Time for another stroll down couch potato lane. This one's from 1978 - a year in which I evidently watched A LOT of television because I pretty much remember every show on every night. WKRP had just come out and got the cover picture, but there's just a little article on Andy Travis. The real joy, as usual, is looking at what's on each night - so, let's dive in...
So many memories, and so much joy are crammed into these few short hours on Saturday morning. Superfriends, Godzilla, Ark II, Space Academy, The Krofft Superstar Hour, Fantastic Four, and, of course, Fat Albert - this one's about TV addiction.
If you can divert your attention away from the creepy ventriloquist dummy, you'll note Billy Carter is on tonight's Hee Haw. On later: the Hee Haw Honeys (insert wolf whistle).
You'll note this Gilligan's Island special has
It's not "stewardess", it's "flight attendant". Get it straight NBC.
Also, the Love Boat tonight is one not to miss: Billy Crystal, Marilyn McCoo (The 5th Dimension, Solid Gold), Robert Reed (Mr. Brady was constantly guesting during this period) and Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes).
The SelectaVision basically acts as a TiVo - and you can store up to FOUR shows on your VHS tape.
Sunday morning was always dominated by religious programming (and this being a Utah TV Guide, it's naturally full of Mormon shows). I remember watching Davey and Goliath as well as an animated show called Jot, which I'd love to see again.
This week's In Search Of.. is about human cloning.
A TV movie starring Linda Lavin and Kristy McNichol - I don't know how I missed this one. Just like in Alice, she's separated and makin' it on her own with a teenage kid. I'll bet the level of drama was over the top; unfortunately, there'd be no Flo, Vera or Mel to lighten things up..
The whole Walking Tall thing was big in the blue-collar crazy 70s. The real Pusser was supposed to take over the role, but he died in a car crash and it went to Svenson, a former bodyguard to the King of Sweden. Look for Svenson's cameo in Inglourious Basterds (he's the only guy to be in both the original and Tarantino's version)..
An early role for Kim Basinger "who grows up fast as a nude model". Before that it's People with guests ELO and Wonder Woman. Hell yes.
Interesting that there'd be a special about the cannibalistic Donner Party, given that this is a Utah TV Guide, and this doesn't look great for Mormons. Also, there's a creepy guy on this episode of Laverne & Shirley named "Eraserhead". I wonder if that's where David Lynch got the inspiration?
I hate to sound like a broken record, but I am continually amazed at the level of variety - quality variety - with such a limited number of channels. In interviews alone you've got Hugh Downs interviewing Henry Miller for God's sake and Merv Griffin with Les Brown and Eartha Kitt!
I don't miss fooling around with antennas, both indoor and rooftop were a pain in the ass. Also, note the sparse offerings of Halloween specials this week.
I love me some Ann Dusenberry who was a stone cold fox in National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982). Also, the wonders of the bank tube are unfolding in 1978.
So, what do you choose this Wednesday night? Ms. Dusenberry in the Dan Haggerty TV movie, an Erma Bombeck TV movie adaptation starring Burnett and Grodin, or Charlie's Angels? I won't tell you my choice because I don't want to influence your decision.
I need to find Cotton Candy; I don't believe I've seen it, and it obviously demands my attention.
Nothing like having the bottom half of a nude woman in your TV Guide.
I've said this before: I love how they used to regularly play obscure horror movies that you would still have a hard time finding today. Point of Terror is today's example.
Midnight Special was just freaking badass. Tonight it's Paul McCartney and the Little River Band performing one of my all time favorite soft rock songs.