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And Still More Fanesia Moments: Conan, 'The West Wing,' and Barney Fife

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 8th 2010 5:03PM
ConanSeveral years ago on this very blog I introduced the concept of fanesia. That's not a new soft drink or an 'American Idol' contestant, it actually stands for 'fan amnesia,' those TV moments that we refuse to acknowledge even happened on our favorite shows. Past examples I've used have included Fitzwallace dying on 'The West Wing,' the last episode of 'Seinfeld,' Mark dying on 'ER,' and 'Will & Grace' not speaking to each other for years in their final episode. In my mind, those things never happened on those shows.

Here are four more. Let us know your favorite Fanesia moments in the comments.

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Classic TV Haters Vandalize Andy Griffith Statue

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 25th 2010 11:02AM
I don't understand why anyone would want to vandalize any statue, but a statue of Andy Taylor and his son Opie? That's just madness! But that's what happened to the statue that TV Land put in Mt. Airy, NC, with green and red paint. Here's the video from a local news report. TV Land also has statues of Mary Richards in Minneapolis, Bob Hartley in Chicago, Ralph Kramden in New York, Elvis in Hawaii, The Fonz in Milwaukee, and Samantha Stevens in Salem.

I give TV Land a lot of grief for their programming decisions, but I'm impressed they're actually flying someone to NC to repair the statue.

[via myfox8.com]

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What's On Tonight: Raising The Bar, Football, Christmas Specials

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2009 12:14PM
It's A Wonderful Life
  • TNT has a marathon of new Raising The Bar episodes all night.
  • TBS is running A Christmas Story all night.
  • At 8, NBC has It's A Wonderful Life.
  • PBS has L.A. Holiday Celebration at 8, followed by Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Christmas at Belmont.
  • ABC Family has A Miser Brothers Christmas at 8.
  • ESPN has the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl at 8, Nevada vs. Southern Methodist.
  • Travel Channel has Samantha Brown's Holidays in New York, then The Most Christmasy Places in America and Christmas to the Extreme.
  • Also at 8: TCM has Remember The Night, followed by Christmas in July.
  • At 8:30, TV Land has a Christmas Andy Griffith Show.
  • At 8:40, BBC America has a Christmas Catherine Tate Show.
  • At 10:30, Food Network has a Christmas Ace of Cakes.
  • At 11:35, CBS has Christmas at the Cathedral: Beacon of Hope.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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A guide to Labor Day marathons and specials

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 4th 2009 6:10PM
Jerry Lewis MDA TelethonAh, Labor Day. Isn't it great to have the summer over (yes, I consider Labor Day as the end of summer) and the new TV season about to begin?

Here's a list of the various marathons, specials, and sports that you can see on Sunday and Monday. Let us know if we've missed anything.

Sunday

  • At 8 AM, Hallmark has a Golden Girls marathon.
  • At 9, USA has a Law and Order: SVU marathon.
  • At 10, WE has a marathon of Girlfriends episodes.
  • At 10:30, TV Land has a Beverly Hillbillies marathon.
  • At 11, CBS has U.S. Open coverage.
  • At 1 PM, Discovery has a Planet Earth marathon.
  • Bravo has a Top Chef: Las Vegas marathon at 1.
  • At 3, Spike has a Band of Brothers marathon.
  • NBC has the Deutsche Bank Golf Championship at 3.
  • At 5, TV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon.
  • At 9, it's the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (check local listings).

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AOL picks the best TV shows of the 60s

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 25th 2009 12:04PM
The Twilight ZoneIt's time for another TV list! Everybody loves lists, right? This one has AOL picking the best TV shows of the 1960s.

As usual, it's a list that will get the debate going. Shows that without a doubt deserve to be on the list: The Twilight Zone, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Star Trek, The Andy Griffith Show, I Spy, and Bewitched.

Shows that without a doubt don't belong on the list: The Flying Nun, Hogan's Heroes, and The Mod Squad. Sure, I enjoyed those shows when I was younger, but I really don't think they belong in the "best" category (I'll let you debate another show on the list, Batman - great or just "campy" great?)

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New TV Land promo will make you sad, angry and maybe a little sick

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 4th 2009 5:01PM
TV Land logoSo I was watching The Andy Griffith Show marathon that TV Land seems to air every other day. This isn't my complaint, as I would watch that show every day of the week (as long as they're the black and white episodes and not the color ones, but that's another rant). No, my complaint is about the commercial that ran during the marathon.

The promo isn't online so I'll have to describe it. The narrator talks about how times change (with a montage of how phones have evolved over the years), how tastes change (a montage of different foods that people have eaten over the decades), and how we've changed (a montage of different hairstyles you might have had since you were a kid). The point of all this is that things change, but ... change is good! And that's why it's good that TV Land has a bunch of reality shows instead of classic TV shows, because things change and that's where viewers are now in their lives.

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What's On Tonight: Being Human, Malibu Shark Attack, Dirty Sexy Money

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 25th 2009 4:01PM
Kings

  • TV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon all night.
  • At 8, NBC has the series finale of Kings.
  • Nickelodeon has a new True Jackson, VP at 8.
  • Versus has Tour de France coverage at 8.
  • There's a new Primeval on BBC America at 8, followed by the series premiere of Being Human.
  • Also at 8: TCM has A Night at the Opera.
  • 8:30, FOX has a new Cops, then a new America's Most Wanted.
  • At 9, CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • TBS has a new Bill Engvall Show at 9.
  • Syfy has the movie Malibu Shark Attack at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Dirty Sexy Money.
  • At 11, Comedy Central has Jim Breuer: Let's Clear The Air.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Ax Men, High Noon, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 4th 2009 4:03PM
  • Seth RogenCBS has March Madness all night.
  • TV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon all night.
  • At 8, NBC reruns the ER finale, if you missed it.
  • TCM has Take the Money and Run at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • Lifetime has the movie Nora Roberts' High Noon at 9.
  • Hallmark has the movie Love Takes Wing at 9.
  • Also at 9: FUSE has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
  • At 10, History Channel has a new Ax Men.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live, with Seth Rogen.
  • At 1AM, Cartoon Network has a new Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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The Baywatch theme sounds better with acoustic guitar - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 31st 2009 6:09PM
BaywatchI've always had this theory that even the worst songs in the world can sound better if you play them on an acoustic guitar. You can take the most insipid sitcom theme song or the most bombastic heavy metal tune, and when you play the song on an acoustic guitar, it suddenly becomes more profound, more deep, just better somehow.

