& PERRY MASON
"Oftimes former TPIR hosts like Tom Kennedy and the late Dennis James would exhibit a phony nature towards the contestants. They didn't have Mr. Barker's fun loving attitude and were unable to host the nighttime syndicated versions of the program.
"I feel that Jonathon Goodson (the show's executive producer/corporate head and the son of the show's co-producer and co-founder of the company the late Mark Goodson) should let the show die after Mr. Barker's departure this coming May. Otherwise, The Price Is Right will be nothing more than another unsuccessful attempt to keep an old and bye now passe' concept going, trying to stay on the air for nothing more than making money and attempting to maintain an audience that may no longer be there.
Also relating to an earlier post, Kevin adds: "Perry Mason was always a good TV crime drama and not just during the show's first season. The episodes that aired during its long run were always thought provoking and entertaining due to the wonderful scripting and the performances of the show's main cast and the guest actors. Perry Mason always had the best of Hollywood's list of character players.
"Zasu Pitts, Michael Constantine, Les Treymaine, Alan Hale, Jr., Paul Winchell, Paul Tripp (yes, two of kiddie TV's most famous hosts/performers played villains on this show), Robert Armstrong, John Banner, Connie Hines, Jesse White, Sylvia Fine and Francis Bavier were among the many talented performers who appeared on the show. And the performances from Ray Collins (as Lt. Art Tragg), Bill Talman (as DA Hamilton Burger), Bill Hopper (as private detective Paul Drake), Barbara Hale (as Mr. Mason's secretary Della Street) and Raymond Burr as Perry Mason - all of them made this show a hit.
"No one has ever topped this type of quality courtroom drama before or since.
"Perry Mason was successfully revived as a series of made for TV movies in the 1980's / early 1990's - successful mainly due to the fact that TV producer Fred Silverman was able to hire Mr. Burr and Ms. Hale to play their roles one more time. Mr. Burr stated that he would do the first Perry Mason TV movie in 1985 but only on the condition that Ms. Hale be hired to play Della Street again. She didn't want to do it but Mr. Burr said, "I wont do it without you, Barbara." And I agree with Mr. Burr, there is no way that he could have played that role again without this caring and courageous partner.
"Mr. Silverman was also wise enough to hire new actors to play Paul Drake, Jr. (Ms. Hale's real life son actor and singer William Katt), along with David Ogden Stiers as DA Michael Restin and a tough black actor (James McEachin) playing the no nonsense police detective Lt. Brock.
"The TV movies also featured a list of talented guest performers like Patty Duke, Mason Adams, Ronny Cox, Pernell Roberts, Robert Guillaume, and a talented lady that I was lucky to work with on Alf's Hit Talk Show Ms. Linda Blair.
"The only reason that this wonderful concept ended was that Mr. Burr left us all too soon in 1993. Follow up TV movies starred talented men in the role of the lead lawyer (Paul Sorvino and Hal Holbrook starred but not as Perry Mason) but the idea didn't work and the series finally came to an end."
Not to mention The New Perry Mason from 1973 - with none other than Brett Somers (Match Game) as Perry's secretary Gertrude "Gertie" Lade and Monte Markham in the title role. That series lasted only a few weeks on CBS but is fondly remembered by many viewers, perhaps because of the stellar guest stars that included Denver Pyle, Jodie Foster, Pat Harrington, Carolyn Jones, Simon Oakland among others. Believe it or not, there are a lot of folks who would like to see this show on DVD - me, I'm looking forward to season two of Perry Mason.
Oh, and if I were CBS I would be looking to morning radio personalities for the next host of The Price is Right. Only an unknown (Conan O'Brien) could have replaced David Letterman and I think that would be the best strategy in this case.
February 15, 2007 - 11:39am
SHOW, NEW LOW
Now tell me, have you ever seen anything less funny in your life? The opening to the show is a cold ripoff of The Daily Show theme and they even have to use an annoying laugh track to get you to believe that comedy is happening.
It airs on Fox News, the home of fake news.
Speaking of 24, I caught the couple of episodes Fox broadcast the other night. I was so bored I gave up on it before the second episode finished. I really enjoyed the past seasons of 24. I watched the first three seasons twice - but the series gets worse with each year.
February 15, 2007 - 9:03am
This points out a conundrum. Every TV show, even if I thought it was the worst thing ever, had tens of thousands of people who loved it. Who am I to say they're wrong? If I'm reviewing a DVD collection, I won't point it out if I didn't like the show itself - it's too late to criticize the original production, it's done. If you want to own Hogan's Heroes, my opinion on that show doesn't matter; although I'm quick to praise to the hilt programs I enjoy or discover for the first time on DVD.
In the case of The Charmings, I only saw one episode. It seemed like a Bewitched rip-off to me, but it certainly wasn't the worst thing I'd seen and better than a lot of what's on today. If I'm not mistaken it was being rerun on one of the cable channels a few years back.
