Category Archives: TV

RIP: Clarence Williams III & Ned Beatty

These gentlemen were staples on both screens in the Seventies. Clarence got his start in the Sixties with the groundbreaking cop show The Mod Squad on ABC. Three undercover officers who were young enough looking to infiltrate evil gangs of Hippies … Continue reading

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The actual reality was a better show

As the legacy broadcast networks continue to sink into oblivion, they’ve all been pursuing cheap-ass programming to fill time. Fox’s favorite is moronic, celebrity game shows: the Masked Something with Bimbo Judges! NBC, not to be outdone by Murdoch’s vulgarity used … Continue reading

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1961: Newton Minnow gives his “Wasteland Speech”

This one is under the wire for the month for it happened on May 9, 1961; roughly four years into the new Kennedy administration, FCC Chairman Newton Minnow declares American TV a vast wasteland. Pretty funny given that there were … Continue reading

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RIP Gavin MacLeod

Gavin had quite a run as an actor! After many years as the writer Murray on The Mary Tyler Moore Show he landed a decade-long gig as Captain Stubing on The Love Boat. I do hope he took quite a vacation after … Continue reading

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RIP Paul Mooney

It has been a rough week in comedy since we lost the other master of the deadpan delivery and a pioneer in Comedy for the world, not just Black Americans. Paul was at Cap City a few years ago during … Continue reading

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RIP Billie Hayes

Best known as Witchiepoo on Sid & Marty Kroft’s breakout hit H R Puffenstuff but I recall she continued the role for a short-lived show starring the Bay City Rollers. I can confirm she starred alongside Margaret Hamilton (the witch from … Continue reading

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Caillou grew up and…

…remains the bane of parents!

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The Simpsons nailed it beyond my expectations

You know you’re doing something right/well when it really, really pisses off the object of ridicule. Sure, Morrissey is low-hanging fruit for my generation (Gen X) and he probably isn’t too well known by Mills and Gen Z, but he … Continue reading

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1981: Weird Al Yankovic’s National debut on TV!

Almost forgot to bring this up before I go to bed,  courtesy of the Weird One himself via Twitter! I never saw the original airing because it was on Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow show which I think came on at 11:30 PM … Continue reading

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RIP Felix Silla

One would rarely recognize the actor in public, but we all know the characters he played the years thanks to his diminutive height. In the Sixties, he was Cousin Itt on The Addams Family and the child ape who spotted Taylor … Continue reading

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RIP James Hampton

James was a Brian Dennehy character actor. You recognize his face. You remember him being in a couple movies and/or TV shows yet you can’t name the poor guy. And maybe that was just fine with James because he had … Continue reading

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RIP Anne Beatts

Anne is a name well-known to comedy nerds and maybe she rings a bell if you watched the Netflix movie A Futile and Stupid Gesture; she was portrayed by Natasha Lyonne. As per the movie, Anne got started as a writer … Continue reading

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How I miss Paul Lynde’s wit

April Fools’ Day is one of my favorite holidays! It provided musical inspiration too. Last year I whipped together some pretty bitchin’ Halloween and Xmas mixes which I hadn’t done in years. Now I pieced together my inaugural April Fools’ … Continue reading

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1991: Comedy Central “begins”

The name came several months later because there was already a channel called the Comedy Network in Canada. Leave it to the Executive Caste to overlook a simple detail before rebranding. However, the date is semi-historic as the two floundering … Continue reading

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RIP Jessica Walter

So sad to see Jessica go. Although many remember her best as the mean-ass matriarch from Arrested Development, she will always be the crazy, racist head of ISIS (Archer) and decades earlier, the obsessed fan in Play Misty for Me. Good thing she … Continue reading

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1981: Walter Cronkite retires from CBS News Hour

I grew up with him being a rather constant presence on TV, especially when visiting my Grandma’s house, preferred him over the competition…I think Barbara Wah Wah on ABC and John Chancellor/David Brinkley on NBC. Walter definitely had a pretty … Continue reading

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