Thursday, December 31, 2015

Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: Rudolph's Shiny New Year

Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" little spark of madness
that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.


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. 

Rudolph's Shiny New Year (Rankin Bass) by theperminator
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.
Nelson 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.
Nelson 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.
When 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.


After 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.



Stay Tuned and 
Happy New Year


Tony Figueroa

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: What Are You Doing New Years Eve?

Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" little spark of madness

that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.


What Are You Doing New Years Eve? 
by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt 

Joseph and Zooey Web



and in Television History
December 30, 1940
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 Christopher Lloyd.
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.



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Tony Figueroa

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Tribute to Leonard Nimoy: Next on TVC

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:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 12/30
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Billings, MT
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Saturday 1/2
6pm ET, 3pm PT
Monday 1/4
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San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA
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Sunday 1/3
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Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 1/3
9pm PT
Monday 12/28
Midnight ET
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RadioSlot.com
San Francisco, CA
Monday 1/4
10pm ET, 7pm PT
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PWRNetwork
Ann Arbor, MI
Various times throughout the week
on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork.com

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.

Our guests this week will include actor Walter Koenig (Leonard Nimoy’s longtime co-star on both the original Star Trek and the first six Star Trek movies), television director Ralph Senensky, who directed Nimoy on seven occasions on the original Star Trek (including the classic episode “This Side of Paradise”), Perry Mason producer/director Arthur Marks (a longtime friend of Nimoy who also directed him in the Mason episode “The Case of the Shoplifter’s Shoe”), and television critic and author Mark Dawidziak (The Columbo Phile).

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: SNL Real Audio - Jesus Today


Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" little spark of madness

that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.


Jesus tries to fix everything that's wrong with today's commercialized Christmas.
SNL Real Audio - Jesus Today from David Daly on Vimeo.



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Tony Figueroa

Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE LOST ENDING


Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" little spark of madness

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).

Its-a-Wonderful-Life-Lost-End by y10566



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Tony Figueroa

Monday, December 28, 2015

Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: TV Funhouse - Globetrotters' Christmas

In Memory of

Meadowlark Lemon


Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" little spark of madness

that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.




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Tony Figueroa

Meadowlark Lemon

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

Meadowlark Lemon died yesterday, at the age of 83

Lemon was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and attended Williston Industrial School, graduating in 1952. He then matriculated into Florida A & M University, but was soon drafted into the United States Army, serving for two years.
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 2000, Lemon received the John Bunn Award, the highest honor given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame outside of induction. 


He was inducted into the Hall three years later as a contributor to the game. On May 18, 2009, Lemon became a partial owner of the Smoky Mountain Jam of the American Basketball Association.


In the 1970s, an animated version of Lemon, voiced by Scatman Crothers, starred with various other Globetrotters in the Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series Harlem Globetrotters. The animated Globetrotters also made three appearances in The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
Lemon appeared alongside Fred "Curly" NealMarques Haynes and his other fellow Globetrotters in a live-action Saturday-morning television show, The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine, in 1974–1975, which also featured Rodney Allen Rippy and Avery Schreiber.


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.
born-again Christian, Lemon became an ordained minister in 1986 and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Vision International University in Ramona, California, in 1988. In his last years, he took up residence in Scottsdale, Arizona, where his Meadowlark Lemon Ministries, Inc. is located. After his first marriage ended in divorce, Lemon married Dr. Cynthia Lemon in 1994.

The song says it all.

Good Night Meadowlark



Stay Tuned



Tony Figueroa


Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: Cartoon voice actors read Twas the Night Before Christmas


Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" little spark of madness

that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.






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Tony Figueroa

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: McHale's navy the day they captured Santa claus

Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" little spark of madness 
that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.



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.




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Tony Figueroa

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: B.J. and the Bear "Silent Night, Unholy Night."


Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" little spark of madness

that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.



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." 



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Tony Figueroa

Friday, December 25, 2015

Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | California Christmastime


Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" little spark of madness

that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.

California Christmastime" full music video from Rachel Bloom and the cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.



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Visit Crazy Ex-Girlfriend WEBSITE: http://on.cwtv.com/CrazyExGirlfriend 
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Then again...




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Tony Figueroa

Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: Happy Days - Christmas Time and Bing Crosby sings "White Christmas"

Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" little spark of madness

that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.




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 the world
"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."



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Tony Figueroa

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: Sanford And Son - Ebenezer Sanford


Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" little spark of madness
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."
Note: Eric Laneuville, who would later appear in the recurring role of Daniel Anderson, Esther and Woody's adopted son, appears as Ron, a helper hired by Fred in the junkyard. Adrian Ricard appears as Ron's mother, and Joe "Flash" Riley as Mr. Small, his father.





Stay Tuned and 
Merry Christmas


Tony Figueroa

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Show No. 300

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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.