Saturday, December 31, 2022
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Saturday, December 24, 2022
We get it all here--laughs, tears, relationship drama, life-or-death drama, and the mystery of a whimsical stranger on board. And it all ends with a goofy but charming shot of Merrill Stubing's big blue eyes gazing up at the stars and acknowledging the same higher power that Dominicus had addressed moments earlier:
Friday, December 23, 2022
12 Days of Christmas Watching 2022 #11: I'm gonna watch a Christmas SNL one way or another, dadblast it!
Thursday, December 22, 2022
12 Days of Christmas Watching 2022 Day #10: A traditional Christmas...with the Solid Gold Dancers and Madame
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
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Tuesday, December 13, 2022
This is your friendly neighborhood podcaster Rick sending you all Season's Greetings and announcing that starting today and going up to December 24, I will be sharing the 12 Days of Christmas Watching with you. Each day I will post a few words about a bit of holiday television I watch this season, with the only rule being it will be something I have never seen before, or at least something I don't remember seeing before.
Maybe we can make this an annual tradition on par with screening A Charlie Brown's Christmas, with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza, and with me stabbing myself with one of the cheap ornament hooks I insist on keeping each year as I pull them out of the box.
So how do I start the 12 Days for 2022? Uh, well, I don't want to write about a few things because what I saw first is from a series we are likely covering in Season 11. So...oops!
To save this new feature from instant terminal lameness, though, let me share a cool commercial. Take the world's biggest toy store and combine it with the world's biggest trend, and you get 1979's roller disco Toys R Us ad!
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Friday, December 9, 2022
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Sunday, December 4, 2022
1) Wink Martindale: The game show icon turns 89 today, and that deserves a shout in and of itself. Wink also has one of the coolest YouTube channels out there.
2) The Flip Wilson Show: One of the most popular but most forgotten programs of the 1970s is now streaming, as Shout! Factory TV added a bunch of the half-hour syndie versions this month.
3) National Cookie Day: I don't really get into Christmas cookies. I mean, I eat them if they're there because, hey, they're cookies. Something like this is more my style, though:
4) CBS' holiday lineup: 50 years ago tonightt, CBS delivered the Christmas cheer and family goodness. Just look at this great lineup: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at 8, Frosty the Snowman at 8:30, Perry Como's Winter Show at 9, and The New Bill Cosby Show at 10.
Well, 3 out of 4 ain't bad.
5) Ethel Merman: Judging by the numbers on our post earlier this week, I am starting to think Ethel isn't a "draw" anymore. What if we gave you Ethel singing a Christmas song? Or at least a song on a Christmas special?
6) Telly Savalas: Me-TV has run some inane stories lately, but all is forgiven when they write about Telly's clothing line. It's a skimpy article, but it's still worth reading.
7) Mr. Belvedere: Do we need an excuse? The man should be celebrated every day for surviving this incident Mike posted about in our Facebook group this week.
8) Falcon Crest: The popular nighttime soap premiered on this night in 1981, right after Dallas and The Dukes on CBS.
9) Marisa Tomei: Happy birthday to the star of A Different World and As the World Turns.
10) R.I.P.: Clarence Gilyard:
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
When I read that Bob Iger was back in at CEO after a short "retirement," I joked that he was unhappy with the lack of progress at getting the 1982 Incredible Hulk cartoon on Disney Plus. While I don't think he is all that concerned with the appalling lack of progress in getting library content on the company's streamer, I do think there could be a possible opportunity here if the cards fall right and if certain conditions are met. OK, now I sound like Leonard Nimoy.
3 years ago, I speculated on what kinds of cool BOTNS-era shows could appear on Disney Plus. The only one available is The Muppet Show, and yay, Disney, for that.
I think it's about time to give up on most of my "What's missing" list (I still think Vic's Vacant Lot would be a blast), but here's a pared-down version of semi-realistic possibilities for 2023. Iger has called for a profitable Disney Plus, and that means less spending. Last I checked, it's still cheaper to restore an old show for HD than it is to create [Insert name of Disney Plus Original you don't care about].
*Marvel cartoons: Ok, I WAS joking about the 1982 Hulk, but really, what's the deal here? This and the 1960s Marvel cartoons, the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, even the 1970s Fantastic Four...Get it all up here. No more excuses.
*Wonderful World of Disney: It's amazing that the company that used to project so much concern for and care of its legacy is ignoring so much of it in the streaming age. There is so much TV footage featuring Walt, and while much of it is intros to movies and material already available, there are still plenty of themed episodes they could post. And what would be the problem with just posting an intro to a classic Disney movie?
*Vault Disney: Call it Bob Iger's Wonderful World of Disney. Call it Disney Plus' Wonderful World of Iger. The new returning CEO is said to be a booster of the Disney "brand" and history. There are a lot of cool Disney specials, like those relating to the theme parks, that are on YouTube but not on the flagship streaming video service. Put some of this together and let Iger record some new wraparounds for context. The nostalgic Disney lovers would eat it up.
*Disney Channel shows: Speaking of nostalgia, a lot of kids who grew up watching Disney Channel in the Eighties are now streaming video consumers, and I see many of them lamenting the fact that they can't watch the stuff they did then. In that aforementioned post in 2019, I mentioned Mousterpiece Theatre as a popular program the then-premium channel ran that is no longer available anywhere. There are plenty of others: anthology shows showcasing the classic animation shorts (And oh, yeah, a ton of those are still missing on D+), exercise shows, etc. In fact, you know what would be cool? A quality documentary about the origin and early years of Disney Channel.
*The Star Wars Holiday Special: I have been saying for years that Disney oughta unveil this as a Christmas treat for the fans. Drop it on the service Christmas Eve as a surprise and let people discover it and make a big deal out of it. If they do it this year, I'll give Bob Iger all the credit for it.
So I have given up on non-Disney TV movies, Fox library shows, 1980s sitcoms that aren't already on Hulu, and plenty of other cool stuff. I think it's reasonable to hope for a few bones from this list. Make it happen, Bob Iger, and blame the delay on Chapek if you must!
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Merman sings, of course, and then joins Johnny at the desk; while Rhue has all kinds of things to say in her panel segment. My only regret is that this is just before Ethel's disco era!
Wait, the classic clip has been restricted by the uploader! I can't embed it anymore, but you can still click here to see Ethel Merman peforming disco numbers before a befuddled kids' audience.