Sunday, September 03, 2017

Newsday TV Books, September 1973.

 It's September at last! Time for new shows to premiere after a long summer of reheated leftovers. Here's a goofy Sudduth cover to commemorate the occasion, remarking upon the plethora of cop shows debuting this fall. (Two things to remember: Click on pics to enlarge, and "plethora" doesn't mean a lot of something, it means too much of something. Damn, got some learnin' in right off the bat!)
From the TV Line we also learn that Heshimu's real name is Arlington Banks, and the guy in the Iberian Airlines commercial was in fact Joe Silver. Duh.
Now on to the first page detailing the 1973-74 season. Not only did we get Lotsa Luck and Bowling for Dollars (not yet hosted by Larry Kenney), but we got a peek at the new channel originating on Long Island: WSNL 67, which would hit the air before Thanksgiving.
Tom Snyder's Tomorrow, The New Treasure Hunt, and The Magician turned up on Tuesdays, with Orson Welles' Great Mysteries and Love Story on Wednesdays, Toma on Thursdays.
Thursday continued with NBC Follies, then you had Dusty's Trail, Sally Field with ESP, and Lorne Greene as... Griff? Anyone remember that? There's a look at the movies appearing on TV screens too.
Lots o' specials were coming, including a glimpse of what WLIW channel 21 would offer.
I like that this Custom Meats ad features a fairly realistic butcher but a cartoony woman.
If you're gonna have meat, you may as well be adventurous and have some cheese, too. A seven-ounce ball of Danish Fynbo should do nicely!
Finally for this week, I included Friday afternoon's and evening's listings not only for the stellar Mike Douglas panel, but there were also two Saturday morning preview specials and Weird Harold getting one of his own.
Diana Rigg is the first face from a new show to grace the cover. It's good they got her early--Diana only lasted 'til January.
Lots of info in this TV Line: Bloody Osmonds; Watergate nixed Cat Stevens; Runaround ran aground; and Mason Reese became a household name with just one mispronunciation.
Diana learned American humor, no doubt at the esteemed tutelage of Richard B. Shull (Holmes & Yoyo).
Here's a close-up on the premieres along with the late Monday listings.
Tuesday brought Chase, along with The Furst Family of Washington and a TV movie that rips off Deliverance, starting with the title.
Sammy presented his Follies.
Premieres aplenty this Friday evening.
Stars shilled for the DNC (with a Gary Viskupic drawing to boot), Frank Lorenzo showed up at Archie Bunker's doorstep, and Plainview's own Ricky Segall warbled on The Partridge Family.
Here's Tony Musante glowering colorfully from the following week's cover.
Topics of TV Line discussion include David Cassidy's chick stand-in, meatless Susan Saint James, and getting Barry Gordon's age wrong (he was twenty-five at the time, not 34).
CBS and NBC advertise their wares.
Lawrence and Gorme were On Stage, and David Susskind reran his classic episode "How to Be a Jewish Son."
For Thursday, Viskupic sketches for Billie Jean and Bobby as well as Bonnie and Clyde.
More Visk and a John Cashman review for Tora! Tora! Tora! That title was the code that began the bombing of Pearl Harbor. "Tora" is the Japanese word for "tiger." (I tell ya, the edumacating never stops around here!)
Viskupic turns up the chills with his Rosemary's Baby pic. Since it can be found elsewhere on this blog, I left in the listings so you can check out the debut of The Starlost. (Click to see it more clearly, looks a bit blurry here.)
The next cover features Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice--the less-naughty TV version, that is.
Cher's jewelry and Judy Graubart's Jewish-American Princess were on the minds of Long Islanders.
Holiday Spa, bringing the ring-a-ding-ding yet again.
This time, there's no "damn chimp" for Anita Gillette to deal with. Maybe if there had been, the show would've lasted more than two months.
Another NBC ad, with Peter Falk and Joe Flynn.
Hicks Nurseries in Westbury set up a haunted house for the kiddies, and channel 11 aired personal favorites The Magic Garden and The Galloping Gourmet. (Nanncy and the Professor?)
Nixon and Skylab wreaked havoc on your Tuesday viewing.
Bob Hope and Alan King cracked wise with Indiana's Jackson Five and Indiana farmers, respectively.
Leave it to Viskupic to make an anthropomorphized cartoon tank creepy as fuck.
Cass Elliot asked that you not call her Mama anymore (and brought her mama with her). The former Ellen Naomi Cohen would leave us before the following August.
Gloria Swanson does her Chaplin bit for Carol Burnett and friends.
As we roll into October, the stars of Roll Out! beam from the cover, not realizing their show was doomed to an early fizzle. Fellow cast members Ed Begley Jr., Garrett Morris and Darrow Igus went on to other projects.
Pre-Bad Ronald Scott Jacoby is inquired about in the TV Line, along with booted Bouton and censored O'Sullivan.
Another NBC premiere ad, with Rock and Susan.
More kicks at hicks, and Bixby prestidigitates.
Jodie Foster helped kick off the second season of the ABC Afterschool Special.
On Wednesday, Capote cavorted with Sonny and Cher.
You can find this ad elsewhere on this blog, but I wasn't about to pass up a chance to repost the very first printing. Unbelievable, indeed.
Last and least, the meaty Macy's back cover will get your mouth a-watering, while Lynn Anderson and a kid that looks like five-year-old me display a freezer-load of goodies. Remember calling collect? Is that still a thing?
The rest of October awaits, come on back!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Newsday TV Books, August 1973.

