1) Cheers: Yes, one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, a beloved TV classic, and most importantly, subject of the season 6 opener of Battle of the Network Shows, is number one this week! Listen to a cold one, down our podcast, and have a few episodes. Or something like that.
2) Cliff Clavin: I mean, after all, Mike did say that Cliffie may be one of the greatest television characters of all time!
3) Donald Duck: Mr. Duck turns 85 today. Pretend I said that in a totally stellar Donald Duck voice and not that I tried but wound up slobbering all over myself and making the neighbor's dog howl.
Oh, and by the way, what the quack is THIS?
4) Michael J. Fox: And Mr. Fox turns 58. Man, it doesn't seem so long ago he was touting the choice of a new generation:
5) The Brady Bunch: A giant new DVD box set released this week offers the complete series, the cartoon spinoff, The Brady Brides, The Bradys, but sadly, not the variety show. And many fans are disappointed it's not a Blu-Ray collection, but I don't know. It kind of feels weird to have this show on anything more advanced than Betamax.
(I would totally buy a standalone Brady Brides, incidentally.)
6) Dr. Teeth: Famed musician Dr. John died this week, which makes me think of the musician he inspired:
7) Jeopardy! This show has never been hotter than it was in the last few months, though I still fondly remember the incredible run of Chuck Forrest:
8) Punky Brewster: Word has it that the show will return next year.
Every time I turn around
Another reboot's getting off the ground
What's gonna be?
Guess we'll just wait...and see
9) John Barbour: The former Real People personality (and co-creator) had a spectacularly all-over-the-place appearance on the Talk is Jericho podcast, linking about 10,000 JFK conspiracy theories, implicating almost everyone except Skip Stephenson in the process.
10) Paul Darrow: R.I.P. Darrow, who starred in British cult hit Blake's 7, a show I never saw but probably read about in Starlog: