Eric at Just My Show alerts us to his interviews with Gary Sandy (WKRP in Cincinnati) and Paul Willson (Cheers, Curb Your Enthusiasm). If you haven't checked out this podcast, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much Eric gets from his interviewees. Great Sunday morning listening!
November 12, 2006 - 7:11am
In last week's episode, some poor guy was chained to a radiator with the cops on the way to send him back to prison. How would he escape? A clue came with the package - a severed hand (plastic, of course) was clutching the DVD. Tasteless to be sure - but bound to end up as someone's Christmas present from me this year.
If you're already a fan of the show, there's a number you can call to get in touch with Theodore Bagwell, the guy chained to the heater - 1 310 369 5089.
November 8, 2006 - 11:40am
STORE CLASSIC TV CHRISTMAS DVDs
November 8, 2006 - 8:10am
November 7, 2006 - 3:40pm
Along the way, I re-discovered a few random clips I thought I would present for your pleasure:
Here is an unlikely trio: John Wayne, Tom Smothers and Red Skelton as colonial figures reading the words of Ben Franklin. No question, these words resonate as strongly today as ever. Wayne & Skelton were publicly very conservative, Tom Smothers an unabashed liberal. Yet all can agree on the message here - or at least we could 30 years back.
"For, when dissent becomes a crime, hope becomes despair. Dissent, but dissent honorably," Franklin wrote. "Speak out for what you believe in at least as loudly as you speak against the system. For gentlemen, if ours is a generation to say democracy will not administer to the people, let it be a conscious decision arrived at only after every opportunity for man to rule himself has failed."
Speaking of Tom Smothers, here's a short bit from one of the Smothers Brothers' first prime-time appearances, on the Bing Crosby Show.
In a marvelous bit of type-casting, Ida Lupino and Howard Duff (married in real life) portrayed married movie stars in Mr. Adams & Eve; the maid was played by Olive Carey, seen in many classic John Wayne / John Ford movies including The Searchers. In this scene, pampered Eve decides to live what the 'typical woman' experiences in a day.
One of my favorite cartoons when I was a wee lad was - The Mighty Heroes - a spoof of the super hero team-ups that were popular in comic books at the time. Here's the rollicking theme song.
In 1965 there was a charming sitcom called Hank starring Dick Kallman - about the first college drop-in. College drop-outs were a common theme in the culture in '65 but this show was about a clean cut guy who disguised himself as a student he knew was going to be absent that day. In this way, he could get a college education and continue to take care of his orphaned sister. Aaaaaaaw!
theme song to Hank sported lyrics by Johnny Mercer:
November 6, 2006 - 8:40am
- Billy Ingram
The question becomes - who will replace Bob Barker? Granted, he's hardly at his best these days, his 'senior moments' come more often now, but what he's accomplished is nothing short of amazing.
No doubt he's one of the best TV interviewers of all time with a quick wit (in his prime) and a connection to the audience borne out of decades and decades of daily TV shows like Price and Truth or Consequences.
However, I think I can suggest the perfect replacement for Bob Barker - Bob Barker.
Remember when Charles Schulz retired and stopped drawing the comic strip Peanuts? Rather that replace the artist - he WAS Peanuts - they began rerunning old strips from the classic years. Why not do the same for Price is Right?
CBS could mix it up, one week from 1975, one week from 1987, one week from 1999, and so on. I'm betting those broadcasts would be more enjoyable than whatever it will be when whoever takes over for Bob. The show is the video equivalent of comfort food for most of the audience anyway. Hey CBS - how about testing out this idea when the program goes into reruns?
(Why this won't really work - the show will lose it's attraction because people at home want to believe that one day they can get up on that stage, play those games and spin the big wheel. And it's always possible that they can - so long as the show is still in production.)
November 1, 2006 - 11:49am
- Billy Ingram
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