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  1. The new Unsolved Mysteries may be lacking Robert Stack but it's kept the mood and music that terrified me in elementary school. Won't be forgetting these cases.

    1. DRW50

      DRW50

      I was disappointed they decided not to have a host, especially with so many good out of work actors. I do plan to try it sometime but I don't really get a lot of Netflix's decision-making. 

    2. Vee

      Vee

      I get why they didn't since IIRC the attempt to replace him with Dennis Farina years ago didn't work. I didn't see the ones with Virginia Madsen but she seems like a good choice. They do have Stack's image in the opening and plenty of the music.

    3. Soapsuds

      Soapsuds

      Thanks for the head up Vee. Just watched the case of Patrice, the hair dresser. The husband gave me chills. The dude is weird as hell.

  2. Rewatching the first weeks of The City for the first time in 25 years. Flaws notwithstanding, so much of it from style to cameras are a precursor to today - maybe they should've tried it at night.

    1. SFK

      SFK

      A late-night block of The City and 13 Bourbon Street would have had me blissfully late to Montgomery Blair High School every morning, instead of just begrudgingly late.

    2. Vee

      Vee

      Well, Blair was like that in general. (I didn't go there, much)

  3. @DRW50 

     

    1. DRW50

      DRW50

      That's great news. I don't have Criterion but I will look for it.

  4. Am I insane or is this Corbin Bernsen as the pilot taking Bob and Steven Weber to Dream's End on ATWT in '86? It's not in his IMDB and the picture quality is bad but still.

    1. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      That is indeed Corbin Bernsen.

  5. Re-immersing myself in the Loving Murders, ATWT '86 and the Y&R classic schedule, with a side of OLTL '92-'93, just reinforces the need for P&G and other outlets to release these archives to streaming ASAP. SoapNet with AW and Dan Curtis with Dark Shadows were ahead of their time.

    1. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      A good time for well-written stories.  I wonder who has any pull with P&G. One of the reasons why I think someone should get in touch with Laurence Caso, perhaps he'd be able to shed light on the process. Does Alan Locher have a rapport with Caso, you think?

  6. I'm glad you're all taking this uncertain time in our lives to finally watch The Wire.

    1. sheilaforever

      sheilaforever

      This show was an amazing piece of art. Does TREME come any close? I have this one waiting for me in ITUNES...

    1. DRW50

      DRW50

      It's nice they're doing this for charity. I didn't care for the last 3-4 years of the show and a number of people in the cast have sort of spoilt their image, but I will be glad to see Adam and Rashida again, at least.

  7. Sharing the Loving Murders is a much needed communal experience during these tough times.

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    2. DRW50

      DRW50

      If you ever have the time to kill there's a 1979 playlist here. I don't know if the very beginning of Mansion of the Damned is around but the July 1979 episodes start fairly early into the story. June 1979 has the very good end of the Winter Austen story. 

       

    3. Vee

      Vee

      I certainly do. Thanks.

    4. victoria foxton

      victoria foxton

      I agree the Loving Murders has been a great escape. Most of  EON from 79-84 is online. 

  8. I don't know why I have gravitated to bingeing Cheers, a show I only intermittently saw when I was little, so much in crises over the last six months. My comfort food show when I was younger were Golden Girls, Roseanne, Seinfeld and Cosby (and that one week during my college nervous breakdown where Nick ran Facts of Life for over 48 hours - yikes). Maybe it's the novelty since I know the others so well. Cheers holds up!

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    2. DRW50

      DRW50

      Kirstie Alley. She is also a lunatic.

    3. soapfan770

      soapfan770

      @DRW50 100% agreed LOL! 

       

    4. ghfan89

      ghfan89

      It got kinda silly later on, but those early seasons with the Coach, along with the first couple seasons of Taxi, were some of the finest television ever.

  9. We all laughed at DAYS for filming ten years ahead. Who's Booboo the Fool now?

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    3. Cat

      Cat

      Going by Days' schedule, we could be within sight of a vaccine by the time episodes run out.

       

      Of course, that will be when new episodes kick in featuring a deadly biological infection sweeping Salem concocted by Vivian.

