003 - S1E3 "The Return Of Mr. Garrett" with Philip Nolen

I forgot to take a picture with Philip after we recorded the show! Here is an image ca. 2009 at the Tequila Cave at Epcot. (BTW, I highly recommend the avocado margarita)

I forgot to take a picture with Philip after we recorded the show! Here is an image ca. 2009 at the Tequila Cave at Epcot. (BTW, I highly recommend the avocado margarita)

Philip Nolen as Salieri; Chad Gneiting and David Almeida as The Venticelli in “Amadeus” at Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre, 2009

Philip Nolen as Salieri; Chad Gneiting and David Almeida as The Venticelli in “Amadeus” at Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre, 2009


Philip on the left as Max, David on the right as Kenny in “Laughter On The 23rd Floor” - Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre, 2013 (Jesus David, dial it back)

Philip on the left as Max, David on the right as Kenny in “Laughter On The 23rd Floor” - Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre, 2013 (Jesus David, dial it back)


Robert “Mr. Garrett” Alda introducing Broadway to “Guys And Dolls:"

002 - S1E2 "Like Mother Like Daughter" with Martin Kunz

So I forgot to take a picture of me & Martin together when I recorded the show. Here we are in Santa Monica in 2011… and since neither of us looks a day older…

So I forgot to take a picture of me & Martin together when I recorded the show. Here we are in Santa Monica in 2011… and since neither of us looks a day older…

Women that Martin & I think resemble Blair's mother:

The original Monica Warner from S1E2 (Pam Huntington)

The original Monica Warner from S1E2 (Pam Huntington)

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John

Bo Derek in "10"

Bo Derek in "10"

Shelley Fabares as Francine Webster in "One Day At A Time"

Shelley Fabares as Francine Webster in "One Day At A Time"

An afterthought: Farrah Fawcett in "Charlie's Angels"

An afterthought: Farrah Fawcett in "Charlie's Angels"

NOT ON OUR LIST: soap star Marj Dusay, who would take over the role of Monica Warner for all future appearances of the character on "The Facts Of Life" (8 episodes according to IMDb).

NOT ON OUR LIST: soap star Marj Dusay, who would take over the role of Monica Warner for all future appearances of the character on "The Facts Of Life" (8 episodes according to IMDb).

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.

Set Your DVRs! (or VCRs... or Betamaxes...)

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:

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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.

001 - S1E1 "Rough Housing" with Matthew Arter

Matthew and I are very good friends with Film Critic and Man-About-Town Wink Wright and Officer Pat Friskem at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Matthew and I are very good friends with Film Critic and Man-About-Town Wink Wright and Officer Pat Friskem at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

* 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:

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• 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).

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• "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.

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• The replacement for Mrs. Garrett on "Diff'rent Strokes" was Nedra Volz in the role of Adelaide.

If I ever join GrindR, Matthew says this should be my profile pic.

If I ever join GrindR, Matthew says this should be my profile pic.

• Gary Coleman was 4’ 8” tall as an adult.

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• 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.

Lisa Whelchel, Child Ventriloquist

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.

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Page from the Home Box Office program guide:

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Thanks, Bob!

Original "Facts Of Life" Back Door Pilot

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…

Clearly the dorms at Eastland underwent some major renovations in the summer of 1979... (BEFORE)

Clearly the dorms at Eastland underwent some major renovations in the summer of 1979... (BEFORE)

(AFTER)

(AFTER)

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.

More Art From My Friend Bob

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…!

www.facethefactspod.com

www.davidalmeida.com/podcast

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A Little Extra

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)

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Nancy McKeon on DWTS!

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.**

Watch her post-elimination interview on Good Morning America.

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Launch Date Set: 10/31/18!

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!

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