Peyton Place, that puritanical New England hot-bed of sex, scandal, class conflict, repressed emotions, and tasteful suffering, is back! Continue reading ‘Peyton Place’ (Part 3): 9 years later, DVD releases resume!
Well, maybe more like Getting Close to Getting Gotti…but no cigar from the Teflon Don. Continue reading ‘Getting Gotti’ (1994): Gambino crime boss gets ’90s TV treatment
All the talk this week about the 40th anniversary of Dallas’s debut got me thinking about one of the many pretenders to its prime time network soap opera throne—NBC’s The Yellow Rose—right before I saw word this morning that actress Susan Anspach had just passed. She was quite good in this expensive, all-star outing from NBC, so in memory of Miss Anspach, let’s look back at The Yellow Rose. Continue reading ‘The Yellow Rose’: 80s primetime soap could have been a contender
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of Dallas, the CBS prime time soap opera that ran for 14 seasons, including the second-most watched series episode in U.S. broadcast history (the cliffhanger-solving Who Done It?, with at least 90 million viewers), and gave television its hands-down greatest villain: actor Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing, the evil, scheming, downright degenerate Texas oilman who captivated the imaginations of America’s last unified TV viewing audience. Continue reading ‘Dallas’ (Season 1): 5 episodes & a BBQ – a taste of what’s to come
“This is the continuing story of Peyton Place….”
Ah, yes…round two of the original Dynasty: the bastard child of night-time super-soap Dallas.
Classic TV fans will no doubt want to cut a slice of birthday cake today for Stephen J. Cannell, the prolific creator of such muscular, iconic tube fare as The Rockford Files, Baretta, Baa Baa Black Sheep, The A-Team, Riptide, and 21 Jump Street. For a birthday treat, let’s look at the first season of Cannell’s critically acclaimed cop/mob series, Wiseguy.