Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Study the face of this week's Weasel:
Mark Kirsch is the star of the cable series, Man Vs. Impossible, and has performed some strongman-worthy stunts, like pulling airplanes.
However, over the weekend in Kansas City, Kirsch went from hero to zero in a matter of minutes.
During the Royals-Padres game, San Diego's Juan Soto homered, and his drive landed in an area of the bleachers occupied by teenager Bruce Williams, who was celebrating his birthday. Kirsch, for whatever reason, decided to steal the baseball, and, after being confronted by Williams, refused to return it, opting to try to swap it out for a pair of Royals jerseys (how he acquired those has also been called to question), but Williams wasn't having it.
Kirsch, who tried out for the independent Savannah Bananas earlier this year, left, unrepentant about this ill-advised stunt. Williams, however, was rewarded by the Royals, who were able to have Soto, a visiting superstar, sign a ball for him.
Kirsch, 41, is one of these social media savvy clowns who lives for attention. The Royals initially said he wouldn't be banned from Kaufman Stadium, but now that this case has garnered national attention, he should either make good on his actions, or face banishment. If you can permanently ban a drunken goof for running onto the field (which happens a few times a year), you can also ban a Weasel who puts himself ahead of others. Mark Kirsch has to face the consequences of his actions sooner rather than later.
This was posted over at Saturday Morning Archives last night because of the star of this picture, Howard Morris (Your Show of Shows).
In the unsold pilot, The Last Thing at Night, co-authored by Your Show of Shows writer Lucille Kallen, Morris is a bachelor who gets into some Walter Mitty-style fantasies.
Monday, August 29, 2022
Donald John Narcissus Trump, physical age 76, mental age of approximately 2 1/2, now wants certain of the FBI to rebel against their boss, Christopher Wray, appointed by Trump himself, and protect him.
The Nectarine Napoleon is doing everything possible to avoid the inevitable, but he's rapidly losing what little semblance of reality he has left. He's deathly afraid of going to either jail or Bellevue Hospital in New York, so he's trying to subliminally goad the Legion of The Brainwashed to action, in the hope that whatever happens this time can't be traced back to him.
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!
Meanwhile, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Zing-a-Graham is warning that the Legion will riot again if Trump is prosecuted. Please. They're going to nail your wrinkled tuchis to the wall, too, old boy, so don't think you're safe. Just go to Georgia and testify before a grand jury instead of stalling for time.
Texas Senator Raphael "Ted" Cruz went on some right wing podcast and whined about baristas and so-called slackers in what amounts to a thinly veiled shot at the Democrats after President Biden forgave student loan debts last week. He specifically mentioned baristas as a cheap shot at NY Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former bartender herself. You'd think that after all this time, he'd keep his mouth shut in regard to Alex From The Block.
But, as Farron Cousins explains, the root of the problem is that average working stiffs aren't falling for the GOPer fundraising con, and that bothers ol' Timex.
Sunday, August 28, 2022
The Mets had not had an Old Timers' Day in more than three decades, due largely to the indifference of former owner Fred Wilpon. Oh, many of the old stars would return for special occasions, but, on Saturday, Old Timers' Day was back. Current owner Steve Cohen, a long time Mets fan, gave the fan base not only the spectacle that was missing, but a huge surprise.
Just weeks after player-turned-broadcaster Keith Hernandez had his #17 retired, Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who finished his career in New York (1972-3), had his #24 raised to the ring of honor in the upper deck, joining Hernandez, Mike Piazza, Casey Stengel, Tom Seaver, and Gil Hodges.
The Old Timers' festivities ran long, so the regularly scheduled game between the Mets & Colorado, a 3-0 Mets win, was delayed by about 20 minutes.
Seeing as how the network ignored its own 40th anniversary last year, maybe a make-good is in order.
Two Aztecs teammates that took part in the rape were subsequently cut from the team, and not yet drafted. Araiza's pro dreams have been smashed. According to those same commenters, police in San Diego investigated the case, but why file a civil suit 10 months later, when the criminal investigation, depending on who you talk to, has or hasn't been completed? In many rape cases, the victim doesn't come forward right away out of fear and/or trauma. We've seen that play out several times in crime dramas such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. According to reports, the victim did report the crime within a day or so, but it's the timing of the case now getting national publicity that is a wee bit questionable.
