When I heard recently that actor Richard Hatch had died of pancreatic cancer, my thoughts went immediately not to his time on Battlestar Galactica (arguably his main claim to fame for most casual audiences), but rather to his fine performance in EMI Entertainment’s Deadman’s Curve: The Story of Jan and Dean, a made-for-TV movie biopic of the influential “surf rock” duo that aired on February 3rd, 1978 to big, big ratings for the CBS television network (ask your grandparents what “CBS” and “television” are, kids). Continue reading ‘Deadman’s Curve: The Story of Jan and Dean’ (1978): A true rock tragedy
Did You Know: The Naked Gun movies actually began life as a revival of a short-lived ABC TV series? Continue reading ‘Police Squad!’: Six 30-minute Naked Guns
A guilty pleasure that leaves you wanting more than the less-than-30-minute run time of the episodes. Then again, that could be what makes it work. Continue reading ‘Californication’ (Season 1): Adults fail at adulting
Charming, formulaic, not-quite-a-Cheers-spinoff that gradually gets better following a short 6-episode first season. Continue reading ‘Wings’ (Seasons 1 & 2): Bridging ’80s & ’90s situation comedy
Turns out, this is your grandmother’s soap.
The 3-disc DVD release of The Royals: The Complete First Season from Lionsgate shows that you can indeed go back to the nighttime soap well for more fun, albeit in smaller doses. Continue reading ‘The Royals’ (Season 1): E!’s throwback to an earlier era