Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk Myself to Death: Random Thoughts

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Random Thoughts

Chicago's MeTV and MeToo show a lot of old TV shows (and have a Website that's been under construction for at least a couple of months), and I've recently been watching a fair amount of Route 66. For a show where the two main characters are out driving the Mother Road and looking for America, they sure do spend a lot of time near the water. A fair number of the odd jobs they pick up along the way involve working on boats. But even so, they always work their way back to their Camaro Corvette.


At 2:05 PM, December 07, 2008, Blogger Jim C. said...

Um, they actually drive a Corvette, not a Camaro (which wasn't on the road until after they were cancelled).

Jim Rockford drove a Camaro, though.

I've been enjoying MeToo's Sunday afternoon lineup - McMillan & Wife, McCloud, and Ellery Queen.* That's entertainment.

*Not Mrs. Columbo, though. Weak tea, that.

At 3:44 PM, December 07, 2008, Anonymous Doug said...

Pardon me on that one. I always think of more recent, sleeker models when I think of a Corvette, but although Buzz and Todd were capable of many things, they weren't time travelers, so they couldn't have driven a car that wasn't sold yet.

I agree on Mrs. Columbo. It was always an iffy show. Kate Mulgrew was a strong lead (as she always is), but they were stupid to try to tie it to Columbo. Lieutenant Columbo often referred to his wife--who viewers never saw--but it wasn't this woman. When I was an exchange student in Japan, I taught an English conversation class at a Japanese corporation. We even talked about Kate Columbo's status there. NBC quickly realized that, too, and changed the name of the show to Kate Columbo and then Kate Loves a Mystery. By the time of that last title, Kate's last name had mysteriously changed to the more WASP-ish "Callahan." Given all that, I'm surprised that the show is syndicated under the Mrs. Columbo name.

One footnote to the whole thing is that the daughter on the show (who was obviously not Lieutenant Columbo's daughter any more than her mother was his wife) was played by Lili Haydn, who's become quite the rock violinist. I saw her leading her band at L.A.'s Viper Club in the mid-90s, and she knocked me out. I think she's put out two or three albums by this point. (Unfortunately, the only one I've got--which I think is her first--doesn't match the live show in excitement or energy.)

At 5:39 PM, December 07, 2008, Blogger Mike Chary said...

It's syndicated under "Mrs. Columbo," so people might watch. In what universe i Kate Mulgrew a solid lead? I feel cheated, to be honest, because in this universe, she well and truly sucks.

At 8:50 PM, December 07, 2008, Anonymous Doug said...

I never watched Voyager, so I don't have Janeway to hold against her. And maybe it's just my Irish genes showing themselves, but I've always liked Kate Mulgrew. I'm sorry that makes you feel cheated.

As for the Mrs. Columbo syndicators, they're making the same mistake the original producers made. People might tune in to see Mrs. Columbo, but then they discover this show ain't that and never tune in again. Still, the fact that it didn't work the first time may have no bearing on whether it'll work now or not. But that's not where I'd put my investment.

At 7:03 PM, December 09, 2008, Anonymous Mod the Rod said...

I remember reading a first-season review of "Star Trek: Voyager" where the critic said that Kate Mulgrew's voice reminded him of a dolphin drunk with power. Heh heh.


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