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.