Sunday, January 7, 2024

Top Ten #283: Happy New Year edition

1) 2024: Just think of all the great anniversaries we can commemorate together this year. For example, February will be the 47th anniversary of the debut of Blansky's Beautie, then in March it's the 42 anniversary of the series finale of Mr. Merlin...

2) Anne Scheeden: Happy birthday to the star of Season 11's Exo-Man!

3) MASH and Dick Van Dyke: FOX and CBS recently broadcast specials dedicated to the legendary show and the icon, respectively, and I applaud the networks anytime they devote airtime to something from the 20th century.

4) Family Feud: It's a slow month for new catalog shows on streaming, but a batch of 1980 Richard Dawson episodes of this game show are now on Tubi. 

5) All-Star Laff-a-Lympics: Prime Video snuck on the first season of this toon, though I think it's only for a month to promote Boomerang on Amazon Channels.

6) ABC's Wide World of Entertainment: The late-night wheel block of programming debuted 50 years ago this week  with Once the Killing Starts, a Wide World of Mystery movie, and also featured Dick Cavett, Geraldo, concerts, Monty Python, and reruns.

7) LaWanda Page: Mo Rocca's Mobituaries podcast has an episode devoted to her this week, and I haven't heard it yet, but I don't need to: Just the fact it exists warms my heart.

8) The Golden Globes: If you have a betting pool based on the awards're a fool! Maybe something cool will happen, though.

9) F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Last of the Belles: 40 years ago tonight, this aired as part of ABC Theater. The movie stars Blythe Danner and Richard Chamberlain as F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Or maybe it's the other way around. You can see for yourself (and also see Susan Sarandon and Richard Hatch) here:

10) R.I.P.: David Soul, Harry Johnson, Glynis Johns, Shecky Greene:

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