[ May 30, 2012 ]TORONTO, May 30, 2012 – Shaw Media has sealed a deal with Endemol to produce the first ever Canadian instalment of the wildly popular international sensation Big Brother and has teamed up with Canadian production heavyweight Insight Productions on the production of the series. The inaugural season of Big Brother Canada will air during the 2012/13 broadcast season exclusively on Slice™. More...
[November 2, 2011] by Morty - There are a lot of interesting tid-bits, and press releases cluttering my desk that just don't warrant their own headline, so here we go:
Roseanne may return to weekly TV. NBC has ordered a pilot for Downwardly Mobile, a sitcom set in a mobile home community, where Barr’s character and the rest of her family will interact with the other residents. There’s no timetable for the show to hit the air, and many pilots never make it, considering that Downward Mobile is barely out of the idea stage, next fall would seem the logical target date. More...
Your Chance to Ask Shelly
[ October 31, 2011 By Morty ]
Big Brother 13's Shelly Moore
Shelly Moore, the Big Brother 13 houseguest we loved to hate, will answer your questions. Want to know what she really thought of her housemates? Is her life different after being on Big Brother? Here's your chance to ask Shelly what she really thinks. Shelly has agreed to talk with our forum host Lala. To ask your question, click the TV Fan Forum button and post your question. You'll need to be registered in our forums, but you should have done that anyway.
[Click Photo to Enlarge] I'm Dickens, He's Fenster now on DVD
[October 28, 2011] - Back in the early days of this web site, I posted my "TV Wish List," a list of forgotten shows that I hoped would someday be aired on TV Land. I discontinued the list, because TV Land no longer airs anything unique, and I now own most of these titles on DVD, and I can watch them any time I want. One show from the list I didn't expect to see, is I'm Dickens... He's Fenster. A few years ago, I got a few bootleg copies of, and discovered it was a good show, and I'd like to see more, now I can.
TV Time Machine Productions, Lightyear Entertainment and eOne Distribution are proud to announce that the brilliant but short-lived 1962 ABC TV situation comedy, I’m Dickens…He’s Fenster, starring John Astin and Marty Ingels, is now available for pre-order. It will initially be released direct-to-consumer by TV Time Machine Productions in a special Volume One 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD Digipak set shipping on December 6, 2011, followed by general commercial distribution in the same format by Lightyear Entertainment starting on April 10, 2012, through eOne distribution.
Included only with the initial online direct-to-consumer offer accessible at DickensandFensterDVD.com is a randomly-selected limited-edition autographed postcard personally signed by one of the show’s cast members (limited number available – first come first served). This exclusive online offer is now available to consumers for pre-order (ships December 6, 2011).
This DVD release of I'm Dickens…He's Fenster Volume 1 (the first 16 episodes plus bonus material) marks the first opportunity in 50 years for the public to view this hit series.
October 12, 2011 by Morty - Charles and Sandra McKee have the ultimate Munsters collectible: A replica of the house on 1313 Mockingbird Lane. Except this house is locate in Waxahachie, Texas. And this isn't just a facade like the one at Universal Studios.
In December of 2001, Charles McKee McKee and his wife Sandra, started construction on their dream house, situated just thirty miles south of Dallas Fort-Worth on the outskirts of the small Texas town of Waxahachie, the instantly recognizable home of televisions most fiendishly funny and 'abnormal' monster family stands forebodingly. Owned and built by Sandra and Charles McKee, the Munster Mansion (as it is now known) is a 5,825-square-foot Victorian style house, with a shockingly accurate interior that matches the set used on the series, complete with a staircase that opens and a dungeon trap door in the living room.
The house isn't just for show, it's a real house that the McKees live in, so it's not open to the public, except for their annual Halloween Charity Bash. The big bash, a family friendly event, is on October 21 & 22, 2011. For just $20 for adults, $12 for kids, you can get a tour of the house, meet Pat Priest who played Marilyn Munster from 1964-66 on the original series, there food, midway games, a live band, and family friendly entertainment. You can get complete details on their official web site.
