2013 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Columbo: Why We Watch / Why it Matters

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Following is a special guest post by Paul Hughes @PoetandPriest

Why We Watch

For my wedding, I asked for and received the Columbo DVD collection. Complete to that point, it ended with the double helping of Seasons Six and Seven, and back copy text touting the guest stars like Kim Cattrall and Ed Begley, Jr. Plus a “captivating conclusion in these final episodes.”

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Me-TV’s Summer of Classic TV Blogathon

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Announcing Me-TV’s Summer of Classic TV Blogathon

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The Classic TV Blog Association will host Me-TV’s Summer of Classic TV Blogathon on July 15-19. The blogathon will consist of blog posts about TV series currently on the Me-TV schedule (see below). A blogathon post may be:  an overview of a TV series;  a profile of one of the series’ stars; an article on the blogger’s favorite episode(s), etc. Any blogger may participate, providing that he or she complies with the family-friendly blogging guidelines of the Classic TV Blog Association.

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Columbo TV Story – by the actor in our midst

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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…

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The Sound of Jazz

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“The Sound of Jazz” is a 1957 episode of the CBS television series  The Seven Lively Arts, a short-lived anthology show that aired from 1957 to 1958.  This was one of the first major programs featuring jazz to air on American network television.  Although this video is not great quality, it’s still worth a look if you happen to be a jazz fan.  Or actually, even if you’re not as it features some of the biggest names in the genre – the legends – the ones that will convert you.  The host for the show’s seven episodes was early television critic, John Crosby.

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Patrick McGoohan: Danger’s Man

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“There is a man who leads a life of danger.”

-Johnny Rivers, “Secret Agent Man

For fans of 1960s TV spy series, hearing the lyric quoted above always heralded the start of an hour watching the adventures of British (formerly NATO) spy John Drake.  He travelled the globe on behalf of his government, solving problems which could not be solved by ordinary means.  He was calm, cool, intelligent, and charming.  Occasionally he’d misstep, but was resourceful enough to recover and win the day.  Other times, however, he would find himself having to choose between doing what’s right and doing his duty.  As a result, he was one of the most human of the spies ever created for any media. (Take a look at the show’s original, 30-minute opening sequence here). A lot of that can be attributed to the man who portrayed him: Patrick McGoohan.  January 13th, 2013, marks the 4th anniversary of the passing of this wonderful actor.  To celebrate his life and career, Aurora has graciously allowed me the opportunity to say a few words about him, and to share my memories of this incredibly gifted performer.

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