May 13, 2016

Around the Dial

Bare-bones e-zine returns with another installment of the Hitchcock project, this time looking at the third season episode "Guest for Breakfast." It's a chilling little story, a great demonstration of how much drama one can pack into a half-hour time slot.

You may have noticed an addition to the sidebar - a new member of the Classic TV Blog Association! It's British TV Detectives, by the author of Classic Film and TV Blog, and one of Rick's first pieces is on the '90s series Cadfael, starring Derek Jacobi. These were very well-made episodes, great fun to watch.

May 11 was National Twilight Zone Day, and I should have done something about it, particularly since I knew about it in advance. Well, I didn't - but fortunately for you, Monstergirl at The Last Drive In did, and it ought to bring some good memories back. Perhaps my life just feels too much like The Twilight Zone for me to write about it...

I don't know how long the season one DVD of Maverick has been on my shopping list - at least since shortly after it came out - but I never get around to picking it up. Oh well. That's why The Horn Section exists - to remind you that it's about time. This week, Maverick Mondays tells us about the 1960 episode "Maverick and Juliet", with both James Garner and Jack Kelly sharing in the fun.

Until this week, the only series named Tightrope that I was familiar with was the '60s series featuring Mike Connors, but now, thanks to Cult TV Blog, there's another. Since this is "Our Sort of Television," count on this one going into the queue to find and watch.

Stephen Bowie of The Classic TV History Blog is back with another of his fascinating interviews, this one with producer David Levinson. If you're wondering why that name sounds familiar, all you have to do is check this out, and look at the credits for the show's he's worked on - almost a who's who of classic television from the '70s.

In the mood for a book or movie rather than a TV show? At The Lucky Strike Papers, Andrew gives us both, as he gives a plug to the mystery The Girl on the Train, having seen a commercial for the film version. Like him, I hadn't been aware that the movie was forthcoming. Unlike him, I haven't read the book yet, but I've read about it long enough that it has to go on the list as well.

Speaking of books, as far as I'm concerned, you can never have too many books about a specific period of television history. Some might think that a book chronicling single season sitcoms would be a bit much, but not Television Obscurities, and I'm with him. We need more books like this if we're going to fully appreciate those shows that are just as much a part of TV history as the big hits.

And if this doesn't give you enough to feed on, come back Saturday - we've got an entire TV Guide for you to chew on.

1 comment:

Keep those cards and letters coming in!