Question: I know I'm not crazy. Back in the '70s, Larry Storch (and, I believe, his old cohort Forrest Tucker) were in a Saturday-morning kid-oriented show that had something to do with outer space. I want to say it ran opposite Bob Denver's Far Out Space Nuts. It would have been around the time of Sid and Marty Krofft's dominance of Saturday-morning programming. Please tell me I haven't completely lost my mind.
Answer: Not in this regard you haven't, David. You're thinking of The Ghost Busters, which ran on CBS for a year beginning in September 1975. On it, Storch and Tucker, best known for their F Troop days together, played a couple of ghost hunters who were teamed with a gorilla named Tracy. It was a live-action show, but spawned an animated version in the late
Well, you certainly can't say nothing happened this week, huh? Caesar, in Egypt, has to deal with boy-king Ptolemy, Cleopatra's brother. ("I think I can handle a small boy and an eunuch," he says when asked if sticking around to "settle things" is a good idea after being presented with Pompey's head as a gift.) Of course he can, and how bad do we want to see him give that annoying little gnat a good slap, kick or series of both? But we get something better — a brilliantly done fight scene when Lucius and Pullo are sent to rescue Cleo from the assassins her little brother hired, followed by a hilarious sex scene and its aftermath when she demands Lucius sleep with her, and he sends Pullo in to do the deed. And it doesn't slow down from there. She manages to look amazing when dumped out of a piece of burlap and onto the floor. And it's clear that Caesar, and
It's only one day into the summer Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, and already we've seen one of the best shows (albeit not on TV) that we're likely to get in the next three weeks of hype and schmooze.
The occasion: a panel late Tuesday afternoon promoting Pioneers of Primetime, a PBS special (airing Nov. 9) about the legendary vaudevillian clowns who first made TV popular. Several gave their final TV interviews for this documentary, including the late Milton Berle, Steve Allen and Red Skelton — who turned down producer Steve Boettcher's interview requests at least half a dozen times before relenting and rewarding him with three and a half hours shortly before he died.
At TCA, this all-star panel of 80-something golden-age talent, which at first glance promised to be an exercise in fawning nostalgia, quickly turned into a rollicking display of classic shtick, as Red Buttons and Carl Reiner me