    4. Khan

      Khan

      I will never be here for "alamainvirus."

  10.  

    1. DRW50

      DRW50

      The first episode is wonderful, with a very well written fakeout about a married couple and which of them will live or die. I have never finished the show due to the episode about the mentally handicapped man accused of rape and murder, and then their getting rid of Abby for being too strong a woman, but I guess I should try someday.

    2. Vee

      Vee

      I believe part of the issue was also Carolyn Seymour's alcoholism, but yes, losing her didn't inspire me to finish. I am going back to it now. Contagion and Andromeda Strain too.

  11. Harvey Weinstein: 23 years in prison.

     

     

    1. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      I just saw this. He brought this on himself.

  12. More relevant than ever. Best performance (they're all good): Jennifer Ehle. 

     

    1. DRW50

      DRW50

      Thanks for sharing this with us. The last section about the world we're living now was very emotional - especially when she talked about wanting to write a letter about Franken but Dinah told her she'd just be attacked. 

  13. Brittany Allen has become a remarkably strong horror veteran. She's very good, which makes her unbearable AMC tenure all the more bizarre.

    1. AllMyDaysatGH

      AllMyDaysatGH

      Lol ya she's actually great!

  14. BONG JOON-HO!

  15. Classy of Brad Pitt to name-check Geena Davis tonight.

  16. Time to refresh the bans on our trolls, @Errol @Toups

  17. Today's hot take: The Fast & Furious franchise is the world's most profitable OTT soap opera. Discuss.

  18. So old Bravo, so 90s. 

     

     

    1. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      When Bravo and A&E had non-reality show based aspirations.  

  19. Former movie star Kevin Spacey exiled in disgrace and only emerging to taunt the world once or twice a year like Doctor Doom or al Qaeda really caps off the 2010s.

    1. Khan

      Khan

      I'm writing a book, called "Kevin S. Fowler, Will You Please Go Now?".

    2. DRW50

      DRW50

      That and how I spent part of Christmas remembering and worrying about North Korea's "Christmas present." 

  20. If Eddie Murphy proved anything last night it's that he shouldn't keep putting off a big standup return he promises - he had complete control of the audience live on SNL, especially as Gumby. It was a sight.

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    2. DRW50

      DRW50

      I know he's said he wants to get back into standup. I'm not sure he'd ever want to host again but I could see him having cameos. I agree that he and Maya Rudolph would be great in a movie together. Maya's such an amazing talent but I am not sure if she ever gets the right vehicles. Her cameos this year have gotten her more attention than her shows...

       

      @Khan yeah if memory serves Eddie was the only one in that cast Bill liked. He only hosted as a favor to his brother Brian, who was still a writer on the show. In the goodnights for the episode it's especially evident Eddie was the only one he had positive feelings for.  

       

      (the full episode is available...somewhere, but some clips are on their site - here's the monologue https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/bill-murray-monologue/n8823 )

    3. Khan

      Khan

      @Vee: Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I can't see Lorne being down with Eddie making recurring appearances like Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin do.  He flat-out resents that Eddie not only pulled SNL back from the brink but proved to be its' biggest star/alum ever.  I'd love to be wrong, though!  Just as I would love for NBC to put real pressure on Lorne to bring back Eddie more often!  (Maybe some of his humor doesn't work in these ultra-P.C. times, but Eddie Murphy's resurgence -- on SNL, in stand-up and in the movies -- is one "return from the '80's" I wouldn't mind seeing in the era of Trump.)

       

      @DramatistDreamer: Ironically, Robert Townsend was who Jean Doumanian WANTED to go with before Neil Levy (and someone else, forget who) convinced her to give Eddie the "token Black guy" slot for the '80-81 season.  (Doumanian says she discovered Eddie's talent and wanted him on the show more than anyone, but don't believe her, lol.)

