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ANIMATION DOMINATION RETURNS
TV BlogFor a huge number of people, Sunday night on FOX is the most anticipated evening of network programming, it's practically a generational tradition after more than a decade of animation domination; that continues on Sunday, September 28th with the return of The Simpsons, King Of The Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.

A riotous booze free St. Patrick's Day (what a concept!) on The Simpsons somehow inspires Homer to become a bounty hunter ala Dog while Marge goes to work for an erotic bakery which leads to one of Homer's funniest lines ever. I won't spoil it for you.

After 19 seasons, I'm not sure The Simpsons is as good as it was a few years ago, though it's hard to judge based on just one episode. There are laughs to be had but characters' personas are being stretched considerably, the situations are more silly than satirical. Why Flanders as a partner for Homer the Bounty Hunter? It's not logical or ultimately funny. It seems The Simpsons has become more like its doppelganger Family Guy with too many easy-laugh, throw-away gags.

King of the Hill returns for a 13th season after an amazingly consistent run of fresh, original situation comedies that have held up well over the years. This may be the most realistic animated show of all time, a blunt blend of intelligence and grit, a cartoon but not cartoony world where modern sensibilities clash with southern ideals without insulting anyone needlessly. That's quite an accomplishment and part of what makes King of the Hill one of television's finest accomplishments. This week Bill's diabetes confines him to a wheelchair where he discovers unconditional acceptance for the first time in his life.

I never thought I'd say it but Family Guy is actually funnier than The Simpsons, at least based on this fall's first episode. I've never cared for Family Guy but I have to admit laughing several times throughout an episode that has Brian courting the girl of his dreams only to lose her to Cleveland.

Capping off the night is American Dad which I can't bear to watch. So I didn't. The worst character designs for any animated program ever?

Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 1:25pm
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SAD PASSING
Ugliest Girl in TownLinda Gillies writes: "Not sure if you've ever covered a 60's show called 'The Ugliest Girl In Town' starring Canadian Peter Kastner? (He also starred in the movies 'Nobody Waved Goodbye', 'You're A Big Boy Now' & 'BS I Love You'.) He was living in the States with his second wife Jenny for a number of years, but moved back to Toronto a few years ago, where he was singing & playing guitar in clubs, performing his own songs.

"Sadly, Mr. Kastner died this past Thursday evening, the 18th, while out driving in downtown Toronto, where he lived. He'd suffered a heart-attack at the age of 64, 2 weeks before his 65th birthday.

"My husband & I met him in 1975 at the taping of 'King of Kensington', a popular Toronto TV series that ran for around 5 years. He was a pleasant, happy man & took the time to speak with us. He will be very missed."

Our condolences to Peter Kastner's family. Here's info on the show Linda mentioned:

Ugliest Girl in Town
Thursday nights at 7:30
ABC / 1968-1969

In 1968, 'gimmick' shows were hot - funny thing is, most of the gimmick shows never caught on. The gimmick here was that the main character is running around in really bad drag.

You see, Timothy Blair (Peter Kastner) has a photographer brother named Gene (played by Garry Marshall, creator of 'Lavern & Shirley' and regular on 'Murphy Brown'). Gene lost some important photo shoot pics - so he dresses Timothy up in Hippie chick garb and submits these shots to his London publisher. The publishers think they've found the new 'Twiggy', and 'Timmie' becomes a hot fashion model. As a girl, of course.

This works out great for Timothy - he gets to fly back and forth to London where his girlfriend Julie Renfield (Patricia Brake) lives. And he gets to be a supermodel, prancing around go-go London in all the latest mod fashions.

"A couple of episodes that stand out in my mind are one where s/he was ordered to pose as a nude model (he covered up his lack of feminine allure by posing in a bubble bath) and one where he had to sing in falsetto, but because he couldn't sing in key, a male janitor sang for him. The clothes were at their silliest Austin Powerish best. Very 60's airline stewardess-style clothing, puffy hats, go-go boots, big round sunglasses."
- Laura

"Here are some lines from the theme song of "The Ugliest Girl in Town". I've been carrying them around in my head for 30 years, and I'll be relieved to unload them on you:
Who Owns That Fabulous Face?
The Ugliest Girl in Town
Who's Styles are Setting the Pace?
The Ugliest Girl in Town
You don't have to be a
Mia or Sofia
This is the year of the clown
Be the eekiest, creepiest, UGLIEST GIRL IN TOWN!"

- Megafrim

Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 11:02am
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