I just ran across a trio of episodes of the classic radio show, “My Favorite Husband,” which starred Lucille Ball and Richard Denning. It’s common knowledge that “My Favorite Husband” was the initial basis for what would become (arguably) the most beloved sitcom of all time, I Love Lucy.
It is September 19, 1970 when Mary Richards moves into 119 North Weatherly in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Escorted by building manager and friend, Phyllis Lindstrom and her daughter Bess, Mary steps into the space and marvels at what she sees. It’s perfect! A stylish, one-room apartment.
As is a part of my routine, I was reading through the “happenings in entertainment history on this day” -type of notices when I saw that March 8 (either today or tomorrow depending on where in the world you may be), is the anniversary of the three Marx Brothers’ last appearance together on television – in 1959. That would be Groucho, Chico and Harpo and the show was titled “The Incredible Jewel Robbery,” an installment of CBS’ General Electric Theater anthology series, which ran from 1953 to 1962 and was hosted by Ronald Reagan.
I suspect most people who are fans of classic television are so because they watched the shows as children. Well, I fall into that group in any case. As part of my weekly television ritual, and I might add THE most exciting day of the week, when I was a child was Friday – when I would go through every single inch of the upcoming week’s TV Guide and plan what I would watch the following week. Continue Reading »
Dean Matthews needs no introduction in Columbo fan circles on Twitter. Known as @DastardlyDeano, he’s become one of the essentials in the monthly #ColumboTV screenings where Columbo fans the world over live-tweet to episodes every month. Not to mention Dean is also one of the more, shall we say, passionate people I’ve encountered on Twitter. There is no limit to his love for Columbo and his talent as you are about to see…