April 29, 2016

Around the dial

Another week, as they say, another collection of gems from the classic television blogosphere. And if someone hasn't said that, they should.

While looking something up, I came across this very good 2007 interview with George Maharis from Route 66 News, in which he talks some about his experiences on Route 66, what made the show successful, and why it wasn't quite the same after he left.

It's military sitcom week at the AV Club, and we get a look at a couple classics that transcend their settings: the hilarious Phil Silvers Show, with the wonderful Ernie Bilko pulling a con on everyone, and the sublime final episode of Blackadder Goes Forth, where our heroes learn what paying the ultimate price means, and what it's all about.

I thought this was such a good piece from David at Comfort TV on people who look at his DVD collection and ask him if he's really watched them all. I have to admit that in my own case, the answer would be "no," but when I look at the state of today's television, I have no doubts that I'll wind up running out of DVDs to watch before I run out of time.

At Vote for Bob Crane, Carol has 20 things we didn't know about Bob Crane. I have to admit knowing some of them, but then I've read the book - and you should too!

Martin Grams talks about old-time radio (OTR), a foray we've taken from time to time here, with another of the shows that made the transition from radio to television, albeit briefly: Gangbusters. I have to admit I never warmed to this show either on radio or TV, but that's probably just me. By the way, Gangbusters was a top-ten hit on TV, alternating weekly with Dragnet, but only lasted one season - apparently, it was never intended as anything but a stopgap until enough Dragnet episodes had been made for that series to run weekly.

Tomorrow we'll be talking about the highest-rated programs as part of the TV Guide review, but TV Obscurities looks at the shows that were in the bottom 10 of the ratings in October, 1987. How many of these shows do you remember? I recall a couple of them, and actually enjoyed Max Headroom (which may have just been ahead of its time), but I daresay most of them earned their position.

Tune in tomorrow for another TV Guide, and you can let me know what position we've earned.

1 comment:

  1. re: the bottom 10 in 1987. I remember them all. SLEDGE HAMMER! was a classic; the public truly didn't know what they were missing. It was opposite DALLAS and MIAMI VICE its first season and COSBY its second, which is why the ratings were so lousy. MY SISTER SAM wasn't a bad show, a decent Pam Dawber vehicle (which co-starred Rebecca Schaeffer, sadly murdered by an obsessive fan just two years later) that rated well on Monday nights the season before and got crushed by a time slot change. I liked Margaret Colin, the star of LEG WORK, but her prior short-lived series FOLEY SQUARE was a much better show. EVERYTHING'S RELATIVE and PRIVATE EYE were both lousy shows IMO.

    Can't believe AV Club did a military sitcom week and left out HOGAN'S HEROES, F TROOP, McHALE'S NAVY, AND M*A*S*H (admittedly, not a favorite of mine) entirely. Great to see BILKO and BLACKADDER GOES FORTH get writeups though.

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