Tennessee Tuxedo and educational TV in the 1960’s

There was once a time, way back in the 1960’s, when kids would get up at the crack of dawn on Saturday mornings, pour themselves an extra-sized bowl of Frosted Flakes or Froot Loops, go in the living room, and plop in front of the television for a good five or six hours.  Parents could…

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How the Cowsills almost became the Partridge Family

At one point in time, you’ve probably heard the Cowsills on your oldies radio station.  They were a fresh-scrubbed, clean-cut family from Rhode Island who eventually broke through with a series of “sunshine pop” hits.  Of course you know one of their biggest songs, “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things,” don’t you? And you…

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Wait, Gordon Ramsay can swear like George Carlin?

During my self-imposed quarantine / sequester / whatever the hell we’re calling COVID-19 avoidance these days, I’ve been streaming through a lot of different television options on my Apple TV service.  One of these options is the Tubi channel, which has a mixture of TV shows, movies and documentaries.  Some of the offerings are worth…

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Could the new Snowpiercer TV series be the one that breaks the jinx?

Six years ago, I enjoyed Bong Joon-Ho’s monster sci-fi movie Snowpiercer.  It was a waycool drama about class struggle in a dystopian society, where the last remaining survivors of Earth live on a train that travels through the winter wastelands.  I mean, look at this lineup.  John Hurt.  Chris Evans.  Tilda Swinton.  That’s an A-list…

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Don’t F**k With Cats is the creepiest documentary I’ve ever seen

Warning: Today’s blog describes a television documentary that is extremely disturbing and horrifying.  Reader discretion is advised. Yesterday, I sat through the first of three episodes of a Netflix documentary called Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer.  I don’t know if I”ll make it through the other two episodes.  It’s grisly and disturbing,…

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It’s Adam Adamant Lives! – and it borrows from EVERYWHERE!!

Follow me on this. In 1902, a swashbuckling “gentleman’s gentleman” is captured by a malevolent villain, and is placed by his mortal enemy in suspended animation.  He wakes up in 1966 London, where his skills as a swordsman and champion of justice are used to fight crime. Oh, and he swings a mean-ass cane-sword. Allow…

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I need to stop watching TLC shows …

Update.  As I am still homebound and unable to put weight on this surgically-repaired ankle, I’m trying to keep my spirits up by watching various television shows, whether they’re network, or basic cable, or streaming shows. So far I’ve found a decent mix … but it’s been a hit-and-miss prospect. For example, I’ve been catching…

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Pushing Daisies – the great show that never got a fair shake

I’m not really a person for fantastical drama – the shows where you mix high comedy and fantasy and romance together.  Mostly because when there actually WAS a decent fantastical drama out there, it was subsequently murdered by forces not of its own making. That show was called Pushing Daisies. Yes, I can sense that…

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