Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Some Great DVDs Out Today

Just had to pass this info on as it's a pretty expensive DVD day (if you're me that is) with these two new releases:

First up, the second season of the brilliant UK series The IT Crowd, hands down this one of the funniest things on TV right now. Clever writing, great actors and you don't have to British to enjoy it.

Second, we have the first season of Parker Lewis can't Lose, a show I probably haven't watched since it originally aired but I remember being a big fan of this fast paced and creative comedy. I just hope it holds up, the series was obviously inspired by "Ferris Beuler's Day Off" but completely pwned the TV version of that.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Disturbing Dreams

I've been kind of lazy about posting lately, mostly because of the paying gigs but I had to share this little bit of dimentia and sadness. In a recent dream, I found myself mountain climbing with none other than TV's Dick Van Patten, I guess I couldn't get a sitter because my kids were also in tow. Lucky for me the mountain had a play place (I kid you not).
Suddenly, the rope breaks and Dick is hanging by his finger nails about to plummet to his death. I race down and say the following sentence "hang on buddy, I don't want to live in a world without Dick Van Patten!" I woke up around then, probably because my conscious mind heard this.

I don't know what this says about me but I am concerned. My wife has a new catchphrase as well....

Friday, June 5, 2009

Shortlived: Carter Country

This two season wonder set in Clinton Corners, Georgia (presumably where Jimmy Carter came from) made light of racial tension in the South. Victor French played Police Chief Roy Mobey and Kene Holliday played Sgt. Baker, a young African America who was the smartest man in the room. It was a comedic "In the Heat of the Night" so to speak.

The big stand out in the series was actor Richard Paul, who made a career playing southern blowhards and preachers, his catch phrase on the series was "Handle it Roy" meaning he asked the chief of police to make things disappear.

While the show was a staple at my house, I imagine that Carter Country's cancellation was likely America's falling out of love with "corn pone" television in general and the fact that it was up against "C.H.i.Ps" on NBC. Probably more to do with that...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Merch: Mork Mania

This commercial from my DVD [/shill] takes me back, I remember wanting a lot of this stuff when it came out especially the egg ship. Mattel certainly didn't spend a lot of money on R&D, the 3" figure had a Battlestar Galactica body and the 9" figure was made of recycled Sunshine Family and Big Jim parts. Probably wise of them as Mork Mania was quick and fleeting....

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Shortlived: Delta House

Delta House was ABC's kick at the "Frat House Craze of 1979" spawned by "Animal House" (CBS and NBC also released frat shows this year) and it was actually the TV version of Animal House. Much of the cast remained including John Vernon and Stephen Furst although Josh Mostel filled in as Bluto's brother and Tim Matheson is nowhere to be found. some girl named "Michelle Pfeiffer" also starred, wonder what ever happened to her.

I can tell you this, I LOVED this show as a kid but I hadn't seen the original movie either so I wasn't aware how watered down it was.

Between this and "Brothers and Sisters" , I was so stoked to go to college and live this crazy lifestyle. I was disappointed beyond belief...