March 6, 2020

Around the dial

Now that's style!

We're a little thin on blog updates this week, so I thought we'd take a spin through some podcasts and YouTube videos and see what's up.

Over at TV Confidential, Ed Robinson has more than enough to keep you busy, including a pair of episodes on Groucho Marx, Joan Van Ark talking about her famous Val Ewing character, and a birthday nod to Howard Hesseman.

From last month, Closer Classic TV talks with MeTV's Neal Saban, who, as it says, takes us inside the world of classic TV.

The To Tell the Truth YouTube page has all you could ask for in the way of episodes, including this one with a woman who ran for president of the United States in 1964. Between LBJ and AuH2O, I'm afraid she didn't stand a chance.

One of the YouTube channels I've enjoyed has the charming name of Free the Kinescopes! I think you'll enjoy it as well, no matter what you choose to watch.

For sci-fi fans, here's the very first episode of the British cult hit Blake's 7, which was always a topic of conversation among the Whovians I hung around with back in the day.

Back at our more conventional fare, at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, Ivan returns to the world of Dark Shadows, with this look at the beginning of a 1967 story arc involving “a time-traveling excursion that finds series heroine Victoria Winters in the Collinsport of 1795 and interacting with ancestors of the family she knows from the present day.” I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure this is the only time that sentence has ever been typed in conjunction with a soap opera, at least of the retro era.

Cult TV Blog comes back with another British series with which I’m not familiar: Minder, a long-running comedy-drama about the London underworld. This week, John looks back at the 1978 episode “Gunfight at the OK Launderette,” and its roots in a real-life botched robbery in 1975.

It’s interview time at Classic Film & TV Café, and this week Rick interviews John Greco, author of the short story collection The Late Show, combining of classic cinema with mystery and murder (!) to create eight provocative stories. Sounds like a lot of fun, and of course that's what we're all about around here. TV  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting the link to the Neal Saban interview. He understands what I, as an old "Gen-Xer", consider to be classic tv, and he gives great justifications for what MeTV airs. Like people who complained, I was a bit apprehensive about COLLECTOR'S CALL, but it's mostly been for me a good show, and it does have a bit of a "game show" element for those of us who love game shows.

    I'm not as much into HOGAN'S HEROES or (especially) THE FLINTSTONES as the network is, but if those shows pay the bills, I'm fine w/ them. IMO, I think Me-TV has gotten some of its shows like THE MONKEES and THE THREE STOOGES because its competitor, Antenna TV, which being Sony-owned should have right of first refusal on these Screen Gems shows, has "lost its way" a bit, crunching credits & modernizing its shows for younger audiences.


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