We’re kicking off 2019 with a retrospective on Michael Parks’ interesting small screen career. We look at Escape from Bogen County (1977) and The China Lake Murders (1990)… and there’s a bit of talk about Parks’ thick, luxurious hair. Hey, it’s how we do. Anyway, here you go! We hope you enjoy!
We’ll be back towards the end of February, and although we’re missing Valentine’s Day proper, we’re still gonna keep love in the air with two romantic comedies featuring actors we love but lost recently. The films on tap: More Than Friends (1978), starring Penny Marshall, and Every Man Needs One (1971) with Ken Berry.
Happy Holidays! Here’s our episode dedicated to Rich Little, Ebeneezer Scrooge, Wacky Wall Walkers and Truman Capote?! Yup, it’s all here and we hope you enjoy our discussion on Rich Little’s A Christmas Carol (as well as our talk on the weirder Christmas TV offerings)! Nate went all bah humbug on us and had to drop out at the last minute (boo!), but we’re joined by our very good friend and holiday expert Joanna Wilson (yay!), and she helps me unwrap the LSD headtrip that Rich Little brought into our living rooms oh so long ago!
OMG! It’s finally here! It’s the Small Screen Vixens episode we recorded eons ago but which had to put on the backburner because life… how she gets in the way. If you don’t remember, this is the episode where we cover Summer Girl (1983) and The Face of Evil (1996). Enjoy!
Btw, Dan was kind enough to do the edits on this one. And he did a wonderful job. Thank you so much Dan!!!
We’ll be back shortly with our annual Christmas episode. Details coming…
We made it! It’s the scariest time of the year, so the Made for TV Mayhem Show crew decided to talk about a couple of classic ghost story TVMs. Our latest episode dives into the otherworlds of The Woman in Black and The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (both 1989), and ghoulish times were had! Enjoy!
Our Small Screen Vixens episode will be released sometime in November! Sorry about that, everyone. But have a veddy sceddy Halloween!
Gorgeous Blu Ray cover art for Retromedia’s release
It’s Christmas in July, folks!
I recently wrote the liner notes for Retromedia’s Blu Ray release of Snowbeast, and I’d like to share the TV movie love with our listeners. Thanks to Mr. Fred Olen Ray, the god behind Retromedia, I’ve got an extra copy of Snowbeast that I’ll be raffling to anyone who participates in our contest, so keep reading for the rules and regulations (or listen to our mini-minisode):
We’re asking listeners to pair Snowbeast up with their other favorite TVM monster (ex. the Gargoyle or the Zuni Fetish Doll, etc.) and then write a short synopsis (1-2 paragraphs) about their monster mashup duels. You can just give us the story, but feel free to include a cast, or perhaps a director and screenwriter if you so choose. Be as creative as you want.
Robert Logan eagerly awaits your entries!
The only rule we’re applying to your synopsis is that you choose a monster from the classic era of the telefilm (1964-1999 roughly), and preferably from a network production as opposed to a cable TVM (although if you feel so passionate about it, do as you please).
And feel free to use a “human monster” if you think you can argue your point. Remember the creepy guy with the voice box in Night Terror? He’s all yours if you can get him in a good match up with Mr. Snowbeast!
Here’s an example I gave to Dan and Nate:
Snowbeast v. The Zuni Doll:
Karen Black’s friend, Karen Valentine inherits the Zuni doll and takes it in on a ski vacation with her and her boyfriend, played by Monte Markham. Markham is a recovering alcoholic and nobody believes him when he says the Zuni doll is alive (he’s detoxing, guys!). One night it chases him out of the resort and they run into Snowbeast, and the two fight to the death…
This is the claw that will be picking our raffle winner!
We’d love to hear from everyone, but please note that I can only send the Blu Ray through domestic shipping. Sorry, I can barely even afford those rates… But we’d love to hear from one and all. US citizens will get their name put in a hat, and in our next episode we’ll read out a few of our faves and pick our winner! Feel free to leave your story open-ended. If we read yours we can all discuss who wins the battle!
If you have an entry or a question, drop us a line at TVMayhemPodcast@gmail.com! We’ll record August 29th, so all entries must be received by midnight (PST) on August 28th.