Apparently, Bryce hasn't completely read the room, if you will.
Saturday, August 27, 2022
ITC, thinking that This is Tom Jones was going to be a long term hit for ABC, complemented Jones with the addition of The Engelbert Humperdinck Show, which launched with a pilot episode the day after Christmas 1969, then began a weekly run three weeks later.
The series episodes would air on ABC on Wednesdays, then air in the UK four nights later, after a simulcast on December 26. Unfortunately, despite Humperdinck's chart success here in the US, the show lasted just one season.
Here is that pilot, with Jose Feliciano, Jones, and Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie), who performs a cover of Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man". Jones & Humperdinck shared the same bandleader, Jack Parnell.
Friday, August 26, 2022
I refer, of course to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and America's Oldest Baby, Donald John Narcissus Trump. See, Fraud Fauntleroy launched a new round of insults toward McConnell and his wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, earlier this week, and is calling for the GOP to remove McConnell as Minority Leader.
While Farron Cousins throws out names like Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, and that other Kentucky Klown, Rand Paul, he also points out that the GOPers dumping McConnell would actually kill their chances of retaking the Senate in November.
In May 1978, television executives were still looking to cash in on "Star Wars", but no network was more active in this category than ABC.
Four months before Battlestar Galactica & Mork & Mindy hit the air, the alphabet network signed the Carpenters, Richard & Karen, to star in a primetime special, headlined by their cover of Klaatu's "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft". Had they waited, say, another 4-6 months, they could've done a crossover with either of the two freshman series. Robin Williams interacting with the Carpenters would've been priceless.
Of course, I can think of a couple of cartoon heroes that would've filled the bill, too, but that would be too easy.
Anyway, the Carpenters are joined by guests Suzanne Somers (Three's Company), John Davidson, and Charlie Callas, fresh from Switch. Charlie plays the siblings' producer, but also gets to mug for the camera as only he can. Somers & Davidson are aliens who get schooled by the Carpenters.
Like I said, they could've waited a few months to meet Mork.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
From Where The Action Is:
Host-executive producer Dick Clark interviews audience members and The Association before the band performs "Cherish". Seems Clark had the idea for a on-air beach house waaaaaaaaay before MTV did.
Andy Warhol famously said that in the future, everyone would be famous for 15 minutes.
Laura Loomer wants hers now.
Loomer lost a Congressional primary on Tuesday, but, less than 48 hours later, she's claiming she won.
No one had heard of Loomer until this week, and she's playing the sore loser card like other far, far right GOPer idiots before her.
Someone should tell her that the rest of the country's sick of hearing about non-existent voter fraud. It was a close race, and she lost by just a small handful of points, but that's not good enough for Loopy Loomer in her 2nd attempt at the GOP nod in Florida's 21st Congressional district.
To illustrate my point, Prince Pillow (Mike Lindell) had another one of his fund raising scam-a-thons over the weekend. You know the drill by now. Lindell claims repeatedly he has evidence of voter fraud from 2020, but he really doesn't, and instead, with Empty-G among the guests, it's really a telethon for his flailing pillows and new product like coffee. At this point, Whinedell isn't fooling enough people anymore, but it's all he has left, at least until certain authorities shut him down.
In contrast to Loomer, professional losers Marc Molinaro and Tom Golisano were defeated in primaries on Tuesday. Molinaro had the good sense to concede. Media outlets are split on whether or not Golisano extricated his feet from his mouth long enough to actually acknowledge he had lost-----again.
What did Molinaro in was a late attack campaign against Democrat Pat Ryan that reeked of desperation. As Rocky the Flying Squirrel often reminded Bullwinkle, "that trick never works". Not in this modern age, anyway.
Loomer needs to pay attention to other races around the country, and how defeated candidates comport themselves. It's a teaching tool going forward.
Major League Baseball released the 2023 schedules for all 30 teams on Wednesday. As a public service, here's the Mets' schedule:
Beginning in 2023, each team will play all 29 of the other teams, including all 15 AL teams. The Mets will have a 4 game Subway Series with the Yankees, but will have one series of 3 games against the other 14 AL clubs. Consequently, they'll play the remaining teams in the NL East (Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, & Washington 13 times each, down from 19.
In other Mets news, Australian musician Timmy Trumpet will be at Citi Field on Tuesday, and if closer Edwin Diaz gets into the game, fans will be treated to a live performance (with recorded vocals by Blasterjaxx) of Diaz's theme song, "Narco". That's not guaranteed, considering the Mets will host the Los Angeles Dodgers, who split a 4 game series with the Mets earlier this year.
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Television was starting to turn a corner in the mid-70's. For the first time since the 50's (Decoy), there were women in lead roles in crime dramas (Police Woman and the short-lived Get Christie Love!). However, no one considered the prospect of a female lawyer.
Veteran producer E. Jack Neuman, who was at Paramount in the mid-70's, decided to do something about it with CBS' Kate McShane, whose lead was an Irish-American defense attorney (Anne Meara, ex-The Corner Bar), who was often aided by her father, a retired cop (Sean McClory) and her brother, a priest (Charles Haid).
So why did it fail? Wrong hour, wrong night of the week. CBS put the show on Wednesdays at 10 pm (ET), opposite Starsky & Hutch on ABC. Game over. Had it been on at an earlier hour, maybe it works out for the better.
Here's the pilot movie:
Proof you can't fix stupid: Dumb Donald II thinks it would've been ok for his dad to keep classified documents
While we've never been able to prove that Dumb Donald II (Donald Trump, Jr.) has any sort of substance abuse issues, despite video evidence that would suggest it, he keeps demonstrating that, to use an old joke, if his brains were dynamite, he wouldn't have enough to blow his nose, much less a certain white powder.
Anyway, Prince Preppy and Screaming Kimi (Kim Guilfoyle) were at a rally on Monday for Florida Misrepresentative Mattress Gaetz, and Prince Preppy decided to play the idiot card once again. Farron Cousins explains:
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
It's been a couple of weeks since a Russian court found WNBA star Britney Griner guilty (something to do with vaping). The worst case scenario, we thought, was that she would be part of a prisoner exchange with Russia.
Enter Dennis Rodman.
The former NBA star claims he has permission to go to Russia to negotiate Griner's release.
The White House, on the other hand, is disavowing any knowledge of the eccentric Rodman's plans. Toward the end of his career, Rodman seemed to be missing a few screws, both on and off the court, and he claims to be pals with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Monday, August 22, 2022
This was too easy.
Alina Habba (Dabba-Doo), a miscast attorney representing Citizen Pecos Pampers (Donald Trump, of course) decided to go on Newsnacks to whine about the FBI visit to Mar-a-Lago, which, as I write, took place two weeks ago. However, she proves once again why not even other lawyers representing the Archduke of Affluenza trust her. Farron Cousins explains.
Sunday, August 21, 2022
For the last several years, Albany Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Pamal Broadcasting, has opened its Sunday morning schedule with a pair of talk shows.
Albany Street airs just before 5:30 am on WROW (Magic 590/100.5 FM). There is no information on when the series premiered, but it is a fixture. As of today, B95.5 afternoon host Jon Reilly has taken over as series host from veteran Joe Condon, weekend host at B95.5. Again, there is no mention of whether or not Condon has retired or simply passed the baton, if you will.
Albany Street is coupled with News, Views, & Interviews for a hour-long public affairs block airing on WROW & WYJB (B95.5). Aaron Mair is now the solo host for the latter as of August 14.
Last year, Albany Mayoral candidate Alicia Purdy appeared on Albany Street, and the complete episode is available on Ms. Purdy's YouTube channel.
Saturday, August 20, 2022
The late Randy VanWarmer scored his only #1 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart with 1979's "Just When I Needed You Most". Not in the video: former Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian on autoharp.
VanWarmer found greater success as a songwriter, as the Oak Ridge Boys, Michael Johnson, and others recorded his songs. 17 years after "Needed" peaked in the top 10 on the Hot 100, Dolly Parton & Alison Krauss covered "Needed", with Sebastian again on autoharp.
Last year, it was domestic abuse. This year, busted for DUI.
It's clear Atlanta OF/DH Marcell Ozuna, once a promising superstar in Miami and St. Louis, has some issues that require top priority attention.
