TV Espresso: News Items for Monday, December 5, 2011

Herman Cain likes PokemonLast week, television lost another veteran performer, a former Growing Pains kid has a new show, there are some similarities between Lost and Once Upon a Time, a former presidential candidate comes clean about his Pokemon connection and some dates in TV history.

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
Alan Sues, the sometimes flamboyant castmember of the popular NBC comedy series, died on Thursday, December 1st. Sues was 85 years old and passed away from an apparent heart attack at his home in West Hollywood. He appeared on Broadway before and after Laugh-In and guested on shows like The Brady Brides, Punky Brewster, The Wild, Wild West, The Twilight Zone, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Sues is survived by his sister-in-law, Yvonne.

Growing Pains
Tracey Gold grew up on television, in front of millions of people, while playing brainy Carol Seaver on ABC’s Growing Pains. After putting on a few extra pounds, she was asked to go on a diet. She lost the weight, liked the compliments that she was getting, and it spun out of control into anorexia. At her lowest weight, Gold weighed just 79 pounds. Now years later, Gold is sharing her story and hoping to educate viewers about eating disorders. Her new Lifetime series, Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold, airs on Friday nights.

Death of Television?
The number of people who still use traditional televisions is still quite high (83.2%) but dropping (down from 84.1% last year). A new article suggests those numbers could plunge very quickly and we could see a collapse in five years. The example given is the shift in land-line telephone service. In 2005, 7% of US households used only their cell-phones for calls. This year, that number has grown to nearly 30% — meaning that one in three households doesn’t have a traditional home phone line. As cable prices continue to increase, we can expect the number of cord-cutters to grow as well.

Once Upon a Time and Lost
Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis had the idea for Once Upon a Time eight years ago but it took working on Lost to figure out how to make it work. Both shows have ongoing storylines and use flashbacks to give viewers better understanding into who the characters are. Horowitz says, “We never thought about Lost or Once really as mythology shows, even though mythology obviously is a part of [both]… They are character shows to us. That was the greatest lesson on Lost: Really learning how to approach the story through character.”

On Saturday, when Herman Cain announced his decision to drop out of the presidential campaign, he made a surprising confession. No, he didn’t admit that he had a 13-year affair. (In some people’s eyes, this admission might be worse.) Cain admitted that he’s been quoting the animated feature film, Pokemon: The Movie 2000 — specifically the movie’s theme song, “The Power of One.” In an August debate, Cain quoted a “poet” as having once said, “Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.” Some bloggers picked up on the Donna Summer song lyric right away. On Saturday, he said, “I believe these words came from the Pokemon movie. I’m not sure who the original author is, so don’t go write an article about the poet, but it says a lot about where I am — where I am with my wife and my family, and where we are as a nation.”


2006: James LeBeau killed herself on Nip/Tuck.

2005: FOX pulled Kitchen Confidential off the air, leaving nine unaired episodes. The comedy stars Bradley Cooper.

1993: Twins Chip and Roxy Rubble are born to adult Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm during the Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby Flintstones TV movie.

1986: The last episode of the original ThunderCats animated series aired.

1984: Krystina Emma Carrington is born to Blake and Krystle on Dynasty on ABC.

1977: For Richer, For Poorer debuted on NBC and ran for one season.

What do you think? Do you remember watching Alan Sues? Are you still watching TV shows the old fashioned way at all — on a television? Do you like the Lost influences on Once Upon a Time?

Canceled and renewed TV show

4 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Bethany says

    I could totally see Once going the way of Lost. And I too see many similarities. However, I find Once to be much more appealing to watch. I watched the first season of Lost, and then I lost interest. Once seems to be going strong, and unless they pull a “Harry’s Law” and completely revamp something that had no need for it, I can see myself continuing to watch every episode.

    When it comes to the death of regular tv, and phones part of that is due to the governmet making analog tv broadcasts illeagal. I have never liked this, as digital tv is much more easy to control and manipulate. I am no conspiracy theorist, but I like the freedom possibilities that analog provides us, and am smart enough not to just blindly sit back and let anyone take over so completely. (I was always taught to stay aware, and this one just seemed very Orwellian to me) But we had all better hope that they don’t ever do away with landline phones because people like my mother who have pacemakers and defibulators (Never did know how to spell that one) will always have to have them. My mother is not allowed to talk on anything but a landline phone. And I certainly hope that she doesn’t have car trouble where she needs to make a call away from home as they have removed all of our local pay phones where I live. I know people get all excited about progress and such, but sometimes it is better to hold on to just a tidbit of our past, to keep ourselves safe, and because sometimes newer is not always better. Everybody gets older, and it could be you who stops using landline phones, among the others who cause the companies to discontinue offering the service, and then you suddenly NEED to use it, and it just isn’t there to use.

    I was watching The Simpsons Sunday and they were asking where they could see old tv broadcasts in the future, then showed Hulu. Now I watch Hulu, so I am not totally bashing it, but they forgot to show the constant buffering that happens every SINGLE time you watch it. It probably is the way of the future but I certainly hope not.

  2. Kat says

    It seems like they must have the same people working on Once Upon A Time’s music, as well, ‘cos I could swear there were some scenes with Mary Margaret that looked and sounded just like they came out of LOST. Which is a good thing, don’t get me wrong, it’s just easier to see the connection to LOST sometimes. That’s pretty funny about a presidential candidate quoting Pokemon on the campaign trail and then saying, “a poet” once said it, hah.

    As for the death of television, it’s not going anywhere in my household. I absolutely HATE watching things online, but I’ll do it if I have to. Buffering, load times, sudden interruptions in service, lack of closed captions, uncomfortable seating, is this supposed to be better than television? ‘Cos it ain’t. I like having the Internet available for watching things in case I miss them on television, but that’s not often. I’m very happy with my DirecTV for now. I’ve still got a landline, too; people need to realize they’ll need one if there’s an emergency that renders cell phone towers inoperatable or unreliable. …and, all right, since I use DSL, I also need one to access the Internet, that’s true.

  3. JED says

    Pretty sure you have the year wrong on this :

    “1984: Krystina Emma Carrington is born to Blake and Krystle on Dynasty on ABC.”

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