1966, TV Show


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Some kick, but no bite, in vampire drama

Normally I'm a sucker for a good bloodsucker, but I've seen paper cuts go deeper than Blade (Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET on Spike TV), the toothless new TV version of the comic-book-turned-film franchise about a hip-hop, Harley-riding, half-breed vampire who's bad news for his more evil brethren. Where Buffy the Vampire Slayer took a mediocre film and elevated it to TV art, Blade doesn't even try to improve on the loud, flashily hollow movies. It's just more of the same martial artlessness. I kept expecting to see Batman-style OOF! BAM! graphics on screen. "Sun's down. Time to make some friends," mutters Blade (Over There's Kirk read more

What's the Secret to Blockbuster Success?

What, if anything, do Star Wars, Mission: Impossible, and Jaws have in common?

What is the formula for blockbuster-movie success? And how does it differ from the recipe for disaster? The new book Boffo! How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb, by Variety editor-in-chief and former studio exec Peter Bart, explores those much-asked questions, as does an accompanying HBO documentary, Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters, premiering June 29 and featuring almost as many A-list talking heads as fantastic clips from films both great and... so-so. Bart says that  — especially as cohost of AMC's Sunday read more

Before I tell you what you'll...

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel

Before I tell you what you'll find in my exclusive interview with Gilmore Girls CEO Amy Sherman-Palladino below, let me tell you what you won't: Any mention of the growing (at least based on the Ask Ausiello feedback I've been receiving) fan backlash involving a certain long-lost "turtle" named April and the tension her presence is creating between Luke and Lorelai. Judge me and my interview skills all you want, but I just didn't go there. That heated discussion would have hijacked the entire interview and, as a result, compromised my primary mission: to seize as much prattle as I could about this season's final six episodes, the show's future on CW and Team Palladino's highly publicized contract talks. Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, as much as I worship the ground AS-P read more

Was My Living Doll a show in ...

Question: Was My Living Doll a show in the '70s?

Answer: Yes, My Living Doll was indeed a series, but it ran on CBS a decade or so earlier than you guessed, starting in September 1964. It starred future Batman Catwoman Julie Newmar as a fetching experimental robot left in the care of psychiatrist Robert McDonald (Robert Cummings) after her inventor was reassigned to a post in Pakistan. McDonald named her Rhoda, told everyone she was his niece and set about training her to be an appropriately subservient woman. Of course, nothing's ever that easy, and hilarity ensued when McDonald's neighbor, Peter (Jack Mullaney), fell in love with the mechano-maiden and came ever closer to learning her secret.

Of course, it wasn't all that funny when Cummings read more

Rene Auberjonois: From Benson to Boston

Rene Auberjonois, Boston Legal

Before "snark" was even a word, Rene Auberjonois was wonderfully full of it as Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, the fancy-speaking foil to Robert Guillaume's titular manservant-turned-civil servant on the '80s comedy Benson. These days — and a sci-fi-fabulous run as Deep Space Nine's Odo later — the veteran actor is sharing a set with fellow Star Trek universe alum William Shatner on ABC's Boston Legal (Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET). In fact, Auberjonois' prickly Paul Lewiston recently embarked on a juicy new story arc, one of the many topics covered in this Q&A with Long before there was The West Wing, befo read more

Las Vegas I don't even know what...

Las VegasI don't even know what to freakin' say. I'm speechless, stupefied even! So Moth Woman Monica (Lara Flynn Boyle) — complete with wings and a hideous outfit — goes flying off the Montecito rooftop to what I presume is her death. I just knew the girl should have spent more time snacking on sandwiches. Still, I feel like I stepped into Crazy Land watching all this too-silly-for-words Sin City stuff play out. That's Sin City in the Robert Rodriguez does Frank Miller kinda way. Although at times, I thought I was watching a Batman rerun — POWs, KABLAMs and all. Just a few thoughts: The Montecito Jingle: When the autistic savant kept going over to the monitor to hear Monica's jingle, I thought the song sounded a lot like Rockwell read more

I was watching some show that ...

Question: I was watching some show that listed all of the spin-offs of All in the Family. Wasn't there a show about Archie Bunker's daughter Gloria, post-divorce, as a single mom? That show is never mentioned regarding Norman Lear spin-offs. Or are just the successful shows mentioned?

Answer: That would seem to be the case, Phyllis, though, to pat myself on the back once again, I mentioned it when discussing All in the Family spin-offs way back when. But I'm always happy to provide a little more detail.

Sally Struthers stepped into Gloria's shoes again for a year beginning in September 1982 as CBS' Gloria found the character doing veterinary-assistant work in a small upstate New York town. It seems Meathead had bailed on her to live on a commune when they were out in Califor read more


The coolest Batman movie to date — yes, I'm talking about Batman Begins — arrives on DVD Oct. 18.... Entertainment Tonight style guru Steven Cojocaru tells US Weekly that his body rejected his first kidney transplant and he needs another.... P. Diddy announced Tuesday that he's dropping the "P" in his name and will now be known simply as "Diddy." "I felt the 'P' was coming between me and my fans," he told Today's Katie Couric. "We had to simplify it." It's all about the fans with Sean John, er, Sean Combs, er, Puffy Combs, er, Puffy Smurf, er, P. Diddy, er, Diddy. read more

On the Batman TV series, ...

Question: On the Batman TV series, every Batman and Robin wanted to slide down the Batpole, they would flip up the head of a bust just outside the hidden door. Who was the bust of?

Answer: Holy setup, Kevin! Why do I get the feeling you know the answer to this and are simply trying to stump me? I usually avoid such questions because I like to help out those who really need to know something, but this time I'll bite since I grew up with that show and have a soft spot for it.

To gain access to the Batcave, either Bruce Wayne (Adam West) or Dick Grayson (Burt Ward) would push a button in a bust of William Shakespeare.

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Ka-Pow! Batman Wings it Back to TV

Here's a twist on the increasingly popular TV reunion: Legendary dynamic duo Adam West and Burt Ward — who became pop culture icons via their respective roles as Batman and Robin in the classic '60s series Batman — are reteaming for an upcoming CBS special that is neither a clip-filled retrospective nor a cheesy sequel chronicling the superheroes' much-later years. No, Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt is a tongue-in-cheek comedy adventure in which West and Ward, playing themselves, stumble upon a diabolical plot to steal the original Batmobile from a charity benefit. Talk about silly! "We decided to do something that was fresh, innovative," says West, "a modern-day caper with [me] and Burt and maybe with an occasional allusion to or reference to some of read more

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Premiered: January 12, 1966, on ABC
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Premise: POW! The Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder fight crime in Gotham City in this campy version of Bob Kane's comic strip that first appeared in 1939. The series aired twice a week and quickly achieved gangbuster ratings, but---holy novelty!---the ratings nosedived and even the addition of Batgirl late in the show's run couldn't save the Dynamic Duo.



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