There is nothing wrong with your television set.

A Message from House M –

Having never viewed TV shows only in black and white, those born after 1964 may be dismayed at the content herein. (In 1965 prime time network programs began broadcasting in color.) Do not be alarmed, however, for the lack of colorization did not hinder our enjoyment of such shows as…

The Outer Limits was broadcast from 1963 to 1965, and was one of many shows my Dad and I enjoyed watching together. Most of the episodes starred well-known actors and actresses:

  • Cliff Robertson (Charly, won an Oscar as the title character)
  • Sidney Blackmer (Rosemary’s Baby)
  • Robert Culp (co-starred with Bill Cosby on I Spy)
  • Donald Pleasence (Dr. Samuel Loomis in the Halloween film franchise)
  • David McCallum (Illya Kuryakin in the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.)
  • Martin Landau (Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, for which he won an Oscar)
  • Shirley Knight (As Good As It Gets)
  • Peter Breck (Nick Barkley on The Big Valley)
  • Harry Guardino (Lt. Bressler in both Dirty Harry and The Enforcer)
  • Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now)
  • Ed Nelson (Dr. Rossi on the TV drama Peyton Place)
  • James Shigeta (Die Hard)
  • Ed Asner (Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant)
  • Nina Foch (1944’s Cry of the Werewolf and a personal favorite of mine, Nomads)
  • Character actor Henry Silva (1960’s Ocean’s 11 and its remake, Ocean’s Eleven)
  • Henry Darrow (Manolito on The High Chaparral)
  • Bruce Dern (Silent Running)
  • Dabney Coleman (9 to 5, Tootsie)
  • Barry Morse (starred with David Janssen on the TV drama The Fugitive)
  • Carroll O’Connor (Archie Bunker on All in the Family and its spinoff Archie Bunker’s Place)
  • Richard Dawson (Newkirk on the TV series Hogan’s Heroes, original host of Family Feud)
  • Sally Kellerman (“Hot Lips” Houlihan in the movie M*A*S*H)
  • Character actor Richard Jaeckel (Come Back, Little Sheba)
  • Russell Johnson (“The Professor” on Gilligan’s Island)
  • Simon Oakland (Vincenzo on The Night Stalker)
  • Warren Oates (Yellowstone Kelly, Two-Lane Blacktop)
  • Character actress Luana Anders (Reform School Girl, Easy Rider, The Last Detail)
  • Nick Adams (Johnny Yuma on the TV Western series The Rebel)
  • Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham on Happy Days)
  • Sam Wanamaker (Private Benjamin and Baby Boom)
  • Leonard Nimoy (Spock on the Star Trek franchise)
  • Three-time Oscar-winner Robert Duvall (Lt. Col. Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”)
  • Vera Miles (1960’s Psycho)
  • Barbara Rush (Marsha Russell on the TV drama Peyton Place)
  • Character actor Michael Ansara (It’s Alive, TV mini-series Centennial)
  • William Shatner (Captain Kirk on the Star Trek franchise, TV series T.J. Hooker, The Practice, and Boston Legal)
  • James Sikking (Lt. Hunter on Hill Street Blues)
  • James Doohan (“Scotty” on the TV and film series of Star Trek)
  • Eddie Albert (Oliver Douglas on the TV sitcom Green Acres)
  • Adam West (Bruce Wayne/Batman on the TV series Batman)
  • Ted Knight (Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Patrick O’Neal (The Way We Were, 1975’s The Stepford Wives)
  • Character actor Michael Constantine (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Principal Kaufman on the TV series Room 222)
  • Grant Williams (the title character in The Incredible Shrinking Man)
  • – and Oscar-winning (Original Screenplay for Chinatown) Robert Towne who wrote the screenplay for “The Chameleon” (Season 1, Episode 31)

Although pedestrian (and more than a tad cheesy) by today’s standards, The Outer Limits produced some truly unique offerings for its time – some of which have stayed with me all these years:

“Corpus Earthling”

“The Zanti Misfits”
(In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #98 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.)

“Z”

As I re-watched this episode yesterday, I found myself remembering something from my childhood. I was a kid at the time so I don’t recall the details, but my parents and I stayed for a short time with a woman who lived in a huge house in San Jose. I think she was a member of our church, but I don’t know why we had to stay with her. Anyway, I remember watching the episode “Z” on a black and white TV in our room there and thinking that her garden was kind of like the garden in the episode.

It’s curious how we link seemingly dissimilar things together in our minds and memories.

“The Architects of Fear”

…the pattern is always the same. Whenever a bacteria invasion strikes or a fire rages or a wild beast roams the streets, then and only then do men stop fighting each other and work together to save themselves.

“…the monstrously-altered Allen Leighton, was judged by some of ABC’s local affiliate stations to be so frightening that they broadcast a black screen during the Thetan’s appearances, effectively censoring most of the show’s last act. In other parts of the United States, the Thetan footage was tape delayed until after the 11pm/10c news.” link

My Life in the Glow of the Outer Limits
Episode Spotlight: “The Architects of Fear” (9/30/1963)

Grab some popcorn and shelter-in-place with The Outer Limits
– included with both Amazon Prime and Hulu memberships.

