April 7, 2023

Around the dial

Something I miss about today's television is the demise of the made-for-TV movie. Sure, they're all over cable stations, especially at Christmastime (those we could do without), but I mean network movies like the ABC Movie of the Week. At Classic Film & TV Cafe, Rick lists seven classics from the good old days. And they're free to watch!

At Television's New Frontier: the 1960s, a look at the 1962 episodes of the single-season legal drama Sam Benedict, starring Oscar-winner Edmond O'Brien as the eponymous flamboyant defense attorney. This premieres in a few weeks on the Hadleyvision Monday night legal lineup, and I've been looking forward to it for some time.

It's the 300th episode of the Hitchcock Project at bare-bones e-zine, and this week Jack concludess his look at the scripts of Lou Rambeau with the 8th season story "Last Seeen Wearing Blue Jeans," which Jack considers a "poor" adaptation of Amber Dean's novel. Poor or not, it's worth checking out, as it always is.

At Cult TV Blog, John's been looking at shows from the 1980s; next up is The Kenny Everett Television Show, a bizarre comedy sketch show starring, need we say it, Kenny Everett. I'm not going to try and explain it any more than John does; just head on over and read it.

Ever wonder how that old Indian-head test pattern worked? Wonder no more; you can find out over at the Broadcast Archives

At A Shroud of Thoughts, Terence has been reviewing the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros., and part three takes us into WB's involvement with television, including those beloved detective shows and Westerns that we always talk about here.

That's it for this week; by the time this piece appears on the site, it will be Good Friday and I'll be out of here until Saturday. If you're celebrating Easter, have a joyous and prayerful weekend! TV  


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