopardy been leading the pack, like 20 years now?
January 26, 2007 - 8:59am
With that in mind I saw this curious item on This Modern World:
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It is a story that is largely being ignored, even though this istakingplace
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If that's what's going on in the capital city, where so much of our effort is concentrated, I shudder to think what's in store for us next.
January 26, 2007 - 8:39am
The real surprise for me was Lemmon's co-star Jack Gilford, his performance was transcendent. You may remember Gilford from those ubiquitous Cracker Jack and Lays potato chips ads during the '70s & '80s. Who knew the old guy could act? In fact, Gilford was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Save the Tiger. Jack Lemmon scored for Best Actor and deserved it. Great film to Netflix.
I also really enjoyed the new Dr. Who from the BBC, the second series is out on DVD and it's fantastic. I posted a longer review here but it reminds me of the best elements of the old Irwin Allen shows blended with the new Battlestar Galactica. I don't mean to say it's derivative, it's not, this is a wholly original production that puts a new slant on the Dr. Who mythos - throughout four decades of variations, this is the only Dr. Who version I've seen that I could get into.
Dallas is one of my guilty pleasures. I got hooked when channel 13 in LA aired the program in the early morning hours, around 1:00am until 3:00, whenever they had a free slot. That was, all too often, about the time I was getting off work. Pretty soon I was taping it to watch at whatever hour I got home - until KCOP pulled the plug, just as the reruns were starting for the fifth season episodes.
Sure, the show lost a lot of its bite when Jim Davis (playing the family's patriarch) died during the fourth season - but he was such a strong presence he was still driving the storylines during season 6! This is one the few 'dramas' (it's all comedy to me) of the '70s/'80s that has rewatchability.
January 25, 2007 - 8:09am
January 25, 2007 - 7:30am
Social D was one of my favorite bands back in '81, I went to see them often and wrote about them in my music columns during that period. My condolences go out to his family.
January 25, 2007 - 7:29am
DOG & POLAVISION
"I don't know if this helps, but I remember Hot Dog segments appearing on (I think) the first season of Kids Are People Too. A few years later, when I happened across Take the Money and Run on TV, my first thought was, 'Hey, it's that weird guy from Hot Dog! Later, when I knew more about Woody Allen, I doubted my own memory. Why would Woody Allen have been doing interstitials for Kids Are People Too? Thanks for clearing up that mystery."
- This tape I have of Hot Dog programs shows that it was carved up into individual segments so it totally makes sense that it was syndicated to local stations or folded into Kids Are People Too - as well as being distributed to schools.
January 22, 2007 - 11:27am
OUT THIS COOL WEB SITE!
One of the problems with that show, as far as what the critics said at the time, was that it was too "inside" - that audiences wouldn't understand or relate to the machinations of the entertainment industry. Of course, now the industry is completely self-obsessed.
Lou also points us to his TERRIFIC site - oldiestelevision.com with some fantastic clips from the Dumont network, bloopers from the Honeymooners, a James Dean interview, Bobby Darin in concert and tons of other great free entertainment. Not to be missed!
January 20, 2007 - 8:49am
January 19, 2007 - 9:54am
January 19, 2007 - 9:45am
Johnny writes to tell us he believes our mystery theme is Bracken's World - which sounds plausible to me as the music is as overarching as that series was. To refresh your memory here's the theme again.
And here's a fall preview for Bracken's World, an NBC nightime soap from 1969 that lasted a season and a half.
January 18, 2007 - 9:08am
& HEDGES SONG
January 16, 2007 - 12:02pm
Also in the works - current British TV series, including programs such as The IT Crowd, The Bill (a cop show I enjoyed while living in London), Man Stroke Woman and Hardware.
Now if only my favorite Britcom Gimmee, Gimmee Gimmee would get realeased in the U.S. on DVD.
January 16, 2007 - 11:58am
First up, the fine folks at Fox (the TV net, not the fake news channel) sent me an advance copy of next week's Prison Break, a show I'm particularly fond of. The show returns for 9 new episodes on January 22nd and next week's show has more twist and turns than a mountain pass.
I missed a couple of episodes, so I'm impatiently waiting for the second season to show up on DVD so I can find out, for one thing, how the guard Bellick ended up behind bars. That must have been a pretty quick trial. That's what I like about this show, it moves at a rapid pace and doesn't get bogged down in unnecessary diversions away from the key plotlines. When this episode ('John Doe') ends you'll once again wonder - how are they going to get out of this one?!?
Fox really knows drama, with Prison Break and 24 back to back on Monday nights forming an unbeatable block - so how come they can't mount a decent sitcom anymore?
January 16, 2007 - 11:43am
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