ZONKS! I can't believe it! We have now reached...
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
Y: Your Big Break
Thursday, April 28, 2022
X: Executive Suite
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
W: Who's Watching the Kids?
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
V: Veronica's Closet
Monday, April 25, 2022
U: Unhappily Ever After
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Bonus: Forgotten Cartoons Based on Prime Time Shows
Everyone remembers watching cartoons on Saturday while eating cereal in their pajamas. Since I didn't include any cartoon shows in my regular posts, I chose to post on some here. Specifically, cartoons that were based on prime-time TV shows. There are far too many to list in one post, so I will list a few that have stuck in my mind. More can be found in this link. Also, some prime-time series were made into animated specials (some can be found here).
Fonz and the Happy Days Gang: The gang from Happy Days (minus Potsie) went on time-traveling adventures, trying to get back to Milwaukee in 1957. Going them were Cupcake, a "future chick," and a dog, Mr. Cool. The intro, narrated by Wolfman Jack, is below:
Laverne and Shirley: The famous duo joined the army in this animated version of the hit series. Their immediate superior was Sgt. Squealy Pig, voiced by Ron Palillo (formerly of Welcome Back, Kotter):
The Fonz's and Laverne and Shirley's respective shows joined forces in 1982, welcoming another cartoon segment based on a hit show. Months after Mork and Mindy left the air, its characters were brought to animated Saturday morning TV:
Bonus: Total Television Book
One thing that inspired my theme this year was having owned several editions of this book:
The edition pictured was the last update of the book. The info contained only goes up to the fall of 1995, after the launchings of the now-defunct networks UPN and WB. A book that hasn't ben updated in more than 25 years. But it's easy to see why. With all the streaming services as well as the networks and cable stations carrying original series, it would make for a heavy, super-long book, bigger probably than an unabridged dictionary. And please, let's not get too argumentative--we have the Internet so....
My copy of the above edition is so wrong it's fallen apart. Nevertheless, I still glance it, and despite it being terribly outdated, I did use it to find ideas for my blog posts. Only two shows I included in my posts (both coming up this week, as the A to Z winds down) came out after the last edition of this book.
While recently glancing through my worn copy of the book, I came across listings for TV shows I don't actually remember:
FTV (Syndicated; 1985) A show that parodied music videos hosted by former Eagles member Don Felder? How did I miss this? It must not have been shown on any station in my area. Sounds like something that might have gotten dumped to the afternoon TV wasteland on Saturday or Sunday, subject to preemption by sports and breaking news stories. Here is a clip I then found on YouTube.
You Write the Songs (Syndicated; 1986). A contest for amateur song writers, with Ben Vereen as host. Again, I don't remember this being on any local stations. A clip on Youtube. Also, Zoobilee Zoo, which Vereen also hosted that same year. The series intro is here.
Again, I don't seem to remember these, and I'm old enough to have seen them. I can't even recall hearing about them! But given my age at the time, I might not have been interested in these shows, as most were aimed at younger kids. Something tells me I had better things to watch then.
And this one I don't recall seeing or even hearing about: Getting In Touch, hosted by psychiatrist David Viscott, syndicated in 1987. Though I'm pretty sure I would not have wanted to watch this! And I'm now surprised my local NBC station didn't snag this to air in the off-network hours, but I guess they had better syndicated stuff to show at those times, like Oprah Winfrey and Wheel of Fortune.
Now you can see there are things on TV *I* don't recollect!
Saturday, April 23, 2022
Friday, April 22, 2022
Thursday, April 21, 2022
R: Real People
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
P: Parenthood (1990 Series)
Monday, April 18, 2022
O: One of the Boys
Sunday, April 17, 2022
Happy Easter & Some Easter Fun
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter (and what ever other holiday you celebrate). And want to share some funny stuff:
Saturday, April 16, 2022
Halfway Through A to Z
Wow, the month is already half-over, meaning Blogging A to Z is halfway done.
Thank you for all the views and comments so far.
Some of the blogs I have been visiting:
And I get to others as well. There are just a lot of them
It's been fun so far and I look forward to seeing the rest of the A to Z. Only two weeks left now.
N: The New Gidget
Friday, April 15, 2022
M: Marblehead Manor
Thursday, April 14, 2022
L: Love, Sidney
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
K: Kids Incorporated
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
J: Just the Ten of Us
Monday, April 11, 2022
I: I'm a Big Girl Now
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Recent Book Hauls
I just got the sad word that the used bookstore in nearby Gilroy, CA has lost its lease and will have to vacate soon (I'm not sure when). I was last at the store on the last Sunday in March, and had no idea until I saw something about this on Facebook earlier this past week. The cat from the bookstore now needs to find a new home. This was so sad. I loved going to this store! And the cat was so sweet!
On what will probably the last time I ever got to visit the store (again, I don't know exactly when they are closing), I went looking for one of the books on this list. This is one of the prompts this year on this challenge. I wrote down the titles upon first glancing at the list, since it's a click list (and I didn't want to have click through it more than once). A lot of the books on the list I have already read, and others are hard to find, including Dune (still haven't found any used copies of that one). And there are some books listed that I have never heard of. I ended up finding and buying this book from the list (I also got Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat and The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton that some day).
- No Wind of Blame--Georgette Heyer
- Stories by Katherine Mansfield
- Strange Tales From a Chinese Studio--Pu Songling
- The Pilgrim's Progress--John Bunyan
- The Odd Women--George Gissing
- Smoke and Mirrors--K.D. Halbrook
- The Education of Margot Sanchez--Lilliam Rivera
- Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac--Gabrielle Zevin
Saturday, April 9, 2022
H: Harper Valley PTA