The folks over at Best Week Ever have complied a great set of videos that show people doing the theme songs to various TV shows on various instruments. Some of them are pretty straightforward with normal instruments (for example, a small orchestra doing the Muppet Show theme and Family Matters done on piano), while others are rather odd and unexpected, like the parrot doing the Andy Griffith Show theme or The Love Boat performed on a theremin. After the jump, one of my favorites: the theme to Baywatch performed by a guy on an acoustic guitar. He even has his shirt off like a lifeguard and shows pics from the show.

I still don't get that MacGyver theme on the ruler though.

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What's On Tonight: Dancing With The Stars, 24, Medium, Anthony Bourdain

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 9th 2009 4:00PM
  • CastleTV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon all night.
  • Sci-Fi is showing Star Trek: The Next Generation all night.
  • At 7, G4 has a Watchmen debate on a new Attack of the Show.
  • At 8, ABC has the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars, then the series premiere of Castle.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8, followed by new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Chuck, Heroes, and Medium.
  • FOX has a new House at 8, then a new 24.
  • ABC Family has a new Secret Life of the American Teenager at 8, followed by a new Kyle XY.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • At 10, Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Survivor, Brotherhood, Christmas Movies

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 14th 2008 4:01PM
  • CalifornicationTV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon all night.
  • At 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by The Santa Clause 2.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then the season finale of Survivor and the Survivor Live Reunion Show.
  • NBC has a new Football Night in America at 7, followed by the Giants/Cowboys game.
  • At 8, ABC Family has the movie Snow 2 Brain Freeze.
  • HGTV has Holiday Windows 2008 at 8.
  • Also at 8: Showtime has a new Brotherhood, then new episodes of Dexter and Californication.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the movie Together Again For The First Time.
  • Nickelodeon has two Christmas episodes of Home Improvement at 9.
  • Spike has the Spike TV Video Game Awards 2008 at 9.
  • At 10, BBC America has a new Skins.
  • At 10:30, Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Drinky Crow Show.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Modern Marvels, Hopkins, Burn Notice

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 31st 2008 4:04PM
  • Kathy GriffinTV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon tonight while CMT has a Scott Baio Is 46...And Pregnant marathon.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • NBC has a new, two hour Last Comic Standing at 8, followed by a new Fear Itself.
  • FOX has new episodes of Don't Forget The Lyrics and So You Think You Can Dance.
  • At 8:30, HGTV has a new Myles of Style, followed by new episodes of Rate My Space, Extreme Living, and House Hunters.
  • At 9, History Channel has a new Modern Marvels, then a new episode of The Works.
  • At 10, ABC has a the season finale of Hopkins.
  • CBS has a new Flashpoint at 10.
  • There's a new Burn Notice on USA at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List at 10.
  • Showtime has a new Penn & Teller's Bullshit at 10.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has a new Gong Show, then a new Reality Bites Back.
Check your local TV listings for more.

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TV Obits: Hagen, Sutcliffe, Marko, Candido, Roman, Duffy

by Bob Sassone, posted May 28th 2008 8:06AM

Earle HagenA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Earle Hagen: He was a legendary, Emmy-winning composer of music for TV shows, including the themes to The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, I Spy, That Girl, Gomer Pyle, USMC, Make Room For Daddy, The Mod Squad, and Mike Hammer ("Harlem Nocturne"). He also worked on the music for many movies, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Monkey Business, Daddy Long Legs, Carousel, Let's Make Love, Compulsion, Don't Bother To Knock, and There's No Business Like Show Business. Hagen died at age 88 in Rancho Mirage, CA.

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What's On Tonight: NBA Playoffs, Andromeda Strain, Denise Richards

by Bob Sassone, posted May 26th 2008 4:04PM
  • Larry KingAt 8, ABC has Vacation Swap, followed by a new episode of The Bachelorette.
  • NBC has a new American Gladiators at 8, then a new Dateline.
  • ABC Family has a new Greek at 8, then a new Wildfire.
  • Also at 8: TV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has the NBA Playoffs.
  • At 9, Larry King Live has all the finalists from American Idol.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • A&E has the premiere of The Andromeda Strain at 9.
  • At 10, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • E! has the premiere of Denise Richards: It's Complicated, then the premiere of Living Lohan.
  • Also at 10: MTV has two new episodes of The Paper.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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TV Obits: Cromwell, Begg, Sharp, Goldstone

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 24th 2008 3:43PM

Kate and Allie logoA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Gloria Cromwell: She appeared in a number of TV shows over the years, including Kate & Allie (she played Janet, their landlord), Ryan's Hope, Murder, She Wrote, Moonlighting, Hill Street Blues, The Golden Girls, Hunter, Cop Rock, Designing Women, Coach, L.A. Law, and many others. She was also in many films, including Say Anything, The Odd Couple: Together Again, The War of the Roses, and The Parent Trap II. She died on March 3 (age unknown).

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