Ozuna was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning, after Atlanta had beaten the Mets. He didn't play in the series vs. the NL East leaders, nor was he in the lineup vs. Houston last night, another win for the defending World champs. His defensive play, or lack of it, landed him on the bench, and manager Brian Snitker didn't even bother using him as a DH or a late inning pinch hitter in the Mets series.
With Clash at The Castle coming up in 2 weeks in Cardiff, Wales, one wonders if Kross will even be on the card. Lyons will return to NXT on Tuesday.
Friday, August 19, 2022
This was likely tied to The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.
Fred & Ethel Mertz (William Frawley & Vivian Vance) get schooled on the latest Westinghouse appliances of the day by company spokeswoman Betty Furness, who later became a consumer advocate.
Thursday, August 18, 2022
These things we know are true about Donald John Narcissus Trump:
1. At 76, the oldest man-child in America.
2. He's such a miser, he makes Jack Benny's long running radio & TV persona look like a philanthropist by comparison!
3. Because of this, he's too cheap to pay his lawyers, despite his supposedly being among the wealthiest people in America.
4. The best lawyers won't take him on as a client because he's SOOOOOOOO cheap, refusing to pay his bills. This explains why he has the likes of Alina Habba (Dabba Doo) and Christina Bobb representing him.
Farron Cousins breaks it down.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Battlebots has been on three different networks in 22 years on the air. It kind of sneaks up on you because of it being more of a seasonal entry. Fight night for tech geeks.
The series originally aired on Comedy Central for five years, with comedian Bil Dwyer, joined by former NFL players Sean Salisbury & Tim Green at the mics. After a lengthy break, the series resurfaced at ABC for a couple of years before moving to its current home at Discovery Channel, with episodes repurposed on its sister network, Science. Chris Rose left MLB Network to serve as play-by-play announcer, paired with former UFC star Kenny Florian.
As with other combat sports (i.e. UFC), Battlebots has a dedicated, devoted fan following, judging from the packed crowds for tapings.
Following is a sample clip from the current series, airing on Discovery.
It keeps getting worse and worse for Donald Trump.
It was revealed by Maggie Haberman of CNN and the New York Times that when Trump was told by one of his lawyers that he had to return all those boxes of documents that the FBI subsequently collected a week ago, he told the lawyer, Pat Philbin, that those documents were his to keep.
No they're not, Fraud Fauntleroy, never were.
Now, you know why Citizen Pampers is having daily meltdowns trying to stir up his rabid base of brainwashed dullards. He has been reluctant to follow protocols of any kind, but this could be what finally swapping his custom suits for a orange adult onesie in prison or at Bellevue, whichever comes first.
What this tells us is that Trump has plenty in common with this cartoon legend:
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
"Too Late For Goodbyes" was the 2nd single from Julian Lennon's 1984 debut, "Valotte". Set in the studio, the clip was directed by legendary filmmaker Sam Peckinpah, who also helmed the videos for "Valotte" & "Say You're Wrong".
Monday, August 15, 2022
Up until 1975, producer Bob Stewart's production company had dealt only with CBS & NBC. The Pyramid franchise, remember, moved from CBS to ABC, so Stewart's 1st actual sale to ABC was the short-lived Blankety Blanks, a fill-in-the-blank game with Stewart's go-to MC, Bill Cullen, at the helm.
As memory serves, Blanks aired around lunch time, and at the time, then-ABC affilate WAST (now WNYT) hadn't yet launched its 12 noon news. May be wrong about that point.
Anyway, game play was similar to Pyramid, as celebrities and contestants were partnered on two teams of two. In this case, in the opener, William Shatner and Anne Meara are the guest stars, with Shatner five months away from Barbary Coast:
Is Donald Trump that scared of jail? A Kentucky GOPer wants to repeal the law that could put him there
It's been a week since the FBI paid a visit to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Donald Trump's been talking out of both sides of his mouth since then, changing his story with more frequency than a Hulk Hogan interview.
After Trump spent the weekend throwing verbal tantrums on Truth Social, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, personal eye doctor to Quincy Magoo and other near-sighted types everywhere, decided to be a moron and declared that he wants to repeal the Espionage Act, which is the law that Trump, per the Department of Justice, had broken after they found classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
Now, Trump, of course, is claiming (falsely) that he declassified them, but I doubt very seriously he actually understands what that means, with all the talk of his being politically----and literally----illiterate. He took all those boxes with him in 2021 when he wasn't supposed to, and we have to assume he wanted them for leverage against any future political opponent.
Sorry, Dumb Donald, but you're that predictable.
While we're considering investigating Paul for harvesting crack in the Kentucky blue grass, let's let Farron Cousins break it all down.....
Sunday, August 14, 2022
In time, virtually all of the major Marvel heroes will get their own Disney+ series.
Hawkeye dropped just in time for the holidays. Watching this show during the summer months will make one think of the first "Die Hard" movie, except that Clint "Hawkeye" Barton (Jeremy Renner) isn't all by himself against impossible odds.
Sending his wife & kids off on vacation, where he'll join them in time for Christmas, Clint faces off with an enemy with a grudge against a former persona of his, Ronin (comics fans will know about this, and there are references to "Avengers: Endgame"). At the same time, he acquires a new partner in college student Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld, "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse"), whom he will train to be his successor (as seen in the comics).
Because of the holiday setting, the soundtrack includes some familiar Christmas classics, including songs from A Charlie Brown Christmas & How The Grinch Stole Christmas. This counter-balances a cheesy Broadway musical exploiting the Avengers (think the similarly campy number in "Captain America: The First Avenger"), something Clint is not a fan of, obviously.
Check the trailer:
Saturday, August 13, 2022
IDW issued a free preview spotlighting five new titles, one of which is already out.
Dark Spaces: Wildfire, written by Scott Snyder, is a timely series about firefighters battling wildfires, which tend to be an annual thing out west. Only, in this case, there's a murder mystery involved, and it would seem this fire was a backdrop for someone stealing millions of dollars. This is currently in stores.
Your actual interest may vary. Rating: B.
Trve Kvlt (the spelling is deliberate) deals with a fast food clerk who wants to move up in the world by taking up a life of crime. Seems this was set during the early part of the pandemic, when few businesses actually could have money on hand for a robber.
Crashing is set in an emergency room, and dealing with patients who suddenly have powers. Weird.
Earthdivers: Kill Columbus is set 90 years in the future, or, basically, another alternate future sci-fi fantasy, also involving time travel. Not my speed.
Dead Seas is a weird one, too. A little girl and a monstrous imaginary friend come to life. And they're saving this for December? Bad timing, yo'.
This was fun, but they could've done better.
Final rating: B-.
Final rating: B--.
Final rating: A-.
Ah, the days when you could put just about anything on daytime television, including cooking and exercise programs.
For several years, beginning with the first event in 1949, the Pillsbury Bake-Off, alternately known as America's Bake-Off, aired on CBS. Radio icon Arthur Godfrey was the first host, and then, the baton was passed to Art Linkletter, and, in the 70's, Bob Barker (The Price is Right). Since Barker's final Bake-Off in 1984, which he produced himself, the chef's gloves have been passed to Willard Scott (on loan from NBC), Alex Trebek, Phylicia Rashad, Marie Osmond, and, in one of the last televised events, Carla Hall presented the winners on ABC's The Chew.
Pillsbury, now part of General Mills, was the sole sponsor for the majority of these events, and, including the 1984 edition we're going to show you, had Pop'n Fresh (voice of Paul Frees) doing bumpers.
Now, let's take you to February 1984, and San Diego. Johnny Olsen came over with Barker from The Price is Right, which reverted to its original half hour form for the occasion, airing after the contest.
Friday, August 12, 2022
Most of us are accustomed to network fall previews being 30-60 minutes in length. Not in the case of ABC's 1962-3 fall preview, hosted by the cast of The Donna Reed Show. Only new series are featured, with narration by Dick Tufeld. The freshman class of '62:
Thursday, August 11, 2022
It was 1972. With two hit series thriving-----The Mary Tyler Moore Show was soon to begin season 3, and Room 222 heading into season 4----James L. Brooks returned to 20th Century Fox, home of Room 222, to film a pilot for another series, this one to be for CBS.
Class of '55 was, unfortunately, rejected by CBS after all, but Fox took a shine to one of its leads, Alan Alda. The 2nd generation actor, of course, would move on to M*A*S*H and icon status in short order, but what would've happened had CBS bought Class of '55? We'll never know for sure.
