TV Guide #17: April 14-20, 1979
Another issue of TV Guide, coming right up. This issue hails from the fine year of 1979. Enjoy!
I have no recollection of the Romie-O and Julie-8 cartoon special. I'm sure it was terrible.
I think the writers and producers of Hee Haw Honeys forgot what made them popular enough for a spin-off - and that was mega-levels of eye candy. Audiences expected thirty minutes of eyeball popping Honeys, but got your standard yawnfest instead (with Kathy Lee Gifford).
Take a long hard look at the caliber of guests the Love Boat has on board this week: it's simultaneously awful and awesome - Mrs. Roper and Meredith Baxter's domestic abuser, and Mrs. Hugh Hefner.
I didn't know "Cold Turkey" was a Norman Lear joint. It certainly wasn't any good, despite the comedy veterans doing the best with what they had.
The Saturday horrorfests are some of my fondest TV memories. This week it's Barbara Eden being mind controlled by her demon baby. A great thing to watch the night before Easter.
Supertrain was a super disaster; as I understand it, almost bankrupting NBC.
Loved me some "Animals, Animals, Animals" hosted by Barney Miller.
"The Ark of Noah"... you mean, Noah's Ark?
I love the ecclectic mix you were served on just a handful of channels. At 5:00 PM you could watch one of the greatest documentaries of all time, The Ascent of Man.... or Dance Fever. Now, with hundreds of channels, it seems like the same old shit on every station.
Fawlty Towers then Mary Tyler Moore; life was good.
Before Jerry Springer, before Geraldo, before Morton Downey Jr., there was Donahue.
Master of Ceremonies Namath totally tagged at a minimum three cheerleaders; maybe all at once, I don't know - I wasn't there.
The Ropers is perhaps the ultimate textbook example of how not to spin-off. Everything that made Three's Company great was completely missed in the spin-off: no jiggle TV, no slapstick, no charismatic characters,etc. For me, the worst was that Helen and Stanley were made into fools - looked down upon by their elite neighbors. Janet, Chrissy and Jack had their conflicts with their landlords, but they all loved the Ropers. It was a great dynamic that's hard to put into words; while the dynamic of The Ropers settled into cliched boredom. I understand that Norman Fell never wanted to spin-off, but was coaxed into it with false promises.
Charles Nelson Reilly on "Good Morning America" and Paul Lynde on "Hollywood Squares" - Wednesday morning was apparently the timeslot for snarky ascot-wearing divas.
I have to mention this: When I got this TV Guide back in '79, I was obsessed with this Real People advertisement. For some reason, this looked so incredibly intriguing to my nine year-old brain, I couldn't freaking wait until Wednesday evening! Thirty seven years ago, and I still remember this ad like it was yesterday.
Highcliffe Manor sounds like it had potential... with Audrey Landers no less. I presume it was awful.
I've never seen Drive-In, but the artwork has me intrigued - possibly the work of Jack Davis?
Midnight Special was amazing: I'd love to own that show in its entirety on DVD.
And I'll leave you with a great pair of gams on the back cover. Until next time!