The zingers fly when Dean Martin gathers a cavalcade of stars and celebrities to roast Peter Marshall, host of "Hollywood Squares," including Vincent Price, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Rip Taylor, Orson Welles, and Paul Lynde! Plus, the mysterious case of Jimmie Walker.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
If you don't believe me, take it from Anson Williams!
Lennon's then-girlfriend May Pang posted the pic on her Facebook page. She and the Lennons visited Paramount Studios in 1974. I like to imagine John asking Fonzie to make the jukebox play some Chuck Berry, then being heartbroken at learning he can't actually get a burger and fries from Arnold's.
It's a shame John wasn't around years later to contribute material to the "American Musical" episode we discussed in season 1.
Friday, May 25, 2018
*Spinoff The Colbys aired 1985-1987 on ABC (two seasons, 49 episodes) and was a critical and commercial disappointment despite boasting a cast including Charlton Heston, Babs Stanwyck, and Ricardo Montablan.
*NBC primetime soap failures include The Yellow Rose (Cybill Shepherd, Sam Elliott) and Flamingo Road (Morgan Fairchild).
*Series creators Richard and Esther Shapiro also wrote for various television programs of the 1960s and 1970s.
*The infamous Krystle/Alexis lily pond catfight occurs in "The Threat," which aired a mere week before this one.
*According to babynames.com, The meaning of the name Krystle is Earth Mineral Or Brilliant Glass. The origin of the name Krystle is Latin.
*Emma Samms replaced Pamela Sue Martin as Fallon in the fifth season, moving from ABC's daytime soap General Hospital (her first series role).
*If you expect me to sort out the whole Carrington/Colby family tree, brother, you're in the wrong place.
*Did John Forsythe wear a hairpiece? We don't know for sure, but this 1979 People article quotes him as saying he as transitioning from leading man to character actor in part because "my hair’s getting snowier and I’ve slowed up a couple of steps, romantically.”
*Lee Horsley was already starring in Matt Houston at the time of this episode.
*Hank Brandt plays Morgan Hess.
*Kathleen Beller played Kirby Colby (what a great name) on the show and is most famous for Dynasty but made her screen debut with a minor role in Godfather II!
*Despite our speculation, Joan Collins is alive at the time of this post!!!
*Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought 3 heavyweight boxing title fights in the 1970s, with Ali winning the series 2-1. The record of the Grant Goodeve/John Forsythe acting battles remains uncertain.
*Blake Carrington owns La Mirage, which was La Mirada until Krystle changed the name.
*To repeat: Joan Collins is still alive!
Thursday, May 24, 2018
We knew next to nothing about classic primetime sudser Dynasty, but that didn't stop us from diving into season 3 cliffhanger finale "The Cabin." Characters scheme, characters seethe, characters threaten, but mostly they talk. Also, fire, a mustache, and surprise guest stars!
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018
In this selection of videos, enjoy Babe Ruth, Andy Gibb, Art Metrano, a young(er) George Gaynes, and get One (maybe even Two) to Grow On! And just what was the controversy over the Jacksons' 1984 Victory Tour?
Remember, on our official YT page, you can see playlists like this for all of our past full episodes, plus playable videos of our earliest episodes as well as recent bonus ones.
*The two episodes we talk about on the podcast are season 1's Take Me Out to the Ballgame (premiered Sunday, October 21, 1984) and season 2's Urban Fear (Sunday, January 5, 1986
*Sadly, there is no epic printed biography of George Gaynes, let alone one written by David Halberstam.
*Silver Spoons, as mentioned on the podcast, aired on NBC 4 seasons and one season in syndication. The two series share an executive producer, David Duclon, who previously worked on The Jeffersons and Laverne and Shirley and later produced Family Matters, Malcolm and Eddie, and Eve.
Punky's friend Cherie is played by Cherie Johnson, who is Duclon's niece.
*Henry is indeed a widower--sad, but all the more joyous that he finds Punky, isn't it?
*The show Mike refers to with Michael Richards is the syndicated Marblehead Manor (1987-1988).
*Here is a fascinating piece that ran in the Los Angeles Times several weeks before the famous Punky episode dealing with the Challenger explosion (Season 2's Accidents Happen).
*And here is a Mental Floss piece looking back at Cherie Lifesaver, the infamous season 2 episode in which Cherie gets stuck in an old refrigerator.
*Before the Cubs became insufferable, they went 71 years between National League Pennants and 108 years between World Series wins. The franchise won back-to-back series in 1908, then lost the 1945 Series to the Tigers before finally winning a championship in 2016.
*Dick Gephardt was a Representative (D-MO) from 1977 to 2005, serving as House Minority and House Majority Leader during his time in office. He ran for President in 1988 and 2004. He was never on Punky Brewster but did make appearances on Lateline, Late Night with David Letterman, and The Daily Show.