February 12, 2007 - 8:39am
Right now I'm enjoying another WW2 docu-series called The Nazis: A Warning from History which has a fascinating collection of untold stories, interviews with key people and utilizes documents that have been gone over before. It's a magnificently paced, heart-breaking work that provides fresh details into one of the defining moments in world history.
Released by the BBC and A&E (written and produced by Lawrence Rees), The Nazis becomes most riveting when interviews with unrepentant Nazis and those who were most victimized by their brutality are on screen. Location shoots offer some incredible present day views of former battlefields and the now abandoned palaces that belonged to prominent Nazis.
Say what you will about the Nazis but you have to admit they had some fine photographers along with skilled filmmakers who were shooting (toward the end of the war) with some spectacularly rich color motion picture film.
February 10, 2007 - 9:09am
FINALLY ON THAT PLANE CRASH
February 10, 2007 - 8:28am
February 8, 2007 - 7:45am
ON THAT Feb. 1, 1957 PLANE CRASH
"Since we feel that this event changed our family's lives, I was hoping to get a copy of the old TV shows so some of the younger cousins and grandchildren can learn of crash. For my cousins and uncles who lost a father and brother the accident is still very emotional for them. There was a lot of confusion after the crash and the messages from city officials were that he was dead, then alive in hospital and then confirmed a day later that he was dead.
would be great if we can get copy of the show which was on the Survival
Channel. There is also another show about the crash that I listed
in my email. If I am successful in obtaining a copy for either show ,
I will forward to you.
- Laura Allison
February 8, 2007 - 7:40am
How does this person, who is spectacularly wrong on almost every issue, maintain a shred of credibility, much less a job?
Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, cartoonist Tom Tommorrow predicted this almost 4 years ago.
February 7, 2007 - 9:50am
to hear from you, take care, Diane Dillon (Chopelas)
There's a Survival Channel?!? This topic of conversation has me wanting to read more about this crash.
February 7, 2007 - 9:50am
"My uncle died in plane crash more 50 years ago yesterday . The plane went up in La Guardia airport and down in Rikers Island , The airline was Northeast and Flight number 823. The crash was on Feb. 1, 1957.
"We had a memorial for him and some family members discussed that there were two TV shows which dramatized the plane crash . The first one was part of the Armstrong Circle Theatre is entitled Day of Disaster:: Rikers Island. The rescue episode is Number 258 of the series & was aired on May 14,1957 . The second show was aired in 1964 on a show called "Survival" . The episode called " Survival: Flight 823". Survival was a syncopated documentary series conceived by Sherman Grinberg distributed by Official Films.
"Is there anyway we can get a copy of these shows?"
February 4, 2007 - 8:04am
February 3, 2007 - 6:31am
50th Anniversary Edition
February 3, 2007 - 6:29am
Note that a million more people tune in to the second half of The Price Is Right than watch the first half. CBS must be freaking out about the possibility of losing their top daytime program when Bob Barker retires.
Speaking of TPIR, did you know Doug Davidson (among others) has auditioned to take over the hosting role? Does anyone remember his disastrous turn as host of the nighttime TPIR in 1994? It didn't even finish out the season as I recall.
While I didn't care for him (to be fair, I only saw the first few episodes) one TVparty-er wrote: "Well, I don't fully blame Doug for his lackluster effort. The extreme change in format and timing contributed to it, I always felt he was moving the show WAY too fast. However, there were some things about that version I also liked. The new camera that gave a bird's eye view of the audience and the big wheel RULED. I also like how he built up the suspense when a car was being offered. He once had a contestant close her eyes and he went backstage and climbed into the back of a truck, and the truck entered with him standing on it. With Barker, it's always predictable when a contestant is about to win a car."
Davidson is the only one out there with experience in the role.
February 1, 2007 - 10:43am
The guys they arrested were just doing their job on behalf of the ad agency they work for and Turner Broadcasting. Not one of the other cities where these promos were installed reacted this way. At best it's just one of those things, a sad reminder of how frightened we've become. We can thank the media for that but we only have ourselves to blame, I suppose.
I'm looking forward to the ATHF movie myself - and Turner ought to pay for everything, it was a publicity bonanza for a very funny show.
February 1, 2007 - 9:18am
Eric from Just My Show has a new episode up and you should check it out, it features interviews with Ted Lange (The Love Boat/Celebrity Fit Club) and Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks). Eric says: "I'm guessing you've seen it, but if by some chance you missed Freaks and Geeks in its short run, you should definitely check out the DVD. It's one of the great shows that a lot of people haven't seen."
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January 30, 2007 - 9:32am
Here's a unintentionally funny call from a kook to the San Francisco Gate newspaper. Priceless.
January 30, 2007 - 9:22am
This is funny - a local TV news outtake. This poor reporter on the street encounters a violent, abusive drunken geezer who gets more and more annoyed.
Remember a show called You Can't Do That on Television? Here's an entire episode revolving around divorce.
January 28, 2007 - 9:32am
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