Help Jimmy Fallon reunite the cast of Saved By The Bell!

On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy mentioned that 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of Saved By the Bell. To celebrate this anniversary, Jimmy Fallon wants to reunite the cast. Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins) has joined support for the reunion, but the rest of the cast need convincing!

You can help by signing the Saved By the Bell Reunion Petition.

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Battlestar Galactica Finale on Hulu

This morning Hulu placed the Battlestar Galactica finale Daybreak part 2 online. If you missed it last week, here is your opportunity.

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Wings, The Final Season

The final season of Wings arrives in stores next month, and still no special features for the fans. The show was a moderate success for NBC. You would think that Paramount would throw something on the final DVD. Nothing. At least on Family Ties discs they included the promos!

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Andy Richter Controls the Universe

I feel bad for Andy Richter. Since leaving the Conan O’Brien show he has not seen the success that he hoped for. Three failed series really left him no choice, but to return as Conan’s sidekick for the Tonight Show. His first series (and easily the best of the three) was Andy Richter Controls the Universe. The show ran for two seasons, and canceled due to poor ratings.

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The Masturbating Bear Frozen in Carbonite

The last week ever of Late Night with Conan O’Brien had a lot of great moments, as he heads to take over for Jay Leno in the summer. Because of the shift to 11:30 Conan has to retire the show’s most popular character, The Masturbating Bear. I would love if he place the Bear frozen on the wall in the Tonight Show studio surrounded by red velvet curtains. It could be his “favorite decoration.”

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Family Ties, Season 5

I was so excited to find the fifth season of Family Ties on my doorstep yesterday that I instantly put it in to watch. I have been enjoying reminiscing this show. In fact, I don’t think I have seen most of these episodes since they originally aired.

If you haven’t seen the show here is a quick rundown.  Set during the early years of the Reagan administration, Elyse and Steven Keaton raise their four children Alex P. Keaton ( portrayed by Michael J. Fox), Mallory, Jennifer, and Andy in Columbus, Ohio. Elyse and Steven are baby boomers, liberal Democrats, and peace loving hippies. Their son Alex is a staunch Republican. Their ideals may clash, but the heart of this show is the family

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Dave’s World, Season 2

Dave’s World was a show that I completely forgotten about.  I remember when it was on, but it was always one of those take it or leave it shows for me. Which was strange especially because I loved Harry Anderson in Night Court.

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Becker, Season 2

Ted Danson followed up Cheers as Dr. John Becker, the grumpy family doctor in Becker for six seasons. Unlike Sam Malone, Becker was always unhappy with his life in The Bronx, New York.

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Spin City, Season 1

In a world of constantly changing tastes and preferences, some things prove themselves to be timeless. Favorite books, classic movies, even the occasional sitcom. Such is the case with Spin City.

Michael J. Fox plays Mike Flaherty, deputy mayor of New York City. His job consists largely of turning the Mayor’s occasional gaffes into less volatile opportunities for reproach– hence the title. His staff consists of actors Alan Ruck, Connie Britton, Alexander Chaplin and Michael Boatman. His dedicated staff serve at the pleasure of the mayor, one Barry Bostwick.

The show’s writing is quite sharp. I’ll admit, the first few episodes are a bit rough around the edges– writers getting acclimated to the cast, the cast taking time to fuse together as an ensemble. Once they find their footing however, the rest of the season proves to be a classic.

Fox begins the show with a long-term girlfriend, a reporter played by the timeless beauty Carla Gugino. Their chemistry (and conflict of professional interests) provide much of the meat for the season’s first half Gugino left the show prematurely for a number of reasons; one of which was to allow Fox’s character Flaherty to date a variety of guest stars– allowing the show to stay more fresh. I personally think she could have stayed on longer, but the realistic portrayal of Flaherty losing a great love of his life was satisfyingly genuine.

The show’s teamwork both in comedy and in politics runs with the precision of a swiss watch. One liners, rejoinders and even the occasional bit of slapstick are delivered with style. Special mention should be made of veteran character Richard Kind, who played the press secretary. His work is nothing short of comedy gold. The man’s talent for self-deprecating goofiness is worth the price of admission alone.

For a sitcom, the show took many gambles that paid off handsomely: Michael Boatman plays a gay man in a lead role long before Will & Grace ever aired. The show also touched on delicate subjects such as inner city drug use and the scandal of extra-marital affairs in the mayor’s office.

Also worth note is the star-studded collection of guest appearances. Actors and actresses who would later outshine the entire cast (excepting Fox) sharpened their chops with small but satisfying roles on Spin City: Gretchen Mol, Jennifer Garner and the ever-smug Stephen Colbert can all be found in blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em cameos, along with several more.

The first season DVD features interviews with the whole cast as well as running commentary for the season’s best episodes. At 12 years since its premiere, Spin City proves its comedic potential is very well preserved and worth your taking a look. I highly recommend you pick it up

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1966 George Barris Batmobile


The 1966 Batmobile from the TV Series, in 1:18 scale is finally here. First of all, a little history. George Barris designed the Batmobile for the 1966 show (as well as other shows of the period) and maintains the rights to that car’s look. However DC owns the rights to the concept of the Batmobile and all of the insignia. To my knowledge, Mr. Barris and DC have never come to terms that both parties felt were fair, so this TV version Batmobile had never been officially produced. There are knock-offs of course and the comic version is very similar looking, but this the first officially licensed toy car from the show. The 1:64 (traditional Hot Wheels size) car came out last year, and we’ve been waiting for about 3 years since it was originally announced, so here it is, and it is indeed beautiful.

The doors open up, and every little detail is included. From the batphone to the little antennae in front of the doublebubble wind shield. Two minor gripes… there is no license plate decal (though there is a spot to stick one) and the dashboard is a little bare. But otherwise it’s remarkable.

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