Sunday, December 31, 2023

Top Ten #281: Say bye-bye to 2023!

1) The Battys: What better way could there be to close out a year than with the Batty Awards! (That's a rhetorical question; please don't answer it.) As we close out 2023, we thank you again for your support and for helping make Season 11 the most interactive one yet. 

2) New Year's Eve: Dick Clark is long gone, but his Rockin' Eve continues. Who can forget the classic night 40 years ago when Clark welcomed Priscilla Barnes and Doug Barr as co-hosts?

3) Dallas and Night Court: The big winner with 5 Battys is Dallas, the site of the awards (though that is unrelated---we swear--), yet Night Court took the prestigious prize for best show.

4) The Rifleman: Congratulations to this year's "retro retro" series, which more than earned its spot on our schedule by winning Best Episode for "Ordeal!"

5) Jackee: The first-ever female Genius Award winner might actually be able to upstage some of the previous recipients if they starred together. Hey, we should look that up: Imagine Jackee and Ed Flanders sharing scenes together, for example.

6) Billy Crystal and Dionne Warwick: The new Kennedy Center honorees surely owe their tributes to their stints on Soap and Solid Gold, respectively.

7) Orange Bowl: 50 years ago tomorrow, Penn State capped off an undefeated season with a win in Miami over LSU. They were led in part by Heisman winner RB John Cappelletti. In a sign of how different things were, PSU finished 12-0 yet were fifth in the final AP rankings.

Uh, let's just not talk about how Penn State did in the Peach Bowl yesterday. 

8) Three's Company: A brand-new complete series set from VEI includes the same sourced materials as before plus The Ropers on Three's a Crowd. Oh, and it's DVD. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for these shows to get 4K restorations. It's a nice thing, though, for people who weren't able to get the old Anchor Bay DVD sets.

9) Weekend marathons: Besides the Twilight Zone (SyFy and Heroes & Icons), MeTV has a marathon of series finales today, and Catchy Comedy has a Fish marathon today after finishing up Bridget Loves Bernie. It's nice to see some short-lived programs getting some play on the channel.

10) R.I.P. Richard Franklin Bobby Rivers, Tommy Smothers:

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