Archive for May, 2015
Take a sweet, innocent, and wide-eyed young woman from the Midwest and put her in an encounter with three men. One is fairly wooden, showing emotions rarely. One does not have much in the way of intelligence, common sense, or decorum. One growls a lot, but is rather cowardly in certain instances.
With a final scene that rivals Bob Newhart waking up in bed with Suzanne Pleshette in Newhart, Hawkeye leaving the 4077th by helicopter and seeing that B.J. used rocks to spell out the word “Goodbye” in M*A*S*H, and the deaths of the major characters in Six Feet Under, Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men finale ended an opus that showed how the 1950s turned into the 1960s, using advertising as a foundation.
In the 1980s, NBC’s peacock rose like a phoenix after startling programming disasters, including Pink Lady and Jeff, Supertrain, and the departure of the original Not Ready for Prime Time cast of Saturday Night Live. Under programming guru Brandon Tartikoff and his lieutenants, Warren Littlefield and Jeff Sagansky, NBC achieved prominence, success, and distinction.
ER debuted in 1994 on NBC, trouncing every thing in its path. Like Mickey Mantle on a baseball diamond, Michael Jordan on a basketball court, or Wayne Gretzky on the ice, ER dominated the competition. And a familiar, if not famous, actor found his breakout role.
CSI, after 15 years, has been canceled. William Petersen starred in the show about Crime Scene Investigators in Las Vegas from its debut in 2000 until 2008 as Gil Grissom, the lead investigator of the night shift. Grissom was fascinated by the different aspects of solving a crime. Without judgment, he took a pure observer’s role in his investigations.
In the summer of 2007, HBO aired The Ghosts of Flatbush, a documentary about one baseball’s most beloved teams. The Brooklyn Dodgers. This two-part documentary drilled into the passion, celebrity, and heartbreak surrounding the team that gave the borough an emotional anchor.
The Ghosts of Flatbush told the story of the Brooklyn Dodgers through interviews with players, reporters, and fans.
Aaron Spelling, the television producer who injected fantasy into ABC’s prime time lineup in the 1970s and the 1980s, created Hotel, based on the 1965 novel of the same name by Arthur Hailey. Where Hailey’s novel took place in New Orleans, Spelling’s version took place in San Francisco.