Mother's Day is coming up, if you're in LA on Tuesday you will definitely
want to check this out.
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has just posted information
about the event Jim Longworth (author, TV Creators and TVparty
contributor) is producing and moderating on May 6, a
salute to TV moms. Here's the lineup: Meredith Baxter - Family
Ties; Barbara Billingsley - Leave it to Beaver; Diahann
Carroll - Julia; Bonnie Franklin - One Day at a Time; Catherine Hicks
- 7th Heaven; Vicki Lawrence- Mama’s Family; Cloris Leachman - Phyllis;
Marjorie Lord - Make Room for Daddy; Doris Roberts - Everybody Loves Raymond;
Marion Ross - Happy Days; Holland Taylor - Two and a Half Men.
a list! Jim is also bringing in some special surprise guests - I'm not
at liberty to say but the names are BIG and should create quite a bit
of excitement. The event will be webcast live on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30
PT 10:30pm ET.Tell him TVparty sent you!
I'm working on a piece on Mae West and thought I'd share these golden
moments with you. Mae made her first TV appearance on the 1958 Academy
Awards program singing 'Baby It's Cold Outside' with Rock Hudson creating
an instant camp classic.
from her 1933 film I'm No Angel, one of my favorite screen moments
of all time.
- Cher in the last post, now Mae West. I'll get off the gay icons next
Now that You Tube is back I wanted to share this with you. Someone has
posted (audio only) some TV performances by Cher and pointed out this
odd fact - Cher sang the same song on the last (taped) episode of The
Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour that she did on the debut of her own
series. The tune is 'All in Love is Fair,' a Stevie Wonder cover. First
the 1974 performance from her last show with Sonny.
version from Cher in 1975 has pretty much the same arrangement
but sports a slightly fuller orchestrations and Cher is toning down that
ersatz southern accent she sings with.
guessing there was about a 6 month period between these performances.
Girl had pipes! Cher grew considerably as an artist in the first couple
of years away from Sonny and actually recorded at least one fine album,
Stars, which has never been released on CD.
cover of a Velvet Underground tune is from Stars, her first album
for Geffen in 1975. The first time I heard it I hated it, despised
the entire album in fact, but it grew on me and became one of my favorites,
at least for the time.
the song is a bit absurd, the idea of Cher sitting on cornerstones, "counting
time in quarter tones" is a bit of a stretch.
Huggins writes: "I saw your blog posting about Eve Arden. In addition
to her more famous shows “Our Miss Brooks” and “The
Mothers in Law,” Eve Arden also starred in “The Eve Arden
Show.” Alpha Video recently released a four episode, single DVD
of this rare to see show. Details
also offers two public domain episodes of “Our Miss Brooks”
along with a couple of PD episodes from “The
Life of Riley.”
Considering that Eve Arden was a major television star of the 1950s, it’s
disappointing that so little of this comedienne’s television output
is available on DVD, especially “Our Miss Brooks” which featured
Gale Gordon (The Lucy Show), Richard Crenna (The Real McCoys) and later
Gene Barry (Bat Masterson, Burke’s Law) in the cast. Speaking of
Law,” the first half of season 1 has just been released
on DVD this week by VCI Entertainment. This was one of Aaron Spelling’s
first big hits as a television producer."
BRITISH COMEDY AWARD WINNERS
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA)
honored the best of 2007’s British television and theatrical
comedies at tonight’s inaugural BAFTA/LA British Comedy Awards Presented
by British Airways, held at the Fours Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly
Hills. The idea for a British Comedy Festival and Awards was initiated
by Nigel Lythgoe, BAFTA/LA Board Member and Event Chair, and was endorsed
unanimously earlier this year by the full Board. The Awards finalists
were selected by a distinguished jury of U.S. based comedy talent and
executives working in the entertainment industry. Final recipients
were chosen in a vote by the full BAFTA/LA membership.
Billy Connolly, one of the UK’s top comedians, was honored with
the BAFTA/LA Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy. Connolly is a
BAFTA Film Award and BAFTA Scotland nominee for his work in John Madden’s
Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown, and a BAFTA TV Award nominee for his mini-series
“30 Years of Billy Connolly.”
Extras was chosen as the Best British Comedy Television Program, beating
out Gavin & Stacey, The IT Crowd and Little Britain. Creator
and star Ricky Gervais accepted his award via tape from New York, and
his co-star Ashley Jensen was at the gala to accept on his behalf. Harry
Hill, writer and actor in the current series TV Burp, accepted his award
via tape from London for Best British Comedy Performer in Television.
Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz received the Best British Comedy Film Award
over nominees Magicians and Run, Fatboy, Run. Wright’s Hot
Fuzz star Simon Pegg won the award for Best British Comedy Performer in
“BAFTA/LA is delighted to have honored some of Britain’s most
beloved comedic luminaries at the first British Comedy Awards Presented
by British Airways. There were a lot of laughs, and we are already
looking forward to next year, and having this event become an annual affair
that will introduce American audiences to both established and upcoming
UK talent,” said BAFTA/LA Board Member Nigel Lythgoe.
Finalists in the film and television categories were screened for the
public in Los Angeles earlier this week. The gala coincided with
Los Angeles’ BritWeek 2008 (April 24 to May 10), a series of UK-centric
events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the British Consul General’s
official residence in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park.
Michael Ackerman writes in regard to the previous post: "I'm
pretty good at recognizing voices and I would swear that the voice over
on the Dorothy Gray cold cream ad is Janet Leigh (Psycho and mother of
Jamie Lee Curtis). No way to verify but I am pretty sure it's her."
agree, it does sound like her and she wasn't such a big star in the early-1950s.
of iconic stars, Jay Blotcher alerts me that yesterday would have been
Eve Arden's 100th birthday, she the star of two very funny sitcoms, Our
Miss Brooks and The Mothers in Law. Here's a scene from
The Mothers in Law with co-star Kaye Ballard who's still around
Someone suggested in relation to an earlier post about a particularly
bad dog food commercial that this oldie but goodie from the TVparty
vault deserves a crack at the title of worst TV commercial ever. If you
haven't seen this 1950's cold cream ad, you simply won't believe what
they do to this model's face!
Remember the little girl who died from untreated diabetes last month?
Her parents prayed over her and refused to take her to a doctor. This
paragraph leapt out at me from the news story of the parents being charged
with second-degree reckless homicide:
Neumanns each face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. The couple and
their attorney did not immediately return messages left Monday by The
idiots wouldn't take their child to a doctor but they're more than willing
to go to a lawyer now that their sorry asses are in trouble?
this struck me odd, from the rave movie review by Roger Friedman on Foxnews.com:
Iron Man is really a comic book hero of the '80s and '90s, so he’s
not really part of my nostalgia.
Iron Man debuted in 1963 and probably hit his zenith (in sales, anyway)
in the mid-1970s.
DIVING ON YOU TUBE
On a lighter note - two of my favorite performers together from a 1963
TV taping - Pearl Bailey and Andy Williams singing 'Give Me The Simple
Bailey was a remarkably fluid performer, you can't help but smile when
she's on screen and marvel at how far out on a limb she would go without
wrecking the routine. Her styled meshed beautifully with Andy Williams'
unique ability to stay in the groove and remain on key no matter what's
thrown at him.
of Pearls, here's country comic Minnie Pearl with Dean Martin from the
boozy crooner's variety show.
YOU FEEL A DRAFT?
I found this to be surprising - in 1969 the U.S. reinstated the lottery
for the draft in which birthdays were chosen at random from those rolling
cages. If you were a male between the ages of 19 and 29, the higher up
the list your birthday was the more likely you were to go. As a result,
850,000 men were called up to fight in Viet Nam in 1970.
today - when our brave soldiers return home they're possibly faced with
accommodations that look as if they've been neglected since the Viet Nam
era. You are going to be horrified by the following video. I swear I think
I'll just stop paying attention, it's just too much.
you need to be reunited with a relative or estranged loved one or are
looking to fill in missing pieces of your personal history, WE tv wants
to help you. From the press release:
tv is looking for people nationwide to be profiled on the network’s
newest docu-series THE LOCATOR. The series follows Troy Dunn, a professional
with over 16 years of experience of connecting people, on intense and
emotionally-charged journeys to reunite “half the world with the
other half” and bring closure to those seeking it. Thousands of
people are in desperate need to find people from their past – lost
or estranged family, friends and loved ones. If you are one of those people,
WE tv is looking for you. Are you adopted and ready to find your birth
mother? Were you separated from your family at a young age and have not
been successful in finding them? Do you have a reason to find the missing
links from your past? If so, please submit thru either wetv.com/casting
by June 15th 2008 to be considered for a locate.
