Thanks for liking me on my birthday - Happy Valentine’s Day. As longtime readers of this blog know, it’s also my birthday. I’m getting closer and closer to 40. But having your birthday on V...
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Our friend Jim Martin (The Great Space Coaster) has been working with Pittsburgh's ToonSeum, which celebrates the art of cartooning. The ToonSeum is currently displaying the art of Sesame Street icon Caroll Spinney. Seriously, how much talent can one guy have?
Make sure to check the ToonSeum's events calendar for classic cartoon screenings, workshops and special guests. If you bump into Jim, tell him Just My Show sent you!
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One of television's all time greatest moms has passed away. Barbara Billingsley, known to TV fans everywhere for her portrayal of June Cleaver on the classic series Leave it to Beaver, died Saturday at the age of 94. Billingsley's other credits include the voice of Nanny in the 1980s Saturday morning cartoon Muppet Babies and a memorable appearance in the 1980 comedy Airplane!
In a 2006 interview with Just My Show, Leave it To Beaver co-star Tony Dow described his TV mother as "the greatest person in the world."
"The thing that's funny about Barbara," observed Dow, "is that, you know, she always gets tagged with the fact that she was always at home vacuuming in high heels and pearls and, you know, what mother did that? And, you know, it set the woman's movement back years, when in fact, obviously she was working. She was a working mother. She was the opposite from, you know, that character."
You can watch full episodes of Leave it To Beaver at TVLand.com and you can, of course, listen to our interview with Tony Dow right here in the Just My Show reruns section.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Fire up a Mega Burger and raise a glass (just not on prom night) to the gang from West Beverly High. It was 20 years ago this very evening that Beverly Hills, 90210 made its debut on Fox. Despite its massive success though, the series didn't start off as a D'Shawn Hardell slam dunk (or Joe Bradley touchdown - choose your 90210 sports metaphor).
"A lot of people don't remember this about 90210, but the first year it was on, it was dead last in the ratings," remembered actor Matthew Laurance on Just My Show show back in 2006. "It almost didn't get picked up after the first season."
There was a fan base building though, that the numbers weren't picking up on. Laurance, who played the recurring role of Dr. Mel Silver recalled, "They asked Luke [Perry] to go down to Miami or somewhere in Florida and do a personal appearance and he got to this shopping mall and there was something like 15,000 people there, and all of a sudden Fox said 'Wait a minute. Somebody's watching this show,' and they started to promote it really heavily and they showed first run episodes during that summer when no other shows were, and all of a sudden it turned into this huge hit."
"It just hit at a time when the culture was changing to where, you know, all the stuff that was shown on that show was really starting to get important," Laurance concludes. "It just struck a chord with...it started out probably with high school kids, but after that it turned into a whole phenomenon, as you know, that was really unlike anything that i've seen."
So here's to Brandon, Brenda, Dylan, Kelly, Steve, David and Andrea. And here's to Jimbo, Cindy and Nat. And what the heck, here's to Emily Valentine, Jesse Vasquez, Ray Pruit and the late Scott Scanlon...bless his soul. Don't play with guns, kids.
The original Beverly Hills, 9021o airs daily on SoapNet and can be seen online at CBS.com...and if you haven't already, make sure to listen to our classic chat with Matthew Laurance, arguably the greatest TV dentist of all time.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Make sure to check out the brand new podcast featuring an interview with actor D.B. Sweeney. Listen to us talk it up about The Cutting Edge, Eight Men Out and his directorial debut Two Tickets to Paradise. Cool guy!