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Remembering George Carlin on Share-a-Vision Radio

In case you missed it, Frankie and I paid tribute to the late George Carlin during the July 10 edition of Talking Television on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org. Besides playing a brief clip from NBC’s Saturday Night in which Carlin performed his classic routine on the differences between football and baseball, we discussed his skillful use of the English language, his biting commentaries on American culture, and his impact on comedy over the past 30 years. 

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Entertainment Journalist
Co-Host, Talking Television with Dave White
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
http://www.edrobertson.com
http://www.doctorrerun.com
www.talkingtelevision.org

Please tune in to our tribute to Dick Martin on Tuesday, July 29 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

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Bill Bixby’s “The Magician”: A modern-day Count of Monte Cristo

Time has been kind to The Magician (NBC, 1973-1974), the offbeat action drama starring Bill Bixby as Anthony Blake, a modern-day Count of Monte Cristo who, after clearly his name after years of imprisonment on a false espionage charge, uses his vast wealth and resources to help other victims of injustice. Unlike most television crime stoppers, Blake didn’t carry a gun – in fact, he abhorred violence, relying instead on his skills as a magician as his only arsenal against evil.

Despite its intriguing premise, not to mention the star power of leading man Bill Bixby, the series was a marginal success at best – if indeed a series whose network run lasted but 21 episodes can be construed a success. And yet, The Magician has lived on since its cancellation, finding new audiences in overseas syndication and on U.S. cable television, while sparking a renewed interest in the performance of magic over the past 30 years. In that respect, despite its limited number of episodes, The Magician continues to have the kind of far-reaching impact that few television shows ever achieve.

We paid tribute to The Magician earlier this week on Talking Television with Dave White, from its uneven network run in 1973 to its ongoing legacy today – a legacy that, as our guest J. Kingston Pierce noted on the program, no doubt received a boost in 1994 when it became permanently part of the X Files mythology). We also announced the URL for the online petition asking Paramount Studios to formally release The Magician in DVD; if you wish to sign that petition, you can do so by clicking here.

Our tribute to The Magician was the second of two programs honoring the career of Bill Bixby; the first program originally aired on Tuesday, April 15, and featured J. Kingston Pierce, as well as actor/musician Brandon Cruz, Bixby’s co-star on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and Renee Tufo, who is leading a campaign to win posthumous induction for Bixby in the Television Academy Hall of Fame. If you would like to see Bixby inducted in the TV Hall of Fame, there’s a petition for that as well, which you can sign by clicking here.

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Television Historian
Co-Host, Talking Television with Dave White
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.edrobertson.com
www.doctorrerun.com
www.talkingtelevision.org

 

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Premiering April 22 on Starz: The Pixar Story

A new documentary, The Pixar Story, takes viewers behind the scenes of Pixar Animation Studios, the computer animation giant that forever changed animated feature films, while also making an indelible mark on modern workplace culture.

The Pixar Story premieres Tuesday, Apr. 22 at 10pm ET and PT on the Starz premium channel. To read more about this 90-minute film, click below:
http://thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&articleid=26624

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Entertainment Journalist
www.edrobertson.com
www.doctorrerun.com
www.talkingtelevision.org

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