September 23, 2016
Around the dial
We weren't the only bloggers at MANC - our intrepid reporter for Lincoln X-ray Ida was there as well. Catch her review, with special attention to Kent McCord, who was a terrific guest and was wonderful in the panel discussion.
When I read about the Darlin' Dallasers' Blogathon, I naturally was interested, since I live in Dallas! Turns out it's about the show, and not a chance to meet other classic TV bloggers from Dallas. But, as Realweegiemidget shows, it's well worth checking out one of the most iconic TV shows of all time, one which certainly helped shape the image of our fair city.
Cult TV Blog is celebrating his liberation from a bad job, and I'm drinking a toast to him right now (careful not to spill anything on the keyboard, of course). As a celebratory gift to us, he has a write-up on the BBC and BBC America series The Game,which echoes several other British series, and - "because it is all about intrigue and lies," it also describes many workplaces I've been stuck in.
"Five Characters in Search of an Exit" is not only a brilliant title for an episode of The Twilight Zone, it's a perfect absurdist, expressionistic play. Would we ever see anything like this on TV nowadays? I doubt it, so thanks to The Twilight Zone Vortex for bringing it to our attention.
A new book by Joanna Wilson of Christmas TV History is always a cause for celebration, and this one will be a doozy - The Triple Dog Dare: Watching--& Surviving--the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story. Need I say more? Check her out here for more details.
The Last Drive-In points us to Once Upon a Screen and a wonderful remembrance of Peter Falk and his most famous creation, Lieutenant Columbo; Falk would have celebrated a birthday on September 16. Fortunately, he left behind a terrific body of work.
At The AV Club, a look at the history of the Star Trek movies, which touches on how they fit in with the original (and subsequent) television versions.
Comfort TV looks at the career of the '70s actress Laurette Spang, who graced many a television screen in that decade. It's a good thing David is a TV historian; some people might not have looked at her body of work, just her body...
...and if you haven't had enough of blonds, there's Some Polish American Guy, who links to a TV Guide interview with B.J. and the Bear's Judy Landers.
That should give you enough to go on until I'm back tomorrow, don't you think?