October 8, 2021

Around the dial

At bare-bones e-zine, Jack's Hitchcock Project continues to look at the work of Joel Murcott; this week, it's the third-season episode "Death Sentence," a nasty little piece of work starring James Best, Steve Brodie, and Katharine Warren. 

John returns to the 1970s action series The Professionals at Cult TV Blog, taking us all the way back to "Long Shot," the series' second episode to be filmed (although it aired later in the season), and along the way he wonders just how "real" the show is supposed to be. Good question.

Fire-Breathing Dimetroden Time has been surveying the tenth season of the new Doctor Who, and this week comes up to "The Doctor Falls," featuring the always-reliable Cybermen. I have to admit I've long-since given up on the new version; Peter Capaldi's Doctor, whom we see here, is as far as I'll go.

At A Shroud of Thoughts, Terence takes a look at Desi Arnaz and his work on I Love Lucy. We always talk about Lucy, but Desi was a true trailblazer: the first Latino to star in an American sitcom, and thus the first mixed marriage to be shown on American TV.

At The Hits Just Keep on Comin', JB takes a wonderful look back at the marvels of local television, from Chicago's The Prize Movie With Ione to kids' shows to Dialing for Dollars. As the world has become more homogeneous, so has TV—and we lose these lovely little things.

Television Obscurities commemorates the 75th anniversary of Faraway Hill, the first prime time soap opera on network TV, and laments that, as is so often the case with early television, we know so little about a series that presaged so much.

Speaking of which, in a very good review of the career of the Ink Sports, Gary at Soulride drops a couple of fascinating classic TV tidbits: that the Ink Spots first appeared on TV on November 6, 1936, making them the first performers (of any color) to appear on live TV; and that in the same program, Eddie Albert appeared in a drama he wrote called “The Love Nest”, the first original drama to ever be presented on live television. The program in question was an NBC/RCA TV Demonstration: the first live TV demonstration in history. TV  


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