December 7, 2018

Around the dial

At bare-bones e-zine, Jack's latest Hitchcock Project looks at the fourth season episode at "And the Desert Shall Blossom," Bernard C. Schoenfeld's delightful adaptation of Loren Good's short story, starring William Demarest, Roscoe Ates, and Ben Johnson.

John raises (and answers) an interesting question over at Cult TV Blog: what are the similarities between Doctor Who's Cybermen and The Avengers' Cybernauts? Regardless of the answer, one thing remains certain: "technology can be dangerous," as we seem to be reminded on an almost daily basis.

In the mood for a little test? Check out the Alternate TV Series Title Game over at Classic Film and TV Café. Readers are pretty quick with the answers though, so be sure you make your own guesses before you get to the comments.

Another star of classic television has been lost with the death of Ken Berry last week, but at The Horn Section, Hal proves that such artists are never really lost, with an appreciation of Berry's abundant television career.

If you've been keeping up with Some Polish American Guy and Dan's look at BJ and the Bear, you'll want to read his overall recap of the series. You'll also want to listen to yours truly with Dan on the latest episode of Eventually Supertrain, as we continue our stroll through the very good single-season WB detective series Bourbon Street Beat (along with other great segments).

At Television's New Frontier: the 1960s, it's time to visit one of the seminal (not to mention subversive) programs of the era, none other than Rocky and His Friends, which was renamed The Bullwinkle Show during the year. I've always loved this show, and I really should think about this more: it's perhaps one of the greatest examples of television's ability to act as a time capsule, considering the various topics the show satirized. It really says a great deal about what was topical at the time.

You'll want to check out Kliph Nesteroff's interview with TV veteran Saul Turteltaub at Classic Television Showbiz, where you'll read about The Shari Lewis Show, as well as more details from a fascinating life.

Finally, if you've been reading about the demented fools out there with their attacks on A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and if you're wondering whether or not there's any hope left for civilization, take a moment to read this essay by Herbie J. Pilato on why this kind of thing is B. as in B, and S. as in S. Thanks, Herbie.  TV  


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