August 2, 2019

Around the dial

The picture above is of newsmen at NBC (is the one behind the desk Bill Monroe?) covering the assassination of President Kennedy. In the background you can see the TV sets, at least one of which is tuned in to their network. We don't always watch television for entertainment.

We know that bigger isn't always better, and this week's Hitchcock Project at bare-bones e-zine demonstrates it, with Jack's review of "Ten Minutes from Now," a Jack Ritchie short story that loses much of its punch in Arthur A. Ross's adaptation to fill the hour-long timeslot.

Does the name Denny Miller mean anything to you? David explains why it should, and once you've seen a review of Miller's career at Comfort TV, you'll understand why; it's not likely you've watched much TV if you don't recognize the familiar character actor.

At The Twilight Zone Vortex, Jordan reviews the May, 1982 edition of The Twilight Zone Magazine. Thomas M. Disch reviews books, Gahan Wilson talks about movies, and the classic story is "All of Us Are Dying" by George Clayton Johnson, precursor to the episode of the same name.

I know it's now August, but that doesn't stop Joanna at Christmas TV History from continuing to celebrate Christmas in July. Take a moment to page back through the entire series, and some wonderful Christmas memories.

In the TV Guide for July 29, 1989, Dr. Joyce Brothers looks at the shows that'll make you feel better. Considering the DVD and streaming market didn't exist back then, it will be interesting to see what she picks. Find out about it, and more, at Television Obscurities.

Ed Gross at Closer Weekly takes a look at classic TV that is neither condescending nor uneducated when he provides a guide to 101 classic (and not-so-classic) TV shows. Unlike most lists of this kind, Gross isn't content with the obvious choices, instead offering some deep cuts like Overland Trail, Bus Stop, and Window on Main Street. Check it out for yourself and see what you think. TV  


  1. A slight nitpick here... The TZ episode adapted from the story "All of Us Are Dying" was a bit different: "The Four of Us Are Dying". The four men who shared the lead role all appeared in at least one other TZ.


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