Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Season 2's Haunted is a fine example of early Happy Days in addition to being a fun Halloween episode. You get to see Arnold's all decked out, Richie in the classic skeleton garb...
Mr. C handing out candy to wise-acre neighborhood kids who (surprise, surprise) just happen to be played by Garry Marshall's kids...
The gang convinces Fonz to bob for apples. After Potsie explains the rules, Fonzie just sticks his hand and grabs one. Let's take another look:
Potsie whines that he didn't follow the rules, and Richie suggests Fonz didn't do it the right way. The response: "I didn't want to get my mask wet." "Then it's a good way," Richie adds quickly.
Monday, October 29, 2018
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Friday, October 26, 2018
It won an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program in 1978, beating The Fat Albert Christmas Special (Filmation), Once Upon a Brothers Grimm (a two-hour CBS movie with Dean Jones and Paul Sand), Once Upon a Classic's adaptation of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (PBS), and Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (Ya got me).
*The original Grinch special, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, premiered Decmber 18, 1966 on CBS.
*The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat
*You can find a vintage newspaper story of a rebroadcast of the special in 1979 by clicking right here.
*We believe we definitively settled the "prequel or sequel" debate on the podcast, but IF you want to see some alternate views, check out this Grantland article.
*The new Grinch movie from Illumination premieres November 9, 2018.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Listen to us yammer and yack about this lost gem of the small screen. The Grinch and Halloween? Has anyone ever seen such a scene?! We give you the why, the where, the Who, the when, and maybe if you're lucky the to what extent! Let's have a good time, let's make a good rhyme, let's have a little fright but try to keep it light, for Halloween is Grinch Night!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
In the meantime, enjoy this clip of Rodney Dangerfield killing it on The Tonight Show. It's ostensibly a Rodney clip, but watch how Carson works with him and lets him get the laughs. Of nothing else, watch Johnny's jacket.
Monday, October 22, 2018
Maybe "bizarre" is the wrong word--no, wait. after seeing Karen Valentine's hairstyle, I think it is. The movie looks comfortably mediocre but refreshingly retro. Imagine it being a thing with the hubby losing his job and coaching his wife into being the bread winner.
Unfortunately, this is the only trace of the movie I see on YouTube, though I do note the presence of a 10/10 review (!) on IMDB calling this "feature film quality." Judging by the promo, I think I lean to the other review: " Of the bland comedies made on the subject matter during this period, "He's Fired, She's Hired" is probably blander than most and rather typical of the genre. "
However, why take the word of two IMDB reviewers when the contemporary review of The New York Times' John O'Connor is online?
My favorite lines from the review:
Alex Grier, played by Wayne Rogers with what appears to be a vocal impersonation of Peter Falk
That brings Annabelle into the world of Madison Avenue, which, in this version of agents and clients, is rather heavily weighted with homosexuals.
The head of the agency is Freddie Fox, portrayed with weary ferocity by Elizabeth Ashley. When not on her exercycle, Freddie is looking in a mirror and moaning, not without reason, ''I look like an old muppet.''
Not without reason!
Anyone else kind of want to see this?
Sunday, October 21, 2018
On May 26, 1981, this premiered on ABC:
Which is better? You make the call!
(Click here to learn more about the above photo by listening to our Happy Days episode)
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
Click the embedded link above to enjoy a glimpse of W*A*L*T*E*R, Alan Alda doing a cartwheel, Gary Burghoff teaming up with Dean Martin, arguably more Wayne Rogers than you see in the Tuttle episode, a look at the MASH toy line...and more!
*The series aired from 1972 to 1983--11 seasons and 256 episodes. Harry Morgan and Mike Farrell joined in season 4 (essentially replacing MacLean Stevenson and Wayne Rogers), David Ogden Stiers (for Larry Linville) in season 6. We will surely talk about them when we cover the "later years" of the series!
Larry Gelbart left the series after season 4, and co-executive producer Gene Reynolds left after season 5.
*The finale drew a record 125 million + viewers on February 28, 1983.
*Ratings-wise, MASH never ended a season as the top-ranked show on TV. Its final season was its highest-ranked at number 3. It was always a top 10 show, though with the exception of its debut campaign (#46) and fourth season (when it moved from Tuesday to Friday and then back midseason, finishing 15 overall).
*We recommend this excellent piece for a great look at the series' syndication history:
https://www.mash4077tv.com/articles/mash_in_syndication/ Before it even entered off-network syndication, CBS was airing reruns some late nights AND every weekday at 3:30. So even in 1978, the show was on all the time!
*Robert Altman's 1970 feature film was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award and was #54 on the initial AFI 100 list in 1998.
*Author Richard Hooker created the original MASH novels.
*Click here for the definitive guide to the 8 action figures (including Klinger in drag), 3 vehicles, and headquarters set released by Tristar in 1982.
*Anachronism alert: Captain Savage is indeed a real comic book title, but it is a 1968 Marvel comic. The titular character is a Navy captain who was spun off from Sgt. Fury.
*James B. Sikking, who has a short appearance in Tuttle, would later gain greatest fame as Howard Hunter on Hill Street Blues.
*Perhaps the other big American pop culture work dealing with the Korean War is The Manchurian Candidate (novel 1959, movie in 1962).
