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TIME TRAVEL WEDNESDAY
Go back to 1971 with me with some groovy classic commercials. First, Mattel's Rock Flowers, a collection of hippy chick dolls. I don't remember that one, my sister must not have gotten one.

This my sister did get for Christmas in 1971 - Malibu Barbie's camper. Now she has one of those enormous fifth wheels. My sister that is, Malibu Barbie is running for vice president.

Next a zippy jingle for Lipton Tea in this daytime break from 1971, followed by a Wishbone Salad Dressing ad with retired prize fighter Rocky Graciano. I've been trying to get that Lipton jingle out of my head for the last week! Listen at your own peril.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 7:44am
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He was huge on the radio but flopped on TV. The Green Hornet returns - Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle) will direct and costar with Seth Rogen the title role. Chow will play Kato, made famous by Bruce Lee in the 1966 TV show. Production begins Spring 2009.

You Tube has a fight scene from The Green Hornet featuring Gung Fu master Bruce Lee:

And who can forget - wait, who can remember? - the two Green Hornet movie serials from 1940-41:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:50am
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HMMM
Mike Ransom writes: Doesn't Joe Pyne's random xylophone/tympani-based theme remind you of the music in this "Dr. Strangelove" theatrical trailer? As an 11-year-old in 1964, the trailer struck me as chilling, and it still does today. Joe Pyne's producer may have wanted to capture some of that free-floating anxiety for the show's intro.

Strangelove:

Pyne:

And on Tulsa TV Memories - surplus sections of the SAGE computer system (created by the Air Force to track enemy bombers in the Cold War era) were seen in "Lost In Space", "The Time Tunnel", "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", "Get Smart" and many other shows. Here is a site with screenshots of them: The AN/FSQ-7 on TV and in the Movies.

One of the architects of SAGE, mathematician John von Neumann, may have been one of Kubrick's models for the character of Dr. Strangelove. He was a consultant to the RAND Corporation with an aggressive stance on the nascent Cold War and confined to a wheelchair later in life.
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Family guy on DVDFROM THE PRESS RELEASES:
“Family Guy” Volume Six DVD collection on October 21. A pop culture phenomenon the collection features the show’s 100th episode and a total of 12 edgy episodes from Seasons Five and Six. The set features tons of hilarious guest appearances from the likes of Drew Barrymore, Neil Patrick Harris, Adam Carolla, William Dafoe, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. Bursting with unaired bonus features to appease any die-hard fan, including over 50 deleted scenes, commentary from series creator Seth MacFarlane, featurettes, optional censored audio tracks on every episode and more.
Here are some video previews from the DVD extras:
Voices: Quicktime
Worthy Story
: Quicktime
Cutaways: Quicktime

Watch reactions from Matthew Weiner and cast of Mad Men before the Emmys.

TV Land announced today that Dallas has been added to the list of cities which will hold open casting calls for the second season of the hit reality series “She’s Got The Look.” Auditions will be held at The Fairmont Dallas Hotel on Thursday, October 2. As announced last week, casting will begin on September 29 in select cities across the country. Judges for “She’s Got The Look” -- supermodel Beverly Johnson, who made history as the first African-American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue, celebrity stylist Robert Verdi and Wilhelmina president Sean Patterson will be present for all casting calls. “She’s Got The Look” is hosted by supermodel Kim Alexis and is a collaboration with Wilhelmina Models, Inc., that sets out to discover a sophisticated, beautiful and confident woman 35 or older destined to become the next great supermodel.

This Thursday Bonnie Hunt is excited to welcome Diane Lane and Richard Gere from the new film, "Nights in Rodanthe." Diane and Richard will talk about how it was working together for the first time in 24 years, and Bonnie will tell how you can win a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina where the film was shot. Just log on to www.bonniehunt.com and enter to win.

Don’t miss one of the biggest comedy events of the year when "Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger" on Saturday September 27th at 9 p.m. ET/PT—only on HBO! "Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger," will feature exclusive footage of three different international performances of Rock’s tour including South Africa’s Carnival City Casino, New York’s legendary Apollo Theater and the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in London. Check out Chris Rock as the Featured Comedian on MySpace Comedy and see behind the scenes clips from the show as well.

The following questions will be answered in the upcoming episodes of “Myths and Legends,” a new series on TV Land Prime.
Wednesday, October 8th at 10 p.m. – “PIGSKINS, BATS & THAT DARN CAT” - Did heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne intentionally bite the head off a live bat, during one of his concert performances? Is comedian Phyllis Diller really the mother of soap star Susan Lucci? Did J. Edgar Hoover really organize a team of FBI agents to spy on the making of Disney’s “That Darn Cat?” Is one of the most-watched programs in sports history - the Super Bowl - really the cause of a phenomenon known as the Halftime Flush? Was Hollywood’s most iconic blond bomb shell, Marilyn Monroe, murdered?

Wednesday, October 15th at 10:00 p.m. – “MANSON, MONKEES & MISTER ED” - Did Jennifer Lopez, one of Hollywood’s most famous stars, insure one of her assets for one billion dollars? Was television’s beloved talking horse, “Mr. Ed,” actually played by a zebra? Did cult leader Charles Manson really audition for the pop sensation group The Monkees and did he pen a song for The Beach Boys? Did a coin toss put Richie Valens on a flight that ended his life and the life of three other rock pioneers?

Wednesday, October 22nd at 10p.m. – “BLOOD EVIDENCE” - Did two of “Star Wars” most beloved characters, R2-D2 and C-3PO, make a cameo in another Steven Spielberg/George Lucas blockbuster movie "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark?” Did the woman Jack Nicholson thought to be his sister actually turn out to be his mother? Was “Hogan’s Heroes” actor Bob Crane killed by his best friend? Is the comic book based on the rock band KISS printed with the blood of the band members?

Wednesday, October 29th at 10 p.m. “SHATNER, SINATRA & OSCAR” - Was William Shatner’s face the inspiration behind serial killer Michael Myers’ mask in the grisly “Halloween” slasher movies? Was the Academy Award® statue named after Bette Davis’ husband because of the similarity of their backsides or was it named by a secretary working at the Academy®? Was singer Dean Torrance of Jan & Dean part of the conspiracy to kidnap Frank Sinatra Jr.? Did the U.S. military run a secret movie studio in Laurel Canyon?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 5:11am
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