Posts Tagged ‘TV’

Jerry Lewis, RIP

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Comedian, actor and director Jerry Lewis has died at age 91.

It’s hard to evaluate the work of someone who absolutely dominated their field for an extended period of time and then almost immediately went out of fashion. Lewis was far and away the most successful comic actor of mid-century America, appearing in an extremely successful series of movies with Dean Martin, then having a successful solo career as both a actor and director.

But after The Nutty Professor, it was a long, long slide. Between 1963 and 1980, you had Rowen & Martins Laugh-In, Lenny Bruce, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Richard Pryor, Saturday Night Live and Robin Williams, yet in Hardly Working (intended as a “comeback” film), Lewis was doing the same tried physical shtick. (Roger Ebert called it “one of the worst movies ever to achieve commercial release in this country.”) In between he directed the amazingly ill-conceived and incomplete The Day the Clown Cried, about a clown (Lewis) entertaining children on the way to the gas chamber in Auschwitz. Surviving footage suggests it is every bit as awful and cringe-worthy as you’d imagine.

In the meantime, he taught an acclaimed directing class at USC attended by (among others) George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and was a familiar face for decades of television viewers for his Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon. And he turned in the occasional fine dramatic performance, such as in The King of Comedy.

For someone who smoked as much as he did, had as many health issues, and battled prescription drug abuse, 91 is a very rip old age indeed.

Here’s a very early footage of Lewis and Martin from what I think may be the very first MDA telethon:

Here he is making his appearance as nutty professor alter ego Buddy Love:

And here’s a long, interesting piece on Lewis I linked to once before.

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Trailer

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

It would be remiss of me not to share this…

Premiering on SyFy August 6.

Joel Hodgson on Letterman

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Here’s a blast from the past: A young Joel Hodgson appearing on David Letterman before creating Mystery Science Theater 3000.

No wonder Letterman had him on: they both share some of the same goofy Midwestern sense of humor…

Someone Owes Sterling Archer an Apology

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Blimp catches fire and crashes at the U.S. open.

Now let me apologize for even mentioning golf…

Adam West, RIP

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Adam West, star of the 1960s TV Batman and later a voice actor playing a lunatic version of himself as Mayor Adam West on Family Guy, has died at age 88.

Though far from my favorite version of the character, the TV Batman was silly fun.

Mainly this post is just an excuse to throw up a few random videos:

Paste Magazine Ranks Every MST3K Episode (And Declares War on Your Browser)

Friday, April 14th, 2017

With the new MST3K reboot dropping today, Paste Magazine ranked every episode of MST3K on one ginormous page that reportedly crashes Chrome.

I don’t agree with all their rankings (Manos: The Hands of Fate is much too low), but they’re generally in the ballpark.

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: