Monday, March 6, 2017

"New" 1970s and 1980s TV this month

It's time to take another look at the shows from the BOTNS era hitting television and streaming. It's a slow time, but there are some news tidbits to share:

The 40th anniversary of Three's Company is March 15, and Sitcoms Online reports that Antenna TV and Logo are celebrating with marathons. Also, according to the article, Logo is also showing Mama's Family. Who knew?

A new digital subnet, Light TV, is now on the air...sort of. If its website is any indication, it's only in NY and LA right now. Fortunately, other sources on the web have actual information. The channel comes from MGM, according to Wikipedia, and is headed by  Mark Burnett and Roma Downey and aims to be inspirational, positive, and other bright and sunny adjectives.

Some of the shows it airs, according to Sitcoms Online: (Seriously, Burnett, you can't get a decent website set up?):  Highway to Heaven, Touched by an Angel, Little House on the Prairie. You know what I'd like to see? The old syndicated religious-themed anthology Insight. Anyone remember that? Would you  like to see us cover that on the podcast?  Well, I would (Hey, Mike, make a note!).

Get TV added The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams on Super Bowl Sunday, while TV Land added M*A*S*H (returning for the 4077th time) on Presidents Day weekend. Maybe someone will show The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold for St. Patrick's Day.

Get also aired a Blue Thunder marathon a few weeks ago just before adding Airwolf  to its weekday schedule. Speaking of rarities, Get is showing a Crazy Like a Fox marathon overnight March 12 into March 13.

In the world of streaming, not much new. I think Hulu's addition of The Golden Girls last month is going to have to last us for...who knows how long? Netflix has no interest in 70s/80s TV, and unfortunately even Crackle seems to have mostly given up. Amazon Prime surprises us sometimes, though, and maybe something new will turn up.

Warner Archive Instant is still adding TV shows periodically. It now has the first 5 seasons of Medical Center, the first 3 seasons of Falcon Crest, and seasons 1, 3, and 4 (don't ask me why no season 2) of Scarecrow and Mrs. King in addition to other short-lived series like Flo that have been there for a while.

DVD is still the best way to see your favorite shows from the era. Does anything mentioned here interest you as a potential podcast subject or just to kick back and watch in reruns?

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