Fonzi's leather jacket is in the Smithsonian, but his motorcycle has been sitting unused and unappreciated in an Oakland CA motorcycle shop since 1995, and on November 12, 2011 the bike will go on the auction block at the famous Bonhams auction house's Los Angeles branch.
Fonzie was frequently shown on the Triumph Trophy TR5 and quickly became part of Fonzi's iconic persona, even though actor Henry Winkler was 'scared to death' of motorcycles and could not ride it.
Fonzi was meant to be a minor character on the 70s comedy Happy Days when it first started, and was given a Harley-Davidson to ride, but when the audience gave The Fonz an immediate thumbs-up the producers made him a star of the show and looked for a more suitable bike. The a Triumph is the same model Marlon Brando's character rode in the 1953 film The Wild One.
Jonathan Frid and Johnny Depp as Barnabas Colins [Click Image to Enlarge]
I started watching the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows soon after it debuted on ABC TV in 1966, and I’ve been a loyal fan ever since. Dark Shadows fans are known for their loyalty, which accounts for TV Guide ranking Dark Shadows as one of The Top Cult Shows Ever.
The new cast of Dark Shadows poses in the great Colinwood Mansion [Click Image for Video]
Johnny Depp talks about following Jonathan Frid in the role of Barnabas. [Click Image for Video]
At its peak in 1969,you couldn’t call it a “cult,” when 20 million people tuned in daily to watch Dark Shadows. Just for the sake of comparison: 14.5 million people (average rating) are watching Two and a Half Men, with its $7 million per half hour episode budget, vs. Dark Shadows frugal $14,000 per episode budget.
In 2007 it was announced that Warner Bros. had acquired the film rights for Dark Shadows from the estate of its creator Dan Curtis, and that Johnny Depp was attached to star in the film. With Depp’s close association with director Tim Burton, we figured he’d be signed to direct, and we were right. Filming began in May 2011. It is being filmed entirely in England, both at Pinewood Studios and on location.
Normally, when I hear that one of my small screen favorites is being made into a big screen extravaganza, I have learned to keep my expectations low. In the past, even with low expectations, remakes of McHale’s Navy, Car 54, My Favorite Martian and Bewitched have left me disappointed beyond my lowest expectations. In the case of Dark Shadows, I’m banking on Burton and Depp to break the re-make rule and do it right.
The project has faced delays and changes in executives, but Depp fought for years to make this movie, because he’s one of us fans. “I do remember, very vividly, practically sprinting home from school in the afternoon to see Jonathan Frid play Barnabas Collins,” the actor told EW in a recent interview. “Even then, at that age, I knew — this has got to be weird.” More...
[ August 24, 2011 ]Just a week after CBS announced plans to bring back “Bewitched,” NBC has followed suit with its intent to bring back another beloved 1960’s supernatural sitcom, "The Munsters." Just don’t expect Herman, Lily, Eddie, Marilyn, or Grandpa Munster to be quite the same as you remember them. More...
[ January 1, 2009 ]A friend mine, who works at Princeton University, is, like myself, a big fan of "Lost in Space." We recently had a debate over which is the better robot: Robby from "Forbidden Planet," or the B9 from "Lost in Space." This debate could have been a scene from "The Big Bang Theory" with us two adults arguing over bad sci-fi.
Any fan of classic TV will have admit that the B-9 from "Lost in Space" had the best personality. Everyone knows "Danger, Danger Will Robinson" Who quotes Robby saying, "Sorry, miss. I was giving myself an oil-job." Sure, Robby is impressive looking, but who would you rather be stranded with?
Anyway, I discovered something so cool: They are making life-size B-9 robots that you can buy, and own, and talk to, and play with, and guard your front door... and oh God do I want one. I was hoping these amazing replicas would be selling for a couple thousand, oh I had my Visa card out and ready, only to discover, they are selling for $25,500.
[ December 24, 2008 ]Lee Mendelson, producer of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," talks about his classic Peanuts holiday special, in a special Christmas edition of the Internet radio show TV Time Machine, hosted by TV historian Jim Benson.
In this one-hour interview, Lee Mendelson reveals the fascinating story behind this beloved 1965 animated holiday special including the genesis of "A Charlie Brown Christmas;" casting the children to supply the Peanuts gang voices, and working with legendary creator Charles Schultz. Mr. Mendelson also discusses the yearly ritual of families watching the Charlie Brown Peanuts TV specials, a holiday tradition which has been passed from generation to generation.
"The Charlie Brown shows continue on and on," says Mendelson. "It's amazing to me how long and enduring this has been. We were lucky that we were producing TV specials in the 60's and 70's, where we got a huge audience. Those audiences are now parents and grandparents and they've stuck with us throughout the years. It's been a wonderful and joyful ride for all of us." More...
[ December 6, 2008 ] Mad Men Creator and Executive Producer Matthew Weiner reveals the fascinating, behind-the-scenes story of the creation and production of his Emmy Award-winning AMC TV series, in an interview on the Internet radio show TV Time Machine.
TV Time Machine host Jim Benson is also joined by co-host Lisa Rothstein, whose Madison Avenue career included positions as copywriter and creative director for such advertising firms as Young & Rubicam and Ogilvy & Mather. In this one-hour interview, Matthew Weiner discusses his early career in television including writing and producing The Sopranos, and the cultural and creative influences that have helped shape the world of Mad Men.
Mad Men is a unique and innovative one-hour drama about the lives of men and women toiling in the cut-throat world of Madison Avenue advertising in the early 1960's. The series is also an exploration of a time when American society was still struggling with issues of race, gender-even the habit of smoking.
"I've been shocked by the reaction to the smoking in the series," says Weiner. "People are in cultural denial to its existence, when it really didn't disappear in the workplace until the 1990's. There's a real moral superiority about it now, but back then it was really as common as eating. I wanted the smoking in the show because it was such a great irony. To see a society in this mass denial, where adults are unaware of what they're doing. The image of who we are and what's being sold to us and what the reality of it is-it's such an integral part of that irony." More...
[ November 25, 2008 ]The classic US sitcom "Bewitched" is set for a British makeover by Paul Mendelson creator of the Britcom, "My Hero"
Sony Pictures Television International, which owns the rights to the original show, has agreed to a UK adaptation, which is likely to be made for the BBC.
The pilot will be shot early next year at Teddington Studios, which is also where "My Hero" was shot. The cast has yet to be announced but he hopes to be able to share the information soon, but says "it's a goodie!" More...
[ November 12, 2008 ]Directors Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) and Jeannot Szwarc (Heroes) honor the classic horror TV series Rod Serling's Night Gallery, on the Internet radio show TV Time Machine, hosted by TV historian Jim Benson.
In the second hour of a two-part interview on TV Time Machine, Guillermo Del Toro talks about his lifelong passion for Rod Serling's Night Gallery. As a young boy growing up in Mexico in the early 1970's, Del Toro watched the show avidly. Now theAcademy Award-nominated director is contributing audio commentary for six segments of the series for Universal Home Entertainment's Rod Serling's Night Gallery Season Two DVD set.
TV Time Machine, Guillermo Del Toro discusses his esteem for the series, creator Rod Serling and Night Gallerydirector Jeannot Szwarc, who helmed twenty-two episodes of the series, more than any other director. More...
[ November 12, 2008 ]Tony Dow, best known as the actor who portrayed The Beav's big brother, Wally, in the'50s TV series "Leave It to Beaver," will have one of his abstract sculptures on display at the Louvre as part of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts exhibition.
“Having something shown at the Louvre is about as good as you can get,” Mr. Dow, 63, told The Associated Press.
In "Beaver", Tony Dow and Jerry Mather portrayed loving brothers.
