February 26, 2021

Around the dial

I'm not going to be coy about it; I'm starting off this week with parts one and two of my appearance with Ed Robertson on his TV Confidential program. We talk about my book The Electronic Mirror and some of the classic programs that helped shape the era of classic TV. I really hope you'll give it a listen, because it was a lot of fun and I think you'll enjoy it; and after you've given it a listen I really hope you'll by a copy of The Electronic Mirror, because it's a good book and I think you'll really enjoy it. And also because I need the money. Or at least I would like the money. So would my accountant.

If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's that if a character on Alfred Hitchcock Presents tells you "I'll Take Care of You," you should not take that as reassuring. Case in point is this week's Hitchcock Project at bare-bones e-zine, in which Jack takes us to the season four episode of the same name, with Ralph Meeker as the sinister speaker of the quote.

At Realweegiemidget, Gill revisits the 1978 TV-movie Cruise into Terror, which, quite frankly, has just about everything you could ask for in a Seventies TV flick (or an episode of The Love Boat): big names (John Forsythe, Ray Milland, Hugh O'Brien, Stella Stevens), a cruise ship in trouble, and a dangerous Egyptian sarcophagus. Read all about it!

It's always nice to see Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater get the opportunity to share Bob Crane's story and try to clear up some of the misinformation that continues to swirl around him; at Bob Crane: Life & Legacy, Carol talks about their latest appearance, on The Claw's Corner. (You can see that appearance as well!)

A show with the title The Enigma Files ought to be mysterious, don't you think? Well, it is—a police procedural, that is, British, '80s style. John has the lowdown on what he calls a "proto-Morse" over at Cult TV Blog. And that's no mystery. TV  


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