June 7, 2019

Around the dial

We’ll start this week with another look outside the classic TV blogosphere, beginning at Uni Watch, the website devoted to the obsessive study of athletic aesthetics. In this article, Paul leads off with a fabulous commercial for the 1968 Dodge Charger, featuring members of—who else?—the San Diego Chargers! Chrysler was a great sponsor of the American Football League, and it’s great to see an example of it in this commercial.

And if I didn’t need something else to remind me that I’m getting older by the second, Bryan Curtis has an article at The Ringer on “the present and future of broadcasting” as heard on the NBA finals. Since I’m not a basketball fan, I can’t speak firsthand; I can only read it and wonder if the days of Chris Schenkel were really that long ago.

At bare-bones e-zine, Jack wraps up his look at the Hitchcock works of James P. Cavanagh with the seventh-season story “Where Beauty Lies,” and a summary of Cavanagh’s output.

Hondo and the Hanging Town” does not sound good, especially if your name happens to be Hondo. Find out the exciting conclusion from Hal at The Horn Section.

David offers a reflection on actress Season Hubley that’s as fresh as a springtime morning, with a review of her many television credits providing some Comfort TV indeed.

At The Twilight Zone Vortex, Jordan celebrates the upcoming first day of summer with a retrospective on the several excellent episodes that prove “summers are always strange” in the Twilight Zone.

Opera Winfrey looks like something out of a dystopic dictatorship in the ridiculous getup she’s wearing on the June 3, 1989 cover of TV Guide. Find out what else is in that issue at Television Obscurities.

On the other side of the ocean: Paul Darrow, one of the stars of the British sci-fi cult classic Blake’s 7, died over the weekend at age 78. Terence has an appreciation of his career at A Shroud of Thoughts.

And that, my friends, should hold you until tomorrow.  TV  


  1. The timing of that Oprah Winfrey TV Guide cover reminded me of the issue of Aug. 26, 1989 (the magazine's 1900th) where the artist superimposed her head on Ann-Margret's body. It gave Ms. Winfrey 2 covers in fewer than 3 months. I'm sure that will be mentioned when the feature gets to that issue this coming Aug. 26th.

    1. I thought the very same thing. In fact, when the page came up on my screen, all I could see at first was Oprah's head, and I was sure that was the body that was going to follow!


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