July 22, 2022

Around the dial

I don't remember how old I was when I found out there was a Birmingham in England as well as in Alabama; I was familiar with the latter due to Saturday college football, but as for the other, it would remain a mystery. No longer; at Cult TV Blog, John begins a series of posts on TV programs related to his home city. (If I'd done that, it would have pretty much started and ended with Mary Tyler Moore.)

Contrary to what you might think, Satan's Triangle is not some vague area over Washington, D.C., rather, it's a 1975 ABC Movie of the Week starring Kim Novak and Doug McClure. According to Paul at Drunk TV, it's a dark, dark thriller that still holds up, and if it's even nearly as entertaining as his writeup of it, that's saying a lot.

At Comfort TV, David ponders one of the most popular genres of television episodes: the class reunion.  I suppose everyone can identify with the hopes and fears we had when we were that age. Unlike David, I've never been to one of mine, which would entail returning to the World's Worst Town™, where my hope was to get out alive, and my fear was that I'd wind up back there some day. (Thankfully, no.)

There's still another week or so to go in the month, which means plenty of time to catch up with Christmas in July at Christmas TV History. Today, Joanna's look at movies influenced by It's a Wonderful Life continues with Richie Rich's Christmas Wish, of which I confess I have no memory. Be sure to check out previous entries in the series.

We'll digress from television for a moment to visit Classic Film & TV Café, where this week's film is more intriguing than classic, but isn't Jeanne Moreau classic enough for you? It's Rick's review of Elevator to the Gallows, which sounds like a Camus novel but is, in fact, the premiere effort of director Louis Malle, and if it could have been better, it still could be worth a look.

At Shadow & Substance, Paul revisits the Night Gallery episode "A Death in the Family," with E.G. Marshall as a most disturbing undertaker. A la Jack's Hitchcock Project, Paul takes a look at the original short story that spawned the teleplay, which comes to us courtesy of Rod Serling.

And finally, at The Hits Just Keep On Comin', a late notice of JB's blog anniversary, featuring some of his best of the past year. Eighteen years—boy, that's a long time. And yet, the hits keep on coming. He might be too modest to say that, so I will. TV  

1 comment:

  1. I was this many years old when I discovered a prolific actress named Mary Tyler Moore. Blush.


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