Robert “Mr. Garrett” Alda introducing Broadway to “Guys And Dolls:"
One of the few you can find on the interwebs! Watch it here, then listen to my podcast about this episode which drops this Wednesday, November 14th.
I do not own the rights to this. I just found it online and I’m sharing it.
<mimics washing of hands>
Women that Martin & I think resemble Blair's mother:
DISCLAIMER: I own the rights to none of these images. They probably belong to some big monster corporation. Help me stick it to the man by looking at them.
My friend Paul Padilla is a crazy freak for “The Facts Of Life.” (Listen for him on an upcoming show.) And he informed me that I had some incorrect information in my “Intro The The Show” Episode 0 that I posted back in August. I had said that “The Facts Of Life” weren’t really available to watch anywhere… WELL!!
ME-TV shows an episode every weekday morning at 6am EST! They are currently in the middle of Season 8.
Logo-TV shows SIX EPISODES every weekday morning from 6am-9am! (This was not as easy to discover, because when you go to their website and try to look up shows alphabetically, they’re only interested in displaying their *original* programming.) They are currently in the middle of Season 6.
HOW DID I MISS THIS? Partially because I don’t have cable, and I pretty much only watch stuff streaming. My Apple-TV search only wanted to sell me episodes through iTunes. I thought I had done my research on the Web… ??? Then I remembered I checked TVGuide.com.
Your Honor, I present Exhibit A:
EPIC FAIL, TVGUIDE.COM!!
Anyway, I’ve never been happier to be wrong. For those of you with access to either of these channels, I hope you’ll record some episodes, watch, and listen along to me as I continue this little experiment in spending-a-lot-of-time-being-a-weird-obessive-TV-junkie-on-a-public-level.
Episode 2 drops this Wednesday.
* CORRECTIONS / OMISSIONS / STUFF *
• "Welcome Back, Kotter" took place in New York. It's easy to get confused when this is the first image of the theme song in every episode:
• The episode of "Fantasy Island" in which Annette Funicello has her ventriloquist puppet brought to life featured Maren Jensen (of "Battlestar Galactica" fame). Not Barbara Bach, former Bond girl and wife of Ringo Starr (as I said). And not CATHERINE Bach, who played Daisy Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard" (as I meant).
• "Hello, Larry" child actress and Real Housewife Kim Richards is not married to the doctor on "Botched" (Terry Dubrow). I don’t remember what made me think that, I can’t figure it out. Totes wrong on that.
• The replacement for Mrs. Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes" was Nedra Volz in the role of Adelaide.
• Gary Coleman was 4’ 8” tall as an adult.
• According to the Nielsen Ratings (acquired from Wikipedia), ABC was the dominant network in the 1978-1979 season. They had 17 of the top 30 shows; CBS had 9 and NBC had only 4. Its highest rated show was "Little House On The Prairie" at #14. Next is the "Monday Night Movie" (which immediately followed "Little House" so it had some help). I can't find any info as to which movie/movies it showed that year (write me if you know!). Then "CHiPs" is the next NBC 'hit' at #25. And at #27 ... this brand new show called "Diff'rent Strokes." No wonder somebody yelled "SPIN SOMETHING OFF FROM THAT!" NBC would continue to sputter along, adding "Real People" to the list the following year, and slowly bringing other hits like "Hill Street Blues," "The A-Team," and "Knight Rider" until the tides turned in 1984 with the premiere of a little monster of a show (run by a big monster of a man) that would save the whole network... "The Cosby Show."
*Whew* I think we all feel better now.
* VIDEO *
A very young Kim Fields in a Mrs. Butterworth's syrup commercial:
Theme to NBC's "Here's Boomer" (clearly a German version for some reason):
Mr. Belvedere clip "Sitcom + AIDS = FAIL" :
DISCLAIMER: I own the rights to none of these images or videos. I don't know who does. I got them off the internet so they are 100% legal. Don't try to sue me, I have no fucking money.
Since I shared an article about a FOL reboot yesterday, and with the launch of the podcast happening TOMORROW, what better time to share a random video from SCTV advertising a reboot of “Annie” with the ORIGINAL CAST? This always makes me laugh…
I have no idea what show/broadcast this is from… hosted by Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Too Close For Comfort). He references her upcoming movie “Skyward” which was released in 1980. So this is probably 1979, right around the time that FOL Season 1 was in production.
