My “Beauty and the Beast” recites poetry in New York City.

Last week I played this game of “Spectrum Roulette,” where I went through all the cable channels on the upper band of my Spectrum cable service. You know, the ones that just show vintage TV series and the like – GET TV, ME TV, COMET TV, etc. Oh, the Decades channel is running one of…

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There’s no Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown…

I can remember a time when there were Peanuts TV specials that aired in prime time. They were special events. They were must-see television, especially for kids like me. You know, the one where Charlie Brown makes a Thanksgiving feast out of popcorn and toast, so that he and Sally and Peppermint Patty and Marcie…

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Star Trek: Discovery is my protest show

For me, this began two years ago. During the Super Bowl. I had no interest in watching the Patriots and the Eagles – there was no impetus for me to sit there and watch Tom Brady get another NFL championship, and the Eagles weren’t exactly my cup of tea either. But there was a new…

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Hey Spectrum, bring back the El Rey Network NOW!!

Here’s what happened. I was looking for something to watch one night, and that meant a game of cable box roulette – scroll up the dial until something catches my attention, whether it be the Alaskan railroad show on National Geographic, or a Bar Rescue episode on Paramount Network that I’ve only seen about 20…

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I finished watching Star Trek: Lower Decks and…

This morning, I finished watching the final episode of the first 10-episode season of Star Trek: Lower Decks, the animated entry into the Star Trek universe. It’s one of those Star Trek entries that CBS: All Access has been running for the past three years, including their flagship Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard…

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Come on, 2020, don’t take The Venture Bros. away, too…

I saw the tweet from series co-creator Jackson Publick, and it caught me with a punch in the guts. Unfortunately, it’s true: #VentureBros has been canceled. We got the highly disappointing news a few months ago, while we were writing what would have been season 8. We thank you, our amazing fans, for 17 years…

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Steve Bannon needs to watch Saturday morning cartoons

In the past few days, four men – including Donald Trump’s political advisor Steve Bannon – were indicted on charges of money-laundering and wire fraud, in connection with a plan to fund construction of Trump’s border wall with crowd-sourced funds.  You remember this, right?  When Trump couldn’t get the funding he wanted for his vanity…

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Countdown – the game show of spelling, math, and whoopsies

I stumbled across this TV game show some time ago, it was an attempt by a British company to export their game shows online as playable entertainment.  The show was called Countdown, and apparently it’s one of the longest-running British game shows out there. Essentially, the game of Countdown involves letters and numbers, as you…

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How about supporting the championship work of Ken Screven today?

You know him from his years as WRGB’s top on-camera reporter.  He’s interviewed everyone from governors and mayors to average citizens.  And even in retirement, he has stood up for the rights of the LGBTQ nation. And with that, Ken Screven will be honored and feted by the Albany Damien Center, and will receive the…

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I’ve got a Dirty Pair to show you…

I do enjoy watching anime.  But my initial forays into anime involved watching American-dubbed and American-edited versions of such Japanese TV shows as Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers), Mach Go Go Go (Speed Racer), and Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets). So one day, back when the Thruway Inn in Albany was hosting a sci-fi convention…

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