Episode 58: BFFs! A Shawnee Smith and Tammy Lauren Twofer

We’re back! Well, we were back a while ago, but it took a long time to edit this because 2021 has shown no mercy. A big shout out to Dan for his help on getting this one edited! On this episode, you’ll find Dan and Amanda palling around with Shawnee Smith and Tammy Lauren for this SS / TL twofer, Crime of Innocence (1985) and I Saw What You Did (1988). We’re also hoping to get back on schedule and have some shows planned for the very near future. Thank you for your patience, and we hope you enjoy!

A Very Special Episode: This House Possessed and an Interview with Parker Stevenson!

We’re back with a very special episode! February 6th, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of This House Possessed, which aired on this day in 1981. It’s looking good at 40, and to celebrate, I sat down with Parker Stevenson to discuss the great little horror telefilm that keeps on going. After the interview join Dan, Nate and myself for a discussion of the film. And thank you, Parker Stevenson for being so kind and giving us a little background on This House Possessed. Hope everyone enjoys, and as always, thank you for listening!

Episode 57: It’s a Glim Glim Christmas!

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It hasn’t even been a month, and we are back! We couldn’t let the holiday season pass by without inviting our great friend Joanna Wilson of Christmas TV History back for our annual yuletide episode! We spend a little time stuck behind a forcefield with a lovable (but deadly) alien named Glim Gilm, who was a part of the Monsters TV series. And we play the holiday movie game, which is always fun. So grab your eggnog and celebrate the season in style.

And a big thank you to everyone who stuck it out with us this  year. I know it hasn’t always been consistent, but, like everyone else in the year 2020, we’re doing our best. We appreciate all of you, and hope you have a wonderful end to a not-so-wonderful year! See you next year. It’s gonna look a lot like the 1970s-1990s for us!

Episode 56: Horror Western Telefilms

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We are back with a brand new episode, and it turned out to be one of those marathon recordings… Just like the olden days, which is a bit kismet since we’re going back to the Old West as we take a look at two surreal and fascinating Horror/Western hybrid TV movies, Black Noon (1971) and Into the Badlands (1991)! We are joined by a very special guest, James Newton, who helps Dan and Amanda dissect Frontier living. (Spoiler: Life was difficult!)

James, a podcaster, filmmaker and writer, is someone worth checking out. Please follow his social media on Twitter at @JamesEdNewton, visit his website and make sure you give his excellent podcast Newton Talks a listen. You can also watch some of James’ amazing films on his YouTube page (might I suggest you start with Grace?). And, you can check out the trailer for Black Lizard Tales, which is currently playing fests, and see his latest short Man/Rabid as well!

We had so much fun talking with him about these haunting little films, and we hope you enjoy listening. Thank you again! We’ll be back very soon with a holiday episode. Joanna Wilson of Christmas TV History is back and ready to play our annual holiday game. We’re also discussing the strange and melancholic Christmas themed Monsters episode Glim Glim. See you soon!

Watch Grace below:

Episode 55: Have a Supernatural TV Movie Marathon with Midnight Offerings and The Sins of Dorian Gray

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Happy Halloween! We’re here to help you ring in the spookiest time of year with two supernatural telefilms: Midnight Offerings (1981) and The Sins of Dorian Gray (1983). We’re joined by one of our favorite people on the planet, Justin Kerswell of both the website The Hysteria Lives and the companion podcast The Hysteria Continues! We do hope you have a safe and happy (and scary) Halloween!

Episode 54! We’re going back to school with the CBS Schoolbreak!

Welcome back! We are a little late getting our head gear and Swatches in place, but we’re here to help you go back to school with two CBS Schoolbreak Specials: Portrait of a Teenage Shoplifter (1981) and The Drug Knot (1986). Lots of illegal shenanigans to behold. We do hope you enjoy!

Hair like me!

A Very Special Episode: Shades of Love and Ken Atchitiy!

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Welcome to a very special episode of Shades of Love. Amanda interviews Ken Atchity about his wonderful direct to video romance series Shades of Love. Then Amanda and Dan discuss two entries from the series, Echoes in Crimson and The Rose Cafe (both 1987). Ken was a wonderful guest and provides a lot of info about this great series where you will only want to speak of love. We do hope you enjoy!

Episode 53 is here! We love you Aaron Spelling!

Welcome back to episode 53, where all of our love is given to the amazing Aaron Spelling! Dan and Amanda are joined by Jon Larkin of Screaming Queenz to discuss The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (1970) and the Charlie’s Angels pilot telefilm (1976). We had a blast, and we hope you do too! Thank you for listening!


And if you’d like a little more of Amanda and Jon, you can listen to them talk about John Carpenter’s telefilm Someone’s Watching Me! (1987) on Screaming Queenz!


We’ll be recording again on September 16th. Info coming soon!

Trap-Cast Episode 4 is here!

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I am back with episode 4 of The Trap-Cast! For this show I am talking about the Trapper John M.D. episodes What Are Friends For and One More for My Baby. I hope to be back soon with more Trap-Cast goodness, but for now, please enjoy. And thanks so much for toughing this out while I try to fit this spinoff into a regular thing!

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Love Letter to Television: A Special MFTVM episode!

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Welcome to a very special minisode dedicated to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. We talk about how QT’s amazing film truly comes from the heart and pays a lot of respect to a golden era of television, as he presents TV as its own form of cinema. We hope you enjoy this one! Thanks for listening!


We’ll be back in a few weeks with our regularly scheduled program. But expect a new Trap-Cast in the next week or so to keep you going! Thanks again!

Episode 52: We Love Shannen Doherty

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Welcome back! This is a very special episode for us because we got to talk about Shannen Doherty’s wonderful and underrated TV movie career. On tap: Satan’s School for Girls (2000) and Another Day (2001). We are joined by our great friend Erik Threfall of The Hysteria Continues, who just happens to be a huge fan of Beverly Hills, 90210. It was kismet! However, please be patient with some of the edits. I had to cut and paste a few things here and there! And Dan’s internet was playing tricks. But we do love Shannen so much and we hope you seek out some of her teleflms, if you haven’t already.

Episode 51 is here! Goliath Awaits!

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We’re back with a new episode, and we had a great time recording it. We hope you enjoy hanging out with Dan and Amanda and their good friend Gore Blimey of the Trilogy Terror Podcast as we discuss the early 80s mini-series Goliath Awaits!


We will be back very soon to celebrate Shannen Doherty’s amazing TV movie career. As you may know, with the world in this kind of flux, it’s been hard to concentrate on picking titles, getting everyone together, etc. So, please be patient. I do hope we can use this time to bring you more shows and hopefully a little respite from the uncertainties of our current day to day. Thank you all for every ounce of support. We’ll be back soon!

 

Episode 3 of Trap-Cast is ALIVE!

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Well, 2020 is looking promising! I got to episode three of the Trap-Cast! And I’m so happy to be here discussing Love is a Three Way Street and The Shattered Image. Enjoy!

 

The Made for TV Mayhem Show will be back soon with our first mini-series, Goliath Awaits. Looking forward to it and thank you for your support!

 

Episode 50: It’s a Mayhem Christmas Special

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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!

Episode 49: Small Screen Car Porn!

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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!

 

Also, make sure to check out Sam Pancake Presents the Monday Afternoon Movie, because not only am I curating this season of his amazing TV movie podcast, but he also covered Death Car this week! Were we a glorious car accident, or even better! Check it out!

Warner Archives Blu Ray Giveaway Contest!

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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!

Email all entries to TVMayhemPodcast@gmail.com

Episode 48: Celebrate Halloween with Moxey!

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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!

Episode 47: We’re Going Back to School with Mike McBeardo McPadden!

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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!

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Episode 46: We Love You Valerie Harper!

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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!

Trap-Cast Episode 2 is (finally) here!

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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!

 

Episode 45 is here! Cruise into Hell With Us!

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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!

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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!

See you in June!

 

Episode 44: We Watched the Detectives!

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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 taraco@aol.com. Lots of great people on that list, so we won’t be mad if you want to vote for someone else. Just vote!

Episode 1 of the Trap Cast is here!

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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!

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The 2019 Rondo Awards and Our Show!

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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.

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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 taraco@aol.com.

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!

Episode 43: Love Letters for a Late Valentine’s

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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.

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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).

Episode 42! Michael Parks is The. Best.

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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!

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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.

Episode 41! Rich Little’s A Christmas Carol

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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!

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Hope you have wonderful holiday, and we’ll see you next year!

Episode 40! Small Screen Vixens

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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…

Episode 39! Ghost Stories for Halloween!

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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!

The Snowbeast Contest!

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Dan, Nate and Amanda eagerly waiting on contest entries!

… and our winner is… Ralph Roullard! Hooray!

And here’s the episode where we read some of our Snowbeast vs. ? entries and draw the winner. We had a blast with these. Thank you to all who entered.  You are brilliant and we love you!

 

As I mentioned in this episode, I’m contributing a chapter to an upcoming book titled Scared Sacred. If you’d like to sign up for updates on the upcoming Scared Sacred, just click on this link!

Episode 37: Back to the Beach TVMs!

