Thursday, July 24, 2014

TV is Back

So today, for the first time in several years, we get TV back. Haven't really missed it, mind you. Just that it's turned out to be cheaper to get 200 channels back than to have none. Go figure. No idea if we'll even turn the thing on any more than we have been. We're so used to NOT mindlessly flipping channels hoping to find something better on. We'll see. Not even sure what channels we'll be getting. Don't really care. We'll see how this goes.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

R.I.P. James Garner

Sometimes James Garner played just plain tough guys. He was good at it, but so were scores of other actors of his generation. What made James Garner something special was when they allowed him to be James Garner first and his character second. In that way, Garner brought a vulnerability, an amiability and an outright Oklahoma charm that no other actor could give a role. He brought it to the title role on MAVERICK in the late fifties and it was a huge success! Lightning struck twice when he also brought it to his second iconic role, Jim Rockford, a decade and a half later.

Not only was James Garner able to capture the lightning twice but he successfully revisited both those roles in later years before settling into a career as an always-reliable character actor and voiceover artist.
R.I.P. James Garner

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Flash-2014

Count me among the fans who were very disappointed to see these early images of the new TV FLASH. Recently, though, I had a chance to catch the pilot for the new series and I have to say I've changed my opinion. In context, and especially when moving, it works. In fact, the whole pilot works. There's nothing majorly special about it but it's a good, entertaining origin story with some above average performances and the participation of former TV Flash John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen's father in what will be a running back story. I don't watch a lot of modern TV, even comics-related TV. I missed almost all of SMALLVILLE, I only caught a couple episodes of BIRDS OF PREY and ARROW and I have no intention of watching GOTHAM. I will, however, be on board for the 2014 version of THE FLASH!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

And Now a Word From Our Sponsor

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Dark Shadows at 48

DARK SHADOWS went on the air 48 years ago today. Barnabas Collins wouldn't show up for a while but when eh did the show took off to find a unique niche among television soap operas. It was covered in FAMOUS MONSTERS, merchandised in a long-running series of paperbacks but also covered monthly in SIXTEEN, SPEC, FAVE and TIGER BEAT, since tweens and teens--myself included-- became its primary audience! There were also toys, games, models and, of course, two feature films at the time!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

R.I.P. Casey Kasem

I remember when I first heard that the voice of Filmation's Robin was the same guy that did the TOP 40 show on radio. And I remember when I realized that he was also HB's Shaggy. Thus, I particularly enjoyed the SCOOBY DOO episode where Robin (and Batman) met Shaggy (and Scooby!) Hearing Casey's voice was always comforting and the added nostalgia factor as time went by made it even more to be treasured. His passing comes on the heels of a very sad and public family crisis based around him and yet his voice is, in fact, STILL on the radio...and hopefully always will be.

Rest in Peace, Casey. And thanks!