1) One of the Boys: Today is the 40th anniversary of the debut of this sitcom classic starring the Mickster with help from Dana Carvey, Nathan Lane, and Scatman Crothers!
Despite the cast and the pedigree (created by the prolific writing team of Turtletaub and Orenstein), the show flopped and made #24 on TV Guide's Worst Shows of All Time list in 2002.
2) Merlin Olsen: The NFL Hall of Famer and 14-time Pro Bowler topped my list of 1980s NFL commentators the other day.
3) Barney Miller: The popular sitcom debuted on this night in 1975. It was even more popular than One of the Boys! We talk about the show in this episode.
4) Roots: One of the biggest TV events of the 1970s was this epic miniseries, which debuted this night in 1977.
5) Gil Gerard: Happy birthday to the former star of beloved cult classic Sidekicks!
6) National Pie Day: How about topping your piece of pie with some nice whipped topping?
7) COZI Condensed Bold: I hadn't checked in for a few weeks, but it made it through the holidays! Yes, that breakout hit show Cozi Condensed Bold is still spotlighted on the network's official website!
8) Open All Night: Me-TV ran an article about the short-lived (about as short as One of the Boys, for context) sitcom this week, and though it could have had a little more context (it doesn't mention the earlier Britcom Open All Hours, it quotes a first-name-only commenter from Ken Levine's blog for some reason), it's cool the show and star George Dzunda get some pub.
9) Winnie the Pooh: I just discovered the original version of the character is now in the public domain, meaning the long-awaited Rewind Stubbs Meets Winnie the Pooh crossover is how doable!
10) R.I.P. It was another tough week of losses, including Ralph Emery, the face of Nashville Network back in the day:
Also, Ron Franklin, the voice of ESPN college football coverage for years; Yvette Mimieux, and Louie Anderson.