Tuesday, October 8, 2019

BOTNS Top Ten #36

1) Room 222: If you're nor a member of our Facebook group, you're missing out on a lot of Room 222 talk--well, one of us rewatching the show on DVD and me wishing I had the DVDs, but, hey, it's still talk!

2) Henry Winkler: Are you as fascinated as we are by the existence of a long-running feud between two of the most popular stars in Hollywood? I still don't understand the beef between Winkler and Tom Hanks, but I'm standing with Winkler...just because.

3) Diahann Carroll: R.I.P. to the groundbreaking actress, who, as the star of Julia, proved a black actress could headline a sitcom as well as a white one, then later on Dynasty proved a black actress could wear ridiculously large shoulderpads as well as a white one.

4) Fantasy Island: Sony Crackle added seasons 3 and 4 to the streaming video service recently. MY fantasy is that unlike a few years ago, Crackle keeps the episodes up for more than a month.

Just read that back. I have a sad fantasy life.

5) Life with Lucy: CBS released the much-reviled 1986 Lucille Ball sitcom on an overpriced DVD set...and I kind of want to see it.

6) Movin' On: Decades' "weekend binge" featured the 1970s Claude Akins trucker show, which I swear has been more widely seen in the last 5 years than in the previous 40 for some reason. I think Decades marathons it every couple months. I guess Claude Akins works cheap?

7) Gemini Man: We still haven't given up hope that the Will Smith movie somehow spurs a DVD release of the real thing:

8) Monty Python's Flying Circus: The series is celebrating its 50th anniversary. I remember not quite "getting" it when I was growing up, nor understanding why it was on PBS all the time.

9) Rona Barrett: Happy birthday to the intrepid reporter who keeps showing up in the BOTNS-verse but fortunately hasn't yet found the dirt on US.

10) Fred Stolle: More birthday wishes go to the Australian tennis great. I miss the good, old days of tennis on ESPN in the 1980s, when the voices were the reserved, classy Cliff Drysdale and Stolle, the ads were for champagne and luxury autos, and John McEnroe's mere presence created electricity.

(Note: this clip isn't Drysdale and Stolle, but who cares?)

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