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  1. I've spent about 9 episodes of the new One Day at a Time telling myself the doctor couldn't be Ned Nyerson from Groundhog Day because the actor was dead. Apparently he isn't! Oops...

    1. Soapsuds


      I am enjoying the original one on Logo. So great to see episodes I haven't seen in years. BTW...has season 2 of the new ODAAT started? I haven't even finished watching Season 1.

    2. DRW50


      Not yet.

    3. MissLlanviewPA


      *Ryerson, actually. :) 

  2. @Khan was it you who said you thought the last season of Hart to Hart was terrible? If so, why?

    1. Khan


      Let's be honest: the basic premise of "Hart to Hart" -- a billionaire, his wife, their butler and dog "go and get involved/ 'til the mystery is solved" -- was total pablum.  But producer Mart Crowley lent the series a light, knowing touch that helped the ridiculous -- and I do mean ridiculous -- stories go down easier.  When he left before the start of the fifth and final season (to work on TV movies), he took that quality with him.  Or so I thought.  The stories seemed to be trying too hard to be clever; and the romantic interludes between the Harts, which had been the series' calling card, now felt more like afterthoughts.  The ones who replaced Crowley, the La Monds, Kasica & Scheff and Roos just didn't understand that we weren't watching the entire time for great mysteries (because, frankly, they never were) but for the unique, throwback chemistry among Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers and Lionel Stander (and, of course, "Freeway").

      Which is ANOTHER reason why I love "Murder, She Wrote" as much as I do.  Peter S. Fischer quit after the seventh season, but even though the next four seasons (one with David Moessinger as showrunner, the last three with Angela Lansbury herself) presented a less folksy, more modern show, they were smart enough NOT to tamper with what made the show so successful (namely, Jessica Fletcher and her inquisitive but non-judgmental nature) so that those seasons are enjoyable in their own right.

    2. DRW50


      Thanks. I agree with you. It did seem a bit desperate later on. What did you think of the TV movies? 

    3. Khan


      The first one was...okay.  It recaptured some, but not all, of the original series' magic.  (Honestly, I can't think of a reunion movie that DOES recapture that kind of feeling.)  But it was discombobulating for me to see Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers so much older (even if, chemistry-wise, they really hadn't missed a beat) and Lionel Stander so frail.  Moreover, without that old house of theirs (which they did away with by way of an explosion, IIRC, since those sets were long gone), it just felt like something was missing.


      Years ago, when they switched the reunion movies from NBC to another network, Stefanie Powers remarked that the move was, in fact, a good thing, since NBC kind of forced them into a more specific, murder mystery mode (in order to fit the Friday night sleuthing lineup) which, she said, had never really been their forte.  I didn't watch too many after the first movie, but having caught up on Cozi and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, I am inclined to agree with her.

      Speaking of, I wonder whatever became of the reboot?  Weren't they planning to bring back the series but with the Harts as a same-sex couple?  

  3. Just saw a mod on a private board I'm on bully and attack a poster and delete their material solely for liking a character they hated. Sometimes I take for granted how freeform SON is compared to a lot of boards out there.

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    2. DRW50


      It's not.

    3. ~bl~


      Was this a soap board or for another genre?

    4. DRW50
    1. DramatistDreamer


      I read that obit this morning and immediately went to You Tube. A phenomenal talent!

  4. RIP Chelsea Brown of Laugh in and cult movie fame. She also had a long career in Australia. http://www.metv.com/stories/rip-chelsea-brown-of-rowan-martins-laugh-in

  5. Ugh at Joss Whedon directing Batgirl. Another DC movie I won't be watching. I can't wait to see how many Whedon fanboys suddenly start loving DC movies because of a few generic quips and girl power buzzwords.

  6. I was listening to Work and the subtitles said "I dealt with you the nicest." I thought it was, "I dealt with you tonight, sis." I prefer my version...

  7. As if the world isn't strange enough, I read that Drake got a huge tattoo of Sade on his upper torso. Now I love Sade, but why do you want to be like that girl who got the Ian Beale tattoo?

