Eric Lieber, producer of the groundbreaking Dick Cavett
and Mike Douglas
talk shows as well as the creator of (my own beloved guilty pleasure) Love Connection
, has passed away
of leukemia at age 71. [more inside]
The Black and White Minstrel Show
was a (very cheesy) British variety series that ran Saturday nights on the BBC for twenty years. Hard to believe that it was still on the air as late as 1978
. A live show, "Memories of the Minstrels
," toured the UK to packed houses in 2004 and 2005. The show was performed white-faced and featured the stars, medley's and costumes from the original TV series. Previously. [more inside]
"The most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear," Frank Sinatra
wrote of rock 'n' roll during the time of Elvis Presley. But Frank wasn't stupid... he knew his relevance was fading and if you can't beat 'em, you have to join 'em. So in 1960
, Elvis Presley was welcomed home from his two year military tour
by the Frank Sinatra Timex Show "Welcome Home Elvis"
special. Later Sinatra said, "I'm just a singer. Elvis was the embodiment of the whole American culture."
With the success of American Gladiators
and no writers in sight, tv networks are reaching into the past for ideas. You knew it would happen
sooner or later. Yep... they're digging deep: Circus of the Stars
is coming back. Could Battle of the Network Stars
be far behind? [more inside]
Time to kill while waiting for Santa to arrive/dinner to digest/family to leave? Well, here's a Very Special Holiday Episode
fpp just for you. God bless us, every one. [more inside]
He was born in 1980, during a risqué Groundlings
show. After cameo roles (NSFW/language)
in two Cheech & Chong movies, he earned his own HBO special
. Four years later, Pee Wee Herman made his first feature film
. Love him or hate him, his tv show
won 22 Emmys... it seemed he was the luckiest boy in the world
. Until one fateful day
. Since then he's kept busy
, and has regularly started and then nixed
rumors of the bow tie's return. Recently he's changed his mind
though, and in June a middle-aged Pee Wee made a surprise appearance
after 15 years. Now he's promising two upcoming Pee Wee films... but will Johnny Depp
take over his giant underpants
? [more inside]
Thirty years of George Carlin
specials. (Yep, NSFW. Duh.) [more inside]
In 1956, Time Magazine
wrote, "He is the summit of sex—the pinnacle of Masculine, Feminine and Neuter. Everything that He, She or It can ever want."
(Wait. Seriously???) Behold the evolution of The Liberace Show: from dapper virtuoso
to sequined, wacky showman. [more inside]
CBC Television's sitcom Little House on the Mosque
, starring Carlo Rota
of 24, has been mentioned before on the blue
. Reviews have actually been pretty positive
, the ratings
have been good
, and now you can decide for yourself whether the "brou-ha-ha" was worth it (all 8 episodes linked inside). Don't think a sitcom can possibly capture Muslim life accurately? Well, maybe Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days
can do a better job for you. It's pretty fascinating viewing, either way. [more inside]
's Star Stories!
exposes the truths behind the rising & falling of some of your favo(u)rite celebrities: Madonna
, Simon Cowell
, Britney Spears
, George Michaels
, Tom Cruise
, Catherine Zeta Jones
, Posh and Becks
, and Take That
. Partial episodes: Brad
and Jude Law. Occasionally NSFW (language/simulated sex)
Sopranos Yard Sale
! Bring your goomah
Little Ritchie Petrie
has something he really wants to tell us
. You go girl.
Hold on to your talking magic flute
, 70s kids... a new, animated H.R. Pufnstuf
is on the island. Beatbox reworking of the original theme song
). I'm dying to hear what they'll do with Mechanical Boy...
in 7 minutes and 36 seconds.
is a multi
actor and very likeable guy
. He's appeared in many famous films
, but around the world he's mostly recognized as TV's Lieutenant Columbo
. The guest stars
on Columbo were often surprising, and his unconventional
crimesolving style was so addicting to watch that even his wife
got into the action at one point. Columbo is still beloved in many languages and countries
, and to this day there are still people hiring themselves out as Columbo lookalikes
around the world (although some are clearly better than others)
. But despite an approved final script & an agreeable Peter Falk, no studio will ever greenlight another Columbo movie. Why? Nobody wants to finance a movie with an 80 year-old lead.
Apparently they think there's no way the character can still work, that Peter Falk is too old and he can't possibly have the edge or energy to pull off Columbo now. Obviously, they're sadly wrong.
Smart Shoes. "Run Billy, RUN! Only 5,800 more steps and you can watch American Idol!"
As I'm sure
you all know, today would've been the 74th birthday of actor Vic Tayback
, best known as everybody's favorite hairy, sweaty, ill-tempered (yet almost cuddly) diner chef
on that wacky piece of 70's tv Americana Alice
(Remember when Mel called Vera "dingy"? Sitcom gold!). Kept busy for years as a character actor with constant tv guest spots on everything from "I Dream of Jeannie" to "Gunsmoke," Vic embraced job security when given an opportunity to expand one character in particular, Mel Sharples from Martin Scorcese's drama "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
(starring Ellen Burstyn [she won an Oscar], Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd, Harvey Keitel and Jodie Foster). Thanks to Vic, the character of Mel smoothly adapted from his dramatic origins into his new home of sit-com hi-larity... one of the rare attempts of that kind to succeed.
Vic. Oh, and kiss my grits.