Live From New York

Saturday Night Live has been a gateway to movie stardom for several cast members.  Animal House, Caddyshack, Beverly Hills Cop, Wayne’s World, Stripes, Meatballs, Foul Play, Mean Girls, Tommy Boy, Anchorman, Ghostbusters, Scrooged, and the Austin Powers trilogy,...

The Height Plight of Warren Coolidge

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...

Jim Rockford, Meet Richie Brockelman

Some television spinoffs do very well. Frasier. Laverne & Shirley. The Jeffersons. Others, not so much. Joey. Models Inc. Richie Brockelman, Private Eye. A spinoff of NBC’s The Rockford Files starring James Garner, Richie Brockelman, Private Eye starred...

When Gilligan Got Rescued

Gilligan’s Island aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967, giving television viewers a weekly escape to an oasis where silliness reigned.  About 1o years after leaving prime time, Gilligan’s Island resurfaced, thanks to creator Sherwood Schwartz pondering the fates...

Boyington and the Black Sheep

The Flying Misfits was a 1976 NBC tv-movie loosely based on the World War II exploits of Marine pilot ace Greg Boyington.  Stephen J. Cannell wrote the script, taking liberties with the story featuring Robert Conrad as Boyington. Based on Baa Baa Black Sheep,...