Category Archives: Television

Trivia Tuesday – 8/17/10

Question: What was the name of the bar on Dukes of Hazzard?


Last Week’s Question: What does ALF stand for?
Bonus Question: What animal would best be advised to stay away from ALF?

Answer: Alien Life Form. Bonus: Cats should keep away from ALF.

Alf and his fellow Melmacians feasted on cats. The Tanners, with whom Alf stayed, owned a cat named Lucky. Alf was always trying to catch him to eat. However, when Lucky died, Alf found that he had loved and respect Lucky. He admitted to the Tanners he has become the worst kind of Melmacian, a “cat lover”.

Trivia Tuesday – 8/10/10

Question: What does ALF stand for?
Bonus Question: What animal would best be advised to stay away from ALF?


Last Week’s Question: On Three’s Company, what was the name of the restaurant that Jack Tripper worked at before he owned his own restaurant? What was the name of Jack’s restaurant?

Answer: Jack worked at Angelino’s, and the name of Jack’s restaurant was Jack’s Bistro

Before Jack opened his own restaurant, he worked for Frank Angelino (played by Jordan Charney). He had a huge rivalry with the hilarious high-strung Felipe (played by Gino Conforti).

Judas Priest to appear on A&E’s Private Sessions this Sunday

’80s metal band, Judas Priest, will appear on Private Sessions on A&E this Sunday (8/8/10) at 9:00 am Eastern. Lead singer, Rob Halford will be interviewed by host Lynn Hoffman about life on the road, metal therapy and the new, 30th anniversary edition of Priest’s 1980 classic, British Steel. The entire band also will perform some of their most famous songs – “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” “Breaking the Law,” “Living After Midnight” and “Freewheel Burning.”

I definitely recommend this show. There are often ’80s bands/singers on this show. Lynn is an excellent interviewer, and the songs are usually good. I have even watched some bands that I had no interest in, and they are still great episodes. If you don’t like the music, you can just skip the performances, and watch the interviews.

Here is a look Behind the Scenes:

“Cake Boss” goes ‘Back to the 80s’

cake-boss-80s-cakejpg-ba717b1c1c83def1_large I enjoy the show The Cake Boss on TLC, and actually have it on a Season Pass. I watched Monday’s episode, “Key to the City and a Key-tar Cake”, yesterday, and much to my surprise, it was an ’80s theme!
The episode opens with a girl named Cherie, who asks for “the totally awesome Buddy.” It turns out she is in an ’80s tribute band called Back to the ’80s. They are doing their 80th show so they’d like a 1980s-inspired cake to help celebrate.

After doing some research, I found that the group is not called Back to the ’80s. It is actually called Rubix Kube.

Buddy’s cake is going to be huge dance floor with a boom box on top with four tiers of cake on top of that. It’s going to have strawberry shortcake filling, “because it’s timeless.”

Then Buddy’s sisters (who also work in the bakery) decided to make everyone wear ’80s attire. Then they had a contest on who has the best outfit.

The episode also featured Buddy getting a key to the city for the town he grew up in, called Little Ferry. He also made a cake for that event.

The episode closed with Buddy and his crew bringing the awesome cake to the concert. The band loved it. Then they brought Buddy on stage while they performed a song. It was pretty cool.

The episode will be aired again on TLC on the following dates and times:

Aug 02, 11:30 pm

Aug 10, 8:00 pm

Aug 10, 11:00 pm

It is fun episode, so I would recommend watching it.

Dead or Alive: George Gaynes

Although George Gaynes was alive at the time of this original posting 6 years ago, sadly, he passed away at his home in North Bend, Washington on February 15, 2016. He was 98.


6392-15044 George Gaines, best known for playing the eccentric Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy series and Henry Warnimont on Punky Brewster is…ALIVE.

George Gaynes was born in in Helsinki, Finland on May 16, 1917. He played Commandant Eric Lassard, who was in charge of the police academy. He travelled by golfcart, and tended to destroy things while golfing in his office.

He also played John Van Horn in the movie Tootsie, in which he was a horny old soap star, who tried to put the moves on “Dorothy Michaels,” not knowing that Dorothy was really a man.

He was more well known to television viewers for playing the lovable curmudgeon Henry Warnimont, who took in Punky Brewster.

