The brilliant satirist and all-around innovator Stan Freberg died yesterday, one of the most clever personalities on radio and television. Like Ernie Kovacs, Freberg's sense of humor was often a little ahead of his time for audiences, but as my friend Tony Pizza commented, whatever humor you've seen here in the last few years was undoubtedly influenced by Freberg. Here's one of his most famous parodies: the tale of St. George and the Dragonet.
Also passing this week was James Best, most remembered for The Dukes of Hazard but who did a lot more than that. Comfort TV has an excellent remembrance of him, and Michael's TV Tray recalls a memorable turn he did on The Twilight Zone.
A couple of weeks ago I gave you a piece of my mind regarding the BBC and the sacking of Jeremy Clarkson, star of the corporation's (former?) hit Top Gear. This article at Breitbart London reinforces my suspicion that there was an ideological bent to this decision, and underlines the decaying corruptness of the BBC. If only UKIP had the votes to defund it altogether.
Here's an interesting article from World Soccer Talk - not a prediction, but an analysis of why it would make sense for Amazon to get into the bidding for television rights to the English Premier League or some other future sports contract. When (not if) this eventually happens, it might well mean the death of cable TV - if you don't need it for sports, what do you need it for?
Speaking of which, I've spoken often of my admiration for NFL Films, particularly the genius of Ed and Steve Sabol (each of happy memory) - Classic TV Sports reports that NFL Films is coming up with another promising series, this one on historic NFL drafts. Were I still a fan of the NFL, you can bet I'd be a sucker for this one.
You should always be reading Television Obscurities for the excellent weekly TV Guide series, but here's another good piece from yesterday commemorating the 88th anniversary of the first long distance television transmission. What is it they say about the long journey beginning with a single step? We've come a long way from that day 88 years ago, haven't we?
The TV Guide Historian gives us a look at a vintage ad for Felony Squad, starring Howard Duff and Ben Alexander. I've read that it was being on this show that prevented Ben Alexander from joining Jack Webb on the reboot of Dragnet in the late '60s - wouldn't that have been great? As a side note, did you know Webb was planning yet another comeback for Dragnet when he died, and that his partner would have been Kent McCord in his character from Adam-12?
Hopefully that should give