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MAVERICK AND HIS CARDS
One of the elements of the program that people found so compelling were the poker games Brett Maverick and his brothers (and cousins) were so adept at. It was that cunning smile, that deft card play, that revealed the wily nature of the Maverick family. People tuned in for the card playing as much as the gun play. Poker was such a key element in the series the main character was seen playing in the show's opening.
Of course, poker play wasn't as easy to come by in the 1960s as it is today. Players in the past were subjected to smoky back rooms (like on Maverick) or a trip to Las Vegas or Atlantic City was in order. Today you can turn to online game sites like 888poker for the excitement of a winning hand - or enjoy an episode of Maverick with James Garner on DVD.
July 14, 2013 - 11:14am
Johnny Carson's last monologue took place 20 years ago on a Bob Hope special taped a year after he left the Tonight show.
May 9, 2013 - 11:54am
Lucy visited the Tonight show when Joan Rivers was guest hosting to plug her TV movie 'The Stone Pillow.'
Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 11:54am
Watch these hilarious bloopers with Will Ferrell from Anchorman and his other films.
Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 11:54am
Kevin Butler looks at the life of a local NYC kid show performer, the legendary Herb Sheldon who would have turned 100 years old this month.
Thursrday, February 28, 2013 - 9:44am
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Kevin S. Butler has a look at the life of Gerry Anderson, creator of Supercar.
Sadly, Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown in 'A Charlie Brown Christmas', is in jail, charged with 12 felony counts of making criminal threats and stalking. He was a good actor, he also voiced the character in 'A Boy Named Charlie Brown', 'Charlie Brown's All Stars!' 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,' 'You're in Love, Charlie Brown' and 'He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown.' (I really liked 'Charlie Brown's All-Stars'.) Robbins was replaced when he turned 14 and his voice changed.
One of John Ford's repertory players. Harry Carey Jr., died last year. Watch as he talks about fellow western actor Ben Johnson, another one of my all time faves.
The greatest moments of 'ole JR Ewing:
Eric Chilton interviews some of the greatest stars of the big and small screen. And it's free so what are you waiting for? There are some fascinating conversations you'll dig.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 10:04am
2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell called out Spike Lee recently: "Screw Spike Lee. Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' is a brilliant flick that more accurately depicts the African-American experience than any of the 15 movies about black culture Lee's directed in his lifetime." Spike is upset because Samuel L. Jackson's character in the movie is just like him: a conniving and scheming Uncle Tom." It's so true, Spike Lee is turning into a professorial-type media scold.
Jessica Simpson is developing a TV series about her life. Didn't she do that already, and embarrassed herself thoroughly in the process?
Worst title for a play I've heard in a while: 'Peter and the Starcatcher'.
Patrick Stewart talks about Star Trek, the X-Men and more.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 9:34am
Much beloved Boston children's entertainer Rex Trailer has died. "According to Bill Ranney, Trailer's friend of 44 years, Trailer's family was at his bedside singing the western songs he wrote and loved. "In the end, he left with a smile on his face." Ranney said."
TNT drama Leverage won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable Television Drama. But the show, which is one of my very favorites, has been cancelled.
Here's a 1987 documentary on Dark Shadows:
ABC is developing Star Wars as a live action TV series. I'd like to see Carrie Fisher and Mark Hammil star - Disney didn't waste any time in exploiting their newest acquisition!
Travel back to 1976 when Carnac the Magnificent ruled:
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 11:50pm
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