I never watched General Hospital, but Gaines played a mob boss called Frank Smith, who was brought down by Luke Spencer. Maybe fans of that soap could give us more information.

George Gaines has been married to actress and dancer Allyn Ann McLerie since December 20, 1953, and they have two children – Matthew and Iya. George and Allyn live in Calabasas, California.

Bob Ueker recovers from heart surgery and returns to broadcast booth

On April 30 this year, Bob Ueker underwent heart surgery. 3 months later, the 75 year old will return to the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast booth. ’80s fans remember Ueker from his famous call in the movie Major League: “Juuuuust a bit outside”. He is also known for playing George Owens on the television show Mr. Belvedere, which ran from 1985-1990. He is also known for apearing in some hilarious Miller Lite commercials: “I must be in the front row!”

Uecker is in his 40th season broadcasting Brewers games. The Brewers have not said if Uecker will travel for the team’s road games upon his return, but Uecker had indicated previously he would not.

Reference: ESPN

Trivia Tuesday – 6/29/10

Question: Which Facts of Life girl was the first to lose her virginity on the show, simply because the actress playing her volunteered?


Last Week’s Question: Who told Rolling Stone that U2’s album title, The Joshua Tree, sounded like it “would sell about three copies”?

Answer: Bono

In the interview, Bono said, “The thought of the world waiting for The Joshua Tree is a bit ridiculous. It sounds as if it will sell about three copies.”
However, The Joshua Tree was the band’s first number one album in the US and within 48 hours after it was released on March 9, 1987, it went platinum in Britain becoming the fastest selling album of all time.

The album is dedicated to lead singer Bono’s assistant, Greg Carroll, who was killed in a motorcycle accident during the album’s recording.

The album contained the hits “Where the Streets Have No Name”, “With or Without You”, and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. The album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1988.

The Joshua Tree is the band’s best-selling album, having sold 25 million copies worldwide. That’s a lot more than three!!

In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 26 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Michael Jackson: Television Tributes This Week

This Friday, June 25, will mark the 1 year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. Here are the list of television programs that I could find, that will be covering the late “King of Pop”. The descriptions are from the shows’ web sites whenever I could find them:

6/24/10 – syndicated: Oprah Winfrey – Oprah Remembers Michael Jackson (2009)
See their historic worldwide interview from Neverland Ranch. Then, Oprah speaks about where she was and how she felt when she heard the tragic news.

6/25/10 – 7:00 am – CBS: The Early Show – Remembering Michael Jackson
A Michael Jackson tribute featuring music stars such as Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony, LL Cool J and Smokey Robinson.

6/25/10 – 8:00 am and 1:00 pm – E!: The E! True Hollywood Story: Michael Jackson (2008)
Yes, it’s the gloved one again. More than 1000 journalist and the TV nation are anxiously awaiting the start of the most high-profile celebrity trial of 2005.

6/25/10 – 10:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 8:00 pm – E!: E! Investigates: Last Days of Michael Jackson (2009)
As questions arise about the nature of his death, revelations of his often bizarre life continue to be brought to light.

6/25/10 – 11:30 am, and 11:30 pm – VH1: Famous Crime Scene (2010)
Follow LAPD detectives in their investigation of the sudden and shocking death of the King of Pop. Toxicology reports confirm he died from a combination of prescription medications and a heavy-duty anesthesia drug called Propofol, all administered by a mysterious physician who was treating Jackson at home in the last month of his life. But other doctors were also giving Michael drugs up until his final days, some administered through his various aliases. Will this ongoing homicide investigation turn into a criminal case? Who will be responsible for this music legend’s tragic and controversial death?

6/25 – 1:00 pm – BET: Michael Jackson: Life of a Superstar (2009)
Get an in depth look at the biggest entertainer that ever lived…Michael Jackson.

6/25 – 2:00 pm – BET: Inside the Michael Jackson Mansion (2009)
See the mystery behind Michael Jackson’s NeverLand Ranch.

6/25 – 5:00 pm – MTV: Michael Jackson Top 10 Video Countdown (2010)

6/25 – 6:30 PM – MTV: Michael Jackson’s Influence on Music (2010)
This is a 1-hour special consisting of videos by top artists in music who have in some way been inspired by Michael Jackson – from choreography, to fashion, to actual reinterpretations of MJ’s songs. His impact on the game was huge! During each video, there will be scrolled messages about Michael from many of the artists featured, along with interesting trivia. At different points throughout the special, several of the featured artists will also appear in short interview moments discussing MJ and his impact on their life and art.

