I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Rudolph has just come back from delivering Christmas presents with Santa Claus when he is asked by Father Time to find the missing Baby New Yearbefore midnight on New Year's Eve. The baby, named Happy, ran away because everyone laughed at his large ears, although no one meant it in a cruel way.
Unless Happy is returned before December 31 to take his position as the new year, the current year will not end and the date will perpetually remain December 31 forever. If this happens, the evil buzzard named Aeon will rule the world forever.
Today in Television History December 31, 1985
Rick Nelson is killed in a plane crash.
Nelson got his start by starring in his parents' TV series, The Adventures
of Ozzie and Harriet.
was born in 1940 to famous parents: His father, Ozzie Nelson, was a bandleader,
and his mother, Harriet, was a singer and actress. When Ricky was four years
old, his parents launched their radio series, playing themselves, with actors
playing their young sons. Five years later, Ricky and his older brother, David,
suggested that they, like their parents, play themselves on the series. In
1952, the series moved to TV.
attended Hollywood High School and showed little interest in music until his
girlfriend raved to him about Elvis. He boasted that he was about to cut a
record himself. His father let him cut a demo with his orchestra; Nelson
claimed he chose to cover Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'" because it
relied heavily on the two guitar chords Nelson knew how to play.
Nelson played the song on the TV series, he became an overnight sensation. His
first album, released in November 1957, topped the Billboard charts, and
Nelson became one of the best-selling male singers of the 1950s, with 53 Hot
100 hits, 17 in the Top 10. Nelson later changed his name from Ricky to Rick.
He also appeared in several movies, including Rio Bravo with John Wayne
and Dean Martin in 1959 and The Wackiest Ship in the Army in 1960.
Ozzie and Harriet went off the air in 1966, Nelson's music career
fizzled until he discovered the emerging style of country rock. On two albums,
he covered country material and scored a few hits in the late 1960s and early
1970s. Although he would never be a superstar again, he continued touring
aggressively, performing more than 200 nights a year. He put together a new
band in 1985 and signed a new record deal, but on December 31, en route to a
concert in Texas, he died in a plane crash at age 45. The last song he
performed live was a cover of "Rave On" by Buddy Holly, who also died
in a plane crash.
TV director James Burrows born in Los Angeles. Raised in New York City, Burrows graduated from
Oberlin College and received a master’s degree in theater from Yale University.
During the 1970s, he directed episodes of such popular sitcoms as The Mary
Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show and Laverne & Shirley.
From 1978 to 1982, Burrows was the principal director of Taxi, a sitcom
about New York City cab drivers featuring an ensemble cast that included Judd
Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Marilu Henner, Jeff Conaway, Andy Kaufman and
Burrows and the former Taxi writers Glen Charles and Les Charles went
on to develop a show called Cheers, which centers around a group of
employees and regular patrons at a Boston-based watering hole. Cheers,
which premiered on September 30, 1982, on NBC, starred Ted Danson as Sam
Malone, a former professional baseball player and ladies man who runs the bar.
The Cheers cast also included Woody Harrelson, John Ratzenberger, George
Wendt, Rhea Perlman, Kirstie Alley and Kelsey Grammer (as snooty psychiatrist
Frasier Crane). Though Cheers was almost cancelled due to poor
first-season ratings, it eventually became a massive hit with audiences and was
nominated for more than 100 Emmy Awards, winning 28. The final episode of Cheers,
which aired on May 20, 1993, attracted over 80 million viewers, making it one
of the top-rated finales in TV history.
Burrows went on to direct multiple episodes of the hit Cheers spinoff
Frasier, which starred Kelsey Grammer and originally aired from 1993 to
2004. Burrows also lent his Midas touch to the long-running sitcom Friends
by helming the pilot as well as more than a dozen other episodes. Friends,
which originally aired from 1994 to 2004 and co-starred Jennifer Aniston,
Courteney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt
LeBlanc, was another huge ratings success. During the 1990s, Burrows also
directed pilots for such shows as Wings, Caroline in the City, NewsRadio,
3rd Rock from the Sun and Dharma & Greg.
In 1998, Burrows became an executive producer of Will & Grace and
reportedly directed every episode of the sitcom, which originally aired through
May 18, 2006. The show starred Debra Messing as Grace, an interior designer,
and Eric McCormack as Grace’s best friend Will, a gay attorney. Sean Hayes
played Will and Grace’s flamboyant friend Jack, while Megan Mullaly co-starred
as Grace’s wealthy, pill-popping assistant Karen. The wildly popular Will
& Grace was the first network sitcom to feature homosexual main
characters. More recently, Burrows has directed such shows as the short-lived Back
to You (2007-2008) with Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton.
Actor Walter Koenig, television director Ralph Senensky, producer/director Arthur Marks and author Mark Dawidziak will join us on an encore edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Dec. 30-Jan. 4 at the following times and venues:
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This week’s program will be an encore presentation of our two-hour tribute to the life and career of Leonard Nimoy, the actor known around the world as Mr. Spock, the half-Vulcan, half-human first officer on Star Trek who was not only one of the show’s most popular characters, but in many respects its most iconic. We will certainly talk about Star Trek, but we’ll also discuss some of Nimoy’s other contributions to television, as well as his accomplishments as a motion picture director; his dedication to science, art and the humanities; his various philanthropic interests; and who he was a person.
that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.
William Shatner introduces the never-before-seen lost ending of It's a Wonderful Life, where George Bailey (Dana Carvey) and the people of Bedford Falls take bloody revenge on Old Man Potter (Jon Lovitz).
I want you to always remember that life’s most meaningless statistic is the half time score, and as far as I’m concerned it’s always half-time. I wish you joy, my friends. In the great game of life, Trust Your Next Shot.
- Meadowlark Lemon
Meadow George Lemon III April 25, 1932 – December 27, 2015
Lemon made his first basketball hoop out of an onion sack and coat hanger, using an empty Carnation milk can to sink his first 2-point hoop.
Lemon first applied to the Globetrotters in 1954 at age 22, finally being chosen to play the following year (1955). In 1980, he left to form one of his Globetrotters imitators, the Bucketeers. He played with that team until 1983, then moved on to play with the Shooting Stars from 1984 to 1987. In 1988, he moved on to "Meadowlark Lemon's Harlem All Stars" team. Despite being with his own touring team, Lemon returned to the Globetrotters, playing 50 games with them in 1994.
In 1978, Lemon appeared in a memorable Burger King commercial by making a tower of burgers until he found a double-beef pickles and onions burger and no cheeseburger.
In 1983, Lemon appeared in a Charmin toilet paper commercial alongside Mr. Whipple (actor Dick Wilson).
In 1979, Lemon starred in the educational geography film Meadowlark Lemon Presents the World. Also in 1979, he joined the cast of the short-lived television sitcom Hello, Larry in season two, to help boost the show's ratings; in the same year, he played Rev. Grady Jackson in the movie The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. It was several years before he actually became an ordained minister himself.
In 1982, Lemon was featured in the Grammy-nominated video Fun and Games, an interactive educational video produced by Optical Programming Associates and Scholastic Productions, on the then-emerging LaserDisc format.
Meadowlark Lemon had 10 children: Richard, George, Beverly, Donna, Robin, Jonathan, Jamison, Angela, Crystal and Caleb.
Lemon's estranged first wife Willye pleaded guilty to simple assault after admitting to stabbing Lemon with a steak knife in 1978.
Santa' McHale must practice some psychological warfare, when he, the crew, Binghamton, and a war correspondent are captured by a Japanese patrol, while on a mission to bring some Christmas joy to the children of a nearby orphanage.
The 1979 Christmas episode of the B.J. and the Bear entitled 'Silent Night, Unholy Night.' "BJ helps a pregnant woman who has some very incriminating evidence against the evil sheriff on Christmas Eve."
It's Christmas, and Fonzie refuses to accept a Christmas gift that arrived from his estranged father. December 25, 1941
Bing Crosby introduces "White Christmas" to
"White Christmas," written
by the formidable composer and lyricist Irving Berlin receives its world
premiere on this day in 1941 on Bing Crosby's weekly NBC radio program, The
Kraft Music Hall. It went on to become one of the most commercially
successful singles of all time, and the top-selling single ever until being
surpassed by Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997." Stay Tuned Tony Figueroa
that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.
It's "A Christmas Carol," Sanford and Son-style, as the friends and family of stingy Fred try to imbue our curmudgeonly hero with the Christmas spirit. Naturally, Fred is resistant to these efforts until he has a dream, replete with the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future (who look awfully familiar to Fred -- and to us). Former child actor Marc Copage (of Julia fame) appears as the younger "Fredsie."
In addition, select programs from the past two years are available for purchase for a nominal fee. Click here for more information. Show No. 300 with guest Bo Svenson Original Airdate: Week of Dec. 9-14, 2015
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas and the 35th anniversary of Magnum, p.i. Also in this hour: Ed commemorates Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday by playing highlights from our conversations with Robert Davi and Barbara van Orden about the legacy of Ole Blue Eyes, as a singer, actor and humanitarian. Second hour: Actor, producer and director Bo Svenson (Breaking Point, North Dallas Forty, Kill Bill, Here Come the Brides, Inglorious Basterds) talks to Ed about his upcoming film Don’t Call Me Sir, the inspiring story of groundbreaking judo legend Rusty Kanokogi, which will also feature the acting debut of Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison. For information on the film, go to SupportDontCallMeSir.com. Also in this hour: Phil Gries remembers the NBC 1967 telecast of Annie Get Your Gun as part of The Sounds of Lost Television.