“Calvin and the Colonel” – a kid’s cartoon with a shady past

I’m going to introduce you to a 1961 TV cartoon called Calvin and the Colonel.  The show only lasted one season – maybe it aired for about two months before it was pulled for low ratings. Yeah.  Not exactly groundbreaking television here.  The animation is definitely 1960’s-era “limited animation,” sort of along the lines of…

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When Ed Dague hosted Answers Please

This is a reprinted blog post from 2010, but since the passing of local television newscaster Ed Dague yesterday, I thought I’d share it in his memory and in his honor.  I hope you appreciate it. Let’s put it this way.  Ed Dague is one of the most dedicated, principled reporters the Capital District has…

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So … my first week with Disney+ …

I would definitely say I got more bang for my buck with Disney+.  And there were some surprises out there – things I wasn’t expecting to see on the new streaming service, f’rinstance. As promised, my first view on the new Disney+ service was the 1980’s movie Tron.   I mean, that was a given. But…

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Why baseball-themed dramas and comedies fail every time

There was a recent news article about plans to create a comedy-drama based on the 1980’s film A League of Their Own, the film about the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League of the 1940’s-50’s. The thing is, if it does go to series, and if it lasts longer than 13 episodes, it may be the…

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So I’m buying Disney+ … God help me …

I do this more than I should.  I hold out on getting involved with any new streaming video service, unless there’s something it has that I won’t find anywhere else.  Case in point – I signed up for the HBO NOW streaming service because I didn’t want to have to pay for additional bundles from…

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Beany and Cecil – the popular cartoon that was lost in time

I will forgive you if you’ve never heard of Beany and Cecil.  I totally understand.  Who today would remember a boy and his talking sea serpent? Even though, at one point in time, it was one of the most popular TV shows in the early medium. So first, let’s go back to 1949.  Animator Bob…

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The creepiest Halloween story may be the show Lambs of God

Are you familiar with the term “gothic horror”?  It’s a term used to describe literature and films which possess a religious, creepy overtone. You know – your average season of American Horror Story. Well, I may have found one of the creepiest graphic horror shows out there, and maybe – just maybe – it will…

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I wasn’t expecting to like Watchmen on HBO … but I do like it.

Let’s get something straight right now.  Watchmen is the greatest graphic novel of all time, I’ll fight you if you tell me otherwise.  Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ reinvention of the superhero genre, using characters based on material from the old Charlton Comics superhero line, completely subverted the whole superhero genre.  There was linear storytelling,…

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A good reason to brush your teeth – from the American Dental Association

I may have mentioned in the past that, as a young child, I spent summers at my Grandma Betty’s house in Boston, essentially getting a three-month reprieve from my parents and that toxic family situation.  Living in Boston meant that I could watch TV on special non-network channels like WKBG 56 and WSBK 38, both…

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Emergence S01E03 – I finally figured out where I’ve seen this type of show before!

Okay.  Three shows in and I’m finally getting some answers to this program. And they all wrap around Piper, this ten-year-old girl with the crazy powers. Recap. So far, this show has featured a police chief who finds a ten-year-old girl who survived a plane crash.  This kid has special telekinetic and electromagnetic powers, and…

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