In each episode, Troy will select one “angel” case and
set out on a quest to locate the individual. Cases featured will include
stories of adoption, abducted children, dire medical situations involving
terminal illnesses, abandonment and more. Each case will be handled by
experienced professionals who include Troy, his team of private investigators,
detectives, genealogists, law enforcement officials, and psychics. The
series speaks to the power of human connections and brings viewers stories
of hope, triumph and healing.
Did you know Milwaukee has its own classic TV station? From the press:
(Memorable Entertainment Television) premiered in Milwaukee on March 1,
2008 as a digital service of WDJT-DT, CBS 58, with over the air coverage
on digital channel 58.3 and cable coverage on Time Warner Cable and Charter
Communications digital cable channel 201
“We are very excited to bring Me-TV to even more homes in Southeastern
Wisconsin,” said Jim Hall, General Manager of the Weigel Broadcasting
Company television stations in Milwaukee. “In the short time Me-TV
has been on the air in Milwaukee, it has developed a very loyal following.
Putting Me-TV on Channel 49 makes this family friendly channel available
to virtually every household in our viewing area.”
It’s now easier to find Me. Viewers in Southeastern Wisconsin can
now watch Me-TV for free over the air on Channel 49 as well as digital
channel 58.3. For Time Warner customers, Me-TV can be seen on both standard
cable Channel 19 and digital cable channel 201.
Classic TV lovers have more shows available to go. From the press release: Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Inc. and New Video today announced
that top series from the vast Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Inc. library
of groundbreaking television programs are now available for purchase and
download on the iTunes® Store. Beginning today, iTunes customers will
be able to purchase compelling character-driven series such as “21
Jump Street,” “Hunter” “The Greatest American
Hero” and “Wiseguy,” with other titles to be added in
the coming weeks. Representing the worldwide distribution rights to over
1,000 hours of Cannell-produced series and TV movies, Stephen J. Cannell
Productions, Inc. controls one of the largest independent libraries of
television programming in the world. Stephen J Cannell Productions, Inc.
has partnered with New Video, a leading digital aggregator of independent
video content, to bring these highly sought after series to the iTunes
Store, the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie destination.
Individual episodes are available for purchase at $1.99, and full season
passes of each series are available at a discount. New Video and Stephen
J. Cannell Productions, Inc. look forward to expanding their partnership
to make more quality Cannell programming available in digital format on
are the Cannell shows for download: 21 Jump Street (1986-1991 FOX)
Starring Holly Robinson Peete, Dustin Nguyen, Peter DeLuise, Steven Williams,
Johnny Depp and Sal Jenco. They are a new breed of undercover police officers
– an elite unit of baby-faced cops who walk their beat down high
school hallways. With headquarters in an abandoned chapel located at 21
Jump Street, these rookie cops pose as students to infiltrate the world
of teenage crime and they all answer to the hard-nosed, by-the-book Captain
Greatest American Hero (1980-1983 ABC)
Starring William Katt, Robert Culp, Connie Sellecca, Michael Pare and
Faye Grant. William Katt plays Ralph Hinkley, an earnest high school teacher
who is presented with an unusual red flying suit with super powers. Among
the capabilities the suit provides him are to become invisible, have holographic
vision and the ability to fly. In spite of the fact that he promptly manages
to lose the suit's operations manual, he is reluctantly pressed into service
as a crime fighter.
Starring Fred Dryer and Stepfanie Kramer. He plays by his own rules. He
hates the pimps, pushers, creeps and killers that prowl our city streets.
