February 19, 2021

Around the dial

We'll kick off the week with a personal note: this weekend, I'll be one of the guests on Ed Robertson's terrific TV Confidential radio show. We'll be talking about classic TV, of course, as well as my book The Electronic Mirror. I had a great time talking with Ed, who's a gentleman as well as a host who really knows how to bring the best out of his guests (and having interviewed a few people in my time, I know that's no mean feat). Check here to find the time and station near you. And if you like what you hear, buy a book!

And now for the rest of the news. Are you feeling down and out, bunky? At Comfort TV, David has the answer for you: "The Kappa Sigma Party," a charming episode of Ozzie & Harriet that points to a simpler time, a world that one might not mind being part of.

One of those comfort TV worlds that David talks about is that of Perry Mason, and as you all know, Perry's trusty detective Paul Drake was played by William Hopper. At Classic Film & TV Café, Rick tells us seven things to know about a man who was much more than a P.I.

At Bob Crane: Life & Legacy, Carol shares another great find: an aircheck of a 1968 broadcast that Bob did for the U.S. Armed Forces Radio and Television Network, including pre-recorded interviews from the early '60s with Otto Preminger, Bill Dana, Steve Allen, and Jayne Meadows.

At A Shroud of Thoughts, Terence pays tribute to the career of the late Christopher Pennock, whose long television resume includes various roles on Dark Shadows (including Leviathan leader Jeb Hawkes and astrologer Sebastian Shaw).

Finally, Drunk TV (what a great name!) goes in-depth to look at the second season of the 1960s sitcom Dennis the Menace, the highest-rated of the show's four seasons. Check out some of the stars that helped make the season a success. TV  


  1. Can you add a link for Drunk TV? Thanks for considering.

  2. This is a little off topic, but do you have any idea what has happened to The Twilight Zone Vortex site. No posts in quite a long time.

    1. That's a good question, and no, I don't. Hope they come back soon!


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