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TV Guide #3: August 4-10, 1979


Yes, it's another TV Guide post.  Get used to it folks - I've got a box of them that are just begging to be scanned...




This little article is just too groovy for words. On your next night out at the disoteque, don't forget your battery-operated squirt guns, maracas and 5-inch heels.



Not to nitpick, but I'd have used a smaller font.  The lonely "ING" is a bit annoyING.


Kylene, seven years before her husband was "arrested on charges of conspiracy, mail and bankruptcy fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property"



Ayds has to be the worst example of a brand name being besmirched by an unforeseen negative connotation.


I watched a lot of TV in 1979, but I have absolutely no memory of Dorothy or Hangin In.   What great choices at 8:00 though:  Someone is Watching Me, The Killer Elite, or Charlie's Angels at a Louisiana prison!


John Updike on Dick Cavett or The Gong Show.  Project U.F.O. or Laverne & Shirley.  So many choices, yet so few channels.



The title of this article has kind of an interesting backstory.  Joyce was a struggling actress, until she took her earnings from an episode of Beretta and got a haircut at an expensive Rodeo Drive salon. The stylist cut off her shoulder length hair and gave her a short perm... the rest is history.  Joyce attributes that to her future success - no longer competing against the long flowing haired hotties, she was now the "short jerky girl" who got the part on Three's Company.

As added bit of trivia, her stylist was Jon Peters, who would soon become a well-known producer (DC Cab, Clan of the Cave Bear, The Color Purple, Batman Returns, Gorillas in the Mist, Man of Steel, Caddyshack II).




"Hello Larry" - McLean Stephenson makes yet another horrible post-MASH mistake.  A spin-off supposedly of Diff'rent Strokes, it was the quintessence of terrible.

The Little River Band on Midnight Special would've been a treat, as would "They Saved Hitler's Brain" (1964).


As I recall Where It's At was perhaps the greatest movie for miniskirt watching in the history of cinema.... or at least that's how I remember it thirty plus years later.  I've periodically checked on Netflix for years to no avail - will I ever see this movie again?  I can't find it anywhere... a fact which is made all the more painful by the movie's title.



Well, it's been fun.  Stay tuned for another round.

13 comments:

  1. Every 2 or 3 years, TCM will show "Where It's At", usually around 2 AM. One time when it was on, I had a friend make a DVD of it for me. There are websites that sell movies not officially released on DVD where you can buy a copy for $20-$25. Oh, you're not paying for the movie, you're paying for the seller's time and materials in putting the DVD together for you (rolling eyes).

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  2. I don't remember Dorothy or Hangin' In either. These shows aired in the summer and would not last very long. Joyce DeWitt cut off her white 'fro soon after this TV Guide came out.

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    1. Dorothy was Broadway star Dorothy Loudon (the original Miss Hannigan in ANNIE)...HANGIN' IN, amazingly, was a revamp of a planned format change for MAUDE, where Bea Arthur would go to Congress. After she decided not to continue the series, they did a pilot with John Amos as the congressman. Finally they reset it in a college (and cast Arthur's on-screen husband)...in all three versions the supporting cast remained the same.

      And Jon Peters gave Barbra Streisand the same white Afro...as well as becoming her lover, which got him the opportunity to produce.

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  3. Also on: Mother, Jugs and Speed. One of the all-time great titles. Movie is OK. Raquel Welch is "Jugs."

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    1. ABC had a short-lived series based on it. The title though was Mother, Juggs, and Speed, with two g's.

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  4. I have a treasured copy of "Where It's At" on dv, a birthday present from a dear friend.

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  5. How about public TV jumping on a trend (disco) just as it was starting to ebb? That ad about "The Hustle" brought back mid-1970s memories. The girl I was dating at the time, and her crowd, really loved that song (this was 1975) and I absolutely hated it. It was impossible to avoid.

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  6. Fun stuff, as always. Reading through the listings, I notice an Adam-12 I just watched the other day on Cozi TV. What's old is new again.

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  7. Always was a Janet fan on 3's, while most of my friends were falling over themselves gasping at Chrissy for some reason DeWitt just turned my young crank, lol. Wasn't a fan of the haircut but when she turned on the sex appeal with those irresistible slit skirts and aerobics outfits how could one resist?

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  8. Joyce DeWitt > > > > > Suzanne Somers.

    Prettier, funnier, better voice, and far better actress.

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    1. ...and along with Juliet Prowse and Barbara Eden makes up the L'Eggs triumvirate.
      http://tinyurl.com/ngs7z3v

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  9. Paul DucaJune 01, 2016

    Yet "Chrissy or Janet" never resonated through pop culture the way "Ginger or Mary Ann" did....

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