6/25 – syndicated: Access Hollywood – Remembering Michael Jackson (2010)

6/25 – 8:00 PM – BET: Michael Jackson History: King of Pop (2010)

6/25 – 8:00 pm – CNN: Michael Jackson: The Final Days (2010)

6/25 – 11:00 pm – QVC: Michael Jackson Music & Memories
His spellbinding music defied imagination. His performances immortalized him as the King of Pop. And now, QVC remembers Michael Jackson with a selection of music and collectibles that span his astounding, four-decade career, from the Jackson 5 through his solo years.

6/26 – 6:00 am – MTV: Michael Jackson music
videos

6/28 – 8:00 pm – The History Channel: Pawns Stars (2010)
The Pawn Stars meet a man hoping to sell a several hundred-year old edition of Dante’s Inferno; Rick is presented with an antique serpent shaped sword from the Philippines; Corey has a chance to purchase photo rights for Michael Jackson.

Mr. T beats up on the new A-Team movie

After seeing a preview of the A-Team movie, Mr. T says that he’s shocked with how graphic it is. This may not be good news for the film, which opens this weekend.
Mr. T said, “People die in the film and there’s plenty of sex but when we did it, no one got hurt and it was all played for fun and family entertainment. These seem to be elements nobody is interested in anymore.”

“It was too graphic for me. I’ve no doubt it will do big business at the box office but it’s nothing like the show we turned out every week.”

Mr. T is a born-again Christian, and he represents good values, and has been a good influence on children. So, it’s not really surprising that he is bashing the movie. He did say that the movie will “do big business at the box office” but admitted that it was just too graphic for him.

The commercials that I have seen do seem more graphic than the television show. The movie just seems to be aiming to an older audience than the television show. This is not surprising either, since the people who watched the show when it aired are older.

The television show had a lot of action and explosions, but I don’t ever remember anybody being killed, or even hit by a bullet for that matter. So, it was unrealistic, but it was a lot of fun. It was one of my favorite shows growing up. I’ll hold my verdict on the movie until I see it, if I see it.

R.I.P. Rue McClanahan: February 21, 1934 – June 3, 2010

This has been a horrible year for ’80s stars. Golden Girls star, Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76. She passed away at 1 AM this morning from a massive stroke.

Rue McClanahan was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Oklahoma. She began acting on Off-Broadway in New York City in 1957, and made it to Broadway in 1969.

She got her television break when she played Maude’s (Bea Arthur) best friend, Vivian Harmon in the show Maude, which aired from 1972-1978.
In 1983-1984 McClanahan played Fran Harper, who was Thelma’s (or Mama’s) younger uptight sister.
Then she played her most popular character, the man crazy Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls from 1985 until 1992 and in The Golden Palace for one year after. Devereaux was the owner of a house which was lived in by three other roommates: Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White), and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty). She received an Emmy Award in 1987 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on The Golden Girls. When speaking about her character, she said that Blanche, “is in love with life and she loves men. I think she has an attitude toward women that’s competitive. She is friends with Dorothy and Rose, but if she has enough provocation she becomes competitive with them. I think basically she’s insecure. It’s the other side of the Don Juan syndrome.”

McClanahan was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 1997, from which she completely recovered.

On November 14, 2009, she was to be honored for her lifetime achievements at an event “Golden: A Gala Tribute To Rue McClanahan” at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California. The event was postponed due to McClanahan’s hospitalization. She had triple bypass surgery on November 4. It was announced on January 14, 2010, by Entertainment Tonight that while recovering from surgery she had suffered a minor stroke. In March 2010, Betty White reported on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that McClanahan was doing well and that her speech had returned to normal.

McClanahan was married six times: Tom Bish, with whom she had a son, Mark Bish; actor Norman Hartweg; Peter D’Maio; Gus Fisher; and Tom Keel. She married husband Morrow Wilson on Christmas Day in 1997.

She called her 2007 memoir “My First Five Husbands … And the Ones Who Got Away.”

With Rue McClanahan’s death, Betty White is the last remaining “Golden Girl”

Here is a Blanche tribute video: