November 27, 2020

Around the dial

This, really, is the only way to watch television on the day after Thanksgiving. Or any other day, for that matter. If you're struggling with a tryptophan hangover, or, like me, if you have to work today, then you probably need something to wake you up. Not saying this is all you need, but perhaps it's a good start.

Why not begin with the Nelson family? That's what David does, in this comforting Comfort TV look at how Ozzie & Harriet spend the day after Thanksgiving. If you've ever had your heart set on something you can't get, you'll know how Ozzie feels.

Once Upon a Screen celebrates a 9th anniversary with some wonderful pictorial representations of the traditional gifts for the occasion. Nine years; as I can attest, time does fly when you're having fun, whether you're on the writing or the reading end of things.

It's always nice to be reminded, as Jodie does in this Garroway at Large, that Dave did more than Today. This week, she offers a rare clip from a 1957 episode of Wide Wide World, and it is too bad that so much of our television heritage from this era has been lost, isn't it?

The Broadcast Archives at the University of Maryland links to this Slate article on the times, and they really weren't that so long ago, when the puppets known as the Kuklapolitan Players could charm the nation's TV viewers. If we could just depend on something that gentle today.

At Television's New Frontier: the 1960s, it's a look at 1962 on The Andy Griffith Show, and beyond the usual good rundown on the season's episodes, take a special look at the guest star lineup, a terrific collection of familiar, and sometimes surprising, faces.

You may love Christmas as much as anyone, but if you're getting just a little tired of hearing the same old tunes year after year (especially when they start playing them in October), Martin Grams may have the answer for you: a list of vintage Christmas music you may never have heard. 

Finally, at The Hits Just Keep on Comin', JB's latest podcast shares his recent experience spending five nights in the hospital, four of them in the ICU. He's good now, and even though it's the day after Thanksgiving, that's something for which we can all be thankful. TV  

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