Holy crap, Amazing Stories is coming back!

1985 was the year of the television anthology series.  CBS brought back their second iteration of The Twilight Zone, while NBC resurrected Alfred Hitchcock Presents.  But NBC also had another anthology series in the mix – a show called Amazing Stories. Each self-contained show featured drama, fantasy, horror, science fiction and excitement.  It was a…

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Before CSI and Quincy, there was Wojeck

I’m going to introduce you to a very gritty 1960’s procedural drama series.  It tells the story of a medical examiner who works with the police in solving murders. And if you’re a fan of CSI or Quincy, or even more regional shows like Da Vinci’s Inquest or the like, you’ll find many of the…

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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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So much for the evolution of Harley Quinn

So … I actually looked forward to seeing the new DC Universe streaming animated series Harley Quinn.  I realize that with a subscription service, you can air programs with more “adult” content to them – language, for example – that you can’t do on Saturday morning network TV.  I’ve seen examples of this in the…

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The PBS children’s shows that make me feel nostalgic again

When you’re 56 years old (like me), or you’re feeling like you’re 56 years old (again, like me), you tend to reminisce about your childhood.  And I’ve done this on more than one occasion. Today, I’m going to reminisce about some of the great children’s TV shows I used to watch WAAAAAY back in the…

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“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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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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