  8. Happy Ryan's Hope Day everyone.

  9. I'm not sure if Prince William is having a long-delayed rebellion period or if he just doesn't GAF anymore, but this snubbing of royal duty to do "raise the roof" clubbing is hilarious. 


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    2. Cat


      This took me back to 90s clubbing and seeing high British dudes shuffle to the Chemical Brothers or Prodigy. 

    3. YRBB


      "dancing whatever is left of his hair off" LMAO!!!

    4. Soapsuds


      He made it on The View today!

  10. I don't know who this woman is but she certainly has the right idea about SNL. http://www.avclub.com/article/former-cast-member-noel-wells-glad-be-done-snl-252080

  11. Pretty good 1981 segment on growing popularity of arcades. 


  12. RIP Joni Sledge. 


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    2. Soapsuds


      Here it is....



    3. Soapsuds
    4. All My Shadows

      All My Shadows

      I love their biggest hits, but nothing beats their earlier stuff, like Love Don't Go Through No Changes and Circle of Love. I first heard those two songs on a Soul Train rerun and fell in love.

  13. I love this - Different World homage on ESPN. https://www.instagram.com/p/BReb9EqA002/?taken-by=themichaelsmith

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    2. SFK


      Lookalike.  That was really cute!  The white dude as Mr. Gaines, lol.

    3. All My Shadows

      All My Shadows

      Dawnn Lewis and Charnele Brown were my fave people on ADW.

    4. dragonflies


      I freaking love it!!!!

  14. These Nick and Althea dreams/nightmares on The Doctors (I'm up to July/August 1969) are just weird as hell and also so self-indulgent. You can tell Rita Lakin is gone...

    1. Khan


      You know, I've tried to get back into THE DOCTORS post-Rita Lakin, and I can't.  Not even with the Pollocks' stuff.  I'm sure it was (and is) thrilling to a lot of people, but it just doesn't do anything for me.

    2. ~bl~


      Can you go into details as to why Khan? I'm curious. Rita Lakin's show was a lot more sophisticated than what came later. The Pollacks stuff doesn't really hold up with the numerous flashbacks and the underwriting of certain things. The Edelstein stuff was strange, but I felt like it was a holding pattern as the program wasn't sure how to go on without Althea. Then again my one go to with Edelstein is if it wasn't for him there wouldn't have been Carolee. (Yes Lakin was writing obviously, but he was responsible for getting her in the building - the actress not the character.)

  15. For any fans - Siskel & Ebert 1980 and 1979 episodes posted. Very rare! 




  16. Not that it really matters in today's world, but Katy Perry wearing the same hair 500 other female zelebs have worn in recent years and claiming it as a feminist groundbreaker is embarrassing beyond belief.

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    2. MissLlanviewPA


      For what it's worth, Katy is actually a natural blonde. Not that blonde, but still a blonde. 

    3. DRW50


      She likely would have been better off saying that, rather than acting like she's striking a blow for feminism.

    4. MissLlanviewPA


      I think I just saw what you were talking about. I didn't see that she had cut her hair and was trying to declare herself the new Miley or whatever. That makes more sense. 

  17. All that with Louis Tomlinson and the paparazzi and those crazy fans and his girlfriend is like something at the start of an L&O episode...

  18. Didn't bother with the Oscars tonight but happy for Viola Davis. She looked fantastic in all the photos I've seen.

  19. I have no real interest in the Oscars these days but this is some juicy drama with Meryl Streep and Karl Lagerfeld. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-oscars-meryl-streep-oscars-dress-20170225-story.html

  20. I can't remember if there are any Saundra Santiago fans here but this has a 1986 interview with her.



  21. A year of "Richonne" (Rick and Michonne). I haven't watched TWD lately but I'll always be happy they saw the potential and incredible chemistry that so many shows would have done anything to ignore.

    1. Vee


      I haven't started the second half of Season 7 yet but those two came back pretty strong at the end of the lethargic first. You should check it out.

    2. YRBB


      It was such a great moment when they finally kissed and got together. They certainly built up to it a lot!

  22. I imagine all the Y&R fans here have already seen it but I got another November 1998 episode a few days ago and after working around blocking managed to get it up today. I'll put the link in the thread.