Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

Joan Jett Covers the Mary Tyler Moore Theme Song

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore, RIP.

In way of remembrance, here’s Joan jett covering the theme to the Mary Tyler Moore Show (“Love is All Around”) live on Letterman.

It was either that or the entirety of the “It May look Like A Walnut” episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show

Every Homer Simpson “D’oh!”

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

At least up through season 20…

TV Horrors: The Phoenix

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

If you were trying to construct The Most Painfully 1970s SF TV Show Ever, you might come up with The Phoenix, and never mind that it debuted in 1981.

I mean, look at the intro footage, and tell me it doesn’t reek of the 1970s:

I mean, ancient astronauts, pyramid power, ESP, big medallions and feathered hair! How much more 70s can you get?

This arrived after my “I’ll Watch Any Damn SF/F/H Show On TV” phase, and it actually came and went so quickly (only five episodes aired, including the pilot) I wasn’t even aware of it.

Someone has put up a fairly crappy quality video of the complete pilot:

Hope you like flute music. The writing isn’t very good, but Judson Scott (who I remember best as Khan’s second-in-command) is surprisingly tolerable as Hunky McSunAlien.

For more on similar subject, see Decade of Weirdness: The 1970s and Retro TV Memories: The Fantastic Journey.

Holy Fark: They’re Making a TV Series of Candle Cove

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

That was my reaction upon reading this.

In fact, making is probably the wrong word, since it evidently premiered on SyFy tonight. (I’ve been busy.)

If you hadn’t heard of it before, it’s a Creepy Pasta about a obscure kid’s TV marionette show, except most kid’s shows don’t have characters like “The Skintaker.” And naturally, kid’s remember how creepy it was, but parents only remember them watching static.

Here’s a trailer:

And here’s someone’s interpretation of the imaginary show’s imaginary theme music:

Six Degrees of Marty Feldman

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Probably because I was searching for various clips following Gene Wilder’s death, this video about Marty Feldman’s life came up on YouTube. I thought I’d see a few minutes of it and actually ended up watching the whole thing.

Here in the U.S. Feldman is probably know mainly for appearing in Young Frankenstein, but in the UK he was revered as a radio and TV comic writing and performing genius who held his own working with many of the people who would later form Monty Python. Indeed, Feldman co-wrote the famous “Four Yorkshiremen” skit Python would later adopt as their own, and when Python first went on the air, Feldman was staring in his own Marty show on the BBC.

It’s worth a watch.

Library Addition: 4 Signed George Alex Effinger Planet of the Apes PBOs

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

I knew George Alec Effinger and had collected most (but not all) of the books before his untimely death in 2002. His four Planet of the Ape books (based on the short-lived live-action CBS TV show) were among the ones I lacked. (Media tie-in works are something I only pick up when they’re incredibly cheap, or when I’ve already picked up everything else.) These four are all from the estate of Fred Duarte.

  • Effinger, George Alec. Planet of the Apes 1: Man the Fugitive. Award 1974. First edition paperback original, a Near Fine- copy with light reading creases, wear, and slight rubbing (and the usual age-darkening to pages). Inscribed to Fred by Effinger.
  • Effinger, George Alec. Planet of the Apes 2: Escape To Tomorrow. Award, 1975. First edition paperback original, a Near Fine copy with light wear (and the usual age-darkening to pages). Inscribed to Fred by Effinger.
  • Effinger, George Alec. Planet of the Apes 3: Journey Into Terror. Award, 1975. First edition paperback original, a Fine- copy with very slight subbing (with usual age-darkening to pages). Inscribed to Fred by Effinger.
  • Effinger, George Alec. Planet of the Apes 4: Lord of the Apes. Award 1976.First edition paperback original, a Near Fine copy with light reading creases and wear (and the usual age-darkening to pages). Inscribed to Fred by Effinger.
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    MST3K Live Reunion Concert June 28

    Monday, June 27th, 2016

    There’s going to be a live MST3K Reunion concert simulcast across the country tomorrow (June 28). Here’s Mike Nelson and company to explain:

    You might still be able to get tickets.

    “A Great Artistic Endeavor”

    Friday, December 18th, 2015

    What’s a great artistic endeavor? Why that would be The Star Wars Holiday Special! Or at least the artistic challenge of same, in the eyes of one of the writers, namely the difficulty on writing for wookies to seal-honk inscrutably to each other for 20 minutes.

    Also: Suspicions confirmed!

    All right, so at this point, I’m going to quote The Onion’s A.V. Club, who wrote about the show — this is a quote — “I’m not convinced the special wasn’t ultimately written and directed by a sentient bag of cocaine.”

    Is that what was going on with that scene?

    Bruce Vilanch: Well, there was a lot of that. Absolutely, yeah. I mean, it was 1977! I think after 40 years, probably the statute of limitations has run out, as well as the cocaine.

    Also this:

    “I know it’s one of the worst television shows of all time. And I’ve written… Listen, I wrote “Wayne Newton at Sea World.” So I know whereof I speak.”

    (More on The Star Wars Holiday Special.)

    Bring Back MST3K Biggest Video Kickstarter Ever

    Saturday, December 12th, 2015

    The final fundraising tally was $5,764,229, plus $600,000 in “add-ons.”

    Bring Back MST3K “became the most successful crowdfunded video project of all time, surpassing the Veronica Mars movie, which previously held the title with $5.7 million.”

    Joel Hodgson and his team did a masterful job generating momentum over the course of the kickstarter (Felicia Day! Jerry Seinfeld!). Now they’re going to make 14 new episodes, which wasn’t even a stretch goal when the started out.

    Now all we have to do is wait until November 2016…

    MST3K Kickstarter Hits $5.5 Million/12 Episodes

    Friday, December 11th, 2015

    It looks like I need not have worried. The Bring Back Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter has shattered the $5.5 million/12 episode barrier with less than an hour to go. The numbers keep flipping, but it was $5,697,311 when I checked just now. Add on the $425,000 add on funds, and it looks like they’ll do 13 episodes this season.

    And they still have 45 minutes to go…