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!
We’re just in time for a spooktacular look at two beloved Halloween specials. The Halloween that Almost Wasn’t (1979) has a disco-battle with 1976’s The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (not really), and we duke it out ourselves with some serious Skype issues, including a sound delay which makes the whole recording just a touch bit awkward. But our love of the season is in check, and so is the fake Paul Lynde chest hair, so give us a whirl, disco baby!
And, as promised, here is a side by side comparison of the interiors of the (Paul?) Lyndhurst Mansion as it looked in The Halloween that Almost Wasn’t, and how it looks now:
At the end of the show, I also mention the book I edited, Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999, which is already listed on Amazon, in case you’d like to pre-order a copy!
Although the book’s street date is in April 2017, Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia is hosting a launch next month! Read all about it here.
We’re also taking a pod-hiatus, but we’ll be back in December when the book launch has settled. That certainly does not mean that we don’t want to hear from you, so check out our Contact Us page, or comment on this post. See you soon!
Our next episode will be a Halloween spooktacular, as we look back on Paul Lynde’s Halloween Special (1976), and The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t (1979). Plus, we anticipate a return of Five Minutes with Nate, and we promise more treats than tricks. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss any small screen scares you love.
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!
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Patty Duke episode should be up this weekend! Yay!
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!
We are back with another round table dedicated to the actresses of the TV movie! We each pick our favorites, and also dive into the listener feedback. Plus, there’s another What is the Movie About game, hosted by Dan, and some fun clips. Join us!
I also wanted to share the images we received from our good friend Shannon, which were inspired by a couple of our made up TV movie ideas from the last episode (also check out her newest song Runaway on her website… so good!):
Want more Dan? Of course you do! You can listen to him on the Film and Water Podcast discussing Ants! It goes well with this episode, since, as you may have guessed, we’re wild about Lynda Day George! And, Dan also has his own solo podcast (which I’ve guested on) called Eventually Supertrain. Check it out!
Our next episode will be both a love letter to the late Patty Duke, as well as a celebration of her scary movies as a way to kick off the Halloween season! We’ll be reviewing Look What Happened to Rosemary’s Baby and Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes!
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: