January 17, 2013

Around the dial

At Classic Film and TV Cafe, Rick has a rundown of TV Westerns from A to Z. It's interesting that, though I've never considered myself a Western "fan" per se, I have a lot of them in my collection - Have Gun - Will Travel, Wyatt Earp, Maverick, The Restless Gun, Wanted: Dead or Alive.  Some of the appeal lies in the stars (Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Boone), and the stories are generally quite well-written, but I love the titles.  I mean, Wanted: Dead or AliveHave Gun - Will Travel!  You know those shows mean business!

Remember Charo?  (Hint: if you ever saw her, you'd remember her.)  Michael's TV Tray does, and it's a reminder of how strange and fleeting the nature of celebrity is.  Boy, Xavier Cugat had good taste in wives, didn't he?

A new member of the Association - Jeff's Classic Sports TV and Media, with a piece on the start of the ACC's "Super Sunday" basketball games.  Growing up in Big Ten country, I still remember that there was something mysterious and interesting about the ACC, which at the time only had seven members and was one of the few conferences to have a post-season tournament to decide its conference champion.

Happy New Year!  As far as I'm concerned, it's still not too late to say it, and at Christmas TV History, Joanna does it well with this retrospective of the Ellery Queen New Year's Eve mystery.  I've read a lot of the books in addition to having the complete series on DVD, and while Jim Hutton may not exactly fit Ellery on the written page, he gets the spirit absolutely right.  This show is great fun if you've never seen it.

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And just a reminder that the Classic TV Variety Blogathon starts on February 3, and yours truly will be there writing about the King of Cool, Dean Martin, and his great 60s show. Here's the rest of the schedule:

Sunday, February 3 
The Judy Garland Show - How Sweet It Was
The Dean Martin Show - It's About TV!
The Flip Wilson Show - Outspoken & Freckled

Monday, February 4 
The Jerry Lewis Show - Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
The Brady Bunch Hour - Michael's TV Tray
The Frank Sinatra Show (Christmas episode) - Christmas TV History

Tuesday, February 5 
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special - Made for TV Mayhem
The Carol Burnett Show - ClassicBecky's Brain Food
Shindig! - Classic Film & TV Cafe

I was going to say something perfunctory about "I'm really looking forward to reading about..." and then I realized I'm looking forward to all of these!   I'm not sure there's any genre more foreign to today's young viewers than the variety show, so you won't want to miss it.

1 comment

  1. Mitchell,

    Thank you for linking to my blog. I grew up in ECAC country and also found the occasional national ACC games to be fascinating. I recall being riveted by the 1974 ACC tournament championship game (NC State over Maryland in OT) which was televised in NY. Maybe I will make that the subject of a future blog post.

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