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Game of Thrones sets new record

From Deadline:
“The HBO epic, which wrapped its final season this year, set a new benchmark with 32 total nominations, the most for any program in a single season (beating NYPD Blue‘s previous mark). The series returns to the Best Drama series fight and also scored lead acting noms for Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke, along with a slew of supporting noms — seven of the 12 slots in those categories went to GoT actors including Peter Dinklage returning to defend his title.”

  1. Outstanding Drama Series
  2. Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series  (“The Iron Throne”)
  3. Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series  (“The Iron Throne”)
  4. Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series  (“The Last of the Starks”)
  5. Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series  (“The Long Night”)
  6. Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)  (“The Bells”)
  7. Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
  8. Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)  (“The Iron Throne”)
  9. Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes  (“The Bells”)
  10. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series  (“The Iron Throne”)
  11. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series  (“The Long Night”)
  12. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series  (“Winterfell”)
  13. Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series  (“The Long Night”)
  14. Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted Program  (“Fight For The Living: Beyond The Wall Virtual Reality Experience”)
  15. Outstanding Main Title Design
  16. Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)  (“The Long Night”)
  17. Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special  (“The Long Night”)
  18. Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)  (“The Long Night” – Music by Ramin Djawadi)
  19. Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)  (“The Long Night”)
  20. Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)  (“The Long Night”)
  21. Outstanding Special Visual Effects  (“The Bells”)
  22. Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie
  23. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series  (Kit Harington as Jon Snow)
  24. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series  (Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen)
  25. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series  (Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy)
  26. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series  (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister)
  27. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series  (Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister)
  28. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series  (Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth)
  29. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series  (Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister)
  30. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series  (Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark)
  31. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series  (Maisie Williams as Arya Stark)
  32. Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series  (Carice van Houten as Melisandre)

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Three other favorite shows also garnered some Emmy noms…

  1. Outstanding Comedy Series
  2. Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series  (“All Alone”)
  3. Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  4. Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)  (“Simone”)
  5. Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  6. Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)  (“Simone”)
  7. Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
  8. Outstanding Period Costumes  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  9. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series  (“Simone”)
  10. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  11. Outstanding Hairstyling for Single-Camera Series  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  12. Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  13. Outstanding Music Supervision  (“We’re Going to the Catskills!”)
  14. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series  (Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel)
  15. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series  (Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman)
  16. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series  (Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson)
  17. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series  (Marin Hinkle as Rose Weissman)
  18. Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series  (Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce)
  19. Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series  (Rufus Sewell as Declan Howell)
  20. Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series  (Jane Lynch as Sophie Lennon)

  1. Outstanding Television Movie
  2. Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie
  3. Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie
  4. Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie
  5. Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
  6. Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special
  7. Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie
  8. Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role

  1. Outstanding Drama Series
  2. Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series  (“Winner”)
  3. Outstanding Music Supervision  (“Something Stupid”)
  4. Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)  (“Talk”)
  5. Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)  (“Talk”)
  6. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series  (Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill)
  7. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series  (Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut)
  8. Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series  (Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut)
  9. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series  (Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring)
  10. Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series  (“Winner”, Michael McKean as Chuck McGill)

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Farrah

Anyone who lived during the 1970’s knows who Farrah was. (We didn’t need to add Fawcett or Fawcett-Majors to her name.) Like Cher, Farrah’s first name proved to be as iconic as the lady herself.

Although Michael Jackson’s death on the same day overshadowed hers, I felt her loss more. You see, I kinda grew up with Farrah Fawcett.

It all started in 1976 with a TV series. Maybe you’ve heard of it:  Charlie’s Angels. Farrah played one of the three lead characters.

All three actresses were beautiful, but there was something about Farrah (as Jill Munroe) that stood out.

Maybe it was that brilliant smile that lit up her whole face.

Perhaps it was her athleticism – both on screen and off.

It could’ve been her California-girl-next-door charm.

For me, I think it was…

THE HAIR

Yes, it was Farrah Fawcett who first made it popular. That layered rock/metal hair style we came to know, love, and own back in the 80’s. (THANK YOU, Ms. Fawcett!!!)

And let’s not forget that famous 1976 poster of Farrah in a red bathing suit – which sold a record-breaking 20 million copies – and remains the best-selling poster in history!

The poster even made an appearance in The Dirt. (Mötley Crüe biopic based on their biographic memoir of the same name.)

(Hey, I wonder if Tommy Lee actually had it hanging in his bedroom…)

In addition to being a famous actress and talented artist, Farrah was (and will remain) a style icon. (I have a 1977 issue of Vogue with a photo spread of her modeling designer digs.)

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Game of Zones (?)

Official Game of Zones Logo

Created by Bleacher Report, Game of Zones is a animated parody of Game of Thrones featuring NBA players.

I saw the advertisement for Game of Zones on TV during (surprise!) NBA games. Being a fan of Game of Thrones I was curious and checked it out. It’s very well-done. Professional and polished. I definitely recommend taking a look – but be forewarned:  unless you’re a fan of both the HBO series AND the NBA, some references may be lost on you.

Episodes from all six seasons can be found on gameofzones.bleacherreport.com, but here’s Season 1, Episode 1.

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