Oz Goes Highland

Ye Scots, wha wish auld Scotland well! One of the most popular characters on the Christy TV show was, by far, Doctor Neil MacNeill, and one of the most popular show arcs was the triangle between Christy (Kellie Martin), Neil and preacher David Grantland (Randall Batinkoff). Neil was wonderfully played by Stuart Finlay-McLennan, who seemed to burr with the … Continue reading Oz Goes Highland

Stage To Screen: Our Town

Our Town is a perennial favorite for a lot of people all over the world. It's always being produced somewhere. Its setting, the fictional town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, even has its own website. This 1938 Pulitzer Prize winner follows the story of Emily Webb and George Gibbs, next door neighbors and childhood friends who … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Our Town

Oh, It’s You, Mr. Lee

Hello, all... One of the interesting things about Sir Christopher Lee is that he never turned his nose up at a good part whether it was large or small, and over the course of his career he amassed quite a selection of bit roles in various films and TV shows. There wasn't a lot of … Continue reading Oh, It’s You, Mr. Lee

Onward, Duplicitous Humies

Who here has seen JourneyQuest? If not, what are you waiting for? Not to be confused with the Colorado rafting company, JourneyQuest premiered in 2010, the brainchild of writers Kate Marshall and Matt Vancil, the latter of whom also directed a few episodes and played a character named Wharrgarbil. The show has caught on in … Continue reading Onward, Duplicitous Humies

Be Kind, Rewind

Click... Ah, Red Dwarf. Part Star Trek send-up, part Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy and part sitcom, it's original enough that it's taken on a life of its own since its 1988 debut. It's such a big deal that the Red Dwarf Fan Club holds a convention every year, with cosplay and panel discussions with cast members. There … Continue reading Be Kind, Rewind

I Just Want To Be Evil

Joan Collins, darlings, and not a swimming pool in sight. As we've talked about before, Hollywood lined up to guest star on the Batman TV show, and one of the favored few was Joan Collins, who played a wily woman known as the Siren. She was fresh off an appearance on Star Trek and not well-known to … Continue reading I Just Want To Be Evil

A Partial Defense of “Bunheads”

Amy Sherman-Palladino once said that she peaked with Gilmore Girls. "It's me under a bus after this." Well, you can't keep a good writer down, and Sherman-Palladino is still at it. Her second artistic follow-up to Gilmore Girls was 2012's Bunheads, a show that brought in mixed-to-favorable reviews and unfortunately only ran for a single season. The … Continue reading A Partial Defense of “Bunheads”

We Gather Together

What are you thankful for? OK, you all know one of my all-time favorite shows is Christy (read my earlier thoughts here). The show had a short life, but they did manage to make one feature-length holiday special, "The Sweetest Gift," which originally aired on November 24, 1994. As it leads up to Thanksgiving and … Continue reading We Gather Together

Bingeing In the Time of Coronavirus

Hi, all, hope everyone had a good Easter! I originally was supposed to go back to work tomorrow, but heh heh, no, I'm not, because I got temporarily laid off until the schools go back to normal. Whenever that is. Of all the states in the United States, California's among those which have gotten hit … Continue reading Bingeing In the Time of Coronavirus

Go Team

*click* *adjusts rabbit ears* In my humble opinion, the most iconic villain of the original MacGyver series was Murdoc, played by Michael Des Barres. He appeared on the series a total of nine times, and for one reason only: MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) was the only target master hitman Murdoc couldn't murder. Well, that, and he lived … Continue reading Go Team

More Cuisine, Stars Hollow Style

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably remember a post I did a couple of years ago in which I reviewed Eat Like A Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls. Well, dear readers, author Kristi Carlson and her entourage of chefs are back with more eats for the … Continue reading More Cuisine, Stars Hollow Style

Hallowed Ground

Seventy-five years ago... Charlie Brown cartoons were usually cute and funny, but they were often poignant. One of my favorites from the 1980s was the little gem, What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? Originally broadcast on May 30, 1983, it's the continuation of the adventures Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Woodstock and Snoopy had in the … Continue reading Hallowed Ground

Page To Screen: Sherlock Holmes

Like Robin Hood, Ebeneezer Scrooge and Ichabod Crane, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is another literary heavyweight with a lengthy filmography. Holmes is not only a captivating character, but is widely credited with influencing today's use of forensic sciences. The first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study In Scarlet was published in Beeton's Christmas Annual … Continue reading Page To Screen: Sherlock Holmes

Reading Rarities: As Seen On TV

Ah, yes. Infomercials. Everyone's seen them. In my neck of the woods, we have a channel that plays them all day and all night, seven days a week. It's either hilarious or mind-numbing, depending on what time of day it is, and that time is highly nebulous. Anything involving Cathy Mitchell is usually fun, Others … Continue reading Reading Rarities: As Seen On TV

Page To Screen: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

One of the most iconic tales of American literature is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Written by Washington Irving and originally published in 1820 as part of his Sketch Book, this story of ill-fated schoolteacher Ichabod Crane never fails to chill. It also never fails to find new life in various media. For those who … Continue reading Page To Screen: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow