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in the TVparty Classic TV Blog! Perhaps at the insistence of his wife, who understood more than anyone the power of publicity, the boy and his parents were flown to New York and put up at the Waldorf Astoria where Alfred Steele and his new bride, one of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars, Joan Crawford were staying while their two-story Fifth Avenue penthouse was undergoing a major renovation. The Steele’s planned trip to Greensboro later in the week would provide the perfect Hollywood ending to a real life fairy tale come true — plucky small town boy meets glamorous movie queen with the lights of Manhattan as their backdrop. Read more in TVparty's Classic TV Blog! The Tonight Show starring Soupy Sales? When Jack Paar decided to leave The Tonight Show in March of 1962, he scheduled Sales as his final guest. In a 1962 Detroit News interview Sales stated, "Jack Paar called me and said, 'They're going to expect me to cry on that final night. You come and hit me with a pie instead.' I was delighted. What a break! I worked hard doing my Los Angeles daytime show ahead on tape so I could go to New York. Then Paar decided it wouldn't be dignified or something and I was cancelled. Was I burned. He called me; I didn’t call him. I spent a lot of time getting ready." Read
Who can explain the phenomenon that was Liberace? He sold millions of albums, was loved here and abroad... and he became a glittering Las Vegas icon. He had a way with the piano that few before or since have mastered, whether it was playing the classics or contemporary works. The music he created was stunningly gorgeous. Liberace was a frequent guest on TV variety shows and had his own TV series and yearly specials. Read and watch
Marty & Live TV One of the most important dramas of 1953, perhaps of the whole live TV era, was a hurriedly-written fill-in. The Philco Television Playhouse was originally to present a different story, but the script had been terrible, so they asked Paddy Chayefsky, who had already proven himself a very talented author, to finish a script he was in the midst of writing so they could perform it. “Marty” was the result. Read
Remember Gale Storm These past few weeks' bizarre, coincidental hecatomb of celebrity deaths (Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon), and the media’s ongoing coverage of them, no doubt means that the passing of TV, film and recording star Gale Storm (who died June 26 at age 87) will not receive near the coverage and attention that it deserves. Granted, of course, though Storm was a successful recording artist, she’s wasn’t Michael Jackson and even she freely admitted that some of her body of work (like her film career) was rather minor and scattershot. But, nevertheless, she was, in her time, a major TV star and, in retrospect, she’s an often under-remembered, under-appreciated small screen icon. Read
The Supremes - Without Diana In 1966 and 1967 The Supremes were on the top of the bill at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. In January of 1970 they gave their final performance at the Frontier Hotel, after that Diana Ross embarked on a solo career and was quickly signed to play Las Vegas with her name on the marquee. Read and Watch more...
The Merry Mailman - Ray Heatherton Heatherton made his debut on the small screen in an early video adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates Of Penzance produced in 1939. "It was for NBC TV," Heatherton recalled. "Harold Sandford was the conductor and Margaret Baum was the soprano. They (the network execs and the producers) were really testing the commercial possibilities of television. "I did the lead in both of them." Read more...
Bizarre Life & Death of Joe E. Ross
Car 54 was dropped after two terms and a few years later Joe E. Ross landed the show I first saw him on, It's About Time, which I loved as a 9 year old. The kooky combo of Joe E. Ross and Imogene Coca was hard to resist. Again his co-workers complained about his loutish behavior and that one season wonder was the comedian's last primetime series. Read
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Gene Roddenberry After Star Trek Entitled
to half the profits from Star Trek, this amounted to very little
in the early-'70s before the show had yet to fully catch on in syndication. Roddenberry
confessed to an interviewer, "For a couple of years our only income
was lecture fees I got from colleges where kids still loved Star Trek,
even though it was not a commercial success." But soon there were new concepts and attempts to get another sci-fi series off the ground. Read and watch more...
What Happened to What's Happening!!? "Haywood was a really good kid and Ernest was an
excellent actor. Fred Berry was the one to look out for. He could be trouble.
He received many of the show's big laughs. Unfortunately, he later had
some personal problems that carried over onto the set. After
I had left the show, there was a big contract dispute and I was told that
Fred was the instigator behind the trouble that followed. He convinced
Ernest and Haywood to join him in a strike for more money. Eventually,
the producers simply had enough of the boys' antics and they closed the
series down." Read
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Joe Kubert's late-1960s Comic Book Covers In the 1940s Joe Kubert was known for illustrating the costumed superhero adventures of Hawkman, Johnny Quick, The Justice Society, The Flash and more.
By the mid-sixties Kubert became primarily known as a war comic artist. Here are Kubert's DC superhero covers from 1966-1970. Now that's obscure! Read
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Great TV Commercials of the Early-1970s Some
of the most memorable commercial jingles and catch phrases of all
she or doesn't she (only her hairdresser knows for sure)," "You're
not getting older, you're getting better," "No cat ever
walked away from Friskies Buffet," "Kawasaki lets the good
times roll," "I don't use soap anymore," "Who's
behind those Foster Grants?" ...and so many more! Read
and watch more...
TV on DVD - Archived Reviews! Tom
Jones, Twin Peaks, Stargate Atlantis, Voyage to the Bottom of the
Sea, Dallas, Men Behaving Badly, Captain N, Hootenanny, ER, Wanda
Sykes, Adventures of Superman, Battlestar Galactica, F Troop, and
so many more hot DVD releases.And they're all deep discounted
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TV Wrestling - Greats and Near Greats! NOW WITH ADDED RARE VIDEO!
Hitchcock's look back at the heart of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling - with
grapplers known and unknown. Wahoo McDaniel! Ric Flair! Dusty Rhodes!
Jim Cornette! Magnum TA! Buddy "Killer" Austin! Johnny Weaver!
Johnny Valentine! Harley Race! Dick Murdock! Jimmy Garvin! Nikita Koloff!
Have you ever heard of these guys?!? Read
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In the early-eighties, young people in Los Angeles were flocking to
makeshift clubs in droves to see new, up and coming bands. Live new
music, not DJs, was what they craved. These writings provide a sketchy
look at the underground club scene in Los Angeles during the time
that groups like X, Missing Persons, The Go-Go's, The Minutemen and
Wall of Voodoo entered the public consciousness. Read
and see more...
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