Friday, May 27, 2022

What Might've Been: I Love My Doctor (1958-62)

 By 1962, 20th Century Fox had adapted its movie logo for television. The following pilot, I Love My Doctor, doesn't have it, because it had been filmed & produced four years earlier.

Don Porter would finally land a series a few years after production ended on Doctor. He co-starred opposite Sally Field in Gidget, which lasted just one season (1965-6).

No rating.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Rivals on the field, partners off the field

 Tonight, the Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays began a 4-game series at Tropicana Field. Business as usual, right?

Not entirely.

In the wake of the Robb Elementary massacre in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, both teams opted to use their Twitter pages to inform fans about gun violence and how to stop it.

Following is a preliminary post from the Yankees:

The Rays' message was right to the point:

All that's needed now is for everyone else in MLB, as well as the NHL, NBA, WNBA, etc., to join the party. Rays pitcher Brooks Raley is from Uvalde, so the shootings hit home.

Grammy & Oscar winner and Texas native Jamie Foxx ("Spider-Man: No Way Home") shredded politicians such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Greg Abbott for not doing enough to try to stop the violence. Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey called for everyone to be and do better. As we noted Wednesday, Republicans are beholden to gun lobbies such as the National Rifle Association, whose chief spokesman, Wayne LaPierre, stuck his foot in his mouth, as usual.

The NRA is hosting an event this weekend that has lost guests such as Texas Rep. Dan "Cyclops" Crenshaw and singers Don McLean and Larry Gatlin due to the shootings. Unfortunately, Cruz, among the biggest beneficiaries of the NRA's donations, and former president Donald Trump are still scheduled, with guns banned for obvious reasons. If the NRA had any common sense, the convention, scheduled for Houston, would be cancelled. How so many people can have their heads in the sand on this issue is ridiculous. Cruz walked away from a Sky News interview because he was offended by a line of questioning, and knew he'd get skewered online yet again.

The violence needs to end. To get there, this has to happen:

Parents and school administrators need to take a closer look at at-risk youths who may or may not be in need of help to prevent future shootings. If these kids have themselves been bullied or disrespected, it goes a long way toward explaining a lot of the shootings.

Restricting use of social media at school is big. Today's kids are more interested in social media, looking for likes and approval. Leave the smartphones at home.

The minimum age for purchasing guns should be raised, from 18 to 21. Personally, I think it should be over 21. Unfortunately, the GOPers will not allow this to happen because of the contributions they get from the NRA and like organizations. Time to put the money and self-interest aside, before someone else gets hurt.

The 2nd Amendment is what a lot of them hide behind, but do a lot of today's politicos, such as Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Lauren Boebert, know what it really means? I doubt it. To them, it's just a buzzword.

Matthew McConaughey is right. We have to be better, and do better.

Musical Interlude: The End of The Innocence (1989)

 Don Henley followed up his 1985 CD, "Building The Perfect Beast", with "The End of The Innocence" in 1989. The CD is loaded with guest stars, including Jeff Porcaro & David Paich (Toto), Stan Lynch & Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Take 6, Ivan Neville, Patty Smyth (ex-Scandal), and Bruce Hornsby, who co-wrote the title song, and plays keyboards on the track.

For the children of Robb Elementary, who lost 19 of their classmates on Tuesday in a senseless act of violence.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Another loss of innocence

 Texas is one of the states where the school year ends earlier than others. The last day of classes at the elementary level was meant to be Thursday.

So what possesses an 18 year old to go into an elementary school he once attended, and open fire on innocent kids and educators?

Salvatore Ramos and the weapons of slaughter.

Salvatore Ramos was shot and killed by a Border Patrol officer, according to reports, who was responding to the attack on Robb Elementary. Ramos reportedly posted on social media that he wanted the kids to "be scared irl (in real life)". It's easy to assume that Ramos himself was bullied, and like so many before him, lashed out with violence because he didn't know how to seek counseling, whether it was from his parents, teachers, or school counselors.

President Biden addressed the nation Tuesday night, and called for Congress to finally stand up to lobby groups such as the National Rifle Association, and enact legislation that would keep access to guns away from troubled kids like Ramos. Former President Barack Obama, singer Taylor Swift, and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr have spoken out about the incident.

