Sunday, June 11, 2017

Forgotten TV episode 9-The Fantastic Journey

The 1977 NBC series The Fantastic Journey is discussed.
TV Themes clipped
1977 The Fantastic Journey pilot theme
1977 The Fantastic Journey series theme
1977 NBC spinning logo theme
1977 NBC Grizzly Adams promo
1977 NBC Man From Atlantis promo
Obituary-Adam West, 88.
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Adam West Dies At 88

Adam West, legendary for his portrayal of the first (and arguably only) live-action TV incarnation of Batman, has died at age 88.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, West died Friday night in Los Angeles following a short battle with leukemia, as confirmed by a family spokesperson. West died peacefully, surrounded by family, and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A long-time actor with a career beginning in the mid 1950s, West guest starred in a dozen TV westerns before getting his first series role as Steve Nelson on 1961's The Detectives. His second series role cemented him in pop culture forever in the 1966 Batman TV series. Never able to escape the Batman image, West was able to capitalize on his iconic role in numerous guest appearances and voiceovers; appearing as Elder Hercules on Shazam!, Batman on at least six animated incarnations of the character, and eventually as a caricature of himself a number of times including his long-running 17 year stint on Family Guy.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Forgotten TV ep 8-Cliffhangers and Supertrain

The 1979 NBC mega failures Cliffhangers! and Supertrain are discussed.
Note: Some audio clips from Cliffhangers are poor quality due to being 40 year old VHS multi-generation copies. The first part of the show is best listened to on earbuds or headphones.
TV themes clipped
1979 Cliffhangers
1979 Supertrain themes
NBC "NBSee Us"! 1978 fall season promo
1979 NBC Supertrain promo
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Actor Jared Martin Dies At 75

Jared Martin died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at age 75.
He had a number of shows in the Forgotten TV era, most notably The Fantastic Journey (1977) and War of the Worlds (1988) as well as episodes of Get Christie Love!, The Rookies, Logan's Run, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk and more.

I will be doing a podcast episode on The Fantastic Journey this year.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Frequent Wire Podcast Network

Forgotten TV is now part of the Frequent Wire Podcast Network!

Frequent Wire is a collaborative podcast network founded by David Lawler with several ideas in mind: introducing classic movies and television, pop culture, exercise and fitness, sports and news, and spirituality and inspiration to a whole new generation, plus interesting and stimulating conversations about everyday life and the human psyche.

Shows include "Misadventures in BlissVille", "That Twilighty Show About That Zone," "Mixtape Rewind," "Ship To Ship - A Star Trek Podcast", "Two Davids Walk Into A Bar," as well as "Forgotten TV." 

Frequent Wire Facebook Group

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Forgotten TV ep 7-The Super 70s Part 4

The 1978 CBS TV movie Dr. Strange and the 1979 CBS Captain America TV movies are discussed.
TV themes clipped
1978 Dr. Strange themes
1966 Captain America animated
1979 Captain America theme
1970s CBS movie bumper
1978 Wonder Woman/Incredible Hulk/CBS On The Air promo
1970s Captain America/Hulk Mego TV commercial
VHS trailer for 1979 Captain America II
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Forgotten TV ep 6-The Super 70s Part 3

The 1977-1982 live action CBS TV series The Incredible Hulk is considered.
TV themes clipped
1966 Hulk/The Marvel Super Heroes
1978 The Incredible Hulk
Incredible Hulk Colorforms 1970s commercial
Me-TV Incredible Hulk promo
Mego Marvel Comics Elastic Super-Heroes Collection 1970s commercial
1978 Dr. Strange CBS promo
VHS trailer for 1979 Captain America

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Quark was a sci-fi spoof created by Buck Henry, who previously had brought us TV comedies Captain Nice and Get Smart. 
The pilot aired May 7, 1977 (pre-dating Star Wars by 18 days.) It was picked up as a mid-season replacement in early 1978.

Richard Benjamin was Adam Quark, captain of a United Galaxy Sanitation Patrol Cruiser (a garbage scow.) Ship's engineer Gene/Jean (Tim Thomerson in an early role) is a "transmute", a humanoid being with a complete set of both male and female chromosomes. Other roles were: logical science officer Ficus Pandorata played by Richard Kelton, Betty I and Betty II (which one is the clone?) played by Cyb and Patricia Barnstable, and Conrad Janis as Otto Bob Palindrome, commander of the space station Perma One, which the ship answered to.

Mainly inspired by the original Star Trek series (complete with numerous recycled Trek sound effects), the show also later spoofed Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Lost in Space, and Flash Gordon. Several elements seemed later recycled in comedies like Spaceballs and Third Rock From The Sun. Even though it was basically a sitcom with a laugh track, many of the effects were not bad and were completely on par with other late 70s TV shows.

Quark lasted seven episodes (eight if you count the pilot), was released on DVD in 2008 and is now out of print but available from a number of resellers online.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Forgotten TV ep 5-The Super 70s Part 2

1970s live-action incarnations of Spider-Man are considered.
1977 Spider-Man CBS TV movie
1978 Spider-Man CBS TV series
1978 Japanese Spider-Man or Supaidâman
TV themes clipped
1967 Spider-Man ABC animated series
1977 Spider-Man CBS TV movie
1978 Spider-Man CBS TV series
1978 Japanese Spider-Man or Supaidâman
1970s Mego Hulk and Spiderman Commercial
1978 Remco Spiderman Toy Commercial
1979 Mego Superheroes Contest Commercial
Isis Weekly Moral
Fan-made trailer for Incredible Hulk TV movie
Corrections: ABC animated series was 1967, not 1966 as stated. Johnny Sokko is seen Sunday nights on Comet, not Me-TV as stated.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Forgotten TV ep 4-The Super 70s Part 1

Live action superhero TV shows of the 1970s are examined.
1974 Shazam! CBS Saturday morning series
1975 Isis CBS Saturday morning series
1974 Wonder Woman ABC TV movie
1975 Wonder Woman ABC/CBS TV series
1975 Star Trek Mego commercial
1977 Wonder Woman Mego commercial
1970s trailer for Spider-Man VHS release
Special thanks to Mark Jeacoma

Sunday, April 16, 2017

1970-The Immortal

This man has a singular advantage over other men. Ben Richards is immune to every known disease, including old age. Periodic transfusions of his blood can give other men a second, a third lifetime, perhaps more.
Ben Richards will live longer than anyone has ever lived, but a transfusion to the wrong man could make him a prisoner for all time. And so he runs from the hunters, the human hounds who would cage him.
Originally a 1969 ABC Movie of the Week, The Immortal starred Christopher George as a test car driver that discovers his blood makes him immune to disease and will give him a greatly extended lifespan unless he lost his life to injury.
Notable as one of the early imitators of The Fugitive, the main character is on the run from wealthy men that would imprison him to extend their own lives. The show was based on the science fiction novel The Immortals, by James Gunn.
15 episodes aired from September 1970 to January 1971. No release was ever made, but the original TV movie is findable on YouTube.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Forgotten TV ep 3-This Weekend In 1977

1977 TV themes clipped 
The Rockford Files 
The Jeffersons 
Six Million Dollar Man 
Wonder Woman 
Starsky and Hutch 
1970s CBS Special Presentation 

Friday night 
Nashville 99; CBS 
Code-R; CBS 
Hunter; CBS 

Saturday night 
Blansky's Beauties; ABC 
Fish; ABC 
Most Wanted; ABC 

Sunday night 
Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries; ABC 
Switch; CBS 
Delvecchio; CBS 

1977 RCA Selectavision VCR Commercial 
1977 Tonight Show clip w/Don Rickles

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Interview on Blissville Podcast

I just guested on a Twilight Zone podcast and record Walnut Grovecast this week. I'm currently working on a new Forgotten TV podcast on "This Weekend in 1977." 
Until then, enjoy this interview of me on David Lawler's Blissville podcast, in which we discuss TV memories, fanzines, digital broadcast TV, TV show music rights, TV theme songs, and more.

Misadventures in Blissville
Videoholic Ultimate YouTube channel

Monday, April 3, 2017

1972-The Brady Kids

This was ground zero for the 1970s trend of animated versions of live action shows. That Girl, Star Trek, The Partridge Family, The Odd Couple, My Favorite Martian, The Munsters, Lassie, Gilligan's Island, Bewitched, and Emergency! all had animated spin-offs in the 1970s.
Produced by Filmation, The Brady Kids omitted the parents and Alice characters and featured the adventures and singing of the kids. Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen all initially voiced the characters, although due to a contract dispute, three of them were replaced for the shorter season 2. Animal characters were added in the form of Mop Top the dog, panda cubs Ping and Pong, and Marlon the magical bird. Stories ranged from mundane to fantastical and would include ghosts, aliens, magic and superheroes. Superman is featured in one episode, and Wonder Woman in another. This is notable because this was a year before Super Friends, making this the first appearance of Wonder Woman on television, animated or otherwise.
The Saturday morning show started airing in the fall of 1972, concurrent with season 4 of The Brady Bunch, still airing Fridays at 7pm Central. There were two seasons and 22 episodes produced. The show was released on DVD in 2016.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

1983-HBO Movie Intro

When watching an uncut theatrical film on TV was an event. I never had HBO at home, (or cable except for a few months in 1985) but when this came on at a friend's house or at a motel you knew something special was about to follow.
This is still one of the best, if not the best music ever composed for a TV bumper segment. Now it can be played in stereo over good headphones and sound even better.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Forgotten TV ep 2-TV Theme Hits and Misses

Brief history of TV themes discussed

1970-The Partridge Family
"When We're Singin'"
Performed by Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, John Bahler, Tom Bähler, Jackie Ward, and Ron Hicklin.
Instrumentals by The Wrecking Crew
The Wrecking Crew on Amazon

1969-1974-Love, American Style
"Love, American Style"
Performed by The Cowsills

1974-Movin' On
"Movin' On"
Performed by Merle Haggard
No. 1 Hot Country singles 1975

1979-B.J. and the Bear 
"B.J. and the Bear"
Written by Glen Larson
Performed by Greg Evigan

"Different Worlds" 
Performed by Maureen McGovern
No. 18 in 1979

1979-Makin' It
"Makin' It" 
Performed by David Naughton
No. 5 in 1979

1982-Joanie Loves Chachi 
"You Look at Me"
Performed by Scott Baio and Erin Moran

Friday, March 24, 2017

1970-Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp

Occasionally you come across a series that defies categorization. A Saturday morning action-adventure live-action comedy starring animals with dubbed-over voices and a laugh track? Okay.
With plots that make the skits of The Monkees look like high art (see what I did there?) the series featured Lancelot Link and his female colleague, "Mata Hairi," working for A.P.E., the Agency to Prevent Evil. They fought against C.H.U.M.P., the Criminal Headquarters for the Underworld's Master Plan. If this sounds really similar to Get Smart!, you're right. Two of the creator/producers, Stan Burns and Mike Marmer, were both former writers of Get Smart!
Actors Dayton Allen, Bernie Kopell and Joan Gerber provided almost all of the voiceover work, much of it done ad-lib to match the mouths and actions of the already filmed animals.
The series ran from Jan-April 1970 on Saturday mornings at 8am central and was the first show on the ABC network feed for the day. There were 17 episodes total. The somewhat politically incorrect opening theme can be seen here.
A DVD of this series is actually available.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Forgotten TV ep 1-The Popcorn Kid

The 1987 CBS sitcom The Popcorn Kid is discussed in this inaugural episode.

The Popcorn Kid aired in March and April 1987 starring Bruce Norris, Penelope Ann Miller
and Faith Ford.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

1987-CBSpirit Oh Yes

Researching the 1987 CBS TV season for an upcoming podcast on The Popcorn Kid and I found a full length 1987 CBS fall TV campaign promo.
I actually found a fairly complete listing of fall network campaigns and we'll cover all of them from 1970-1989.