What happens a career hits a dead-end? I was thinking about Eric Clapton the other day. In the early 1973, Clapton was addicted to drugs and his career was in the dumps. Not very many people remember those times, in part because he rebuilt his career, and his guitar legacy only grew. In America, second … More Left for Dead: Amazing Career Resurrections
Comedy gold. Saturday nights in the Fall of 1973. CBS was the place to be. Years later, ABC would have a formidable Tuesday night anchored by Happy Days! and Laverne & Shirley, and NBC had a must-see Thursday night lineup built around Cheers and ER. This CBS lineup was my favorite. All in the Family, … More Best Television Schedule Lineup: Saturday Night Comedy, 1973-74
Jack Soo has been gone since 1979, but he lives on through re-runs (as we used to call them). His face is recognizable, as is his deadpan delivery. I’m writing about him for a couple of reasons, less about his career, more about the man. The Japanese-American actor was a familiar face, the way most … More Jack Soo: Remembering the Actor, Singer
Comedy is my favorite film genre. I enjoy light-comedy, physical comedy, black comedy, satirical comedy and silly comedy. Below are a baker’s dozen (13) of my favorites. These are in no particular order, just as they sprang into my mind. Bananas – This was hip, irreverent, silly and smart, all at the same time. Early … More A Baker’s Dozen Comedy Films of the 1970s
If I were on a Desert Island or stationed at a mountain fire watch tower and did not have Internet or cable, just my collection of 20 favorite DVD sets, what would I bring? Why did I pick these because this is not my “greatest” hits of television series, although many of these are on … More Desert Island Television Series
Larry Gelbart was one of the best comedy writers, but he was also a fine playwright and producer. He didn’t just write jokes, he constructed scripts around a clear theme and three-dimensional characters. His material was funny but smart at the same time. Gelbart is probably most famously known for writing and producing M*A*S*H, adapting … More Larry Gelbart: Writer
M*A*S*H was first a successful film, then a mega-successful television series. Some characters made the transition from the film to the series while others did not. Henry Blake was a middle-aged doctor assigned to command a mobile field hospital. You’ve seen the television series and maybe the film, so I don’t need to explain the … More The Two Henry Blakes
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