Carl Reiner created The Dick Van Dyke Show as a parallel to his own life as a television comedy writer. Indeed, Reiner initially played the main character, Robert Petrie, in a failed television pilot.
Archive for April, 2013
A logical nexus can be drawn between the 1973 film American Graffiti and the television show Happy Days, ABC’s prime time juggernaut that debuted in 1974. Drive-In hamburger stand. Rock and Roll. Teenagers. Ron Howard.
Julie Newmar’s sex appeal as Catwoman on the 1960s television show Batman stemmed not only from a statuesque figure, a skin-tight outfit, and a beautiful visage. Newmar’s self-assuredness was a powerful force, too.
Ginger or Mary Ann? It’s a question that’s puzzled baby boomers and Generation Xers that watched Gilligan’s Island, a show that lasted three years on CBS (1964-67) and enjoyed a thriving life in reruns in the 1970s and 1980s.
Honey West only lasted the 1965-66 season on ABC, but it proved that a sexy, sassy, smart woman can be just as good a private detective as the guys from 77 Sunset Strip, Surfside Six, or Bourbon Street Beat.
42: The Jackie Robinson Story opens in theatres on Friday, April 12th. The date is appropriate — nearly 66 years to the day when Jackie Robinson made his official debut in Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947. He played, of course, for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Baseball has never been the same since. Thankfully.
Tarzan takeoffs conquered comic books. Naturally. When something is worth parodying or paralleling, it’s worth parodying or paralleling as much as possible. The comic book arena provided another platform for creators to capitalize on Tarzan’s popularity.