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We’re back (finally) and we’re enjoying the warm water and sandy beaches as we discuss Zuma Beach (1978) and The Hustler of Muscle Beach (1980)! Come along, catch some rays and Hang 10.


And don’t forget to check out our Snowbeast Blu Ray Giveaway! We’ll be back at the end of August to announce the winner with a special minisode!

Snowbeast Blu Ray Giveaway!

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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.

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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…

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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.

I’m so excited!

Episode 35: Propaganda TV Movies!

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We’re back (finally), and it’s all about those TV movies that made you go hmmmm… we’re looking at the two classic message movies Go Ask Alice (1973) and Mazes and Monsters (1982). Sorry for the delay. Hope you enjoy!

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We’ll be back in July with two sun and sand adventures, Zuma Beach (1978) and The Hustler of Muscle Beach (1980). Send us some feedback via our contact us page!

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Episode 34: We’re Bonkers for Beller!

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We’re back, and so soon (Amy, soon!). On this episode we give a lot of love to one of our favorite small screen leading ladies, Kathleen Beller and discuss No Place to Hide (1991) and Deadly Messages (1985). There’s romance, twists and turns, gaslighting, betrayal, crimped hair and one damn nice pizza guy! Enjoy!


And just a reminder: Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999 was nominated for a Rondo Award! If you are so inclined, please send your votes to taraco@aol.com.

And, as I mentioned on the podcast, Bill Ackerman from Supporting Characters and I recorded a Blu Ray commentary for Arrow’s upcoming release of Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left! It’s dropping in May, but you can pre-order in the UK via Arrow, or through Diabolik DVD here in the states.

Be sure to send feedback for our next episode. We’re talking propaganda telefilms and so we’ll be watching Go Ask Alice (1973) and Mazes and Monsters (1982)! We’ll most likely be recording around the middle of April. So excited!

Talking Patty Duke with Bill Jankowski

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We’re back with a very special episode dedicated to one of our favorite Queens of the TV Movie, Patty Duke! We’re discussing the wonderful new book In the Presence of Greatness: My Sixty Year Journey as an Actress, which was written by Patty Duke and Bill Jankowski. Bill joins us to talk all things Patty and we had a blast! Enjoy!


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And buy Bill’s book:

Amazon
Bear Manor
Barnes and Noble

Also, follow Bill on the facebook page he has, or check out this website for the book.

Episode 32: Supernatural Romance!

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I managed to get an episode up in a timely manner! And just in time for Valentine’s Day. On this episode, Dan and I discuss small screen romance… with a supernatural twist! Titles on tap are the 1971 remake of Death Takes a Holiday and the 1995 Lifetime Original Movie Deadly Love! Spoiler: They are awesome. Enjoy and remember to only speak of love!

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Our next episode will be devoted to the lovely Kathleen Beller and we’ll be looking at No Place to Hide (1981) and Deadly Messages (1985). Remember to send feedback!

Episode 31 is Here! Snowbound Terror is Waiting for You!

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I can’t believe I got this online. My computer hates me… But we’re here with episode 31 and it’s all about winter-set scares as we discuss the classic Snowbeast (1977) and the not-a-classic-but-pretty-dang-fun Ski Lift to Death (aka Snowblind, 1979). So let’s hit the slopes!

 

We’ll be back so very soon with a new episode (recording either February 7th or 8th), and again, as we did last  year, we’ll only speak of love. But this time it’s supernatural love, as we watch and discuss Death Takes a Holiday (1971) and Deadly Love (1995). Send feedback!

Episode 30 is here! Male Strippers Galore!

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Thanks to a crazy schedule, a long term sickness, the holidays and other chicanery, our male strippers episode had to get in the back seat (ha!) for a while. But it’s edited (sorta) and ready for your ears. So now what was originally supposed to be episode 29 is episode 30, ya dig? There’s some popping in the background on this one, and issues overall with the general quality of the show. But I could spend forever tooling with this, so I finally bit the bullet and got it online. We’re discussing For Ladies Only (1981) and Ladykillers (1988) and some of it won’t make sense, some of it will. Be kind.

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Episode 29: A Little Game… followed by a little game

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Well, it’s that time of year again! And does anything say holidays like a kid with a shotgun… I thought so…

We welcome back Christmas television expert Joanna Wilson to discuss the 1971 (maybe) holiday thriller A Little Game, and then we play a little game ourselves. We had a great time recording (even though there was a crapload of technical issues), and we hope you enjoy listening! Thank you for making 2017 an incredible year for the gang at the Made for TV Mayhem Show and Happy Holidays!


