Willingly watch a Lifetime movie? Are you out of your clucking mind?

It is a very, very rare moment when I will willingly sit in front of the TV set and watch a Lifetime motion picture. And by “willingly,” I mean by myself, with no one else in the room. Now, in the past, I have chosen to watch a Lifetime film. The biography of the Clark…

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The King Features Syndicate animated cartoon shows of the 1960’s

From the mid-1930’s to the late 1950’s, Paramount Studios, through first its Fleischer Studios and later Famous Studios companies, produced hundreds of animated episodes of Popeye the Sailor. The character was part of the King Features Syndicate of newspaper cartoon characters, and when new Popeye the Sailor cartoons were commissioned in the early 1960’s, King…

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Did Forged in Fire have a neo-Nazi as a contestant?

Yeah, I’ll admit it. I got hooked on the History Channel competition series Forged in Fire a few years ago. If you haven’t seen the show, think of it as Chopped with bladesmiths. Contestants are challenged to make specific types of knives in a short period of time, and then after the knives are tested…

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Werewolf – the Fox TV series that lasted longer than its concept demanded.

Back in 1987, the Fox television network put together a weekend broadcast package of nine different TV shows. Some of them lasted for years (Married … With Children, 21 Jump Street), others spawned shows that are still in production today (The Tracey Ullman Show helped spin off The Simpsons), while other programs died a quick,…

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East Side West Side – the TV show that was 55 years ahead of its time.

The show only aired on network television for one season, on CBS in 1963-64, and is largely forgotten. But if you ever see it… you will certainly remember the show. Welcome to East Side West Side, an extremely gritty drama about life in New York City, as told through the eyes of crusading social worker…

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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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