- First off, an update from Chip Arcuri at the great Yule Log site. I'd talked to Chip after the fiasco surrounding TCM's December showing of Carol for Another Christmas, in hopes of finding out why Henry Mancini's theme music had been removed. Chip now has this:
"Felice (Mancini) has not been able to determine why the print of Carol For Another Christmas that TCM aired last December did not include her father's music. It was not a legal copyright issue because she and her siblings manage her father's extensive library of music. However, the theory that I suggested to her is probably the most logical reason for the omission. And that theory is that the copy of the print that TCM aired was probably made before her father was signed on by ABC-TV to compose an original theme for the film. If she should find out anything different, I'll certainly post it here."
Thanks, Chip. You wouldn't think it would be so hard, would you?
- Another update, this time from reader C.D., who offers an explanation for that strange Flintstones cartoon I shared with you the other day. "The drawings, especially Barney, are not as far-fetched as you might
think. The 1960 pilot film 'The Flagstones' has them pretty much
looking like that. I understand that the title was changed since it sounded too much like the Flagston family in the 'Hi and Lois' comic strip."
Thanks to you as well, C.D. It's great to have loyal readers out there!
- Off the classic TV beat for just a moment, Awful Announcing has an insightful piece into why NBC Sports Network has failed to become what many of us had hoped for: a real alternative to ESPN.
- Paul Hughes, writing at How Sweet It Was, has another Columbo piece, this one entitled "Why We Watch." The ending is spot on.