       

      Listen, I'm down for Eddie Murphy in anything, even a PG-13 family comedy (w/ Maya Rudolph, or anyone else).  I just want the script to be GOOD, and to give Eddie the opportunity to do the kind of envelope-pushing, laugh-'til-you-ache comedy I know he's still capable of.  (By the way, I truly don't begrudge his decision to make so many awful movies strictly for coin -- like he said, he's got a lot of kids to support; and also, where he's from, you just don't turn down money.  Nor do I mean to chastise him for defending himself for MAKING said POS movies.  As much as I will always love, respect and look up to him, though, he will never convince me he was genuinely happy (beyond the paychecks) to be in tripe like "Meet Dave" or "A Thousand Words."  I mean, even the third "Beverly Hills Cop" suffers from Eddie's virtually sleepwalking through the damn thing -- and I say that as someone who HATED BHC2, even though he was clearly more engaged at that point. You could tell (in BHC3 and several other movies) it was all Eddie could do just to come to the set.)

       

      @DRW50: Yup, that's the clip, lol.  Again, Bill and Eddie aren't doing much beyond riffing on Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder's "We bad" routine from "Stir Crazy."  And I'm sure everything about that monologue was scripted, too, right down to Murray's romp all over the mainstage, the band and the audience sitting directly in front.  However, the whole segment was effective in getting an otherwise tuned-out audience (both in the studio and at home) jazzed about SNL again after a half-season stretch of their most embarrassing episodes yet; and that, IMO, speaks to the brilliance of Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy; two comedians who, at their best, can take the worst material and, if not spin gold out of them, they can, at the very least, elevate them into serviceable.  (Well, almost.  I still think nothing could have saved "Pluto Nash.")

       

      They're older now, and perhaps not as "zany" as they had been in their heyday.  However, I think a Murphy/Murray team-up on the big screen could still work today, and that's because chemistry like that never really goes away.  (That's why even certain soap couples still manage to elicit interest even decades later).  If anything, the fact that they've acquired genuine, dramatic acting skills over the years on top of the comedy means you can do more with them than the "buddy comedy" stuff I'm sure they would've been given BITD.  (Dan Aykroyd's original intentions for "Ghostbusters" springs to mind).  Now, you could trust them with material that's poignant AND funny.

    4. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      @Khan the first National Lampoon's Vacation was rated R and was a huge hit, so not all family comedies are PG-13, although I could see HBO or Netflix more willing to take that perceived risk nowadays than the risk-averse Hollywood movie studios.  

       

      Eddie must have returned the favor because I remember Murphy produced a comedy revue (that aired on HBO) in the 1980s called Uptown Comedy Express, the same year as Hollywood Shuffle but I wouldn't see Hollywood Shuffle for at least another year or two when it came to cable, so the first time that I actually remember seeing Robert Townsend or Chris Rock was on that HBO special.

      A few years later Townsend got his own HBO special with Partners In Crime, which he co-produced with Keenan Ivory Wayans around the time that In Living Color was in its early seasons.

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    2. Khan

      Khan

      So, Peter recognized almost immediately that he had an unhealthy attraction to his sister; and she, to him.  And he spent the rest of that day and the next doing his best to avoid being alone with her.

       

      Finally, their parents, sensing the tension between their children, sat Peter down and told him the truth: he was not their biological son.  Rather, they had adopted him at birth, because his biological parents were entirely too young to raise a child.

       

      Peter was both stunned to learn the truth about his birth and relieved that his feelings for his "sister" were not perverted.  Nevertheless, his adoptive parents' revelation left him with a ton of questions about his biological ones: Who were they?  Did the family know them?  Whatever happened to them?  Were they still together?  Did he have any brothers or sisters?  (Okay, so it left him with only five questions.)

       

      That's when Peter's (adoptive) father retrieved a VHS tape from his locked desk drawer.  "The answers to all your questions," he said, "are on this tape."

       

      Later that night, after dinner had been eaten and the Christmas gifts opened, Peter was left alone in the study to play the tape on the family's old VCR.  What he watched changed his life forever....

       

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmuNpadhxo0

       

    3. ReddFoxx

      ReddFoxx

      Never saw that ad when it originally aired and the first time I ever found out about it was when I saw a skit of it.

    4. All My Shadows

      All My Shadows

      I remember when it originally aired and NEVER thought it had incestuous tones at all. The fact that she proudly established herself as his sister prevented me from ever going in the "Oh, they're [!@#$%^&*]" direction.

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