Category Archives: television
Tales from the Crypt, the horror anthology television program, debuted on HBO on June 10, 1989. I did not have HBO growing up, so it was not until much later that I saw a few episodes. As a youth, I was more familiar with George A. Romero’s syndicated Tales from the Darkside.
Tales from the Crypt was based on a series of comics produced in the 1950s, and most of the storylines came from those books. The program lasted for seven years and resulted in many related projects, including feature films, a Saturday morning cartoon, a game show for kids, and three music compilations.
The first album is a soundtrack from the series, including music from Danny Elfman, Jan Hammer, and Ry Cooder. The second is Christmas-themed, called Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas, with inspired music such as “Deck the Halls with Parts of Charlie” and “‘Twas the Fright Before Christmas.” The third—Monsters of Metal—featured a mix of hard rock favorites by bands such as Black Sabbath, Pantera, and Dio.
The television series is not currently included for free on any of the major streaming services, but you can buy the complete series from Amazon. If you prefer to read the comics that inspired the show, there are several anthologies available as well.
I fondly remember watching reruns of Welcome Back Kotter during the summer when I was off school. I loved imitating Horshack’s “Oo-Oo-Oo” because I was knew I wasn’t cool enough to pull off Barbarino. Sadly, Mr. Kotter and the Sweathogs left the air after only four seasons, with the final episode, “The Breadwinners,” airing June 8, 1979.
Two of the actors that portrayed Sweathogs are no longer with us. Both Robert Hegyes (Juan Epstein) and Ron Palillo (Arnold Horshack) passed away in 2012. Marcia Strassman, who played Mr. Kotter’s wife Julie, also passed in 2014.
- The New June Netflix Titles Are Here And There’s So Much Great Stuff [BuzzFeed] (JT sez: Spider-Man Into The Spiderverse is coming June 26!)
- Kiefer Sutherland & the ‘Designated Survivor’ Cast on a ‘180-Degree Shift’ in Season 3 [TV Insider]
- These Posters for a Vampire TV Show Erupt In Flames When The Sun Rises [Adweek]
- You Can Rent the Spice Girls Bus on Airbnb [Apartment Theory]
- The 1954 Topps Guide to Life [SABR’s Baseball Cards Committee]
- The Pete Alonso / Jeff McNeil Collection [Mets Baseball Cards Like They Ought To Be!] (JT sez: I love the ’86 Donruss-style “The Rookies” cards Warren posted!)
- The Inside Story of Jimmy Page’s Led Zeppelin Guitars [Guitar.com]
What I’m Reading Right Now: Almost Yankees: The Summer of ’81 and the Greatest Baseball Team You’ve Never Heard Of by J. David Herman.
- Vincent Price’s Supper Casserole! [Dinosaur Dracula]
- A Babe Ruth Rookie Card Found in an Old Piano Just Sold for More Than $130,000 [Mental Floss]
- Beasties [Phantom Cardboard]
- Cody Bellinger PC [Baseball Card Breakdown]
- 1971 Alt-Topps Requests [Cards That Never Were]
- Violent Femmes announce new album, Hotel Last Resort, share title track: Stream [Consequence of Sound]
- Here’s why Richard Dawson started kissing female contestants on ‘Family Feud’…And why he stopped during his second stint on the show [WCVB]
What I’m Reading Right Now: Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe written by Tim Seeley and illustrated by Freddie Williams III.
Zack Morris, A.C. Slater, Kelly Kapowski, and Jessie Spano graduated from Bayside High School on May 22, 1993…more than a quarter of a century ago. The four friends and their spouses got together last night for dinner.
It’s not just the quarter of a century that has passed that makes me feel old, but how these people still look practically the same 25 years later. I really need to get on the treadmill or something.
The complete run of Saved By The Bell episodes is available on DVD for $49.99 from Amazon. You can also pick up Funko Pop! figures of the stars of the show, or choose from a selection of t-shirts to show off your allegience to your fantasy alma mater.
Screech (Dustin Diamond), who was understandably excluded from the dinner party this weekend, wrote a tell-all book about ten years ago called Behind The Bell. I haven’t read it, but the Zack Morris considers it a work of fiction. Read at your own risk.
- Meet Ray Lamb, the last Dodger to wear Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 — by mistake [Los Angeles Times]
- Report: Arrow Season 8 Will Feature Smallville Alum Tom Welling [CBR.com]
- Of Myths and Men (pt. 1) [SABR’s Baseball Cards Committee]
- Neil Young and Crazy Horse set to record their first album in seven years [Consequence of Sound]
- Bootlegging Dreams Into Reality [Branded in the 80s]
- 8 Silent Films Every Sci-Fi and Horror Fan Should See [io9]
- Reflections On Worship, From A-Z [Preacher Pollard’s Blog]
What I’m Reading Right Now: Firefight: The Reckoners, Book Two by Brandon Sanderson. (Yes, still working on it.)
- Boss Hogg Served in the Korean War as a Counterintelligence Officer & Could Speak 5 Languages [War History Online]
- A Tale Of Two Trophies [The Topps Archives]
- Don’t think Trice, it’s alright and The power of the eraser [SABR’s Baseball Cards Committee]
- 2019 WAR Update [Sports Reference]
- Changing the World Through Love: What I Noticed When I Read 1, 2, 3 John [Radically Christian]
- Toy Story 4 finally gets a full-length trailer, and my heart already hurts [Consequence of Sound]
- 10 Dialogue Errors Writers Should Avoid [Writers Write]
What I’m Reading Right Now: Firefight: The Reckoners, Book Two by Brandon Sanderson.
Purchase the debut album from The End Machine!
(The End Machine features classic-era Dokken members George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, and Mick Brown, with current Warrant vocalist Robert Mason behind the microphone.)
(October 11, 1966 – March 4, 2019)
Luke Perry suffered a massive stroke last Thursday, and today succumbed from complications from that stroke. His most famous role was that of Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills 90210. More recently he could be seen as Archie’s father on Riverdale. He was only 52 years old.
I abruptly woke at 4:30am thinking about you Luke & I couldn’t go back to sleep, then 5 hours later I hear you are gone. The tears won’t stop & they never ever will. You were that guy, that forever friend, we always had each others back & I will always remember you this way… pic.twitter.com/7DtSvYdIGe
— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) March 4, 2019
Just devastated by the news of #LukePerry He will be a brother forever we grew up together and I will never forget his loving spirit, his incredible wit and charm that won all of us pic.twitter.com/lkKLx3e2kS
— David Arquette (@DavidArquette) March 4, 2019
I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us.
I’m thinking of his family. His children.
I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss.
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) March 4, 2019
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) March 4, 2019
RIP Luke Perry. 💔 pic.twitter.com/g6rR5lqLUG
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) March 4, 2019
— soleil moon frye (@moonfrye) March 5, 2019
Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale
— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) March 4, 2019
So saddened to hear of Luke Perry’s passing 💔My thought and prayers are with his family and friends.
— Lacey Chabert (@IamLaceyChabert) March 5, 2019
I have been following Funko‘s various social media accounts as they reveal upcoming releases at Comic Cons and Toy Fairs. A lot of great stuff on deck, including characters from The Office, Office Space, The Lion King, *NSync, and more.
I think the one I am anticipating more than any other is Shazam. I’m a huge Zachary Levi fan, and the trailer for the movie looks hilarious, so this one is definitely going to be added to my collection at some point this year.
But if you’re not into comic book movies or sitcoms or Disney or boybands, never fear…Funko will continue to produce sports-themed Funko Pops in 2019. MLB, NFL, and NASCAR are all among the upcoming releases. Even Muhammad Ali and Babe Ruth are a part of the 2019 roster.