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  1. Daniel Avery

    Failed Pilot: Snavely

    I never knew this existed. Harvey Korman and Betty White circa 1978. Thirty seconds in and you will know where they got the inspiration. It's not a particularly good pilot, but it makes you wonder what the world would have been like if they had made Betty's character more like the original.
  2. Daniel Avery

    Mama's Family

    I always thought they dropped the ball when they wrote Buzz and Sonya out of existence. Having them go away to college but still referred to (that is, an occasional one-sided phone call or something similar) would have been preferable to actively behaving as if they never happened (which was...
  3. Daniel Avery

    TV Top Ten Reboots, Revivals & Sequels - part 1

    [/weeps for Doctor Who's exclusion]
  4. Daniel Avery

    Mama's Family

    In a flashback, they had Ken Berry play younger Carl Harper (as Lawrence played younger Thelma), and I have to say it was downright weird to have the Lawrence/Berry dynamic turned on its head that way. If they had kissed, I might have thrown up.
  5. Daniel Avery

    The Corona Virus

    Governor DeSantis just ruled that all the forced closures of businesses in the state of Florida have been lifted. In other words, the state cannot prohibit any business in the state from operating. It will be up to the individual business owners to re-open with the necessary strategies of...
  6. Daniel Avery

    Recycling Services

    Some neighbors will leave old furniture and other items on the sidewalk in front of their homes, the implication being that anyone passing by who wants it can have it. I think it is tacky, but the stuff does disappear quickly. I do not have that option because I live in a rental, and the...
  7. Daniel Avery

    Recycling Services

    They sure don't make it easy to get rid of junk nowadays. I have an old (and HEAVY!) TV set that I've been trying to off-load for over a year. The county has a couple of days per year they will 'accept' old electronics, but they don't seem very good at publicizing when those days will occur...
  8. Daniel Avery

    Mama's Family

    Dorothy Lyman had expressed interest in learning to direct, and Powers allowed her to study with him in the final seasons of Mama's Family. Ultimately she got work directing sitcoms, most notably The Nanny in the 1990s. This was one of the first shows I recall where characters had...
  9. Daniel Avery

    Recycling Services

    Leave him a gift to brighten his mood:
  10. Daniel Avery

    Mama's Family

    I always had a different viewpoint on that story. I assumed that Burnett had already gotten wind of her ex-husband's plans to revive the show, and called Lawrence with that story (which was just that--a story, not an actual plan) to 'test' her. Would Lawrence "play dumb" about the plans, or...
  11. Daniel Avery

    Mama's Family

    Yes, the NBC seasons tried to be more like the original sketches than the syndicated revival, though they never went as far in recapturing the pointed subtext. The syndicated version was a typical sitcom with very little in the way of "social messages" or any of that. It was all about the...
  12. Daniel Avery

    nuDynasty Spoilers All Casting News And Spoilers For S4

    Another departure... I hope the new person will uphold the show's high standards. I also hope the departure wasn't due to a budget cut.
  13. Daniel Avery

    Recycling Services

    Entire bales of cardboard gets chopped up in heavy machinery and then flooded with water (and chemicals, I assume) to turn the soupy mess into "pulp" (think papier-mache) in the recycling process. They then press most of the moisture out and end up with a solid cube of cardboard fibers...
  14. Daniel Avery

    Classic Soaps Santa Barbara

    Explaining it in full would still be unsatisfying, since it seemed to be written as they went along rather than a planned-out umbrella plot. Carrie Nye vamping it up as an evil, small-town real estate agent would sound hilarious on paper, but no one was supposed to laugh. +1 on the...
  15. Daniel Avery

    Re-watching the Ewingverse ... alphabetically!

    Note that she had her hands bound behind her back and a gag on her mouth when she was found in the trunk. Gary had said to everyone on numerous occasions that he wanted rid of her. From the look of things, he had tied her up, put her in the trunk and intended to carry her out to the ranch to...
  16. Daniel Avery

    Classic Soaps Santa Barbara

    Secret Storm was probably Donna Mills's first TV gig. From what I've read about the show, it sounds really difficult to follow. As for DJA, I think soaps were in a phase of hiring 'name' actors to give their show buzz and she was there mainly to get people to talk, not carry a lot of story...
  17. Daniel Avery

    Re-watching the Ewingverse ... alphabetically!

    Jill would shout from every rooftop that Gary tried to kill her, and probably add that Val conspired with him to do the deed--thus they would be apart, which in Jill's mind was a consolation prize for not having gotten Gary to take her back. If she couldn't have him, then she'd make sure Val...
  18. Daniel Avery

    Classic Soaps Santa Barbara

    Gritting my teeth here..... Credit for the use of the character "themes" (songs) and the judicious use of modern (for the time) music to set the moods of the scenes can be given to [/chokes] Jill Farren Phelps. Being a music supervisor (or some such title) was her method of inserting herself...
  19. Daniel Avery

    Re-watching the Ewingverse ... alphabetically!

    Perhaps the scattered nature of her final days was an attempt to build up to the biggest question to come out of the whole mystery: Did Jill accidentally die in her attempt to frame Gary, or did she intentionally kill herself? If they had continued to present her as the "brilliant mastermind...
  20. Daniel Avery

    Classic Soaps Santa Barbara

    Well, Phylicia Rashad(when she was still Phylicia Ayers-Allen) was on One Life to Live until shortly before The Cosby Show, so she knew her way around a soap opera set. And as you may know, the early years of The Cosby Show were filmed right across the hall from Another World at those studios...
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