Our cast also includes Gary Conway (ex-Land of The Giants, Burke's Law), and, in smaller parts, Heshimu (Room 222) and Jamie Farr, who appears at the end as a hustling photographer. Louise Lasser was four years away from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman when cast as the female lead, but as a YouTube commenter notes, she'd done a pilot with Alda a few years earlier.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Bob Denver was a year removed from The Good Guys when he was cast in a pilot developed by Garry Marshall & Jerry Belson (The Odd Couple). Denver was paired with Broadway star and TV character actor Warren Berlinger in Scared Stiff as a pair of detectives often running afoul of a police detective (Paul Reed, ex-Car 54, Where Are You?), who was the uncle of Berlinger's character.
Plot and title aside, this Scared Stiff has no real connection with a 1953 Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis movie of the same name, which, in turn, was a remake of one of Bob Hope's films, "The Ghost Breakers". Paramount owned the rights to the original "Ghost Breaker", and it'd been 18 years since the Martin-Lewis version of "Stiff".
Linda Kaye Henning (ex-Petticoat Junction), Robert Cornthwaite, and Marie Windsor co-star. Howie Horwitz (ex-Batman) is a producer.
Less than three months before election day, former college & NFL football star Herschel Walker's chances of unseating Rev. Raphael Warnock as a US Senator from Georgia are diminishing. A GOP accountability group has released an ad showing Walker's darker side, which may be the product of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Farron Cousins explains:
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
You've heard by now that Donald Trump's latest legal team, Eeeny, Meeny, Miney, & Moe, issued a letter to CNN last week, threatening to sue the cabler for accusing the Human Annoying Orange of lying about the 2020 election. He may claim that he believes the BS he keeps spewing, but he really doesn't. It's all part of an elaborate con to keep grifting on his gullible supporters.
Farron Cousins explains:
Monday, August 8, 2022
You'd like to hope this would scare Donald Trump back into reality, but it won't. He can't leave his personal Twlight Zone because then, he'd have to admit to his brainwashed followers how weak he really is.
Y'see, the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago earlier today, and while this was going on, Trump went on Truth Social and tried to spin it the only way he knows how.
I'm not going to go through the laundry list of complaints coming from America's Oldest Baby, as it's mostly the same BS, recycled yet again. What we do know, though, is that the walls are closing in even tighter on the Archduke of Affluenza, and he can't handle it. He whined about Hillary Clinton taking a chair home from the White House after husband Bill's 2nd term ended in 2000, because of course he has to complain about Hillary.
Give it up, Tons of Dumb. You & your buddy, Alex Jones, can spend a lot of time whining about imaginary persecution while on the treadmills at Happy Acres.
Olivia Newton-John made her first impression on the American music charts in 1971 with her cover of Bob Dylan's "If Not For You";
Dedicated to Olivia, who has passed away at 73 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer.
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Ever since WWE CEO/Chairman Vince McMahon retired two weeks ago, son-in-law Paul Levesque, aka Triple H, elevated to VP/Talent Relations and head of creative, has given fans plenty to smile about.
For openers, at Summerslam on July 30 in Nashville, Bayley (Pamela Martinez) was finally activated from the injured list after she'd been in training for months for a return from a torn ACL sustained in 2021. She didn't come back alone.
Io Shirai, now known as IYO SKY, was called up from NXT, and was herself recovering from a foot or ankle injury that had sidelined her for 3 months. Dakota Kai, a 2-time NXT women's tag team champion, was re-signed after being released in late April. Together, the trio form to faction reportedly known as Control, which lends itself to plenty of jokes about the 60's spy spoof, Get Smart, in which CONTROL was the name of the agency the title hero, Maxwell Smart, worked for.
Then again, there is a faction known as CHAOS in Japan, and.........., ah skip it.
Two nights later, Tommaso Ciampa (Tom Whitney), more recently known simply as Ciampa, earned a title match, taking place tomorrow, vs. US champion Bobby Lashley. The only downside is that Ciampa currently is being used as a stooge for The Miz (Mike Mizanin), but that shouldn't last too much longer. Ciampa is a 2-time NXT champion and a former NXT tag team champion.
