J Edgar Hoover loved Efrem Zimbalist's "FBI"


Michael from Muckrock writes, "While J. Edgar Hoover wasn't a big fan of much media in the 60s -- he worked to rewrite one of Hitchcock's scripts and made Walt Disney re-work Tomorrowland -- there was one show that struck a chord: ABC's The FBI." Read the rest

Last chance to buy a TV-B-Gone!


BB pal Mitch Altman informs us that he's ceased manufacturing on his marvelous invention the TV-B-Gone, a keychain remote control that turns off any television with a push of the button. It's great fun in sports bars, airports, restaurants, and wherever else there's an idiot box that annoys you! Grab one now because when they're gone, you'll have to make your own (also great fun). Mitch writes:

In 2003 I quit my job to explore ways of making a living doing what I love doing. It was kind of scary, since I had no idea how I would make enough money after quitting my work. But I knew that I had to quit doing what was only OK, to make time to explore what I truly love. One thing I knew was that I wanted to design and make one TV-B-Gone remote control -- just for me. I wanted to be able to turn TVs off in public places!

It took me a year and a half to make the first TV-B-Gone remote control. And when I did, I went all over San Francisco turning TVs off everywhere I went -- and enjoying the hell out of it! And, of course my friends all wanted one. So, I made them for all of my friends. But, oddly, most of their friends wanted one. And when it turned out that many of the friends of my friends' friends also wanted one, I thought it would be interesting to make a bunch.

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What happened to all the Star Trek hair? Shatner didn't take all of it home, did he?


A 1968 memo from Paramount producer Robert Justman to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry reports on the sad state of the show's hairpieces, which had gone missing in great number. Read the rest

Joel Hodgson is Kickstarting a reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000


The creator of the groundbreaking, snarf-inducing TV show (which featured robot-puppets adding a snarky running commentary to some of the worst movies ever made, ever) is bringing it back in its original form (as opposed to the side projects like Cinema Titanic and Rifftrax), assuming he can raise an eye-popping $2,000,000. Read the rest

“Long-lost” 1928 Disney animation with 'Oswald the Lucky Rabbit' found in BFI archives

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny's long-lost, long-eared ancestor has been discovered in the National archive of the British Film Institute.

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Convicted Christian con artist Jim Bakker now just literally selling buckets of Bibles on TV

Noted Con Artist is at it again.

Behold, how the mighty have fallen.

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Al from Happy Days, RIP


Al Molinaro, most famous for playing Al Delvecchio, proprietor of Arnold's Drive-In on TV sitcom Happy Days (1974-1984), has died. He was 96. Yeppp, Yep, Yep, Yep, Yep... Prior to his role on Happy Days, Molinaro starred on The Odd Couple as Murray the Cop.

(The Hollywood Reporter)

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Sons of Anarchy FCC complaints: ”The most sadistic program on TV," also #butts


"I hate to think that people are watching this and we walk among them." Read the rest

Fan of TV painting host Bob Ross? Watch the very first episode of his show.


What a gem was released upon the internet today! This video of Bob Ross: A Walk in the Woods, was Season 1 Episode 1 of his long-running “anyone can paint” television HOWTO show.

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Subliminal penises and other bizarre FCC complaints about TV's MythBusters

MuckRock spotlights some of the complaints -- some utterly bizarre, others downright stupid -- filed with the FCC by viewers upset with MythBusters. My favorites are the one about the subliminal penis spotted in an explosion and a "near hate crime" against the Catholic Church:

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'Lost in Space: the Complete Adventure' celebrates 50 years of Dr. Zachary Smith

Lost in Space: The Complete Adventures [Blu-ray]
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the beloved television series Lost in Space. This fantastic, remastered into HD, blu-ray collection is a must have for fans who can never get enough.

From the sweeping theme song and fantastic opening credits, to the amazing B-9, Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot, known as Robot and played by Bob May, Lost in Space thrills me as much now as it did when I was a kid. The adventures of this Space Family Robinson have always held my attention and, I believe, the series will always hold up. I am looking forward to spending a lot of time with the 8 hours of rarely seen footage and the other obscure extras they've included!

There are so many reasons to sit down and watch this show, but at the very top of the list is Jonathan Harris' portrayal of Doctor Zachary Smith. Annoyed with everyone, including himself, Smith is the not-as-brilliant-as-he-thinks reason the family is lost. His attitude and presence are amazing. The relationship between Doctor Smith and Robot is so bewilderingly hilarious, but his friendship with young Will Robinson, played by Billy Mumy, is even more stellar, and touching. Perhaps one of the greatest characters ever on the small or large screen, Doctor Zachary Smith is the perfect anti-hero. His insults are amazing!

The rest of the cast is fantastic. The art, sets, sounds and stories are all exactly what they should be. I find Lost in Space to be such a fantastic of example of what teevee should be to me, that I was horrified by the late 90's movie remake, even with Gary Oldman playing Smith. Read the rest

George R.R. Martin plays a zombie signing his new book on Syfy’s 'Z Nation'


Nothing will stop George R.R. Martin from completing his Game of Thrones novels. But the author and fantasy/science fiction icon will show up in the eighth epsiode of Syfy's series 'Z Nation,' which returns to TV tonight, Friday September 11, at 10 p.m. In the episode where Martin appears, he has been imprisoned by a character known as Collector, who kidnaps celebrity zombies. Collector chains George to a desk for his own nefarious purposes, but evidently none of this gets in the way of George finishing the damn books everyone wants to read so badly.

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Yet another new video format touted


This one is open-source and royalty-free, and has the backing of Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix. Read the rest

Tales of the Gold Monkey, another lost tv treasure

Tales of the Gold Monkey: The Complete Series

Join a former flying tiger, his awesome dog and a Grumman G-21 Goose as he explores the south Pacific, fights Nazis, and has a broken relationship with a pretty singer/spy. This should have been my life, not a one season tv show you've never heard of!

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The most loved and hated TV finales, charted


A simple methdology: compare the IMDB rating of the final episode vs the show's average. Dragonball Z and Dexter share bottom spot, but who wins? Read the rest

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: the complete series


I never get tired of watching this brilliant 1990s take on the Wild Wild West, starring the always fantastic Bruce Campbell.

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Trickle-down kids' TV: Sesame Street will air on HBO 9 months before PBS

A show conceived to help low-income kids keep up with their affluent peers will now be "paywalled so that rich kids can watch it before poor kids can." Read the rest

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