ecause I'll be out-of-pocket from live blogging for the rest of this week, I thought I'd put up a special "Around the Dial" for today, followed on Friday by a terrific interview I had recently with Adam-Michael James, author of The Bewitched Continuum. Please make sure and come back for that interview; not only is The Bewitched Continuum a wonderful book (review coming shortly), but Adam-Michael is a terrific and charming interview. In the meantime...
We've read about this before, but The University of Maryland Broadcasting Archives links to another story, this one from Adweek, on how classic television subchannels are proving to be good business.
I've also mentioned Fireball XL-5 before - perhaps my favorite show that I have no memory of. I had the toys, was told I loved the show as a little kid, can't remember a thing. Classic Film and TV Cafe says we can now relive it (or live it for the first time) with a great new DVD boxed set.
Remember the days before television became so serialized, before we had catchphrases such as "story arc"? Back then, most series had what were called "two-part episodes," meaning the story would be told over two weeks, rather than one. How quaint! Anyway, Comfort TV takes us back to those days, with some of the best and worst examples of the genre.
Skipper! It was Alan Hale Jr.'s most memorable role, and Michael's TV Tray commemorates what would have been his 94th birthday with one of the great Gilligan's Island bits. I've been seeing Hale a lot lately on MST3K; better to remember him this way!
Don't forget to check out the new TV Guide review on Friday at Television Obscurities. In the meantime, here's a story about the Festival of Preservation at UCLA, which serves as yet another reminder that I need to get out there and check out the television section of that museum.
More good stuff out there, so be sure to check the sidebar for all the other blogs that make up the honor roll. And remember - back here on Friday for my interview with Adam-Michael James!