Finally, on Smackdown, 2-time NXT women's champion and 3-time WWE women's tag team champion Shayna Baszler became the next challenger for Smackdown women's titlist Liv Morgan by winning a gauntlet match. Baszler, under McMahon, was treated like an afterthought, which can be blamed on a disconnect between McMahon and NXT. That same night, 2-time NXT champion Karrion Kross, five days removed from appearing at Ric Flair's Last Match (as Killer Kross), made a surprise return, attacking Drew McIntyre. Wife Scarlett placed an hourglass beneath the ropes to signal to WWE champion Roman Reigns that he was, and has been, on borrowed time. Kross was badly misused after being called up to Raw, while Scarlett remained on the sidelines, before being released in November 2021. Scarlett is also a singer, and performs her husband's theme song. It will be a treat if she's allowed to do that live at a Peacock premium live event (i.e. Clash at The Castle).
Fans are giddy with anticipation as to who's next. They're already salivating over the fact that women's tag team champions Sasha Banks (Mercedes Varnado) and Naomi (Trinity Fatu), stripped of the titles in May, could be returning after a tournament is concluded for the vacant titles. McMahon, who will be 77 later this month, has been indifferent about tag teams for years, and proving to be creatively irresponsible, taking advice from his senior advisers, including producer Kevin Dunn, deposed VP/Talent John Laurinaitis, who already has one foot out the door, and Bruce Prichard, instead of listening to what his audience wants. Levesque is going the other way. With wife Stephanie as co-CEO with Nick Khan, Levesque is looking to improve TV ratings by giving the people what they really want to see, instead of the same matches recycled ad nauseum for weeks on end.
The early returns, of course, have been substantial, but the real test begins next month with the start of football season. There will be more cuts, but this time, Khan, in charge of balancing the books for the benefit of shareholders, will be likely getting pushback if he tries to cut people favored by Levesque.
20 years ago, Levesque, as Triple H, was a base villain. After turning NXT into must-see TV, he's now a savior in the eyes of the fans. What a difference.
Saturday, August 6, 2022
WROW listeners got a pleasant surprise last weekend when veteran DJ John Gabriel returned to the station after a few years away.
Gabriel, whose resume also includes a long stint at WTRY, and doing traffic reports for Spectrum News 1, as well as the This Day in NY History interstitals, worked the midday shift on July 30, and this morning is filling in for morning host Ben Patten, though it sounds like this could be a regular thing going forward, at a time when WROW used automated programming most of the time on weekends after dismissing DJ's Kevin Richards & Richie Norris in the last couple of years.
From WNYT's YouTube channel:
Friday, August 5, 2022
Following up on a story from earlier this week, it's being reported that when Days of Our Lives leaves NBC for an exclusive streaming space on Peacock, NBC will fill the hour with-----what else?----news.
The network plans to mount the first network afternoon news program in its history (ABC tried a PM version of Good Morning, America), and, locally, it appears it'll follow the lunch hour news on WNYT.
On the air, he's been whining and crying all week, begging for sympathy. Hastily scheduled pressers were attacks on the judge, which didn't help at all. Not too surprisingly, he's gotten support from fellow conspiracy advocate and national pain in the neck Empty-G (Marjorie Taylor Greene). Well, you know what they say. Birds of a feather flock together.
Thursday, August 4, 2022
David Zaslav is CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, and, if you go by recent reports, a self-appointed hatchet man who has further alienated DC Comics fans.
How, you might ask?
On Tuesday, it was announced that "Batgirl", starring Leslie Grace & Michael Keaton, in post-production at the time of the announcement, was being cancelled. A holiday themed sequel to last year's CGI "SCOOB!" movie was also cancelled.
Or, as Scooby-Doo would say, "Ruh-roh!".
There are reports that Zaslav intends to take the $80-90 million budget for "Batgirl" as a tax write-off. The initial reactions from fans are, of course, predictable, with one wag going so far as to say that Zaslav was a villain for cancelling "Batgirl", amid rumors that the production wasn't exactly what DC & WBD were hoping for. Keep in mind, too, that Zaslav, back in May, scrubbed a live-action "Wonder Twins" movie, a week after the leads had been cast.
