Sunday, May 19, 2019

BOTNS Top Ten #16

1) Tim Conway: RIP.

2) Doris Day: Doris may have been better known as a movie star, but she did have a sitcom that changed its format just about every year. RIP.

3) Peggy Lipton: And RIP to the former Mod Squad star.

4) All in the Family: Enjoyed a weeklong marathon on Get TV ahead of the upcoming re-enactment staged by Jimmy Kimmel and ABC.

5) Laugh-In: A reunion special debuted on Netflix this week, which is cool enough, but it's kind of confusing since the actual shows, which are probably much more appealing, are on Prime Video.  Remember back in the day, when NBC would devote an hour or two of primetime real estate to an all-star tribute to one of its old shows? Now we have to look to streaming.

6) Andre the Giant: Born this day in 1946. Who can forget the irresistible force meeting the immovable object at Mania III?

7) Jane Curtin: She appears in United We Fall, one of the few new shows picked up by ABC for the fall--heck, one of the few new sitcoms, period.

8) The New Twilight Zone: It's coming to Me-TV's schedule next week, perhaps fueled by renewed interest in the franchise.

9) Ronnie Schell: He makes a strong impression as a talent agent in the season 2 Happy Days episode A Star Is Bored. Why is this notable? Amazon Prime added 14 episodes (?) last week, and this one was the only one I hadn't seen on CBS All Access/

10) Harold Lederman: RIP one of the iconic voices of boxing. His passing, on the heels of HBO dropping the sport, is another reminder of my lost childhood. Let's go out on an up note with this compilation of Harold saying, "OK, Jim." The Internet is great sometimes.

Friday, May 17, 2019

This Day in TV History: Play ball!

On his day in 1939, NBC broadcast the first ever televised baseball game, a match-up between Columbia and Princeton. I believe Bartolo Colon started the game for Columbia.

Yes, this is just  a bit outside our timeframe, so how about we all enjoy this promo from WPIX 11 hyping the Yankees against the Indians. You get to hear the classic theme song and the classic WPIX announcer Ralph Lowenstein:

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Happy birthday, Nicholas Hammond

The actor was born on this date in 1950. You know, on the podcast we've discussed Captain America, Hulk, even Doctor Strange, but not...

Should we rectify that someday?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Who else is ready for a "Learning the Ropes" DVD set?

Football star and actor Lyle Alzado died on this date in 1992, and, boy, would I love to see a DVD set of his syndicated pro wrestling sitcom Learning the Ropes. Better yet, WWE Network could snap it up and add it to the library!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Listener Poll: Eighties Cartoons

Which eighties cartoon should we discuss this season? Give us your choice by midnight Eastern time, Monday May 20! Inspector Gadget, Jem and the Holograms, or The Real Ghostbusters?

Happy birthday, Bea Arthur!

Bea was born on this date in 1922. We covered The Golden Girls here, but maybe someday we will get around to her first hit:

But do we ever need an excuse to post the theme song from Maude?