Archive for April, 2015

King for a Night

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

RemingtonRobert DeNiro, a mafia movie icon thanks to roles in CasinoGoodfellas, and The Godfather, Part II, played against type in the early 1980s dark comedy film King of Comedy.  He turns 180 degrees in his portrayal of Rupert Pupkin, a nebbishy, aspiring, and ineffective comedian from New Jersey.  Pupkin idolizes late night talk show host Jerry Langford, played by Jerry Lewis.  Indeed, Pupkin yearns for a shot at stardom on The Jerry Langford Show.

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From Gentleman Farmer to Nasty Warden

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

RemingtonToday is Earth Day, so designated on April 22nd to honor a pioneer in the environmental movement.  April 22nd is Eddie Albert’s birthday.  The first Earth Day occurred in 1970.

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The Height Plight of Warren Coolidge

Friday, April 17th, 2015

RemingtonA lesson about being thankful for individuality is embodied in BMOC, an episode of The White Shadow.  The episode’s title is, of course, an acronym for the phrase Big Man on Campus.  It accurately describes Warren Coolidge, the star center for the Carver High School basketball team, the focus of The White Shadow, a CBS show that aired in prime time from 1978 to 1981.  The White Shadow revolved around a white ex-NBA player coaching a team composed of minorities.

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Jim Rockford, Meet Richie Brockelman

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

RemingtonSome television spinoffs do very well.

Frasier.

Laverne & Shirley.

The Jeffersons.

Others, not so much.

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Cesar Romero

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

RemingtonIn the 1989 movie Batman, Jack Nicholson brought his trademark sarcasm to the role of the Joker, perhaps Batman’s greatest foe.  Nearly 20 years later, Heath Ledger inhabited the role, giving a performance of a diabolical, insane, delusional villain.

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Famous Friends of Oscar and Felix

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

RemingtonDuring the run of The Odd Couple on ABC from 1970 to 1975, celebrities played themselves as they graced the adventures of Oscar Madison, famous sports writer for The New York Herald and Felix Unger, photographer boasting portraits a specialty.

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Stern and Stars

Friday, April 10th, 2015

RemingtonThe 1997 movie Private Parts, based on Howard Stern’s autobiography of the same name, has fairly rich television connections.

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Of Frolic and Festivus

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

On May 14, 1998, Seinfeld ended its dominant run in prime time.

We said goodbye to puffy shirts, Kramerica Industries, and Newman.

We said goodbye to Uncle Leo, Festivus, and doing the opposite.

We said goodbye to Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer.

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Pembleton, Bayliss et. al.

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

RemingtonIn the 1990s, NBC dominated with a powerful lineup of programs, including SeinfeldFriends, and ER.  Homicide:  Life on the Street, while overflowing with quality scripts, story lines, and actors, did not bathe in the glitz factor of NBC’s other shows.  Still, it lasted seven years, airing from 1993 to 1999.

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