Happy Holidays to one and all! We are back with our annual Christmas special. And no Made for TV Mayhem holiday extravaganza would be complete without our lovely annual co-host, Joanna Wilson of Christmas TV History. This year we’re talking about the wonderful Dupont Show with June Allyson episode titled A Silent Panic, which features Harpo Marx in a rare dramatic turn. We also play the Christmas Game, where Joanna gives us a title of a holiday special and we guess who’s in it and what it’s about (and we’re pretty much always wrong, but in a good way!). We had a lot of fun, and we really hope you do too.
Have a great holiday everyone! We’re taking January off, but we’ll see you in February so Happy New Year too!
*And a big shout out to Dan for editing this one! Much appreciated!
We poked around under the hood before we got down and dirty with Death Car on the Freeway and Gladiator! So, welcome to our Small Screen Car Porn episode. Try as we might, it wasn’t as naughty as we thought it was going to be, but Dan and I had a lot of fun discussing these TV movies. We hope you enjoy!
UPDATE: Contest will remain open until mid-January 2020!
The Made for TV Mayhem Show is so excited that Warner Archives has supplied us with a Blu-Rray double pack of Bad Ronald and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark to give away to one lucky listener!
Like our Snowbeast contest, this involves listener participation. You can check out the short podcast episode we put together, which explains what you need to do, or simply follow along with these instructions:
Pick your favorite made for TV movie house (ex. the house in This House Possessed, or the Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark House), and build a new, make believe TV movie of your own around it! So, all you need an “old dark house” setting that already exists in a telefilm and then make a whole new TVM out of it! Be creative, give us actor/director/producer names if so desired and a good plot to go around the house you chose.
Everyone who sends us a synopsis gets their name put into the contest, which ends on November 30th. We’ll get together in early December and draw a winner! Good luck!
We mean John Llewellyn Moxey! Pretty sure I just used that joke last week, but be kind… It’s been an insane month. But we’re here (thanks to Dan who edited this episode) and we’ve been joined by the wonderful Bill Ackerman of Supporting Characters podcast to give some well-deserved love to Mr. Moxey. We discuss a bunch of his films, but the main topic of conversation is A Taste of Evil (1971) and A Strange and Deadly Occurrence (1974). Bill brought no tricks but a ton of treats, so we hope you enjoy our special Halloween episode dedicated to the great John Llewellyn. We already miss him so.
We’ll be back towards the end of November, and it’s getting mechanical with an episode dedicated to car porn! We’ll be discussing Death Car on the Freeway (1979) and Gladiator (1986). If you’d like to watch Gladiator, it’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Please contact us with any thoughts on vehicular telefilms or anything else you’d like to discuss! See you soon!
Make sure you’ve got your Pee Chee folders and your No. 2 pencils, cuz the Made for TV Mayhem Show is going back to school again! This time we’re talking about the other three Rs: Rock and Roll and Rad! We’re talking about Ron Howard’s sweet coming of age telefilm Cotton Candy (1978) and the TVPG teen sex dramedy Senior Trip (1981). Our guest on this outing is the wonderful Mike McBeardo McPadden, author of the equally wonderful Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped! We had a great time recording and we hope you enjoy listening!
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!