August lumbers sweatily in with a color Gary Viskupic cover, and Vishnu Winters clutching an assortment of funny headwear.

The piece on Winters talks quite a bit about his surrealistic art.
In the TV Line Q&A, local news anchor Tony Guida has a fan. Plus, Omar Sharif was not married, Helen Reddy was never a teacher, and Lorne Greene did not live in Syosset. (By the way, the answer to the Iberian Airlines commercial question is wrong. More on that in the September post...)
Another WCBS-TV ad (one that will run for the next few weeks) touts reporter and former cop Chris Borgen as both hostage situation negotiator and credible newsman.
Late Monday, Viskupic insets Marilyn onto Norman Mailer, who was that night's Cavett guest. You know it's a long time ago when The Doris fucking Day Show is still on in prime-time.
More Viskupic blowing up on Thursday night, as well as "The Pink Floyd" airing on WNET at 11:30. Sorry, you have school tomorrow--go to bed you derries! (That's Long Island slang for those denim-jacketed burnouts who were usually hammered before homeroom. It's short for "derelicts," duh.)
Chad Everett glowers surgically from the cover of the following week. The story talks about his hobbies, including writing love poetry to his wife, actress Shelby Grant. If you can track down a copy of "Ode to Shelby," lemme know. There's scant evidence it ever existed.
It's an interesting line-up for the TV Line this week: Alice Cooper, Susan Sullivan, young James Cagney and older James Cagney.
Visk conjures a strangely-shadowed Stonehenge for Sunday evening, and the mocking Cashman review of The Dream Maker intrigues.
There's not much of interest in this cluster of ads, really, I just like those swell pipes. Oh, and Danny Downspout's nipples.
The somniferous Howard Cosell, the passionate Yvonne DeCarlo, and the menacing Lee Van Cleef populate Monday's late schedule.
Viskupic combines story aspects for a close-up on The House and The Brain, a late night premiere for ABC's Wide World of Mystery.
It's not Halloween, just Wolfman Jack and an actress named Penny Lane posing for the next week's cover. There's little info to be gleaned about her on the 'nerts (partially due to her rather ubiquitous name) other than some slightly-different photos from this same session.
She's not even mentioned in the story, although that thieving prick Don Imus is.
TV Line tells us that David Steinberg does not live in a haunted house. He just leases it from that dip Elke Sommer.
You have to love these old TV listings. Not only does Joey Bishop get featured as a short-term fill-in host for The Tonight Show, they tell us for how long and even throw in the last time he sat in. You just don't get that kind of detail anymore. (Because who the fuck could possibly care.)
The NBC news special "Cave People of the Phillipines" gets the Viskupic treatment on Tuesday, and then a cluster of Marxes on the following night.
This John Cashman review lets you know that if Edward G. Robinson in a tub is your idea of entertainment, then Key Largo is the movie for you.
Even though she won five years earlier, Cybill Shepherd crowns the new Model of the Year that Saturday evening. I guess the crowning honors went to whichever winner was currently the hottest.
We blast into September with a neat, nostalgic Ned Levine scene showing Captain Video and Howdy Doody and then Bill McTernan's fun article describes other members of the 1949 TV vanguard.
TV Line demonstrates that Long Islanders can't get enough info on Alice Cooper! Can you blame them? Archie and Alice, coo-coo!
Somehow I don't think the Real George Carlin showed up in this Sunday evening time slot. I mean, he was probably more authentic than the guy you'd seen on variety shows for the last decade or so...
That's gonna do it for this repeat-choked last week, but September will continue with the post-Labor Day premieres and all that fun! Stay tuned!