Tag: Mystery Science Theater 3000

Fall TV Preview Madness! (NBC, 1975)

Fall TV Preview Madness! (NBC, 1975)

TV & Radio
In Fall TV Preview Madness, I present a network television schedule preview special from the distant past. We see the good, bad, and ugly for a network's entire upcoming fall slate. Today's preview is for NBC's 1975 Fall TV season, dubbed the Superseason. The network debuted nine new series, hoping to build on the successes of young hits like Little House on the Prairie, Chico and the Man, and Sanford and Son. Their boldest play came on Thursday, where the entire prime time lineup was filled with freshman shows. Here's a quick promo from '75. Unfortunately, success proved elusive for these new programs, none of which lasted past the 1975-76 season. Thursday in particular was rough, as NBC was up against ratings powerhouses like The Waltons and The Streets of San Francisco. Th...
Still scary after all these years – Stephen King’s It

Still scary after all these years – Stephen King’s It

Books
In celebration of It's 25th anniversary on September 15th, 2011 I'm reposting this review I wrote in April 2007. - Chris I am not what you could call a voracious reader. I can barely make it through an issue of Highlights for Children without getting distracted by something or other. So when I can make it through a 1,000+ page book, it's quite a feat. When I consciously choose to re-read the same 1,000+ page book, it's nothing short of a miracle. I recently finished reading Stephen King's It for the second time, and I think I enjoyed it even more than the first (which was probably about 15 years ago). I know a lot of literary snobs look down their large and bespectacled noses at King, but let's face it, the man delivers. I'd read about the Losers and Pennywise the Clown any day o...
GFS at the movies: RiffTrax Live – Plan 9 from Outer Space

GFS at the movies: RiffTrax Live – Plan 9 from Outer Space

Movies
It's been almost 10 years since the final episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 aired, but I'm happy to report that the legacy lives on.  Not just through a dedicated community of fans trading episodes, but through the creative forces behind the series.  There are actually two post-MST3K projects kicking around these days - Cinematic Titanic features MST3K originals Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu (Crow #1 & Dr. Clayton Forrester), J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo #1), and Frank Conniff (TV's Frank), as well as later addition Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester).  I've never seen any of their stuff to be honest, but then again I was never a huge Joel fan. I have seen a fair number of works by RiffTrax, headed by former MST3K host and head writer Michael J. Nelson, as well as Kevin Murphy (Tom
Tube talk: 2008-09 TV season report card

Tube talk: 2008-09 TV season report card

TV & Radio
Television.  Love it or hate it, it sure beats reading or taking out the garbage.  I don't post all that frequently about TV on this site, but man do I spend a truckload of time watching it.  So here's a breakdown of the shows I watched over this past television season, and what I thought of them.  Overall it was a pretty good year, and the spectre of the writers' strike is already a distant memory. American Dad! - I can only guess that more of Seth MacFarlane's attention has been directed towards this show than Family Guy, which is the reason it has consistently been the funnier of the two.  Or maybe he isn't overseeing it, and that's why it's funnier.  Either way, this season saw a drop in quality from the previous few but was still pretty good.  Any bit with a Roger/Steve pairing was