February 14, 2013

Around the Dial

According to at least one source, this week is the 60th anniversary of the first television appearance of Superman, and How Sweet It Was offers an appropriate commemoration.  I've seen The Adventures of Superman a few times, but I have to admit that whenever I think of Superman, this is what comes to mind:

 
What If...? from centexcasa on Vimeo.

The University of Maryland Broadcasting Archives and Thrilling Days of Yesteryear both celebrate the birthday of the great Jack Benny.  His death in 1974 from cancer was front page news worldwide; one newspaper called him the "comedian of an era."

Made for TV Mayhem covers two TV-movies that spell mayhem if any ever did: "The Screaming Woman" and "When Michael Calls."  Without stories like these, the made-for-TV movie would never have survived.

Classic Sports TV and Media blows the whistle on NBC's false claim that next year's Winter Olympics coverage would feature the first-ever prime time broadcast prior to the Opening Ceremonies.  Good for Jeff; the way the regular media accepted NBC's claim without bothering to check it (and any of us with TV Guide collections could have vouched for this) is what gives us fiascos like Manti Te'o.  Whatever happened to that guy, anyway?

That's it for now - have a great weekend, see you back here on Saturday!

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