*Ernie Banks, AKA "Mr. Cub," was a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1977 after a spectacular career in which he hit 512 home runs, won 2 MVP awards, and was a 14-time All-Star and legend of the game despite (or maybe partly because) never playing in the postseason.
*It's funny that the scalper played by Art Metrano mentions the Jacksons' Victory tour because there was some controversy over that one. Tickets were priced high and allocated through a lottery system requiring a minimum purchase of 4. The tour was plagued by financial and logistical problems and reportedly drove the Jackson family further apart. Check our YouTube playlist for a vintage TV report on the tour!
*We Got It Made is yet another sitcom that premiered on NBC and later ran in syndication (after a several-year-gap). Teri Copley co-starred with Tom Villard and Matt McCoy.
*Running Scared was a sort-of hit movie for MGM in 1986.
*My Two Dads (NBC, 1987-1990) was set in New York, not Chicago. Dick Butkus did not play himself, but it would have been cool if he did. Let us know if you'd like us to cover this series in a future episode!
Thursday, May 17, 2018
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Comic scripts serve as a blueprint for the artists who will draw, color, and letter it, and different writers write them in different formats and with varying degrees of detail. I like to give the artists some room to do their thing while still laying out as clear an idea as I can.
Captain America in "Pugilism With a Side of Beef"
Adapted from a scene in Captain America the TV Movie, written by Don Ingalls, directed by Rod Holcomb.
NOTE: THIS SCENE FEATURES FOUR CHARACTERS:
and then he got dead.
SIMILAR TO PANEL 2, BUT NOW HARLEY LOOKS CASUAL, KIND OF AN "AW SHUCKS" ATTITUDE.
These hoods think they have the upper hand, but little do they know...
Friday, May 11, 2018
The sequel, subtitled Death Too Soon debuted Friday, November 23, 1979 and Saturday, November 24, airing as a two-part event at 8:00 P.M. each night. Notably, Fridays at 8:00 was the regular timeslot of The Incredible Hulk on CBS.
*The Cap movies came on the heels of a Dr. Strange movie that aired in 1978 as a possible pilot for a series (a la The Amazing Spider-Man and the Hulk show). The good Doc was clobbered by Roots and never made it to series. Nor did Cap, though it's unclear why they considered it good enough for a sequel but not to commit to a series.
*Reb Brown carried 2 times for 5 years on the 1967 USC Trojans' Rose-Bowl-winning football team.
*Comic legends Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created Captain America, who debuted in 1941.
*Reed Richards AKA Mister Fantastic developed "unstable molecules" in the Marvel Universe. They have made up many of the costumes in the MU over the years.
*Connie Sellecca appeared in The Bermuda Depths and short-lived TV stewardess show Flying High before starring in Death Too Soon. She went on to appear in The Greatest American Hero and Hotel.
*Former Entertainment Tonight co-host John Tesh married Sellecca in 1992. Tesh composed the classic NBA on NBC theme song and currently hosts a successful syndicated radio program but has yet to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
*Stanley Kamel was a mobster on 90210 and also had a recurring rule on Monk before dying of a heart attack at 65.
*If you'd like to hear our Voyagers episode and more on William Lucking, click here!
*Christopher Lee was 57 when Death Too Soon premiered.
*Bellville, Oregon, does not have a beach. This isn't surprising when you consider that, according to our research, it doesn't exist in real life.
*Rod Holcomb is a prolific TV director. His Blind Justice is a TV movie with Tim Matheson, though, not the Ron Eldard series of the same name that came up in our Steven Bochco bonus episode!
*Kenneth Johnson created V and The Bionic Woman in addition to shepherding the development of The Incredible Hulk.
*The Secret Empire storyline Mike refers to was written by Steve Engelheart and appeared in Captain America comics in 1973.
*The 1990 Captain America movie started as a Cannon Films production, was snagged by one of that company's founders in the wake of the company's dissolution, and sat on the shelf for a couple years before getting a direct-to-video release.
*Check out our YouTube playlist for this episode!
Thursday, May 10, 2018
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Just look at Coach dropping some knowledge on the team:
And you can tell by the rapt attention they are giving him just how effective a teacher he is:
We talked about The White Shadow in our first season! Click here to get the MP3 of that episode or here to get it on YouTube.
Friday, May 4, 2018
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Of course, some 44 years later, Leonard Nimoy and In Search Of conclusively proved that there was no way to disprove the possibility that something may have at one time or another existed in that environment.
We talked about this episode (along with Amelia Earhart) in season one.
Click here for that show in audio format or here to check it on our YouTube page!