Dow, 63, is now a sculptor of modern art, and one of his bronze pieces was reportedly given to their former TV mom, Barbara Billingsley, whose June Cleaver is considered a classic American mother-archetype. More...
[ November 6, 2008 ]Legendary TV producer Leonard Stern talks about the classic TV series Get Smart and his participation in the DVD release of Get Smart-The Complete Series Gift Set, in an interview on the Internet radio showTV Time Machine, hosted by TV historian Jim Benson.
Leonard Stern reads Mad Libs at the 2008 LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA
From 1965-1970, Leonard Stern served as executive producer and frequent writer and director on Get Smart, starring Don Adams as Maxwell Smart Secret Agent 86 and Barbara Feldon as Agent 99. Mr. Stern talks extensively about providing commentary for the current DVD release of Get Smart-The Complete Series Gift Set, his views on last summer's Get Smart The Movie  starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, and the amazing longevity of his classic TV spy spoof.
"The validity of Get Smart is in the fact that it endures, that it was legitimately funny," says Stern. "It was Jackie Gleason, when I was doing The Honeymooners, who said when anybody asked him why his show was successful, he simply answered: ‘It's funny'." More...
[ October 9, 2008 ]Jeff Conaway, who played out-of-work actor Bobby Wheeler in the TV series "Taxi," is going back to "Celebrity Rahab" on VH1. Conaway, 58, is shown at left, in the white suit checking into 'Rehab' with the aid of friends and a walking stick.
After hitting bottom in the mid 80s, Conaway came to grips with the fact that he had a substance abuse problem. He successfully underwent treatment in the late 80s and often spoke candidly about his problem. More...
[ October 8, 2008 ]Peter Falk, best known for playing the classic TV detective Lt. Columbo, talks about his famous character in a one-hour interview on the Internet radio show TV Time Machine, hosted by TV historian Jim Benson.
On TV Time Machine, Peter Falk gives one of his most comprehensive interviews ever about his nearly fifty-years in television and movies. Joined by author Mark Dawidziak (The Columbo Phile), Mr. Falk discusses his two Academy Award-nominated roles in Pocketful of Miracles and Murder Inc., and his most famous role of all-the seemingly dim-bulb LAPD homicide detective named Lt. Columbo. More...
[ September 24, 2008 ]FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Directors Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) and Jeannot Szwarc (Heroes) talk about the classic 1970's horror TV series Rod Serling's Night Gallery, on the Internet radio interview show TV Time Machine hosted by TV historian Jim Benson. On TV Time Machine, Guillermo Del Toro gives his most comprehensive interview ever about his lifelong passion for Rod Serling's Night Gallery and his admiration for the show's most prolific director, Jeannot Szwarc.
[ September 16, 2008 ]Friendly ghosts from television's past will bring their ethereal charm to the 60th annual Emmy Awards. Sunday's ceremony will feature surprise cast reunions, famous lines ("Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!") and beloved moments from the last six decades of television. Even the Nokia Theater stage will be getting into the act, dressing up as sets from iconic shows past and present, executive producer Ken Ehrlich told Sandy Cohen of The Associated Press.
"We're paying homage to the heritage of the medium and the history, but we've tried to do it in a very contemporary way," he said. "We want to show the through line from what television has meant to us to what it is now."
The Emmy stage will masquerade as sets from "The Simpsons" "Mash" and "Desperate Housewives," among others, Ehrlich said. More...
[ September 15, 2008 ]Mel Brooks talks about his TV career in a one-hour interview on the Internet radio show TV Time Machine, hosted by TV historian Jim Benson.
On TV Time Machine, Mel Brooks gives his most comprehensive interview ever about his fifty-year contribution to television. Among other topics, Mr. Brooks talks about working with comedy legends Sid Caesar, Neil Simon and Woody Allen on the classic 1950's TV series, Your Show of Shows, and how he created the classic TV spy spoof Get Smart with Buck Henry, the basis for the 2008 film starring Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway. More...