August 31, 2018

Around the dial

Iremember watching "Alibi Me" as part of the second season DVD box set of Alfred Hitchcock Presents—it was a terrific story with a satisfying ending—and now you can read all about this Bernard C. Schoenfeld-scripted episode as Jack's Hitchcock Project feature at bare bones e-zine.

Ho-ward Co-sell. If you don't understand why I've hyphenated his name that way, then you may be too young to appreciate just what a phenomenon Howard Cosell was in America, and on American television, particularly in the 1960s and '70s. Ah, I feel sorry for you kids. Fortunately, David at Comfort TV can straighten you out, with his marvelous retrospective on the man and his moments—and they aren't all limited to sports.

Well, I'm glad to see the Twilight Zone Vortex back after a few weeks off; this week, Jordan gives us an art exhibition. It's a collection of various illustrations from book covers and magazines that accompany stories from both The Twilight Zone (original and reboots) and Night Gallery.  It's a real treat; I think you'll enjoy it.

Virgin of the Secret Service—now, if that doesn't get your attention, I'm going to give up. Actually, it's the name of a 1968 British series which, as John of Cult TV Blog says, is either an actual spy series set in the Edwardian era, or a light spoof of same. It was a blind buy for John, who delivers his verdict at the conclusion of his series review.

A Shroud of Thoughts presents an obituary of Fredd Wayne, who died earlier this week at the age of 93. He was best known for his definitive portrayal of Benjamin Franklin, which started out as a one-man show, before he took it on the road, in a sense, portraying Franklin as a character in several television series that were either period pieces or featured time travel of some sort, including Bewitched, Daniel Boone, and Voyagers. I don't usually embed videos in this feature, but you'll want to see this clip from his stage performance as Franklin.

And of course, where would we be if I didn't so some shameless self-promotion for my book The Electronic Mirror? I'll have a bigger spread up later, but I'll just let you know now that it's available for purchase from Amazon by clicking here, and I'm also working on a way of direct purchase that will allow you to get an inscribed copy directly from me. Either way it will, I promise you, be worth it. TV  

1 comment:

Thanks for writing! Drive safely!