is hands down the best site on the Web for classic TV.'
TV BLOG - 107 'TVParty.com,
a TV history website... its links to Amazon.com help sell TV DVDs." "All
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Five Sites! Interviews and articles... are must reads.' 'It's
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'An ingenious tribute that elevates the TV past to artlike proportions.
Site guru Billy Ingram has compiled features both over-the-top and museum
worthy, blissful nostalgia for those born in the '40s or the '80s. A+
'Every decade expresses its kooky collective unconscious on the tube,
celebrated affectionately at Billy Ingram's TVparty. Ingram provides a
hilarious glimpse into the American pop psyche.' 'Get the
inside scoop on all your favorite classic TV shows at TVParty.' "...revisits
trends and traumas of TV's past."
a TV history website... its links to Amazon.com help sell TV DVDs."
Five Sites! Interviews and articles... are must reads.'
inside scoop on all your favorite classic TV shows at TVParty.'
trends and traumas of TV's past."
Back to the nineties - now they're bringing back Melrose Place? The CW is looking to slot this show next fall if 90210 stays strong.
The Ex List got added to the axe list but The Cleaner will return for season 2.
From last night's Tonight Show, David Gregory talks about Sarah Palin’s wardrobe expenditures.
October 29, 2008 - 9:24am
A former photographer, Muir joined NBC TV following the second world war and became a director and producer for Puppet Playhouse Presents in December, 1947. Despite the stories you may have heard about the show's history, Puppet Playhouse was not meant to be a series according to my interview with Mr. Muir back in the 1980's. The show was going to be part of a mini-series of kids TV specials aired once a week on Saturday evenings during the 1947 Christmas holidays.
The show became a weekly series after Bob Smith said to his viewers at the end of the program, "See You next week, kids." Hence the network execs at NBC felt obligated to broadcast the show a few more times before they moved the program to a Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening schedule in 1948. Eventually, the show would be seen Monday thru Friday evenings and the series title would change to Howdy Doody.
Muir oversaw the series' production and helped develop it's growth; he also created and produced two more kid's TV shows, The Gumby Show (which was hosted by Bobby Nicholson as "Scotty McKee" and later by Pinky Lee and the Paul Ashley Puppets) and The Ruff & Reddy Show with Jimmy Blaine as the show's host/ performer with the Rufus Rose / Bobby Nicholson Puppets in 1957.
When Howdy Doody went off the air in the fall of 1960 Muir left NBC and, with Nicholson, formed an independent production company. They created the series The Funny Manns as a vehicle for comic character actor Cliff Norton and they also created and produced game shows like The Newlywed Game, Pay Cards, The Generation Gap, and Super Pay Cards.
Muir would produce the combination Saturday morning preview and Howdy Doody tribute Howdy Doody & Friends in September, 1972. "Buffalo Bob" Smith and "Clarabelle the Clown" (Lew Anderson) co-hosted the show along with an actress who played a new character called "Clever Clara." The show also featured an appearance from one of the Ritts Puppets' The Abominable Snowman. In 1976, Muir also produced The New Howdy Doody Show but the series was not a success due to the fact that stations thought of the program as a kid's comedy show and aired it at uneven hours.
Muir And Nicholson also created and produced the children's anthology show Once Upon A Classic hosted by Bill Bixby. Muir would serve as executive producer for Howdy Doody's 40th Anniversary TV Tribute in December, 1987 and would also be interviewed for the Television Academy's "Living Archives" project in 1999.
Roger Muir retired from television producing in the 1990's when he and his wife Bobbie moved from their home in Pelham, New York to New Hampshire where they would live for the remainder of their lives.
Roger Muir had been working on a book and a documentary about the history of Howdy Doody, hopefully they will still come to pass.
October 28, 2008 - 9:48am
Any help or suggestions you could offer to this issue would be much appreciated. Thank you for your time and I look forward to talking with you soon.
So Say We All.
Hopefully Universal will get back to me with an answer to that.
Law & Order returns on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on November 5th following Life (which used to be on Fridays) whileLipstick Jungle moves to Friday from Wednesday.
I'm sure you've heard stories about political yard signs being stolen or vandalized. One couple got sick of having their signs disappearing in broad daylight so they got out - no, not a gun - the video camera. In the digital age the Tube is mightier than the sword. Sure enough, they caught the sign thief red handed - it was a candidate stealing his opponent's signs. Epic frackup!
October 28, 2008 - 9:18am
STOMPER BOMPER BOO
Karlisa Burleson writes: "I was on Romper Room with Miss Nancy- I believe I was around 4 or 5 years old, so that would make it 1970 or 1971 in Arkansas. I’ve attached a couple of old photos from that time, I am in the navy blue jumper with white shirt and pigtails. My name is Karlisa “Lisa” McKenney-Burleson.
"I can remember one time, Miss Nancy had the class walk around in cardboard cars, and mine happened to be on backwards that day and a big loud voice-over guy came on shouting, 'Karlisa, you have you car on backwards- Karlisa you have your car on backwards.' I don’t believe I ever heard him, but I think my Mother had a good chuckle from the sidelines. Also, because of the Romper Room show, I was asked to be on a shoe commercial for Buster Brown shoes, I believe was the brand, and I had to crack open an egg.
"Anyway, I just found these pics and decided to google Miss Nancy and came across your website and thought I’d share my Romper Room story. I also went to Miss Nancy’s house for some reason and she had 2 huge Afghan Hound dogs in her entryway- I just remember standing in the entry way looking at her giant dogs in amazement."
October 27, 2008 - 7:39am
ON SHARI & LAMB CHOP
Yeah, that Shari Lewis DVD is wonderful, I just got chills thinking about it. Isn't that weird? It's really remarkable how talented the lady was, as was her co-star Tony Award nominee Ronald Radd.
Like I stated in the review, I didn't expect to like it because how could something I watched as a pre-schooler possibly entertain me today? Boy, was I wrong. You're not likely to find another gem like this, something you'll genuinely enjoy watching with the kiddies. If they'll watch black and white television. I wonder if it would seem odd to a five year old who never watched anything on TV that wasn't in color?
In the mid-1990s I was watching something on PBS with my 5 year old niece. She pointed to the screen during one of the breaks and said, "That's Lamb Chop." I was like, "Wha-?" Sure enough, there was a picture of the puppet, turned out she regularly watched Shari's show on PBS. I thought that was really a trip; with 40 years between us we both grew up watching the same lady and her characters on TV.
By the way, Shari's daughter is now carrying on the tradition so Lamb Chop and friends will live on for future generations, I'm guessing.
October 24, 2008 - 9:49am
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