Saturday, April 30, 2022
YouTube Spotlight: Mister Rogers Meets Aresnio Hall
Friday, April 29, 2022
Power Rankings Friday: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood!
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Show Notes and Video Playlist: Episode 10-2: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
*The video playlist for this episode is now live! See promos, clips, and Fred Rogers in action, plus SCTV, Ben Franklin, and Wayland Flowers & Madam! All this and more when you click below:
Remember to hit our official YouTube page for past episodes of the podcast and episode-specific video playlists for each one!
*Mister Rogers' Neighborhood aired for 31 seasons and over 900 episodes according to Wikipedia. It had various pre-incarnations before becoming a national daily broadcast on NET (later PBS) in 1968.
*New episodes lasted until 2001, most taped at PBS member station WQED in Pittsburgh. The series took a production break for several years in the mid Seventies.
*Episodes are streaming various places, including a rotating assortment each week at the series' official site at https://www.misterrogers.org/.
*Props to Johnny Costa, who Mike mentions on the podcast. Costa was the show's longtime musical director and performed much of the music in the episodes.
*Morgan Neville's documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor premiered in theaters in 2018, the 50th anniversary of the debut on PBS. That same year, PBS stations aired Mister Rogers: It's You I Like, an hourlong presentation hosted by Michael Keaton.
*According to this site, the episode we discuss, "What Is Love?" is numbered 1309 and premiered Thursday, April 26, 1973 on most PBS stations.
*Elsie Neal, the proprietor of the craft shop, should not be confused with actress Elise Neal.
*Warning to sensitive listeners/viewers: Here is the scary PBS logo indent, also contained (but just barely) in our playlist this week:
We feel that by sharing this clip and confronting it, we can all grow and get past our crippling fear of it.
*Mike and I think you're are special, and we love you just the way you are (and not just because you listen, but we appreciate that, too)/
Ep. 10-2: Mister Rogers' Neighorhood
#podcast #tv #retrotv #seventies #eighties #misterrogers #misterrogersneighborhood #fredrogers
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
This Day (yesterday) in TV History: The end of two eras on ABC
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Top Ten #174: Special "Season 10 is here!" Edition
1) The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town: Our new season kicks off this week with the 1977 Rankin-Bass special. Hey, I don't know about you, but I haven't even taken down my Easter tree yet.
2) Fred Astaire: His lauded performance as Kruger in that special may have him in early contention for a Batty, making him a candidate for BEGOT status--Wait, Fred never won a competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, nor Tony? What wayward timeline be this?
3) Earth Day: It was Friday, and so I still haven't taken down my Earth Day tree. Let's take a look at a classic PSA:
Hey, it was either that or a Captain Planet clip.
4) Chopper One: The short-lived Dirk Benedict series is now on Crackle!
5) Apollo 16: 50 years ago, Apollo was in space. Uh, not Apollo from Apollo and Starbuck, but the NASA mission.
6) Kingston Confidential: We talked about this one yesterday, and now I want to see it! There just aren't enough TV shows about crusading investigative journalists turned media moguls turned crime solvers! (Thanks to the Classic Film and TV Archive for the pic)
7) J.D. Cannon: Today would have been the 100th birthday of the prolific actor who was in everything but also was Chief Clifford in McCloud.
8) The Mysterious Powers of Man: 40 years ago on this date, Richard Basehart narrated this ABC special on the paranormal. I would love to see a narrate-off between him and Leonard Nimoy!
9) Dr. Strange: The 1978 TV movie we discuss here is coming to a new Blu-Ray from Shout!, but get it quickly because it's a limited edition and is liable to vanish to the astral plane faster than you can say "Peter Hooten's mustache."
10) Robert Morse: R.I.P. In addition to a distinguished career on stage and screen, he was a big voice performer, starring in The First Easter Rabbit among many other productions. One of his more unusual credits is voicing Howler on Pound Puppies.