I know what you mean, Jayna. I feel your pain.
The decisions Zaslav has made, and will continue to make, will cast him in a similar light to WWE co-CEO Nick Khan, who has been with WWE 2 years as of this month, and has been miscast as a villain for all the budget cuts since then, though one cut was reversed recently. I went so far as to opine on Reddit that Zaslav has probably never read a comic book as a youth, and, others have said he's basing his decisions on personal opinions. Not a good look from a business standpoint for consumers.
The merger of Discovery+ and HBO Max will soon be finalized with staff from both streamers being cut. Given what Zaslav has already done, DC Comics fans should be very afraid.
Zaslav's reckless decision making makes him this week's Weasel of The Week.
Celebrity Charades, when it launched in the winter of 1979, was a spiritual successor to Mike Stokey's legendary Pantomime Quiz and its follow-up, Stump The Stars. Unfortunately, Charades lasted just the one season, co-produced by Columbia Pictures Television.
Jay Johnson (Soap) serves as the series host, aided by his puppet, Squeaky. In the series opener, our 8 stars include Caren Kaye (ex-Blansky's Beauties), Debra Clinger (The American Girls, ex-The Krofft Supershow), Richard Paul (Carter Country), Ted Lange (The Love Boat), Rip Taylor (The $1.98 Beauty Show), Johnny Brown (ex-Good Times, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), and Bowzer (Sha Na Na).
The Go-Go's made a big splash----literally----with their debut hit, "Our Lips Are Sealed", co-written by guitarist-vocalist Jane Weidlin and Fun Boy Three vocalist Terry Hall. "Lips" peaked at #20 on the Hot 100.
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
After 57 years, and a few cancellation scares, Days of Our Lives is shifting from NBC and broadcast television to online streaming. The series is set to move to Peacock as an online exclusive.
A pair of miniseries tied to the series have already aired on Peacock, and must've made enough of a positive impression on NBC-Universal-Comcast suits to convince them to move Days permanently to Peacock.
Days' departure from NBC leaves the broadcast networks with just 3 soaps left: ABC's General Hospital, the eldest of the group, as it predated Days by 2 years, and CBS' 1-2 punch of Young & The Restless and The Bold & The Beautiful, which, it should be noted, share the same production company as Days, as both are also from Corday Productions & Sony.
What does it do for NBC affiliates? Locally, WNYT now has another hour to fill weekday afternoons. Days has been airing after the station's hour-long lunch hour newscast. We'll all find out together next month.
The NFL Hall of Fame game takes place tomorrow, with Las Vegas and Jacksonville meeting in Canton. It is the 2nd year for the game as a mid-week attraction, airing on NBC.
X-Files creator Chris Carter was a huge Dodgers fan, such that he named agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) after Vin. Who knew?
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
There are better ways of gaining attention from the masses than what we've seen for the last 19 months, since airheads like Colorado Misrepresentative Lauren Boebert were sworn into the House of Representatives. Ms. Clouds For Brains came up with a real tall tale, claiming that if you don't have a gun, you're more likely, to go all cannibal on the family dog, something this mile high airhead claims actually happens in Venezuela. It doesn't.
Farron Cousins explains:
Monday, August 1, 2022
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly, they are ravening wolves."---Matthew 7:15.
"Did you ever dance with the devil in pale moonlight?"--The Joker (Jack Nicholson), "Batman", 1989.
A pastor in Oregon, in speaking to his flock a week ago, said that "Christian nationalism", the movement supported by the likes of Empty-G (Marjorie Taylor Greene) and other GOPers, is not true Christian doctrine. Rev. Chuck Currie says that "Christian nationalism" is racist at its core. Well, there's a shock for ya.
Farron Cousins explains:
It seems not a day goes by now without reading of a celebrity or athlete's death. On Sunday, the celebrity trifecta came within hours.
Pat Carroll, 95, may be remembered more by today's generation having resurrected her career as the voice of Ursula, the villain of Disney's musical adaptation of "The Little Mermaid". Students of classic television, of course, know better. Carroll joined the cast of Make Room For Daddy, aka The Danny Thomas Show, in 1961 as Bunny, the wife of Charlie Halper (Sid Melton, ex-Captain Midnight), the manager of Danny Williams (Thomas).