Next Up: Western/Horror Hybrids!

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We’re sort of getting these episodes out on a regular basis now! How exciting! This month we’re joined by James Newton from the podcast Newton Talks, and we’ll be discussing two fascinating western/horror hybrids, Black Noon (1971) and Into the Badlands (1991). We’re recording November 21, so if you have any thoughts, please let us know before then, by emailing us at TVMayhemPodcast@gmail.com.

Coming Up! A Small Screen Supernatural Halloween!

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We’re still working on our CBS Schoolbreak Special episode, which we hope to have you by next week! But we have also decided on what scary telefilms we’ll give some love to this Halloween, and we’ve invited a guest to help us out!

On tap: Midnight Offerings (1981) and The Sins of Dorian Gray (1983)! We’ll be joined by Justin Kerswell of Hysteria Lives and the companion podcast The Hysteria Continues! And I can’t wait! We’re recording October 24th, so if you’d like to drop us a line, please feel free to contact us through our many different channels.

Up Next: We Love You Aaron Spelling!

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We’re returning later this month to give a lot of love to one of the greatest figures to work in the TV movie. Aaron Spelling is probably best known for his episodic creations (Mod Squad, Dynasty, Beverly Hills, 90210, etc.), but he also made well over 100 telefilms in his lifetime. We’ll be attempting to express the spectrum of his incredible work by covering two diverse titles: The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (1970) and the Charlie’s Angels pilot (1977).

We’re joined by Jon Larkin, who has a great horror podcast called Screaming Queenz, and is also a lover of all things soapy and Spelling-ish (he’s also a soap writer himself, so we’re excited to get his perspective). If you’d like to leave feedback about either film or if there’s anything else you’d like to say about Aaron, please contact us! No recording date is set, but we’ll be congregating sometime after the middle of the month. We’re so excited to be back with a proper episode!

Up Next: We Love Shannen Doherty!

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We’re gearing up to record our next episode, and as we announced, we’re dedicating this episode to our beautiful and talented Queen, Shannen Doherty. We’ll be discussing two later entry telefilms: Satan’s School for Girls (2000) and Another Day (2001), and Shannen’s overall contribution to the small screen movie. Very excited for this one.

We’re recording May 2nd, and we’d love feedback on these TVMS, or to know what your fave Shannen movies are, or, in general, any thoughts you have on her work as an actress! You can check out our contact page to see how best to reach us, and we look forward to hearing from you! Just send your feedback by May 1st!

We will also have a guest! Erik Threfall of The Hysteria Continues is a huge Beverly Hills, 90210 fan and we’re so excited to have him on board!

Up Next! We Love Shannen Doherty!

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We just recorded our latest episode (Goliath Awaits), but I wanted to get on the ball with our next episode, which is a love letter to the incredible Shannen Doherty. Shannen has had an incredible but underrated TV movie career and we’re going to choose two titles to cover. We have a guest coming in to. Everything is still to be determined, but we should be recording at the end of March.

The reason why I’m posting this so early is because I’d love to get everyone as involved as possible. The Made for TV Mayhem Show wants to do a full on celebration of Shannen’s career and we’d love to hear from as many people as possible. We shouldn’t wait til someone gets sick to honor someone’s life and career, but here we are, and we’d love to get all the good vibes out to Shannen. Help us by letting us know your favorite Shannen role, whether it be in a TV movie, a theatrical or a series. She’s done a lot of amazing things and I know we all love her so much! You can check out our contact page for info on how to get in touch with us! We look forward to hearing from  you!

Up Next! We Dive into Goliath Awaits!

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The Made for TV Mayhem Show is returning in March with our first mini-series! We’ll be discussing Operation Prime Time’s underrated 2 part telefilm Goliath Awaits, which boasts an interesting programming history, an intriguing story and a cavalcade of incredible actors, including Christopher Lee, Frank Gorshin and Robert Forster, among many others.

Because Goliath Awaits is brimming with guest stars from all across the globe (well, if the globe were just of the UK and the U.S., primarily), we’ve invited one of our favorite podcasters from Wales, Gore Blimey, to join in the discussion. If you’re not familiar with GB, check out his great Trilogy of Terror podcast. Go now!

We’re recording  February 29th, so anything given to us by the 28th will be read or played. Look at our contact page to see how to get in touch! Looking forward to this! Hopefully the episode will be available by mid-March, and there should be a Trap Cast online before then! Let’s hope 2020 is full of TV podcasting!

Up Next: Celebrate Halloween with Moxey!

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John Llewellyn Moxey, that is!

We’re celebrating the master of the made for TV genre movie with a special Halloween episode dedicated to JLM, who sadly passed away earlier this year. What an amazing talent he was, and if you are not familiar with his work, we’re hoping to get you started with two classics, A Taste of Evil (1971) and The Strange and Deadly Occurrence (1974).

We will definitely be talking about “The Moxey Moment” as well as some similarities between these two films. If you’re interested in where that might go, check out an old blog post I did, comparing the two films.

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We don’t quite have a recording date set yet, but it will probably be next week, so please contact us and let us know your fave Moxey flick, or anything else you’d like to say about one of the greats! We’ll see you soon!

*Still editing our back to school episode. Apologies. My schedule has been pretty messy. Thank you for your patience (and a big shout out to Dan for helping me with the more monotonous tasks!)

The Made for TV Mayhem Show Goes Next Level with a Commentary for Amazons

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I guess the title of this article says it all! We are all terribly excited that we’re going to be providing the commentary track for Kino Lorber‘s upcoming release of the 1984 tele-thriller Amazons (due December 3rd).

I’ll just post Kino’s plot synopsis here:

THEIR TARGET: THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES…
THEIR GOAL: WORLD DOMINATION!

When her patient—a prominent U.S. Congressman—dies in a bizarre accident just after surgery, Dr. Sharon Fields (Madeleine Stowe, China Moon) is framed on a charge of malpractice. With the help of Lt. Tony Monaco (Jack Scalia, The Rift), the tough-edged but charming detective assigned to look into the “accident,” the beautiful young surgeon makes a chilling discovery of a secret legion of Amazons, descendants from the legendary nation of women warriors who have vowed eternal war on the enemy race of Man. Now, the President-elect, who has carried into power the first woman Vice President, is slated to be the next “Stallion Kill.” Tense, fantastic, sinister, Amazons is a riveting and fast-paced action-thriller directed by Paul Michael Glaser (Band of the Hand, The Running Man). Tamara Dobson (Cleopatra Jones), Stella Stevens (The Silencers), Jennifer Warren (Night Moves) and Leslie Bevis (Alien Nation) co-star as the leaders of the Amazons. Wonderful score by the great Basil Poledouris (RoboCop) and co-starring William Schallert (In the Heat of the Night), Nicholas Pryor (Risky Business) and Peter Scolari (TV’s Newhart).

EXTRAS:

• Audio Commentary by the MADE FOR TV MAYHEM Podcast Hosts Amanda Reyes, Daniel Budnik and Nathan Johnson
• Trailers

Yeah, they kind of say it all above. This is a super stylish, intriguing and politically charged film that we are all honored to be associated with. Also, gratuitous Peter Scolari! Can it get any better?

Next Episode: We’re Going Back to School!

 

Even though I’m still plugging away at our Valerie Harper episode, I booked a guest for NEXT week. Yeah, I’m just that way. We’re going back to school with the great Mike McBeardo McPadden, and discussing two of his favorite telefilms: Cotton Candy (1978) and Senior Trip (1981)! We’ll also be talking about his INCREDIBLE new book, Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped!

Send feedback by Tuesday, September 24th via any one of our means of contact. We’ll see you soon!

Up Next: We’re in Love with Valerie Harper

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Who am I kidding? We all love Miss Harper! And now it’s time to share in the love when we discuss two of her best known horror TVMs, Night Terror (1978) and People Across the Lake (1987).

I know, I know! What about Don’t Go To Sleep? I covered that with the Hysteria Continues back in 2017, so I wanted to hit on two other charmers that are both pretty good and probably a little underrated. The good news is People Across the Lake is streaming on Amazon Prime, so please go watch it and send us feedback about either (or both) TVMs, or anything Valerie related. We’d love to hear from you!

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We are taking a mini-hiatus though, so you’ll have at least until the middle of June to watch along. Between now and then I’m planning to upload Trap-Cast #2! Fingers crossed.

Also, since we won’t be around for a bit, I just wanted to say a few words about the Rondo Awards. Our beloved little podcast didn’t get a mention unfortunately, but I want to thank anyone and everyone who threw a vote our way, or just stopped by out of curiosity to see what we do. Since we’re not recording for a bit (aside from my Trapper John mini-sode), I’ll be promoting some of our horror episodes on social media in case you wanted to discover or revisit some of our older content. You guys are the best! Much love to all! Thanks for listening and hope to hear from you soon!

Here’s our social media links (should you be so inclined):
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

 

 

 

Up Next! We’re Taking a Cruise Straight to Hell!

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OK, we’re going to try to get a head start on our next episode. Since summer is coming and spring break just passed, we thought it would be fun to unwind on the high seas with two classic Love-Boat-Goes-To-Hell telefilms, Death Cruise (1974) and Cruise into Terror (1978). Should be good times… if we survive!

You can let us know what you think of these two films by contacting us through one of our many social media channels! We’ll be recording around the middle to end of  April. We will update you when we know ourselves!

Our Watching the Detectives episode should be online soon! We had a great time recording it, and we hope you will enjoy it!

Up Next! We’re Watching the Detectives!

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We’re going undercover next week when we discuss two famous pilot detective movies, The House on Greenapple Road (1970), which led to the Dan August series, and the second pilot for Harry-O, Smile Jenny, You’re Dead (1974). Sorry again for the late notice. My schedule has remained a little on the insane side since the beginning of 2019, but I can’t wait to talk about these two excellent telefilms. Again, you can send feedback by contacting us through one of our many social media channels!

By the by, I haven’t added it to the contact info page yet, but Made for TV Mayhem (both the show and the blog) are on Instagram now too @madefortvmayhem. Follow along for updates, and other fun TVM stuff!

And, one final (blog post) word about The Rondos. We’re up for Best Multi-Media Site, and we’re so excited we just can’t hide it! You can check out the list of nominees here, and email your votes to taraco@aol.com! Voting ends April 20th. Lots of great podcasts on that list. So honored to be a part of it!

(I’ve also been nominated for Best Commentary: Last House on the Left, and Best Event for my Miskatonic lecture, Big Scares on the Small Screen, which was held at the Brooklyn Horror Film Fest last year… so if you want to vote for those too… I mean, I won’t stop you!)

Up Next: We Love Michael Parks!

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We thought it would be fun to kick off 2019 with a love letter to one of the greatest and most underrated character actors ever! The crew will be gathering sometime in January to discuss Escape from Bogen County (1977) and The China Lake Murders (1990). And yes, we’ll get to Then Came Bronson in another podcast, but for now it’s all about these rarer, less talked about TVMs and the wonderful work Parks left behind! Please let us know your thoughts on these films and/or Mr. Parks by contacting us through one of our many social media channels. We really want to hear from you!

And Happy New Year!

Up Next: It’s Gonna be a Crazy Christmas!

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It’s that time of year again, where the Christmas trees are all aglow, stockings are hung with care… and Rich Little does an impression of Truman Capote as Tiny Tim?!?

Wait a second…

No, it really happened, and we’re going to talk about it on the next episode. In case you haven’t guessed, we’re watching and discussing Rich Little’s Christmas Carol (1979), which is a candy cane full of LSD. Should be fun! We’ll also be joined by our favorite holiday expert, Joanna Wilson!

We’re not exactly sure on the recording date, but it will be either December 17th or 18th, if you’d like to participate! We’d love to hear from you, so contact us and let us know what you think of Mr. Little’s audacious retelling of the classic story.

 

Up Next: Ghost Stories for Halloween

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While I work on our small screen vixens episode, I thought I’d go ahead and let everyone know that we’re going creepy for Halloween. We’ll be discussing The Woman in Black and The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (both 1989) sometime towards the end of October! I’m so excited to sit down and revisit these two excellent telefilms. Join us!

Up Next: Small Screen Vixens!

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As we head into fall, the Made for TV Mayhem Show has decided to keep things scorching hot with our next ep.! We’re talking vixens and their older men and watching Summer Girl (1983) and The Face of Evil (1996).

Because of my increasingly hectic schedule, we’re recording very soon. So, we’ll need feedback by Wednesday September 12th. Check out how to get in touch via our Contact page. See you soon!

Up Next UPDATE: We’re Going to the Beach!

While I furiously edit our Propaganda Telefilm episode, I thought I’d go ahead and give a heads up on our next double. Since it’s summer, I thought it would be fun to get a little sand in our hair with Zuma Beach (1978), and The Hustler of Muscle Beach (1980)!

Update: I’m SO behind on my editing. I’ll hopefully have the Propaganda episode online right around the middle of June. Apologies for the delays. Life has a funny way of making things difficult.

As always, you can leave feedback through one of our convenient social media channels. We’ll probably record sometime around the beginning of July. I’ll update everyone when we know what day! And look for our Go Ask Alice / Mazes and Monsters soon!

 

Up Next: Propaganda Telefilms!

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We just recorded our love letter to Kathleen Beller, but I can’t get to the edits until the first week of April. So, I decided to go ahead and give everyone a heads up on our next episode. We’re going to look at a couple of classic message movies: Go Ask Alice (1973) and Mazes and Monsters (1982). We’ll probably record in the middle of April. You can send feedback through one of our many social media channels, which can be found here. Drop us a line cuz we love you!!!

Up Next: We are snowbound with Snowbeast and Snowblind!

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The holidays may be coming to a close, but I can’t let go of this winter wonderland (well, in Texas it’s more like a soggy desertland, but still… gray cloud gloom is not so bad). So, we’re holding on to the season and watching two snow-set genre films: Snowbeast (1977) and Ski Lift to Death (aka Snowblind, 1978)!

As luck would have it, both films are streaming on Amazon Prime:

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Please beware of the quality of Snowblind. That’s some crap transfer… I mean, it’s horrid. But I’ve been wanting to watch something called Ski Lift to Death for some time now, so I’ll suck it up and hope for the best.

Also, for extra credit, I saw that the 2011 SyFy remake, Snow Beast is also up at Amazon. Give it a go… I’m hoping to squeeze it in. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of these snowbound thrillers! We’re not sure when we’re recording, but it will most likely be somewhere in the middle of January.

And again, heartfelt apologies on the male stripper episode. I’m hoping to have it online before we release this one. There was some time and editing issues, which I’m still working through. Thanks for your patience and for hanging out with us. We love you!

Up Next: It’s Time for the Annual Holiday Show!

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Well, first an announcement: The male stripper episode might not be available until January 2018! So sorry for the delay, but my schedule is such that I just haven’t had time to edit the darn thing properly.

Alas, Christmas is knocking on the door, and I want to get a holiday episode up and running before the big day. So, we’re doing something a little different and a little the same this year. First of all, we’re welcoming back our BFF Joanna Wilson of Christmas TV History! We love Joanna, and are so excited that she’s going to be hosting another one of our TV movie games! And, then we’re going to discuss the 1971 tele-thriller A Little Game, which is Christmas set, but isn’t necessarily a holiday film. We chose this one because it came up during our Halloween episode and because I recently reviewed it for the upcoming book Yuletide Terror. It’s been on the brain folks, so let’s get it out there. It’s such an underrated gem. Plus, it stars Diane Baker and Ed Nelson. So. Good.

We’d love to hear from you, either about the TVM we’re discussing, or anything else you’d like to talk about. Reach us through one of our many contact options. We’re recording December 13th, so we’ll need to hear from you by the 12th. C’mon. We love you. Say hello!

Up Next! Male-Strippers-a-Go-Go!

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It’s November, and as we enter into the chilly wintertime I thought it might be fun to heat things up with a look at the male stripper TVM! We’ll be covering For Ladies Only (1981) and Ladykillers (1988). We’re looking at recording some point during the week of November 13th-17th, and I will update the social medias when I know for sure. But for now, if you’d like to comment on this thing known as male exotic dancing and its love affair with the small screen, drop us a line! We’d love to hear from you!

Up Next! Plan a Small Screen TVM Marathon!

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Yes, I know our ABC Afterschool Special episode hasn’t gone out yet, but we’re recording our next episode very soon and we need YOUR help! We want you to let us know what TV horror movie marathon you would plan for Halloween. Contact us with 3-5 TVM titles. You can just send just the names of the movies or give us a sentence or two letting us know why you chose those telefilms. We haven’t set the exact recording date but it’s sometime before he 12th, so please drop us a line!!!

Up Next… We’re Going Back to (After)School!

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So totally stoked over our upcoming special episode where we’ll be discussing two Lance Guest Afterschool Specials, Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom (1981) and Between Two Loves (1982, aka Two Loves for Jenny). Lance was kind enough to answer a few email questions about working on the ABC Afterschool Special, as well as reflecting on some of his other TV work, and I’ll be hosting this Q&A over at my blog! I’m so super thrilled he took the time to do this!

We’re scheduled to record on the 28th of September, so if you have any thoughts you’d like to share on the Afterschool Special or the CBS Schoolbreak, please have all feedback to us by the evening of the 27th. You can contact us by several different methods, and we are also accepting MP3s now! We’re almost modern over here!

 

Coming up: Lets get witchy

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Double, double, toil and trouble, indeed! The telefilm has cast a spell on us this month as the gang takes a look at two fun occult themed flicks: Crowhaven Farm (1970) and Bay Coven (1987).

We’re  hoping to record on August 24th, so if you’d like to discuss these two TV movies, or any kind of TV related item that your heart desires, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

Next up: We’ve Got Summertime Spirit!

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Are you ready for the summer?

I hope so, because unfortunately, it is summer (at least here in Austin, Texas, where it was, like, 103 today!). Is there a better way to beat the heat than with a couple of fun teen TV movies that embrace all those things about summer I think I might enjoy in a parallel universe? And, that’s simply the long way of saying that our next episode is dedicated to those winsome days of yore, and we’ll be covering the classic telefilms High School USA (1983), and Poison Ivy (1985)! Hooray!

This also means that we’ll be giving Michael J. Fox a huge amount of love, which he deserves anyway! So excited for this one!

We’ll be recording sometime during the last week of June. You know the drill… There are several ways to contact us, so click on that link and drop us a line! And remember, you can comment on the film picks, past episodes, or, if  you so desire, anything small screen related. We’d love to hear from you!

Next up! Small Screen Proto-Slashers!

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I have returned from my trip to London, given a talk on TV movies, sold some more copies of my book, Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999, and now I’m ready to get back to the real world… which means more TV movie discussion! So happy, and excited to rejoin Dan and Nate and look back on the proto-slashers Five Desperate Women (1971) and She’s Dressed to Kill (1979). We’re recording May 25th, so send us any feedback about these films, or any TV movie you please by the 23rd, by contacting us through one of many convenient social media channels. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Next up: A Tori Spelling Twofer!

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The Made for TV Mayhem Show is entering the 1990s, and taking a look at Tori Spelling’s fabulous made for TV movie life! One of the queens of the late-entry telefilm era, we’ll be discussing Death of a Cheerleader (aka A Friend to Die For, 1994), and Co-ed Call Girl (1996)!

Tori made a lot of TV movies in the 1990s, and beyond, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on her work (I’m sure many of you remember Mother, May I Sleep with Danger!). We’re recording during the 2nd week of March, so please contact us with feedback before then! We’d love to hear from you!

 

Up Next! We will only speak of love!

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The Made for TV Mayhem Show is returning and we’re shooting a few of cupid’s arrows into the hearts of TV movie lovers. This Valentine’s Day we’re celebrating the small screen romance movies Anatomy of a Seduction (1979) and In Love with an Older Woman (1982). If you love love (and you know you do), we want to hear you thoughts on these movies, or any romantic telefilms you’d like to discuss. We’re recording this February 8th, so we’ll need to get feedback by the 7th. Please visit our Contact Us page and drop us a line!

Coming Soon! Ladies Behind Bars!

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Welcome to 2017… Now let’s go back in time to the 1970s and revisit two “Women in Prison” films that fall across a very strange, and fascinating spectrum of the subgenre, as seen in the made for television movie.

In short… whoo-hoo! We’re talking the classic, controversial and traumatizing telefilm Born Innocent (1974), and the campy should-be classic Women in Chains (1972). If you have something to say about these films, the WiP genre on the small screen, or if you just want to chat about TV movies in general, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you. We’re recording on January 18th, so if you could get your feedback in by then, it would be most appreciated! See you soon!

We’ll Return After This Important Message!

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After a mini-hiatus (mini-atus?), The Made for TV Mayhem Show is returning… with a mini-sode! This one features the preeminent expert on all things Christmas TV, Joanna Wilson, who will be the Gene Rayburn to our usual motley assortment of freaks (Dan,  Nate and myself, of course) as we play Christmas games and talk about awesome holiday specials. We’re recording next week on the evening of the 15th, so if you’d like to let us know what your favorite holiday programming is, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you and will read your letters on the show!

We’ll be back to (semi) normal in 2017, with more double features, hijinks and hilarity! See you soon!

Also, if you into Christmas slashers, why not check out the latest Hysteria Continues podcast, which is dedicated to the weird 1980 horror film To All a Goodnight. I was guest on this episode and had a blast!

Up Next: A Halloween Spooktacular!

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While I work on the edits for our Patty Duke podcast, the gang is preparing for our next episode, which we’ll be recording late next week. This time we’re looking at the veddy sceddy specials The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976, click on title for a review), and The Halloween that Almost Wasn’t (1979)! So, be prepared for groovy ghoulies and funky freaks!

As always, you can leave feedback by either commenting below or through one of our other social media means. We’d love to hear from you.

Patty Duke episode should be up this weekend! Yay!

Up Next: Patty Duke and her Horror Films

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The Halloween season is upon us, and to celebrate, we’ll be ringing in the season with a Patty Duke twofer. This twofer is two-fold (ha!), because we’re dedicating the show to one of our favorite small screen leading ladies, Patty Duke, and we’ll be talking about two of her horror films… Honestly, this twofer is actually a three-fold, because the films we chose, Look What Happened to Rosemary’s Baby (1976) and Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989) are both TV movie sequels to theatricals! So, we’ve got all kinds of things going down in the Made for TV Mayhem house.

We’re recording on October 6th, so leave us some feedback about Patty, Halloween or anything you’d like to talk to us about! We’ll see you soon!

Up Next: TV Movie Women We Adore!

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The Made for TV Mayhem Show is back on track and we’re gearing up to throw a lot of love out to our favorite ladies of the made for television movie. It’s our toughest podcast yet, because there’s simply too many lovely and talented actresses to choose from. But, we’re troopers and we’re going to face this challenge on September 15th, so please let us know who your favorite is before then, by contacting us through one of our many channels.

I’m really looking forward to this one, and I hope you are too!

If you feel you need a brush up course on actresses in genre TVMs of the 1970s, please check out my Small Screen Scream Queens of the 1970s article, which I broke down into three parts:

Part I
Part II
Part III

Coming Up! A Very Special Episode!

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No more rainy day excuses! We are back!

After an unintended break last month, the Made for TV Mayhem Show is returning next week with a bit of a free for all episode that is all about “What’s it all about?”

We’ll be playing a TV movie game and if it all works out, it may become a regular feature on our show.

Therefore, we are tabling the favorite actress roundtable for the episode after this one, so you’ve got time to contact us and let us know which ladies you love best!

Visit our Contact Us page for deets!

And if you are a bit behind on episodes, remember, we are on iTunes just waiting for your ears! 🙂

So looking forward to getting back to the small screen awesome, and I hope you will join us!

UP Next: Summer Roundtable 1! Name Your Favorite TVM Actor

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So, we’re flipping the small screen script one more time at the Made for TV Mayhem Show and we’ll be discussing topics instead of movies for the next two or so podcasts. For this first very special episode, Nate, Dan and I will each pick one TV movie actor that we love. We’re keeping our choices a secret for now, and would love to hear your thoughts on who makes you giggle or raises the bar when they take up a little celluloid on your television. Comment here, or check out our Contact Us page for more options.

We’ll be recording around June 13th or so, and would love to hear from you by the 12th! See you soon!

 

Up Next: Small Screen Monsters R Us!

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The Made for TV Mayhem Show will be returning this month with a celebration of more scary monsters of TV land. This time we’ll be hanging out with Carl Kolchak in his first TVM, The Night Stalker (1972) and the underrated chiller The Norliss Tapes (1973).

We’ll be recording May 17th, so if you’d like to discuss either of these two telefilms, or anything else TV movie related, we’d love for you to contact us!

We’ve been receiving an absolutely lovely response from listeners, so let me just add a big thank you before the crew and I go off to fight vampires and stuff!

See you soon!

Up Next: We Love Dennis Weaver!

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The Made for TV Mayhem Show loves us some Dennis Weaver, so we’ve decided to do a double feature of Duel (1971) and Cocaine: One Man’s Seduction (1983)!

Cocaine is currently streaming on Amazon Instant Video, and Duel is on DVD!

We know you have something to say about one of these fine features, so get in touch with us here (we’re recording this episode on April 12th):

Email: TVMayhemPodcast@gmail.com
Twitter: @TVMayhemPodcast
Facebook: Made for TV Mayhem Show

Dennis and I thank you for your time.

 

Next up: A Karen-Black-a-thon!

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Don’t cover your ears, you’ll want to hear this!

Really.

We are back (well, back in March), and sending all of our love to the late, great Karen Black with a double bill that will leave you screaming! Tune in for our retrospective on Karen in Trilogy of Terror (1975) and The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977).

We’ll be recording on March 10th, and would love to hear any thoughts you have on these small screen thrillers, so please drop us a line at any of the following:

Email: TVMayhemPodcast@gmail.com
Twitter: @TVMayhemPocast
Facebook: Made for TV Mayhem Show

And remember:

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Up Next: Small Screen Monsters!

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The Made for TV Mayhem Show is returning with a new episode in a couple of weeks. We’re tackling some iconic TV monsters and will be discussing Gargoyles (1972) and The World Beyond (aka The Mud Monster, 1978).

Gargoyles is currently streaming on Shout Factory TV’s website (yay!), and, of course, we’d love to hear from you. Here is all of our contact info:

Email: TVMayhemPodcast@gmail.com
Twitter: @TVMayhemPodcast
Facebook: Made for TV Mayhem Show

In the midst of change: Bubba didn’t do it!

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Please bear with us as we mess around with some of the templates here on WP. We’re looking to add more than just podcast content, including links to our blogs, recommended viewing suggestions, polls, image galleries and maybe a contest or two.

We are also gearing up for a new podcast episode around the middle of January. We are tackling small screen revenge with Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) and the aptly titled Shelly Winters thriller Revenge (1971). You can leave feedback through the following means. See you then!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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That means it is time to celebrate holiday television!

We are veering, yet again, from our designated show list to spend two episodes discussing Christmas and television with the expert of the sub-sub genre, Joanna Wilson from Christmas TV History! Joanna is a respected writer, blogger and sometimes guest on television holiday retrospectives, and (most importantly to me), she’s a great friend of mine. Joanna not only knows all about seasonal programming, she’s a pop culture junkie as well, and is super passionate about discussing the media-things that make us who we are. And she’s funny too!

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Because it’s so absolutely awesome that I got her to consent to sitting down with us for a few, I managed to wrangle her for two shows! We’ll be recording back to back episodes next week, and this is what’s on the list:

A Holiday TVM twofer on dysfunctional families:

*That’s right (dysfunctional Bradys are waiting!)

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The second episode will be a bit like our Midnight Hour episode with one movie and a post-film discussion of holiday programming. On tap for that eppy is Bernard and the Genie (1991), a British comedy that is a tradition in my house. Plus, it’s amazing. Lenny Henry 4ever!

We’ll be recording on the 7th and 8th, so if you feel so inclined to leave a comment about any of the above referenced films, or if you just want to let us know what you enjoy watching during the most wonderful time of the year, you can comment on this post, or contact us through email or our social media links, all of which can be found here.

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And if you aren’t holiday’ed out yet, Dan, Joanna and I are participating in the Classic TV Blog Association‘s A Very Merry MeTV Blogathon (whew! Say that five times fast!). You can get the schedule here (Joanna’s review is already posted).

Coming up! A Voyeuristic Double Bill: Bad Ronald and Through Naked Eyes

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Our next podcast is quickly approaching. We will be recording next week, in fact! And, we’ve scheduled a crazy twofer that backs the claim, I like to watch! The cult classic, Bad Ronald (1974) will be first up, and then we’ll hit the semi-obscure Through Naked Eyes (1983), which stars Pam Dawber and David “the eyes are the windows to the” Soul (that was a lame attempt at a joke, in case you didn’t catch it), which I’ve wanted to revisit for some time.

Would you like to watch, er, play along? Bad Ronald is available through Warner Archives and you can get down and dirty with Through Naked Eyes on Amazon Instant Video!

Have any thoughts you’d like to share? Leave a comment here, email us at TVMPodcast@gmail.com, or let us know either on Twitter or Facebook! We’re recording on Monday the 16th, so please let us know by the 15th, if you are so inclined to participate. We’d love to hear from you!

We are on iTunes! And More!

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First of all… hoo-effin-ray! After a lot of tooling around, pulling out my hair, crying in my beer and wanting to throw my computer out of the window, we have figured out the whole RSS thing and are now iTunes friendly! Please subscribe, listen, leave feedback and enjoy!

Pretty please?

In other news, we are gearing up to record episode #3 next Monday (October 12th). We’ll be talking about Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973), and Crawlspace (1972), two old school TVMs that are near and dear to my heart (and both directed by John Newland, which is why we chose them!). Please keep an eye, or rather, ear out for it! And, of course, we’d love to hear your thoughts on either film (or both). So feel free to leave a comment here, email us at tvmayhempodcast@gmail.com, tweet us at @TVMayhemPodcast, or leave some feedback on our new facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!