When pressed to explain the high weirdness of America's bicentennial year, simply cite The Paul Lynde Halloween Special which aired in 1976 as an ABC special. Special guests included:
• Tim Conway from The Carol Burnett Show
• Roz Kelly aka Fonzie's girlfriend Pinky Tuscadero
• Margaret Hamilton aka The Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz
• Billie Hayes aka Witchie-poo from H.R. Pufnstuf
• Billy Barty aka Hugo from Dr. Shrinker and Sigmund from Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
• Florence Henderson from The Brady Bunch
• Betty White from The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Lynde and musical guest KISS were both at the apex of their fame and influence. So go enjoy some canned laughter, unbelievably corny jokes, and KISS going through the motions on Detroit Rock City.
• The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (h/t my mom and dad four decades ago)
Before Max Headroom shilled for Coke and collaborated with the Art of Noise (below), he starred in this fantastic and prescient 1985 UK TV movie about a dystopic future. This brilliant bit of cyberpunk science fiction feels even more relevant today than it did back then. Previously: “Max Headroom, the full story” (Thanks, UPSO!)
There’s a new TV show where celebrities lip synch to other people’s songs, and they’ve put out a clip of Michael Bolton uneasily mouthing Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise to offer a taste of what’s in store. It’s not really my cup of tea but do wake me up when Dean Stockwell goes on.
Get him a body bag! Yeahhhhh!!!! Update: There was previously a much longer new trailer but it appears YouTube Red Originals has now removed it.
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