Tag Archives: TV Movies

‘Smile Jenny, You’re Dead’ (1974): Second pilot film leads to ‘Harry O’ series

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‘Payback’ (1997): Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner reunite

Good ‘ol Mare. I had to poke around all the way up into the 1990s to find a TV movie where Mary Tyler Moore is menaced (apparently she was too good to do cheap actioners during her series’ heyday…): ABC’s Payback, from 1997, with Fredric Lehne, Adam Scott, and guess who? ‘Ol Lou Grant!

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‘Night Terror’ (1977): Valerie Harper changes gears in tense suspenser

Next up on our hit list is Rhoda! Now, you can find Valerie Harper’s 1977 NBC made-for-TV movie, Night Terror, for sale on various public domain discs, but make sure you type in Night Drive, because somehow, somewhere, this spiffy, creepy little actioner was re-titled.

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‘Dying Room Only’ (1973): Cloris Leachman’s deadly vacation

Available through Warner Brothers’ Archive Collection (a real rarity, considering how few MTVs from this era have made it onto disc), ABC’s 1973 telemovie, Dying Room Only, directed by Philip Leacock, written by the master, Richard Matheson, and starring Cloris Leachman, Ned Beatty, Ross Martin, and Dabney Coleman, is a model of efficient, effective suspense.

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‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever’ (2014): Crappy Lifetime movie still making the rounds

Hey, who doesn’t like their Lifetime Christmas cat movies with child rape jokes thrown in?! I’m gonna take my time skinning this particular cat….

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‘The Year Without a Santa Claus’ (2006): Nominee for worst-ever Christmas movie

During this Christmas season, if you want your child to believe that the world is coming to an end from greed and indifference, and for him or her (or god forbid “ze” or “hir”) to think that Santa is an aggressive, violent, psychotic rageaholic with possible suicidal tendencies…then by all means, give them the gift of love and put 2006’s made-for-cable movie The Year Without a Santa Claus under the tree: certainly in the running for the worst Christmas movie ever made.

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