Monthly Archives: October 2020

This Date in MAVERICK TV History: Edd Byrnes, Michael Dante, and Peter Brown star in “Stage West,” airing Oct. 27, 1957

STAGE WEST Original Airdate: October 27, 1957 Synopsis. Bret and the widow Linda Harris are held hostage by rancher Mart Fallon and his two sons. Fallon murdered Linda’s husband, a miner who has found gold near Indian territory. Unfortunately for … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: “Kill The Messenger,” Joe Santos’ favorite episode, airs on Oct. 27, 1978

KILL THE MESSENGER Original Air Date: October 27, 1978   Synopsis. As a nervous Becker prepares to take the examination for lieutenant, he’s assigned a departmental hot potato: the homicide of parole officer Eileen Towne, wife of Deputy Chief of … Continue reading

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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 513: Tribute to Tom Kennedy with guests Steve Beverly and Geoffrey Mark is available for listening on demand

How Jim Narz Became Tom Kennedy Original Airdates: Oct. 23-25, 2020 TVC 513.1: Game show historian Steve Beverly joins Ed as we pay tribute to Tom Kennedy, the legendary game show host who passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at … Continue reading

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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 513.5 with guest Rich Manley is available for listening on demand

Bridging Cultures Through Magic Original Airdates: Oct. 23-25, 2020 TVC 513.5: Ed welcomes actor, author, magician, and adventurer Rich Manley. Rich is the host, producer, writer and director of Culture Shock: Bridging Cultures Through Magic, a new series on Tubi … Continue reading

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This Date in MAVERICK TV History: Gerald Mohr and Paul Picerni star in “Escape to Tampico,” airing Oct. 26, 1958

ESCAPE TO TAMPICO Original Airdate: October 26, 1958 Synopsis. In New Orleans, aristocrat Raoul Gireaux offers Bret $6,000 to bring back Steve Corbett, who has fled to Tampico, Mexico after murdering Gireaux’s youngest son. After finding work in the cantina … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Part 2 of “Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Will Never Die” airs on Oct. 26, 1979

ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WILL NEVER DIE (conclusion) Original Air Date: October 26, 1979 Synopsis. Pop music superstar Tim Ritchie, already facing a palimony lawsuit by his former live-in girlfriend Diane Bjornstrom, hires Rockford to locate his record producer and … Continue reading

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This Date in MAVERICK TV History: Joel Grey, Nancy Kulp, and Robert Lowery star in “Full House,” airing Oct. 25, 1959

FULL HOUSE Original Airdate: October 25, 1959 Synopsis. In Denver, Bret wins $2,000 playing cards with a man who is temporarily short of cash. Maverick wants the man’s fancy tie pin as collateral, but the man is reluctant to give … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Jill Clayburgh and Suzanne Somers star in “The Big Ripoff,” airing Oct. 25, 1974

THE BIG RIPOFF Original Air Date: October 25, 1974 Synopsis. Nancy Frazier hires Rockford to investigate the death of her lover Steve Nelson, who allegedly perished in a plane crash. Nancy believes that Steve’s wife Ginny arranged for the accident, … Continue reading

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Coming next week to TV CONFIDENTIAL: Screenwriter and film historian GARY GERANI on the genius of Billy Goldenberg (pictured right) as a composer and his generosity as a human being. Gary provides commentary for the fiftieth anniversary Blu-ray release of FEAR NO EVIL and RITUAL OF EVIL, the iconic made-for-TV occult thrillers starring Louis Jourdan that also marked Goldenberg’s first film credits as a composer. FEAR NO EVIL / RITUAL OF EVIL Blu-ray Double Feature is available now from Kino Lorber, while Gary’s documentary on the life and career of Billy Goldenberg is projected for release in 2021

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via National Comedy Center: The NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER partners with the Elkhorn Valley Museum to launch a new Johnny Carson Gallery in Carson’s hometown of Elkhorn, NE (set to open in 2021), and with the Carson Entertainment Group to launch a new Johnny Carson exhibit, 30 Years of Late Night Television, set to open in 2022

Jamestown, NY – October 23, 2020– As the country remembers comedy and late-night legend Johnny Carson on his 95th birthday today, the National Comedy Center—the nation’s official cultural institution dedicated to comedy—and the Elkhorn Valley Museum in Johnny Carson’s hometown … Continue reading

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