February 9, 2024

Around the dial

We'll begin this week's review at Comfort TV, where David's journey through 1970s TV takes him (and us) to Thursday, 1973: The Waltons, Kung-Fu, Ironside, The Streets of San Francisco and more. A very interesting night of TV.

At the Broadcast Archives, a two-page layout for an NBC promotional piece (probably NBC Star Time or one of those magazines they used to put out for the new season) bills NBC in 1962 as "A pageant of the past, the promise of the future." Isn't that a great tag line?

The Hitchcock Project continues apace at bare•bones e-zine, with Jack dissecting the Irving Elman-penned episode "Murder Me Twice," a fourth-season story with a twist ending on the twist ending that appeared in the original short story (and which I preferred, to be honest). See what you think!

One of the stranger, i.e. more illogical, episodes of The Prisoner is "It's Your Funeral," but that doesn't stop John from applying to it the continuing theory that Number 6 is a plant, in his latest installment at Cult TV Blog. It reminds me I have to rewatch Danger Man soon, as a warmup to The Prisoner.

At Realweegiemidget, Gill announces the latest blogathon, the "Mismatched Couples Blogathon," in which we look at movies and TV shows featuring odd couples that have been paired together. This one sounds like fun, and I'll have to think it over. Any suggestions, readers?

Linda Cristal will be well-remembered by anyone who watched The High Chaparral back in the day, and in his latest "Seven Things to Know" feature at Classic Film & TV Café, Rick gives us a deeper look at the life and times of this vivacious star.

At Drunk TV, Paul gives us a pleasing alternative to the Super Bowl: the 1981 telemovie, The Oklahoma City Dolls, perhaps one of the greatest women-playing-football movies around. I don't know how large that genre is, but this still has to be at the top of the list. 

Terence remembers Don Murray, who died last week at age 94, at A Shroud of Thoughts. He had a long and varied career, and is probably best-remembered for the movie Bus Stop and the TV series Knots Landing, but I'm very glad he was still around to feature in Twin Peaks: The Return.

The View from the Junkyard focuses on The Avengers episode "Murdersville," an episode that, writes Roger, shows us "beauty and horror" hidden in a sleepy village. Frankly, I've yet to see many small towns on television that weren't oozing with some kind of evil lurking in the shadows!

It's the 60th anniversary of The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show; can it really be that long ago? Garry Berman is flashing back to that moment this week with a trio of articles on the subject; part one, the Beatles on NYC radio, can be found here.

Finally, I don't often step outside the bounds of television here, and I hardly ever do so with this feature, but indulge me for a moment. Those of you who used to read In Other Words, the culture blog that I used to run (and may revive someday if I need something else to do) might remember the feature "This Just In," an outrageous news satire reminiscent of the things you read at The Onion and The Babylon Bee. Many of those pieces were the brainchild of Steve Harris, aka Hadleyblogger Steve, who not only has a keen and bizarre sense of humor but is also a gifted writer. He has a new book available for pre-order, Dads Like Us: A Survival Guide for Fathers Raising a Child with Disabilities—a topic with which Steve has first-hand experience. If you're living in this kind of situation, or know someone who is, I recommend you get this book. I promise you, you'll be glad you did. TV 


  1. Hi there, thanks for the mention... did you enter the blogathon??. DM me with your choice via my blog as a Mitchell has entered and not sure if its you- will know with your DM!

  2. Thanks, Mitchell! Interesting that you preferred the story to the show.

    1. They were both good, but there's always some satisfaction in seeing the law catch up to someone guilty!

  3. Thanks for the mention Mitchell and looking forward to your entry!


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