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!


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