June 12, 2020

Around the dial

Ah yes, the whole family gathered in front of the television watching a clown. And dad all dressed up in a tie. Times have changed, haven't they? Classic TV doesn't change, though, so let's take a look at what's up.

I've always thought Robert Lansing was an underrated actor. Twelve o'Clock High went downhill after he was replaced, The Man Who Never Was didn't get enough of a chance, as Gary Seven in Star Trek he was a match for Kirk and Spock, and he was as menacing as The Equalizer. At Classic Film & TV Café, Rick gives us seven things we ought to know about him.

David take a nostalgic look back at Hawaiian icon Don Ho in this week's Comfort TV. He was, if not a fixture, a frequent guest on many o fthe television shows I grew up watching. I too wonder why he never appeared on Hawaii Five-O and Magnum; it's certainly not because they were too good for him.

From Hal's reviews of Love That Bob!, I'm not sure Bob Cummings would make the best chaperone; I'd be afraid he might give the boys ideas, which is one of the things to come out of "Bob the Chaperone," this week's episode at The Horn Section.

I've always had a fondness for the movie Airport, since the exterior scenes were filmed at our own Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the perfect place to go for bad weather. Believe me, it was a big deal here. (Of course, it didn't snow, so the production crew had to fake it.) That blockbuster is the subject at Realweegiemidget Reviews.

At The Twilight Zone Vortex, it's a look at one of the show's lesser hour-long effortsthough not wihout redeeming qualities—"The Bard," with Jack Weston (as a struggling writer who's career is near death), John Williams as William Shakespeare (a not-struggling writer who's dead but brought back), and a brief but very funny appearance by Burt Reynolds in a parody of Marlon Brando.

Garroway at Large features a wonderful look at the role played by NBC's legendary Studio 8H in Dave Garroway's career. It's where he got his start, as an NBC page, and where his Today career ended as well.

Television's New Frontier: the 1960s is back again; the in-depth reviews mean they're infrequently posted, but for the second week in a row it's a legendary CBS series. This time, it's 1962, and we're looking at the end of season one and the start of season two of The Dick Van Dyke ShowTV  

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