Of course, right wing garbage dispensers like Tabloid Carlson and Laura Inkblot on Fox Shmooze shredded Biden's speech, ignorant of the message. It was Carlson, nine days ago, who dismissed Payton Gendron, another 18 year old, as being mentally ill when he shot up Tops Supermarket in Buffalo. Empty-G (Marjorie Taylor Greene) used the mental health excuse for Ramos, and, as usual, called for Biden to be impeached without any real reason or cause.

Gendron admitted to having gotten inspiration from the same debunked "white replacement" theory that Carlson routinely touts on his garbage hour. That says to me that Gendron knew exactly what he was doing, and so did Ramos. Mentally ill? I don't think so. All Empty-G did was piggy-back on Ramos to get attention on her.

There are more kids like Ramos and Gendron out there, kids who've been bullied or abused, and don't know how to seek counseling or guidance. Instead, they internalize their emotions, and lash out for all the wrong reasons. Job 1 for parents and school administrators is to identify the issues before things get out of hand. That requires full cooperation from the kids. A gentle voice is a good starting point. It's getting the kids to listen that's the hardest part.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Apparently, they couldn't afford the Real Ghostbusters (2022)

 Actually, DirecTV couldn't get a license to use the original "Ghostbusters", so they recruited retired baseball players David Ortiz, Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey, Jr., & Alex Rodriguez for their latest DirecTV stream ad campaign.

And you thought using tennis star Serena Williams in mash-ups with "Scary Movie", "The Matrix", & "Wonder Woman" was wack.

Ortiz aside, this was a Seattle Mariners reunion, and it looks like this was taped in Cincinnati, hence the use of the Reds mascot.

Dunce Cap Award: David Perdue

 Today, Georgians are going to the polls in the Democratic & Republican primaries. If you believe the pundits, the governor's race is already set.

Former US Senator David Perdue, trailing in polls by as much as 30-35 points, buried himself deeper at a recent tele-rally with America's Oldest Baby (Donald Trump), in which Perdue played the race card against the likely Democratic candidate, Stacey Abrams, who was screwed out of the governor's mansion four years ago by the current incumbent, Brian Kemp.

This guy needs to go back to the chicken farm.

Nothing says desperation like doing something that stupid. Been there, seen that.

I will again reference the 2011 race for mayor here in the hometown. Current Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello, trailing Democratic Rensselaer County legislator and Hudson Valley Community College professor Lou Rosamilia in the polls, approved the use of a last minute attack ad on her opponent, four days before the election. The tactic backfired spectacularly, and Rosamilia won by more than 14 percentage points for his only term. He retired from politics when his term ended in 2016, succeeded by current Mayor Patrick Madden.

Perdue, meanwhile, is in such deep trouble, perennial 10-year old Bart Simpson is said to be jealous.

Because of his racist diatribe, and for even bothering to consent to the wishes of a juvenile who never grew up (Trump), Perdue gets one of these:

I hear Chick-Fil-A is hiring.

Monday, May 23, 2022

What Might've Been: The Sandy Duncan Show (1972)

 Broadway star Sandy Duncan had made her TV series debut in 1971 in Funny Face, but the series was cut short when Duncan underwent eye surgery.

CBS & Paramount didn't give up, and retooled the series into The Sandy Duncan Show the next year. Co-creator Arne Sultan and producer Budd Cherry came over from Talent Associates to Paramount to run the show. Duncan had been given a fresh ensemble to work with, including Tom Bosley, who was also breaking into cartoons that same season (Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home), before Happy Days cemented his pop culture icon status nearly 18 months later.

Unfortunately, CBS placed the show on Sundays. 13 weeks, and gone, again, and it would be more than a decade before Duncan could land another series of her own. CBS also thought enough of her to convince her to lend her voice to her animated likeness for a meeting with Scooby-Doo.

Following is a sample episode, complete with commercials from sponsor Lever Brothers. Duncan even does an ad for Pepsodent toothpaste. The episode is directed by Dan Dailey, whose The Governor & JJ had ended a year earlier.

No rating. Just a public service.