5/12/15

TV Guide #6:November 10-16, 1973


As you can see, it's "a very special week".  So, it's time to adjust those rabbit ears, pour yourself a bowl of Frankenberry and plant yourself on the well-worn spot on the living room shag.  Don't touch that dial!




They used to play British shows (like Department S) at odd hours in the 1970s.  Also this afternoon: Mancini is on Lawrence Welk and Peter Brady is Bobby's personal manservant.


This is what I actually love about only having a few channels to choose from: if you're going to watch TV this Saturday night, chances are you're watching a Jazz festival.  Chances are, hundreds of thousands of people were likely exposed to something new this evening; something they would never have chosen to watch had there been a big selection of channels like today.


Watching Dino in '73 with a martini in hand, reclined in your Barcalounger - that was truly living the dream.


I like Airport, but for my money there's nothing like Airport '75 with Chuck Heston (and Erik Estrada).

I find it a little odd that there's a big advertisement for a Lizzie Borden book in this week's TV Guide, don't you?


So many of these late night movies have been lost to the traces of time without even a DVD release.  Thankfully, Frogs  (at 10:40) is on Netflix Instant.



One of the foxiest babes of this era - Joey Heatherton could really add some heat to an otherwise boring special.  A shame she had to hit rock bottom before the decade was over.



Mr. Rogers explains how to cope with guilty feelings. Meanwhile, James Brolin is trapped in a department store with attack dogs on the loose.  Now that's entertainment.


Vic Tayback is on Cannon and Robert Reed is on Baffle.  What more do you want out of life?


Both Bill Cosby and George Foreman are on Mike Douglas.  I'm tempted, but I'll refrain from making a joke about how they were both great at knocking people out.



On Dinah Shore: Don Knotts talks about being the ideal lover.  WTF?


Bowie makes his American television debut tonight.


Getting your fashion advice from your TV Guide: never a good idea.

20 comments:

  1. I love all the Airport movies. Such a great cheesy mix of drama, suspense, and TV stars.

    I wonder if that showing of "The Cowboys" was my first viewing. I'm kinda thinking it was a few years later.

    I would've had a tough time deciding between "Where Were You When the Lights Went Out" or "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" on Friday night before catching Bowie.

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    1. Just to see a glimpse of Morgan Freeman pre-Electric Company would be worth it to see "When the Lights Went Out"

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  2. Happy Birthday Gilligan!

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  3. AnonymousMay 13, 2015

    I love that there is nothing after midnight until 5am. The good ole days of station sign offs and test patterns.

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    1. ... then the dreaded Farm Report.

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    2. Now it's infomercials and overnight news. The local PBS station has "Sign Off" on my DirecTV guide from 12midnight-6am CT but actually airs PBS programs then.

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  4. When I was in college, the local PBS station showed a movie every night at midnight. It could be anything from an Elvis movie to a melodrama from the '30s. Infomercials have ruined local TV, as stations show them now instead of a late, late movie or reruns of "Mannix".

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  5. MEtv, Antenna TV and FAMNET are about all I watch anymore. They still have late night movies and their daily schedules are excellent. I can almost always find something that I want to watch on one of those channels. I also like that you can get them over-the-air (at least MEtv and Antenna TV). If I wasn't pressured by my kids to keep cable I would turn it off and be happy with the above stations.

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    1. I could also do without 99.9% of the channels - don't even get me started.
      But have you tried the El Rey Network? It's Robert Rodriguez's new channel, and I'm diggin' it. Everything from 70s kung-fu to midnight classics like C.H.U.D. and Duel. It's worth a look.

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    2. I cut the cable a couple months ago when I found out about Sling TV on my Roku. For $20/mo, you get a couple of dozen channels, INCLUDING El Rey Network! It's the first I'd heard of that channel and they do show a lot of stuff the homogenized cable channels never show. That, plus over-the-air channels like MeTV convinced me to get rid of cable.

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  6. "Draw the Pirate" contest. Dang it ! I WANTED to enter, but I never could work up the nerve. If, if, if only I had, my life might have turned out differently. Sigh, oh well.......!!

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    1. I remember the commercials as well - "Do you like to draw, paint... or just doodle?" In the background was this cheesy flute that sounded similar to the "Taxi" intro, if I recall correctly.

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  7. On pg 67 I use to watch Tony Musante as Toma. Based on a true character who would actually make cameo appearances on the tv series like Hitchcock. Can't help but think Toma influenced Baretta a few years later. Same idea only better acting and no parrot.

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    1. AnonymousJuly 25, 2015

      If memory serves.......... I believe Musante got a bit of a swelled head, and demanded more money, so the producers fired him and reworked the show into Baretta the following season.

      Cheers

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  8. Where the heck is this TV Guide from?
    You have Adam's Rib, Diana, and The Magician, all first run shows at that time, on Saturday late afternoon !!!

    Diana was a Monday night comedy, The Magician was on Tuesday night, and I remember Adam;s Rib but not sure when it was on. Why are all these show slotted like syndicated shows?

    To quote Gilligan, "WT . . . . " well, you know.

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    1. Salt Lake City is in Mountain Time, so, clearly, the stations were given some rhythm with clearances (I suspect content was seen as a factor in pushing a few series later). I'm impressed by two atrocious syndie series on KUTV: POLICE SURGEON and THE EVIL TOUCH.

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    2. Two reasons: a lot of these markets had only one or two stations, which meant they had to jam lesser shows in odd time slots; the networks at the time were too cheap to give the Mountain Zone its own delayed feed, which meant a lot of shows were on videotape or even kinescope.

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  9. Strange bedfellows on Sonny & Cher! Andy Griffith, Billie Jean King, Bob Guccione and the Penthouse Pet of the Year?! Sheriff Andy sure wasn't in Mayberry any more! (The description is between the Airport and Lizzie Borden ads.)

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  10. The thing I love in the James Brolin movie is how the fundamental premise of it, and SO many sitcom episodes in the 1960s and 1970s, isn't possible today...getting locked in a store after it closes. With mandatory crash bars on fire exits now, I don't know if it's possible to get locked in anymore.

    And don't even get me started on how many sitcom and drama plots from that era are totally invalidated in the age of cellphones....

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