Sunday, December 10, 2023

Top Ten #278

1) Norman Lear: We often reserve the 10 spot for the deceased, but we have to make an exception for this icon.CBS paid tribute with a new special, and the likes of Me-TV are showing the likes of All in the Family, but I was pleased to see this rarity uploaded: An episode of 1977's All That Glitters:

2) Happy Hanukkah:

3) Bob Hope: The holiday season belongs to Bob and Bing, and, yes, that is still true in 2023. Check out Bob and Emanuel Lewis doing a Miami Vice parody with Brooke Shields in this recent upload. Yes, the special was sponsored by Texaco!

4) Opposable Thumbs: I am very much looking forward to reading Matt Singer's new book about the Siskel and Ebert partnership. Maybe Santa will bring it to me!

5) CBS Monday Night: 50 years ago tonight, the network showed the Grinch, Frosty, and Perry Como. Now, that's how you celebrate the season.

6) Who's the Boss: Hulu just added all 8 seasons of the series but refused to take a stand on who in fact the boss is. Meanwhile, we are a third of the way into the month, and the nation still awaits My Three Sons on Prime Video after it missed its announced December 1 launch.

7) The Love Boat: In the eighth season's "Christmas Show," the crew celebrates the holidays by hiring 3 Santas: Ray Walston, Avery Schreiber, and Scatman Crothers!

8) The Independence Bowl: Bowl games just aren't what they used to be. 40 years ago tonight, this game was syndicated and pitted Ole Miss against Air Force for no particular reason. The randomness of December bowl games rules!

9) Joe Castiglione: Congrats to the longtime Red Sox radio announcer, honored this week with the Ford Frick Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame

10) Theodore Wilson: Happy (what would have been) 80th birthday to a true classic!

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