March 25, 2021

Around the dial

At the arts and intellectual journal The New Criterion, Michael Taube takes a fond look back at the beloved puppet show Kukla, Fran and Ollieand how it attracted an audience of adults (many of them influential) as well as children to its often-sophisticated humor.

Over at The Ringer, meanwhile, Alison Herman remembers Jessica Walter, who died yesterday at the age of 80, and her long and successful career, which stretched over six decades, and ran the gamut from Grand Prix and Play Misty for Me to Archer and Arrested Development, and won fans at every stop.

It's the Hitchcock Project at bare-bones e-zine, and Jack cntinues his look at the work of William Fay with the fourth-season episode "Your Witness," a mystery with a nasty little twist at the end, starring Brian Keith and Leora Dana. You'll want to check it out.

At The Horn Section, Hal dips back into the run of Love That Bob! with "Bob and Automation," with a brunette Angie Dickinson as Bob's main attraction, while the household struggles with Bob's austerity plan; they're skimping so he can automate his business, but he's using the computer for dates!

The Broadcast Archives at the University of Maryland links to this piece at The Atlantic which describes how television was never the same after All in the Family. I'm probably not a good one to ask since I was never a fan of the show (but I am old enough to have watched it in its original run), but unquestionably it changed television, especially the sitcom. For good or for bad?

At Classic Film & TV Cafe, it's another of Rick's "seven things to know" features, this week about Julie Newmar, the real Catwoman of Batman (as well as nemesis of Bob Cummings during the making of My Living Doll), who has a lot more worth knowing about.

A book tells many stories, only some of which appear between the covers; the rest of them make it to places like Garroway at Large, where Jodie tells her tale of woe: being outbid on eBay for a December, 1952 episode of Your Show of Shows guest-hosted by none other than Dave Garoway.

It's been awhile since we visited The Twilight Zone Vortex, but the wait was worth it, as Jordan begins his final journey: the bittersweat trip through the Zone's fifth and final season, when, for a variety of reasons, the best episodes served primarily to remind us of the show's past glories.
At Cult TV Blog, John dips back into The Avengers (the real ones, Steed and Mrs. Peel, not the superheroes), with the wonderful episode "The Living Dead." A ghost story? You're going to have to watch it and find out.

Finally, at Television Obscurities, it's the March look at some very neat YouTube finds, including a promo film for the 1963 ABC fall season hosted by Edie Adams, an episode of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. and a kinescope of a 1949 episode of—you guessed it, Kukla, Fran and Ollie. TV  

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