It's that transition week between Christmas and New Year's Day, and I am still in a holiday mood, so this list will reflect that. Happy 2020, everyone!
1) Paul Williams: I was listening to an Audible Original about Christmas music, and Williams was being all humble about having failed to write a hit holiday-themed song. Hey, Paul, hold your head up! You wrote the music for Emmett Otter!
2) Eddie Murphy: The icon's return to SNL was a critical and popular success and actually made me want to see the show for once.
3) Jack Palance: I was at the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum and saw all kinds of astonishing and remarkable things, but you know what I didn't see? Any trace of the one true TV Ripley host (other than Robert Ripley himself, of course).
4) Mary Tyler Moore: Happy birthday to the late TV legend!
5) Ted Danson: It's pretty cool that two TV performers on the level of Danson and MTM share the same birthday.
6) Quincy Magoo: No, Magoo, I didn't get to your definitive take on Scrooge this year, but I vow that I will next year!
7) Benson: I don't remember having seen the Benson Christmas episode, but I want to! From author Joanna Wilson:
But Benson wows the audience with an elegant yet powerful rendition of “O Holy Night.” This reverent moment comes to us not from Benson, the sarcastic, dry-witted member of the Governor’s staff, but from Robert Guillaume himself, the Tony-nominated Broadway singer and actor who has amazing skills beyond his many TV sitcom roles. This musical moment is followed by the cast of Benson breaking the fourth wall as each delivers his and her own individual holiday greeting to viewers."
8) What's Happening!!: I just want to post these pics again:
9) Father Dowling Mysteries: Decades ran a marathon of this show last weekend, and for an alarmingly long moment, I was envious of people who had Decades.
10) Fruitful Bran cereal: For you young'uns who thought super-high-fiber breakfast started with Colon Blow: