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Bette Midler on TV in the 1970s One of the joys of television in the 1970s were Bette Midler's appearances on talk shows and especially on the awards shows. Here she is in 1973 winning the Grammy for Best New Artist against some seriously stiff competition... like Barry White. What a coincidence that Bette used to make fun of Karen Carpenter in her act and she and her brother Richard are the presenters. That may explain Karen's low key announcement that Bette Midler was the winner. Read
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There ARE Funny Episodes of Mama's Family - Honest! Mama's Family is a show considered to be so bad it may be the worst TV production of all time, in many people's mind. It might surprise you to know the series, in primetime on NBC for 2 seasons before entering syndication, was actually funny when guest stars Betty White as sister Ellen and Carol Burnett as Eunice appeared, reprising their roles from the 'Family' sketches on The Carol Burnett Show, what Mama's Family was based on. Read and watch more...
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...
Booth's Last TV Show A
Touch of Grace was an oddball show in many ways, not the least
of which was that it focused on elderly people at a time when the
networks were all chasing a young demographic. It was an instant hit
with the critics but didn't stand a chance. Read and
Very Weird History of the Today Show Katie Couric's replacement Meredith Viera proved to be a formitable host in her own right but she too left the show in 2011 prompting the network to once again cast about for the perfect morning face. NBC thought they found her in Ann Curry but she was yanked from the show after one year. NBC is faced again with a difficult decision - will
they fall back on an idea that worked so well in the past and once again
make a chimpanzee co-host of the Today show? Read
and watch more...
Television Anniversary October
3 marks the anniversary of the 1957 debut of The Woody
Woodpecker Show. Actor and veteran animator Walter Lantz created
and produced Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy, Foolish
Fables cartoons for movie goers of the 1930s and '40s. He decided
to bring his pint size bird with the machine gun beak and his friends
to the small screen in 1957 after making a deal with Leonard Goldenson
and the heads of ABC. Read
Matt Weiner Interview Steven Spielberg's parents gave him a film camera when he was a little boy, and he grew up to make blockbuster films. Matt Weiner's parents restricted his television viewing as a child, and he grew up to create unrestricted television. Go figure. Weiner, creator of AMC's mega hit "Mad Men" (about ad men on Madison avenue during the 1960's) is on break from the series, and using his down time to shoot a big screen comedy here in North Carolina, starring Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler. Weiner is back on familiar turf because he spent several years of his childhood in Fayetteville when his Dad was stationed at Fort Bragg. Read more...
They Made an Album?!? Yes, most of us are already aware that the likes of William Shatner, John Travolta and various “Brady” kids have all had their dreams of musical greatness and have all put out albums of their warblings at one time or another. But… they are far from alone in the world of surprising others who have also attempted to parlay their notoriety or fame in one field into the world of the recording arts. Read
and hear more...
After the confrontation Sinatra's bodyguard asked Ellison to leave. "He says, 'C'mon, what don't you leave?' I said, 'What'dya mean why don't I leave? I have a membership, I'm a member here!' 'Well, Frank doesn't like the way you're dressed.' I said, 'I don't like the way Frank is dressed.' And Sinatra's saying something from behind him and I say, 'Hey you. Shut the f*ck up. The contest for the fastest mouth in the West isn't open, you got the title.'" Click for the story!
Why Did They Fire TV's Captain Marvel? "It was a precedent setting case at the Screen Actor's Guild, and Filmation
had to pay me for all the shows they didn't use me on, plus residuals.
Still, these clown's actions doomed a marvelous show. It wasn't John Davies'
fault that he was suddenly thrown into the part of Captain Marvel. It
was a rush job. I was fired at 1:00 PM that day, and he was out on the
set at 3:00 PM. That's pretty darn fast, I'd say. One of the Execs' reasoning
was "The kids'll never know the difference." Riiight. John's
a fine actor, but he's no more Captain Marvel than I am Wonder Woman." Read more...
When CBS attempts to save Two and a Half Men without the show's star Charlie Sheen they are not going into uncharted territory. NBC faced the same dilemma when they lost Redd Foxx, the star of their number one sitcom Sanford & Son in 1977. The result, Sanford Arms, was a true debacle and one of the first programs cancelled that fall. Read
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Morning Shows 1971 1970
was a very good year for network Saturday morning revenues, so 1971
brought a continuation of the shows that were working - along with
remakes of proven series from the past. All three networks started
giving in to pressure from parent groups to offer more educational,
and less violent programs. For the most part, they are all flops. Read
and watch more...
On Bobby Darin
31 years Bobby's family kept a dark secret from him. In 1967, they revealed
that his "sister" Nina was really his mother, and his "mother" Polly was
really his grandmother! After
these traumatic revelations he felt, "My whole life has been a lie." He
spent a year at Big Sur, on the California coast, trailer living in the
forest, wondering and writing. Read
TV on DVD! Stargate
Atlantis, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Dallas, Men Behaving
Badly, Captain N, Hootenanny, ER, Wanda Sykes, Adventures of Superman,
Pride & Prejudice, Battlestar Galactica, F Troop, Cheyenne, and so many more new to DVD.And they're all deep discounted
- for you! Read
Morning TV Shows - 1967 With Batman the hottest show in primetime the networks rolled out an extravaganza of bizarre superheros for their Saturday morning line-up. After The New Beatles and American Bandstand on ABC the network scored a hit with Where the Action Is, a teen music show featuring the hottest acts in the country. With video highlights! Read more...
TV Fall Season : 1972-73 An
overview of what folks were watching in 35 years ago; with rare video
of the hits and flops that marked the beginning of the end of the classic TV era.
Do you remember: The Saturday Superstar Movie, ABC Movie of the
Week, Captain Noah, the Julie Andrews Hour, Bridget Loves Bernie,
Search and The Sixth Sense? Read
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extensive catalogue of every classic program available on DVD! See what's
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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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