DVD Tuesday: Nothing to Report

It’s another empty week for fans of classic television, with no notable DVD releases to report, although fans of FOX’s Parker Lewis Can’t Lose may be interested to know that the complete first season is now available. Also, a 1976 Canadian version of The Swiss Family Robinson — not the 1975 ABC version starring Martin … Continue Reading →

Updates to Blondie On Television

I’ve totally rewritten my article about Blondie on Television, having uncovered new details about not one but two early attempts to bring the comic strip to television. A pilot was produced between 1951 and 1953 starring Jeff Donnell and John Harvey but failed to turn into a series. Another pilot was produced in 1954 with … Continue Reading →

Gale Storm (1922-2009)

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Gale Storm, who starred in two sitcoms back-to-back during the 1950s, has passed away at the age of 87. She starred in My Little Margie from 1952 to 1955 and The Gale Storm Show (syndicated as Oh! Susanna) from 1956 to 1960. Prior to television, Storm appeared in … Continue Reading →

Nielsen Top Ten, April 3rd, 1967 -April 16th, 1967

Here are the Top Ten programs from the final two weeks (the 30th and 31st) of the 1966-1967 season according to the Nielsen ratings. I’m able to continue providing these lists thanks to a generous reader who would like to remain anonymous. Note that these aren’t the two-week combined NTI reports but the individual Top … Continue Reading →

Public Access Cable Television in New York City

One of the links listed in the Internet Movie Database‘s “Hit List” today is to this article at Moving Image Source (a project of the Museum of Moving Image). The article, written by Leah Churner, is titled “Out of the Vast Wasteland” and is actually the first of a two-part discussion of public access cable … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, Week of April 14th, 1940

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week beginning Sunday, April 14th, 1940. Of interest to me is “Stars of the Future,” an hour-long program “by juvenile performers,” with youngsters on the piano and the xylophone, tap dancing and acting. Plus, I’d love to know what a “futurachord” … Continue Reading →

Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009)

Years ago I used to comment fairly regularly on the deaths of actors and actresses famous for their work in television. But it got to the point where it was actually depressing. I didn’t mention Ed McMahon’s passing earlier this week, for example. He was just as much a television icon as Farrah Fawcett, who … Continue Reading →