12/21/12

The Boob Tube #35: Christmas Specials (part two)


A retelling of It's a Wonderful Life (by the same writer in fact).  Blasphemy to some, but really not as bad as you might imagine.  Features Christopher Guest and C. Thomas Howell in his first role.

Here's a few more Christmas specials you may or may not recall..





I really wish they'd re-release some of these on DVD.  There's nothing I'd love more than to see Oral Roberts alongside H.R. Pufnstuf.  I think my head would explode; so, maybe it's best they don't.


Aren't you so glad they defined pinata for you? "A hanging container filled with candy and gifts".


In addition to being a Playboy favorite and Mrs. Ringo Starr, Barbi Benton was a singer who released an album or two.  Doug Henning was a flaky hippie magician, but dammit I loved him.  Picture Gallagher with super powers.


There was never a shortage of Country Christmas specials.  Nothing said the holidays like The Oak Ridge Boys, Tom Wopatt and Mac Davis.



And speaking of Tom Wopat, here's his partner in crime, John Schneider, on Solid Gold's Christmas special.  If you'll recall, the Solid Gold Dancers were basically naked (save for shreds of gold lamé in strategic places).  I wonder if they covered up a bit more for the holidays.  That would've been a Christmas bummer.


I'm a sucker for a Christmas special of any sort..... and yet, I would sooner be flayed alive than endure these cartoons.  Strong words, I know.  Yet I mean them sincerely.


The voice of Snow White,Erika Scheimer, was also the voice behind Marcia Brady in the animated series.  I've also heard this has a groovy soundtrack, although I can't attest to that first hand.


Mushmouth (like the kids on ZOOM) spoke that exotic language known as "Ubbi Dubbi".  See if you can translate this:

Hubave uba Muberruby Chrubistmubas uband uba Hubappuby Nubew Yubear

13 comments:

  1. Actually, its Barbara Bach who is Mrs. Ringo Starr, not Barbi Benton.

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    1. Right, she was almost like a Mrs. Hefner though.

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  2. And a merry Christmas and a happy new year to you sir!

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  3. Barbi was Hef's main squeeze for quite a while. She said she got tired of him cheating on her with Karen Christy, and a few other Playmates and play things. They are still great friends to this day. She still looks great.

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  4. Awesome stuff! Never heard of that Snow White show! I would have watched! Heck, maybe I did! LOL

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  5. All this Christmas stuff is making me think what I want for Christmas - an extremely large mini skirt pictorial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Me tv is showing the Snow White Christmas, as well as a few others this Sunday. If I remember they will also be showing Cricket on the Hearth and the He-Man/She-Ra christmas special. It starts at 3pm/2 central time.

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  8. I saw that Marlo Thomas remake of "It's a Wonderful Life". It was pretty bad & blasphemous, IMHO. Wow, Doug Henning, David Soul, and B.B. King on the same TV special? I think I just blew my mind a little bit.

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  9. This was back in the day when the three networks would hawk thier other shows on supposed Christmas specials. Thus Captain and Tenille appearing everywhere that year they had a varity show!

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  10. I loved the idea of the It's a Wonderful Life remake, and wish that Universal would put it on home video (or that NBC Universal TV Distribution would try and get it rerun every Christmas-it's as good as the original, and no, CLM in ND, it isn't blasphemous. At least it wasn't one of these overwrought TV specials.

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