Robert DeNiro, a mafia movie icon thanks to roles in Casino, Goodfellas, 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.
Archive for April, 2015
A 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.
Laverne & Shirley.
Others, not so much.
In 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.
During 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.
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.
In the 1990s, NBC dominated with a powerful lineup of programs, including Seinfeld, Friends, 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.