*Trapper John M.D. aired 7 seasons and 151 episodes on CBS. According to an article on Digital Spy:
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Of course, Jump, though best known for his role as Arthur Carlson on WKRP, made scores of guest appearances in his distinguished TV career. Still, this one is peculiar. We launched a Special Investigation to get the details. Why did Gordon Jump, of all people, make an appearance on Caroline in the City, of all shows, in 1997, of all years?
Well, we have no idea. Couldn't find anything explaining it.
But we did watch the episode!
Jump has but a small cameo in Season 2's Caroline in the City, and he isn't even named. In fact, he's not even germane to the main plotline, that of Caroline's assistant/love interest Richard getting involved (professionally...or is it more?) with a wealthy art patron played by Ann Magnuson.
He's identified not as Gordon Jump, not as "Jumpman," not even as, "The guy from WKRP," but as the Maytag repairman! The joke is that Caroline's sassy friend Annie (Amy Pietz was not just sassy but SAUCY in this one--one of the more underrated 90s sitcom characters, for my money) lets the thrill of being recognized for a foot powder commercial go to her head.
She receives, then expects, preferential treatment. On a date, she drops the "Do you know who I am?" card and is denied, only to see Jump breeze right in and be seated.
|"Thanks for fitting me in!"|
How did this come about? Was he a big fan of the show? Was he a big fan of Amy Pietz (wouldn't blame him)?
Sorry, we don't know. We DO know that he wasn't the only familiar face in Caroline and the Kept Man.
Comedy legend Rose Marie plays Stella, a senior Caroline is reading to as part of a volunteer program. Guess what? She's sassy, too, subbing the erotic A Tale of Two Cities for the Dickens novel Caroline thinks she is reading.
Sadly, Marie's Dick Van Dyke Show co-star Morey Amsterdam, who appeared with her in a season 1 episode of Caroline had died before this one was produced. However, another comic standout--less accomplished but with his own following--shows up as the maitre'd at the restaurant:
Yes, it's Larry Thomas, AKA the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld!
So we don't have answers about Jump's appearance, but we have several other familiar faces, making this a worthwhile journey out of the BOTNS era and into February 1996.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
We talked about Mike's journey to track this down in a bonus episode.
Would you like more Greg Evigan again someday on the podcast? OK, OK, we hear you loud and clear. That's a 10-4.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Crusading reporter Jack McGee, that's who.
Happy birthday to the late Jack Colvin, who played one of our favorite TV journalists. Remember, Colvin was actually next billed on the series behind Bixby and Lou Ferrigno.
Friday, October 12, 2018
To us he will always be best known as...DVP's partner in their classic spin on "Who's on First?"
(Those binoculars are so big that when he looks in them he can see the reunion movies.)
- The Dukes of Hazzard
- Carter Country
- Hee Haw
Once you do, though, click below to enjoy a young Julia Louis-Dreyfus on stage, Ray Combs, Secret Deodorant, the trailer for Trouble Man, and more!
Thursday, October 11, 2018
After a crushing defeat in the last Fame Game, Mike returns to the hot seat to see if he can guess another BOTNS-era performer, personality, or character and get his record up to 2-2, plus an astounding amount of "Caroline in the City" discussion.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
We are not making any commentary for or against The Environmental Protection Act of 1990, but it is funny seeing it pop up at the end of a DVD, and it must have been a scream to see this in a theater, assuming you stuck around long enough.
Monday, October 8, 2018
Star's life before playing Cap:
1979: Reb Brown played football at USC
1990: Matt Salinger played "Burke" in Revenge of the Nerds
1979: Christopher Lee being a bad-ass
1990: Red Skull in bad makeup
1979: The great Rod Holcomb and Ivan Nagy
1990: Albert Pyun
1979: Sun-dappled 1970s West Coast America
1990: Europe and, of course, Cap's wartime hometown of...California?
Does it have Ned Beatty and Darren McGavin?
1990: Yes, it has both!
Edge: Finally one for the motion picture. Gotta give this to 1990.
1979: The Paper Chase, The Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas
1990: A drive back home from the theater made longer by the knowledge that you spent upwards of 20 bucks on tickets and concessions to see it.
When you break it down, it's clear that the original Cap movies are the best. However, there is one big edge (apart from McGavin and Beatty, natch) that the 1990 theatrical version has. We will talk about that one tomorrow because it deserves its own post.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
In the meantime, enjoy this YouTube clip of--wait, she's married to former Dodgers pitcher Tom Niedenfuer? Tom Niedenfuer? Could that be any more random?
Well, in that case, let's enjoy this 1986 clip of sportscaster Warner Wolf's plays of the week, complete with an excerpt from Ray Knight charging the mound on Niedenfuer. The funny thing is, this massive brawl is only the second-most famous Knight baseball fight from that year, trailing his infamous showdown with Reds OF Eric Davis.
So...happy birthday, Judy Landers! Audrey, sorry we missed your birthday in July.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Here are a few clips from his official YouTube channel, including a surprisingly (to me, at least) earnest patriotic song from The Tonight Show:
Friday, October 5, 2018
Remember, folks, please don't call the number in the ad even if you think you have what it takes!
You can grab our episode talking about Taxi right here!
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Following up on a recent bonus episode, we take a little time to discuss the pilot of the Magnum P.I. remake. Mike saw it, Rick didn't, so he asks some questions, and Mike offers some answers about the most important topics: mustaches, mustaches, and mustaches.