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DVR-TiVo-Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy-alert!

I apologize for not catching this sooner, but if you’re fortunate enough to receive TCM on Demand, you can treat yourself to the great comedy two-reeler Nurse to You! (1935) starring TDOY fave Charley Chase for a limited time (TCM’ll snatch it off their On Demand schedule July 4th). This is not only one of my favorite Chase sound shorts,… Continue reading DVR-TiVo-Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy-alert!

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Stuff You Should Know · Television

R.I.P, Fred Travalena

The benign figure in the photograph above—for those of you who have not made his acquaintance—is Bill Crider...author, blogger, connoisseur of fine monster movie/serial trailers and on occasion, crotchety old man. (Yes, the one I crack all the “You kids get offa my lawn” jokes about.) I’ve never met Bill in person, but I consider him a… Continue reading R.I.P, Fred Travalena

Stuff You Should Know · Television

“Bigger. Better. Faster. Cheaper.”

This article (“Neality TV”) mentioned over at RGJ’s Television Obscurities piqued my interest this week—it talks about broadcasting impresario Neal Sabin, the mastermind behind Me-TV and Me, Too…which many individuals lucky to receive the two channels have either e-mailed or commented to me that it’s everything the once-proud TV Land used to be. Sabin describes his childhood fascination with television, which sounds… Continue reading “Bigger. Better. Faster. Cheaper.”

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R.I.P. Farrah and Jacko

When you’ve spent the better part of your day watching Budd Boetticher films on Turner Classic Movies, sometimes you tend to miss the important things in life. Like the news of Farrah Fawcett’s passing at the age of 62 from cancer, or the bulletin announced a few hours ago that the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, died of… Continue reading R.I.P. Farrah and Jacko

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“Heeeeyyyyyooooo!!!”

Several of my esteemed blogging colleagues have already posted their farewells to actor-announcer-Carson sidekick Ed McMahon, who’s gone on to his rich reward at the age of 86. (I encourage you to check out these tributes by Ed Copeland, Tony Figueroa, J. Kingston Pierce…and though he hasn’t put anything up yet as of this writing, I’m sure Mark Evanier will weigh in… Continue reading “Heeeeyyyyyooooo!!!”

Stuff You Should Know · Television

Best of the West

I passed this along to Bill Crider yesterday via e-mail, and in turn he posted it as an item on his mega-popular Pop Culture Blog. He gave TDOY generous credit for the finding, but I must come clean and shift the kudos to RGJ at Television Obscurities, which is rapidly becoming one of my favorite vintage television blogs. In a nutshell, the Western Writers of… Continue reading Best of the West