**UPDATE: my friend Bob not only does graphic design and videos, he is also much better with Google than I am. See show info below, courtesy of Bob**
A listing from a Michigan newspaper archive identifies this program as “HBO: Standing Room Only ‘Double Talk: The Second Annual Adult Ventriloquism Show’ " first broadcast on March 11, 1979. (Note how HBO was so new, they didn’t have a ‘tv slug’ for it with the cute little border!) So this pre-dates the Facts Of Life series, and very possibly even the “Diff’rent Strokes” back door pilot which was first broadcast two months later.
Page from the Home Box Office program guide:
What if Eastland were to merge with Charles Xavier's School For Gifted Children? Take note of not just the editing, but the AMAZING production values to make this look so beautifully vintage!
…if you imagine Charlotte Rae as BOTH Marion Crane AND Norman Bates!!
Episode 1 drops on 10/31! You’d be psycho not to listen!
Charlotte Rae’s hair is particularly large in this one!
We are 1 week away from the Big Launch of the show… ! While you’re frantically digging up your copies (either your old VHS recordings or the new set of DVDs set to arrive from Amazon), please to enjoy…
Diff'rent Strokes, Season 1 Episode 24: "The Girls School" (sometimes called "Garrett's Girls") ... with lots of commercial breaks. :-| Originally broadcast on NBC May 4, 1979.
Gloria Loring, who co-wrote and performed the theme song, recorded a FULL LENGTH version of the song on her album “A Shot In The Dark” in 1984. It contains the rarely-heard second verse lyrics. Very fun. And VERY 1980s. (LOL to the erroneous pic of Melissa Etheridge at 2:11!)
You take the good, you take the bad
You take ‘em both and there you have
The Facts Of Life The Facts Of Life
There’s a time you gotta go and show
You’re growing now, you know about
The Facts Of Life The Facts Of Life
When the world never seems
To be living up to your dreams
And suddenly you’re finding out
The Facts Of Life are all about you, you
When there's someone that you care about
Who really isn't there enough
To slow you up when you're growing up
When you let him flirt and then you hurt
Waiting 'cause your date is late for showing up
Then you're growing up!
Well it's more than just the birds and the bees
You need someone telling you please!
There's only one conclusion
There will always be confusion over you, you
It takes a lot to get 'em right
When you're learning The Facts Of Life
You’ll avoid a lot of damage and
Enjoy the fun of managin’
The Facts Of Life
They shed a lot of light
If you hear ‘em from your brother
Better clear ‘em with your mother
Better get ‘em right
Call her late at night
You got the future in the palm of your hands
All you got to do to get you through is understand
You think you’d rather do without
You’ll never muddle through without the truth
The Fact Of Life are all about you!
(Lyrics reprinted without permission)
In 1982, the addition of “selected cable / pay listings” was a big deal for TV Guide. Before this, if you subscribed to Home Box Office, you had a separate program listing that was mailed to you each month. Listen to this podcast for more useless “Facts!” A new episode every week starting 10/31…!
Somebody with a lot of time on his hands made this. (Most) every episode title with accompanying stills. Wow. Even I’m not this dorky about the show! Thanks, awesomeartistreturns!
The video notes say: “Note: Every episode is not in here because to get every episode on here would be time consuming but most episodes are on this video.” Mmm Hmmm… yeah, because THAT would be time consuming…
There’s this guy named Bob. Bob and I have been friends for about 44 years. We grew up together loving the show. Bob is very good at graphic design. So, for the upcoming launch, he has been going crazy uncovering and tweaking old “Facts Of Life” graphics. Here is one that I just posted on social media. More to come… Bravo, Bob! And thank you for being a friend. (Wait… wrong show)
OMG I just stumbled upon the fact that Nancy McKeon is currently appearing on Dancing With The Stars! (Monday Nights @ 8, ABC)! Read the article and check out some of her performances on YouTube. Go Jo!!
**UPDATE: Apparently I’m really good at missing things. Including an article at People.com that Nancy was eliminated on October 8th as the 3rd contestant to be sent home this season. Too bad! Still, it seems like it was a great journey for her, and it was great to see her on TV again.**
I have been a recording and editing FOOL the last few weeks. FINALLY I have enough shows in the can that I am setting the official Launch Date, conveniently on my favorite holiday: Halloween. There is already the ‘prequel’ episode posted, so subscribe to the show (through Apple Podcasts / Google Play / Stitcher) and watch for brand new episodes to be delivered every Wednesday starting on 10/31/18!