We’re back (finally). So sorry for the delay. Especially with this episode, which is our love letter to some of Valerie Harper’s best known genre TV movies. We recorded it just a couple of days before we lost one of the most vibrant women in the world. I wanted to get this out sooner, so we could mourn together. But, thanks to some recording issues and a crazy schedule, it was not to be. Valerie will always be loved and never forgotten, so now is as good a time as any, I suppose. If we’d recorded this after her passing, it might sound a little different, but for now, we hope you enjoy our discussions of Night Terror and People Across the Lake. We miss you and we love you, Valerie. Godspeed.
And if you need more Valerie Harper TV horror movie goodness, I recorded an episode with the Hysteria Continues on Don’t Go To Sleep. You can listen here.
In happier news, we’re recording our next episode in just a few days! And we’re going back to school! We’ll be discussing Cotton Candy (1978) and Senior Trip! (1981). And we’ve got a special guest! Mike “McBeardo” McPadden, king of the retro teen movie genre, and author of the beyond-excellent Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped! will be in the house! We’re recording this Wednesday, September 25th, so feel free to contact us with any thoughts on those TVMs before then! And thanks ever so much for your patience and for tuning in. We really appreciate you!
Well, I somehow got a second episode together! Thank you for your patience! On Trap Cast #2 I talk about the episodes Flashback and Deadly Exposure, and I manage to keep the love train for Dr. Riverside rolling! It’s in my heart to do so. There were a couple of hiccups, and I’m still having trouble not talking fast. Like I said in the episode, we’re all a work in progress! So, thank you for your interest and a double thanks you for listening!
We’re taking on the small screen high seas in this episode of The Made for TV Mayhem Show, and we’re talking about two amazing TV movie thrillers. So, slather on your best sunscreen, grab a Mai Tai and check out our discussions over Death Cruise (1974) and Cruise into Terror (1978). Enjoy, and thank you so much for listening!
Also, you can read more about the making of Death Cruise on director Ralph Senensky’s website! Really great stuff!
We’re taking about six weeks off, but then we’ll return to give Valerie Harper a lot of love when we talk about her cult TV movie thriller Night Terror (1977) and the insane late entry small screen slasher The People Across the Lake (1988). People is currently streaming on Amazon Video! So watch along and let us know what you think!
We went undercover, guys. It was awesome. We took a look at two great detective pilot TVMs: The House on Greenapple Road (1970), which would lead to the short lived series Dan August, and we also watched the second Harry-O pilot, Smile Jenny, You’re Dead (1944). We felt Marion Ord’s pain and we fell in love with Zalman King! We hope you enjoy!
And one last mention of the Rondos (I swear!). We’re up for Best Multi-Media Site, and Amanda has also been nominated for best Live Event (“Big Scares on the Small Screen” lecture for the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, which was hosted by the Brooklyn Horror Film Fest), and Best Commentary (Last House on the Left). You can see all the nominations here, and you can send your ballot to email@example.com. Lots of great people on that list, so we won’t be mad if you want to vote for someone else. Just vote!
After threatening to do a podcast-spinoff dedicated to Trapper John M.D., Amanda finally sat down and did it! In the debut episode, Amanda discusses Trapper‘s pilot, its connection to Medical Center and the beginning of TJ‘s dance with reverse psychology. There are some hiccups, but lots of soundbites and gratuitous use of the series’ incredible score to make it a little more tolerable! Amanda will be updating this spinoff show monthly. Hope you enjoy!
The Made for TV Mayhem Show was nominated for a Rondo!!! We weren’t sure if we might be picking up a few listeners through that nomination, so we thought we’d get together and each suggest an episode we felt gave people a good idea of what we do. They are episodes that show us at our best… or at our least confused. Something like that. So, of course recording this was a bear. There are sound issues galore (thanks Skype for the bad reception and time lags), and choppy editing came about as I was trying to put it into something that was more coherent. Please be kind. We did this on the fly and on a day that was proving to be difficult.
If you are new, welcome! If you are just listening cuz you like us… thank you so very much. We appreciate every download. Hope you enjoy!
You can look at the Rondo Awards ballot here, and you’ll find our little podcast in the Best Multi-Media Site section. You can email your selections to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda was nominated in three categories. The other two are:
Best Commentary: Last House on the Left (with Bill Ackerman) Top Event: ‘Big Scares on the Small Screen: A Brief History of the Made-for-TV Horror Film,’ at The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, NYC
Put your votes where you must! And thank you so much for checking us out or sticking with us!
Yes, we’re just a tad late, but we’re only speaking of love yet again this February. We made it a twofer though. We’re talking romantic comedies, and our double features two of our favorite small screen faces who are no longer here. Dan and Amanda discuss Every Man Needs One (1972), starring Ken Berry and More than Friends (1978), starring Penny Marshall.
Unfortunately, Nate couldn’t make it this month, but never you fear, I’m sure he’ll be back next month when we talk detective pilots! We’re watching the pilot TV for the Dan August series, The House on Greenapple Road (1970) and Harry-O’s second pilot telefilm, Smile Jenny, You’re Dead (1974).