Sunday, January 19, 2020

Top Ten #51

1) Ace Cannon: Shout-out to Sean Mc for posting a vintage commercial hawking a collection of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century: Ace Cannon! Check this out: The man's music is truly appropriate for any occasion:

Just look how captivated the partygoers are in this ad. Cannon and his sax could command the room in any setting.

2) Maureen McCormick: In light of the announcement that McCormick is the latest Brady Bunch star to get a show on the network, HGTV should just launch a spinoff channel called BBTV.  You know, Bed and Breakfast TV,. aimed at travelers looking for destinations to enjoy. Wouldn't that be cute?

3) Steve Martin and Martin Short: The two comedy icons are joining forces for a series on Hulu, which excites me may lead to The New Show finally appearing on the service! No, the show itself sounds like it could be good.

4) 48 Hours: Today marks the 38th anniversary of the debut of the CBS newsmagazine (now true crime docuseries) originally hosted by Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy.

Hey, why is Bernie Goldberg asking Dolan's pal about his salary?

5) KISS: Fresh off its guest appearance in our 3-2-1 Contact episode this week, the group enters the countdown at #5 this week. It's not true that the band is selling printed commemorative versions of this list for $9.95 on its website.

6) Jean Stapelton: Happy birthday to the late All in the Family star, who was a few years younger than Marisa Tomei is now when the series premiered.

7) Nicholas Colasanto: It's cool that the performers behind two of the most endearing "daffy" characters in sitcom history were born a year apart on the same day!

8) The Dukes of Hazzard: After a curiously short sting on Prime Video a while back, the series is now on Amazon's IMDB TV service.

9) National Popcorn Day: Eat up, everyone!

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10) Alan Alda: The star was cool enough to take this 2019 Me-TV Alan Alda quiz and post about it on Twitter.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

YouTube Spotlight: Sonny Bono IS Deacon Dark

One of the more intriguing clips in this week's playlist based on our 3-2-1 Contact episode is this clip from The Love Boat:

Yes, that is the late Sonny Bono as an Alice Cooper/Gene Simmons type (the band is clearly suggesting KISS, but the performance itself is a bit more Cooper, I think), singing Smash It!  This is from the second-season episode Murder on the High Seas/Sounds of Silence/Cyrano De Bricker from March 17, 1979.

What a showman! You have to see this classic to watch his story of looooove unfold, but I think Captain Stubing says it all at the end of the performance: "He's no Jerry Vail."

And admit it, aren't you a little curious about Cyrano De Bricker?

Friday, January 17, 2020

The 3-2-1 Contact playlist is now live!

If you want to see the episode we talk about this week on the podcast, click below to enjoy our 3-2-1 Contact YouTube playlist! You will also see Ace Frehley making Tom Snyder laugh, a clip from the Australian series that inspired Contact, Glenn Scarpelli on Bandstand, and more! You;ll even see...a technical difficulties slide???

And remember to go to our official YouTube channel for past episodes and playlists for each one of them chock full of promos, clips, commercials, and all kinds of stuff!

Show Notes: Episode 7-3: 3-2-1 Contact

*3-2-1 Contact aired on PBS 1980-1988 for 225 episodes. The series is a Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) production.

*An Australian series, The Curiosity Show, inspired Contact, which went much younger with the hosts!

*Thanks to friend of the show Laurie for suggesting this series!

*We talk on the pod about Contact as an afternoon show. Daytime programs on the networks at the time this one aired:

ABC: Ryan's Hope/All My Children/One Life to Live/General Hospital
CBS: Search for Tomorrow/Young and the Restless/As the World Turns/Guiding Light
NBC: Days of Our Lives/The Doctors/Another World

*This episode, Light/Dark, Electromagnetic Spectrum (didn't Mr. Belvedere have an episode with the same title?) is the 38th episode of the first season (the daily show produced 65 in all in S1) from February 20, 1980.

*The Kiss concert featured in the episode appears to be October 27, 1979, at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Texas, part of the Dynasty Tour.  That's not to be confused with the Grant Goodeve Dynasty.

*The Love Boat episode Mike mentions with Sonny Bono as "Deacon Dark" is Murder on the High Seas/Sounds of Silence/Cyrano de Bricker, season 2 episode 25.

*We can find no evidence of Dennis Weaver appearing on 3-2-1 Contact. He doesn't appear in the show's credits on IMDB, and the show doesn't appear in his credits. But, hey, who are we to argue with Wikipedia?

*Tannis Vallely, who played Janice on Head of the Class, was indeed on Contact. Maybe she knows what happened to Dennis Weaver.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Episode 7-3: 3-2-1 Contact "Light/Dark: The Electromagnetic Spectrum"

We here at BOTNS don't just want to entertain. We want to educate, especially for our vaunted 2- 11-year-old demo, and what better way to educate than to talk about classic kids science show "3-2-1 Contact" talking about light by going behind the scenes at a KISS concert?

Check out this episode!