Sunday, February 26, 2017

Remembering Bill Paxton

ForgottenTV remembers Bill Paxton, actor in forgotten TV shows such as The Six O'Clock Follies (1980), McClain's Law (1982), and Fresno (1986.)
The actor died yesterday from complications after heart surgery.
Aside from his more obscure TV roles, he is well known from numerous hit films such as Aliens, Tombstone, Apollo 13, Twister, and Titanic.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

1983-Wizards and Warriors

This forgettable show was a mid-season replacement for CBS in early 1983.
A full-on stereotypical medieval sword-and-sorcery fantasy adventure, this show was set in the time of King Arthur's Court. Jeff Conaway (Bobby from Taxi, who died in 2011) held the starring role. The Wikipedia plot description:
The legendary kingdom is ruled by good King Baaldorf and Queen Lattinia. Their daughter, Ariel, is engaged to Prince Erik Greystone, who becomes Camarand's champion against a neighboring kingdom ruled by evil Prince Dirk Blackpool. Erik is assisted by his servant, Marko, the strongest man in the kingdom and often hindered by his ne'er-do-well playboy brother, Justin.
Interestingly, most episodes were directed by Bill Bixby. Even though only eight episodes were produced, the series surprisingly received a DVD release in 2014.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Remembering Richard Hatch

ForgottenTV remembers Richard Hatch, 'Apollo' on Battlestar Galactica, who died today at 71. Hatch was a prolific guest star and recurring role actor with over 100 film and TV credits from Hawaii-Five-O and The Waltons in the 70s to ChiPs, Fantasy Island, TJ Hooker, and The Love Boat in the 80s. 

He also spent much of his later career attempting to revive Battlestar Galactica, going as far as to write, co-direct and produce a trailer for a proposed spinoff called “The Second Coming,” but Universal Studios rejected his pitch. Instead, the studio ordered a re-imagining of the show from Ronald D. Moore in which Hatch played Tom Zarek, a terrorist-turned-politician, for 22 episodes over the show’s four-season run.
“Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional,” Moore tweeted after the news broke. “His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family.”

“Richard Hatch, you made our universe a better place,” wrote Edward James Olmos, who starred in the reboot. “We love you for it. Rest In Peace my friend. So Say We All.”