December 1, 2023

Around the dial

At Cult TV Blog, John looks at the late 1980s American series Max Headroom, and the prescient episode "Blanks," and how it does a pretty good job of predicting the kind of world we live in today. The episode echoes several points I've made in my "Descent into Hell" series, and John does a very good job of distilling things.

A new occasional feature debuts this week at Comfort TV, as David reviews his 50 favorite classic TV characters, beginning with Hayden Rorke's portrayal of Dr. Alfred Bellows in I Dream of Jeannie—the man who knows something crazy is happening, but looks like a fool when he points it out. Not unlike our times today. 

At the Broadcast Archives, take a look at one of the most unusual ways to display the end credits ever seen on television: from the children's show Big Top

Andrew Solt's second script for Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "The Legacy," is the topic of Jack's Hitchcock Project this week at bare•bones e-zine. It's a love story with a very successful twist, starring Jacques Bergerac, Leora Dana, and Ralph Clanton.

It's movie review time at Classic Film & TV Café, and one of the movies Rick looks at is The V.I.P.s, a movie I've seen mentioned a time or three in various TV Guides. And what a cast—Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Louis Jourdan, Rod Taylor, Maggie Smith, Orson Welles, and Margaret Rutherford, who took home a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work.

At The View from the Junkyard, Mike looks at the Star Trek animated series episode "The Terratin Incident," which takes full advantage of the difference between live action and animation to present a story of what happens when the crew is shrunk in size and have to figure out what to do to survive.

Perhaps I'm just making up for my critique of today's Christmas movies, but I rather liked Terence's story at A Shroud of Thoughts detailing TCM's Christmas movie selection for this month. They're not all favorites, but with a mix of romance, murder, cynicism, satire, comedy, and drama, it's a durn sight better than what they're making now.

Finally, at Splice Today, Tom DiVenti says, "There's nothing better than good ol' television," and tells a story I can readily identify with—and I'm sure many of you would agree! TV  

1 comment:

Thanks for writing! Drive safely!