The return of the Twilight Zone – six years after I heard it was returning

Six years ago, I wrote a blog post about the return of a fifth iteration of the Twilight Zone, the Rod Serling-hosted anthology series of science fiction and fantasy. A quick recap.  The original Twilight Zone lasted for five seasons and received much acclaim.  The show was resurrected in 1985 as an hour-long CBS anthology…

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Monkeying around with Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp

This is what happens when I start reminiscing about my childhood and my affection for classic Saturday morning cartoon fare. One of the shows from those halcyon days – a show I watched a few times, but never really got hooked on – was Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp.  It was a live-action series – a…

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The Replacing of Max Headroom

It arrived in the mail the other day.  And boy was I happy. Max Headroom returned to my life. Max Headroom was a science fiction hour long drama that created a futuristic society based on television and information.  The show mixed action, drama and satire into an amazing melange.  I taped the episodes on my…

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Bird Box and the influences from The Twilight Zone and Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Okay.  I waited two weeks to finally watch the Netflix movie Bird Box, the horror film where a spreading virus / madness / airborne invasion attacks people into suicide – and to spread to others to convince them to commit suicide. If you’ve seen the film, you probably have an opinion as to what the…

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“Pure” – wait, they made an Amish Mafia drama series? In Canada?

Long time readers of my blog will remember when I used to hate-watch the Discovery Channel faux-docuseries Amish Mafia, a program about the clandestine machinations among the Pennsylvania Dutch Amish and Mennonite communities.  The show was silly, it was offensive, it was hilarious, it was blasphemous.  It was one of Discovery’s hottest shows, and then,…

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If The Littlest Angel were recast today…

This … without argument … was my favorite Christmas special back in the day.  It was a Hallmark Hall of Fame special from approximately 1968, and it starred a who’s who of television actors and personalities in a musical retelling of the story about a mischievous angel whose gifts on Earth become an integral part…

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One more episode of NBC’s Timeless … tonight

The show wasn’t supposed to survive its first season.  It was one of four different “time travel” shows to premier for the 2016-17 prime time TV season.  Two other dramas, Time After Time and Frequency, were based on successful theatrical releases; neither of those shows lasted past a few weeks.  Another time travel show, a…

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Some Star Trek stories to hold you over until the new Discovery season…

Last year, I got hooked on the new CBS All Access iteration of the classic Star Trek series, a show called Star Trek: Discovery.  The program had its quirks – the storty seemed more episodic rather than self-contained, some plotlines required an intense knowledge of Trekkie history, and the show’s characters – while themselves the…

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That surprise cameo in last night’s Murphy Brown return

Way back in ancient times – when my cable company was called Capital Cablevision and I had this device called a video cassette recorder to watch shows at a later time – I loved a TV show called Murphy Brown.  It starred Candice Bergen as a hard-driven but kind-hearted investigative reporter, who worked with a…

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