And he never fires a warning shot. Fred Dryer stars as the maverick police
detective who along with partner Dee Dee 'The Brass Cupcake' McCall (Stepfanie
Kramer) brought a tough new attitude to television.
Starring Ken Wahl, Jonathan Banks and Jim Byrnes. Vinnie Terranova (Ken
Wahl), a tough, street-wise undercover Federal agent, infiltrates the
organized-crime syndicate in Atlantic City where, with one slip of his
cover, he could end up a dead man.
(1992-1997 USA Network)
Starring Lorenzo Lamas, Branscombe Richmond and Kathleen Kinmont. He was
a cop, and a good one. But he committed the ultimate sin and testified
against other cops gone bad. Cops tried to kill him, but got the woman
he loved instead. Framed for murder, he now prowls the badlands. An outlaw
hunting outlaws; a bounty hunter; a RENEGADE.
Stalkings (1991-1999 CBS/USA Network)
Starring Rob Estes, Mitzi Kapture, Ben Vereen. This provocative series
follows the casework of homicide detectives Chris Lorenzo and Rita Lance
with an unusual specialty: high profile crimes of passion. The elite Ocean
side community of Palm Beach that they patrol has its fair share of society
murders, or as they refer to them, “silk stalkings.”
Commish will also be available on iTunes in the coming months.
Fox News reports that Jimmy Fallon will replace Conan O'Brien when O'Brien
makes the jump to "The Tonight Show" in 2009.
of which, ever wonder what going green means to a kid? Jay Leno found
out on yesterday's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" when he read
"Kid's Letters For Earth Day."
Michael writes: "This website gets you copies of complaints to the
FCC about any specific trashy TV show: TVshowComplaints.org."
broadcast shows that have returned in the weeks since the writer's strike
have suffered double-digit ratings decreases - ABC's "Desperate Housewives"
is down 33 percent, NBC's "ER" is down 24 percent and CBS' "CSI:
NY" is down 12 percent, among others.
the promo for the next episode of Kenny vs Spenny I was struck
by this too-true
quote: "If you're gay and want to be on reality TV --
you'd better be willing to make Paul Lynde look like fucking Lee Marvin."
- Chez Pazienza
EVENT THIS WEEKEND
Sal Gomez writes about the video of the Carpenter's house in the previous
so great. Especially after viewing pictures of how the current owners
have literally destroyed the home as I had come to know it and allowed
the beautiful Oasis that was the backyard to turn into a dump. I understand
the owners need for privacy but if they really intended to live in a
home that they could enjoy in peace and quiet, they should bought another
house or looked to see what they could get for this "historic"
piece of pop culture.
to you other Carpenter fans can see how beautiful the house once was
and what it might be again if it can be saved.
I might have mentioned this to you some time ago but it's worth repeating.
Four years ago I co-founded a group of drive-in theater fans that wanted
to help spread the work that the drive-in theater is alive and well
here in Southern California. Although there is only one open and operating
theater in L.A. and Orange County there are a few more around. To make
a long story short, we have been arranging and scheduling drive-in tailgate
parties every summer since our inception and we've managed to create
a small but loyal following. These "events' are great fun and it's
a great family friendly night that brings back a lot of fond memories
from the past.
party for 2008 will be this Saturday night, April 26th at the Vineland
drive-in here in the City of Industry (about 12 miles north of the Carpenter
a TV history website... its links to Amazon.com help sell TV DVDs."
- Boston Globe
the coolest, strangest, most absurd shows and peculiar tube trends ever
-- they're all part of the wallow that is TVparty!"
- Diane Wertz, Newsday
down memory lane!'
- Sharon Edry, TV Guide
Five Sites! Interviews and articles... are must reads.'
- London Sunday Times
too good to be true. Put together by Billy Ingram, TVparty.com has gossip,
scandal, sex, singing, dancing, action, drama and celebrities with their
- LA Times
'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+
- Entertainment Weekly
'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.'
'TVparty is hands
down the best site on the Web for classic TV.'
- Discovery Channel
inside scoop on all your favorite classic TV shows at TVParty.'
- USA Today