Archive for September, 2010
I love the “Inside Baseball” moments to this show, where they nod to that implied fourth wall, without talking to it. (Last year, when Susan Sullivan’s character watched an episode of herself starring in an episode of the 1970s Incredible Hulk show is a prime example.)
I’m sorry to say no interview this week. But honestly, life events have taught me this week that there are much more important things. With any luck, I can double up on interviews in the coming weeks. We’ll see. My apologies.
Thanks to a tip from Pop Candy’s Whitney Matheson, I found out that Hulu is tracking season premieres from the various networks, offering some episodes online and best of all, some sneak peaks. Here’s a sneak peak from ABC’s great sitcom, Modern Family.
Former NBC newsman Edwin Newman died this week at the age of 91. NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams did a nice nearly three-minute tribute to Newman (who retired from NBC [much to my surprise] in the mid-1980s).
It was nice to see them devote a good chunk of time to Newman’s comedic sense. My fondest memory was of Newman’s gig doing the news segments on David Letterman’s first daytime talk show for NBC. Clearly his career involved far more important phases than that, but for me, Letterman’s show was when I first really noticed Newman.
Currently there are numerous interviews in development, but unfortunately none are ready quite yet for this week. I’m still holding out hope that I can get one together in the next day or so. If I do, I’ll be sure to run it this week. If not, I apologize for two consecutive weeks of no interviews. If I did not write this blog for free I would dock my pay.
To quote Trodglen: “First of three part epic! To be continued next week…”
The day job has placed extra demands on me this week, so sadly no time to format an interview. Also, to be honest, the interview for this week fell through. Hopefully we’ll be back on track on by next week. Sorry for the late notice.
The Los Angeles Times ran an obit today for David Dotort, the creator of the 1960s/1970s TV western, who died in his sleep at the age of 93. The obit points out how effective the show was in selling color TVs in the 1960s. I had heard that detail before, but this gem from Dotort’s younger days really amazed me:
After completing his military duty stateside during World War II, he wrote two novels, including “Burial of the Fruit” (1949), which brought an invitation from actor Burt Lancaster to turn it into a screenplay. Dortort labored alongside another young novelist and CCNY graduate, Norman Mailer,who was trying to turn his debut work, “The Naked and the Dead,” into a movie.
Both screenplays were rejected. “To hear David tell the story, Norman said to hell with Hollywood and went back to New York … but David said, ‘I’d like to stick around and see if I can learn the art of screenplay writing,’ ” said Andrew J. Klyde, an attorney who knew Dortort for 20 years and oversees licensing and merchandising for “Bonanza.”
Normally my comic reviews run as part of Robot 6′s weekly What Are You Reading? feature, but family events (and falling asleep on the sofa) caused me to have to scramble this past weekend and only submit part of my reviews. So, this week, I have opted to run the remainder of my reviews at my own blog.
First up, after years of wanting to know the full story of the fate of Astro City’s Silver Agent, readers finally got that closure last week in the final installment of the two-issue Astro City Special: Silver Agent. Busiek’s fortunate in that addition to possessing an affinity for time travel stories, Busiek has the understanding to write such stories effectively. Too often time travel in comics is a muddled mess, not so here. So much of the appeal of Astro City’s success is the sense of community and family that permeates some of the series best stories. In this final installment of the tale, Busiek gives us an incredible couple of moments with Alan Craig/Silver Agent and his nephew Thomas. It’s a bittersweet and touching scene that goes to the heart of why Busiek remains one of my favorite writers in comics.
I was pleased to get a double-shot of writer Jim McCann this week. In the first instance, McCann and artist Chris Samnee teamed up for a short story in the I Am An Avenger five-part anthology miniseries. I’ve not been a faithful reader of The Young Avengers over the years, so I was pleasantly surprised to find how entertained I was by this short story. I’ll admit that part of the reasons this story clicked with me is that McCann tied the old Avengers guard with the present day, utilizing Clint Barton/Hawkeye as a common ground.
My other McCann fix involved Hawkeye & Mockingbird 4. The characters have been going through some rough times in recent issue, not that the challenges evaporated with this issue. That being said, McCann is able to inject his sense of humor with the dialogue in this issue. McCann’s approach to the modern day version of Marvel superheroes imbues it with a fun vibe that reminds me of 1970s/1980s comics writer, David Michelinie. In addition to the character banter, I was pleasantly thrown by the Phantom Rider curveballs that appear in the final pages of this issue.