Saturday, April 23, 2022
YouTube Spotlight: More on Kingston Confidential
Friday, April 22, 2022
Power Rankings: Episode 10-1: The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Show Notes: Episode 10-1: Holiday Special: The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town
*Happy Easter and all of its surrounding festivities and landmarks! Hope you had a good Easter Sunday whether you celebrate the holiday or not.
*Before we get into the Show Notes, know that the YouTube playlist for this episode is already live! Click below to enjoy clips, promos, and commercials. You will see glimpses of some of the other shows that were on the night this special premiered (Kingston Confidential, anyone?), vintage Easter ads, and you just might find the original Rankin-Bass special we discuss...while it lasts! All kinds of Easter cheer just by clicking below, or you can hit our official YouTube page for all of our past episodes and playlists for each one of them!
*Rankin-Bass' third Easter-themed special, The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town, premiered Wednesday, April 6, 1977 on the ABC broadcast network.
*As of this writing, the special is streaming free with ads on Tubi.
*Here Comes Peter Cottontail premiered April 4, 1971 on ABC; and The First Easter Rabbit premiered April 9, 1976 on NBC. And we might as well include Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, too! That one premiered December 13, 1970 on ABC.
*Here are pics Mike found of the Paas toys he mentions on the podcast. He believes these are from 1979.
Don't read anything into the fact that I put the chicken before the egg!
*The 1977 CBS TV movie Something for Joey stars Marc Singer as Penn State running back John Cappelletti, winner of the 1973 Heisman Trophy in college football. He dedicated the award to his little brother Joey, who had leukemia. Geraldine Page, Jeffrey Lynas, Linda Kelsey, and a young Steve Guttenberg co-star, with Paul Picerni (The Untouchables) as Joe Paterno. This movie was the highest-rated program in prime time the week it (and The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town) aired!
*Barbara Walters never did land the Easter Bunny for an interview.
*Fritz the Cat hit theaters in 1972. Skip "Sunny" Hinnant returned for 1974's The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, which did not involve creator Robert Crumb nor original director Ralph Bakshi.
*The First Easter Rabbit is worth watching if only for Burl Ives' rendition of "Where's that Rabbit?"
*Kidville's economy still awaits a thorough academic analysis.
*Hallelujah H. Jones is voiced by Ron Marshall, who also plays Mr. Thistlewhite in Year Without a Santa Claus.
*"Big Rock Candy Mountain" is a folk song originally recorded in 1928 by Harry McClintock, AKA Haywire Mac.
*Thanks for joining us this week, and stay with us for lots more to come here in our tenth season of the podcast!
Ep. 10-1: The Easter Bunny is Comin' To Town
In our Season 10 opener, Sunny The Easter Bunny braves a grouchy bear, a grouchy duchess, and more to spread joy to the dismal Town. Yet again, Rankin-Bass manage to consolidate and convolute holiday traditions into a single mythology, and yet again Rick and Mike do their best to make sense of it all.
#podcast #tv #retrotv #seventies #eighties #easter #easterbunny #fredastaire #rankinbass #holidayspecial #seasonpremiere
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
And now, a word from their sponsor: Magic in the air...and on the road!
Monday, April 18, 2022
This Day in TV History: A 7-year-old rerun on NBC
Sunday, April 17, 2022
Top Ten #173
1) Easter: Happy holiday, everyone! We haven't yet done an official Easter podcast episode.
On another note, did you catch this mysterious image posted here the other day?
2) She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown: Bet you didn't expect us to highlight this Peanuts special today! I just watched it this past week.
Now playing on Apple Plus, this 1980 half-hour is weird--intelligible adults, vaguely Eastern European Snoopy as a skating coach, and, oh, yeah, the whole thing is built around Peppermint Patty's obsessive training to be a champion figure skater. Worth a watch,
3) K-MART: Only 3 stores remain in the United States! It was huge in my toy-getting days, I tell you--huge!
8) Daffy Duck: The star of stage and screen debuted on this date in 1937 in Porky's Duck Hunt.
9) Dick Vitale: Dickie V is cancer free according to a statement he released this week.
10) R.I.P. Liz Sheridan:
Saturday, April 16, 2022
R.I.P. Gilbert Gottfried
I want to take some time today to express appreciation for the life and career of Gilbert Gottfried, whose death after a long illness shook us earlier this week. We remember him as a performer in the 1980s on shows like Night Court and Saturday Night Live as well as for standup appearances.
However, I think I can speak for Mike in saying that the podcast he did with Frank Santopadre, the Amazing Colossal Podcast, has been a source of inspiration for us--not so much in approach or theme or in Cesar Romero jokes, but in spirit. In each episode, Gil and Frank (and often their guests) share their love of show business and old entertainment--the good, the bad, and the what the heck did I just see?
We hope that a similar sense of fun comes through on our own humble but sincere podcast along with a true love of what we're talking about, yes, even if we don't love it. It's a celebration of what we grew up watching. So today as we express condolences for thr friends and family of Gilbert Gottfried and also for Frank Santopadre, we thank the guys for their great podcast, which entertained us but also served as an example for celebrating pop culture with appropriate affection and sometimes irreverence while never taking ourselves too seriously.
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Happy Birthday, Saundra Santiago!
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Happy 75th, David Letterman!
Monday, April 11, 2022
National 8-Track Tape Day!
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Top Ten #172
1) Major League Baseball returns!: Sure, the game has problems on and off the field. Sure, the entire offseason seemed designed to drive away the fan base. Sure--eh, hey, let's keep it positive and catch some BASEBALL FEVER!
2) Encourage a Young Writer Day: You can do it, John Boy! You can do it!
3) The 1972 Academy Awards: 50 years ago tonight, the annual ceremony showcased The French Connection and its principals as well as Supporting Actress winner Cloris Leachman:
4) Doris Day: To celebrate what would have been her 100th birthday last week, Turner Classic Movies showed a couple of episodes of the star's sitcom and a few television specials, then posted them on their app for a week or so. That alone means Watch TCM added more classic TV content in April than HBO Max, Disney Plus, Hulu...
5) Country Comes Home: 40 years ago tonight, CBS gave us an all-star look at the Grand Ole Opry with Johnny Cash, Crystal Gayle, and many more. My question is, when Country comes home, does it find its wife has left, took the dog, and left only a few empty whiskey bottles?
6) Olivia Brown: Happy birthday to the star best known as Trudy on Miami Vice!
7) Emergency!: Hey, here's a show that rarely if ever comes up on the podcast. Until we do get to it, The Retroist did a cool look at the series on his pod.
8) Discovery Channel: This is far from the version that sorta just bought Warners:
9) The Masters: I'm typing this very quietly so we can show proper respect to the tradition of the event.
10) R.I.P. Barrie Youngfellow and Nehemiah Persoff:
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Welcome back, Major League Baseball!
Ah, Opening Day--what a time for a Pirates fan. By the time I sat down to eat dinner and try to catch up, my team had lost 9-0 and seen its young star 3B leave the game in the first inning after an injury.
Major League baseball has a lot of problems, but I am happy to see it return. During the lockout, I said I was going to post an old commercial or clip each week or so until it was over, and soon after, bam, a labor agreement materialized. You're welcome!
In case you are in the mood to celebrate opening weekend with some baseball on, er, a non-baseball-themed podcast, here are some options:
Willie Stargell and Bob Uecker were featured on the episode of Greatest Sports Legends we talked about.
We wanted to see Ball Four, the short-lived sitcom based on Jim Bouton's iconic memoir...and Mike did!
Last season, we covered The Baseball Bunch with Johnny Bench and guest star Chet Lemon!
And when we talked about Voyagers!, the boys met babe Ruth!
And before we go, how about an old baseball promo:
So get ready to step up to the line, toss that ol' pigskin, and shoot a goal! Baseball is back!
Friday, April 8, 2022
This Day in TV History: Easter on NBC
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Let It Be Lowenbrau (hoops edition) on National Beer Day
--Bob and Doug
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Happy birthday, Jason Hervey!
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
This Day in TV History: Aquacade at Acapulco
Monday, April 4, 2022
New on streaming in April 2022
*Prime Video/IMDB TV
*Hulu (they really aren't trying anymore)