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We’re also super excited about next month’s episode, where we’ll keep it all snowy and winter fresh with Snowbeast (hooray!) and the awesomely titled Ski Lift to Death! You can watch Ski Lift under it’s aka Snowblind on Amazon Prime, but please be aware of the absolutely horrid quality of the transfer! But you know, if you can watch along and send feedback, we’ll be your best friends!

Happy Thanksgiving: Special Minisode!

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Happy Tofurkey day! Because I wasn’t able to get our next full episode online before the holidays, I thought I’d put together some old podcast TV trivia segments I created for the Movies About Girls Show. I grouped the segments by topic and decided to make the first one all about small screen actresses! Hope you enjoy! Please keep in mind that I was not great at this, and I talk a little fast and the sound isn’t perfect. Who am I kidding, it’s uncomfortably awkward. But my heart was there, and BOY did I research the stuffing out of these! I also ended with a little tribute to David Cassidy, whom we lost this week. We love you DC!

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Episode 27: Plan a Halloween TV Movie Marathon!

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Just in time to celebrate the scariest day of the year, The Made for TV Mayhem Show returns, and we’ve turned the insane asylum over to the patients! We asked listeners to program their own Halloween TV movie marathon and we got a wonderful response back! Listen as we go through the lists and discuss the titles. And Dan, Nate and Amanda even picked out three telefilms each too! What a world!

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Episode 26: The ABC Afterschool Special!

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We’re back with a back to school themed episode dedicated to the ABC Afterschool Special! We, as we are wont to do, made it a twofer, and chose two episodes starring one of our favorite actors, Lance Guest! The episodes we discuss are Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom, and Two Loves for Jenny (aka Between Two Loves)! And if that wasn’t enough to get you all excited about chalkboards and backpacks, I interviewed Lance Guest about working on this program, as well as some of his other small screen awesome. You can read that interview on my blog! Hooray, and a big thanks to Mr. Guest, who flashed a lot of that charm that made us all fall in love with him in the first place… oh, and he gave some great insight too! Enjoy the podcast and the interview!

By the way, the essay I was referencing at the beginning of this episode is titled Premature Adulthood: Alcoholic Moms and Teenage Adults in the ABC Afterschool Special by Amanda Keeler. Great stuff!

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We’re gearing up to record again… next week (!)…(Wednesday, October 11 to be exact) because I’ll be out of the country at a conference dedicated to TV horror. Life is good, guys! But if you want details on the next episode, just click here. We’re looking for a lot of feedback. Be our friend.

Episode 25 and That Old Black Magic! We talk Crowhaven Farm and Bay Coven!

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We’re back and we’re witchy! Check out the latest episode where we talk evil kids, covens and Pamela Sue Martin in awesome clothes! Listen to us gab about the classic (and rightly so!) Crowhaven Farm (1970) and the not-so-classic (and rightly so!) Bay Coven (1987)! And please enjoy!

 

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We’ll be back later this month to discuss two Lance-Guest-centric Afterschool Specials, Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom (1981) and Two Loves for Jenny (1982, aka Between Two Loves)! And we’ll also be featuring a Q&A with Lance Guest on my blog! So please contact us with any feedback!

Special Minisode: Jeff Nelson and The Spell!

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We sat down with Jeff Nelson of Shout! Factory to discuss their upcoming Blu-Ray release of the classic 1977 telefilm The Spell! This is a non-spoilery behind the scenes look of what went into making the release, as well as a spirited conversation about why TV movies are important, and of course, why we all love The Spell. Enjoy!

As many of you know, I supplied the commentary track for this upcoming release, and Shout has also added an intriguing interview with The Spell‘s screenwriter, Brian Taggert! You can pre-order The Spell through Shout’s website, and you will receive it before its September 5th street date. Go buy it!

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Are You Ready for the Summer? Episode 23 is Here!

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We are finally back with our summer episode, and it only took half of the summer to record it, edit it and get it online. To be fair, we had a lot of technical issues with this, so please be patient with the sound.

But Dan and I did have a blast discussing High School USA (1983) and Poison Ivy (1985). Lots of love given to Michael J. Fox, Nancy McKeon, Crispin Glover, Tony Dow, and some guy named Dirty Curt. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording it!

For the next episode we are taking a road trip to Crowhaven Farm (1970), and then stopping by Bay Cove (1987), where we’ll take on all things occult! Remember you can always let us know what you think about those films, or any telefilm you want to talk about by contacting us. See you soon!

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Episode 22: Small Screen Proto Slashers!

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We’re back and excited about our discussion about Five Desperate Women (1971) and She’s Dressed to Kill (1979). What makes a proto-slasher? We’re not sure we know, and that made the talk really fun for us. Hope you enjoy!


We’ll be diving into summer in a few weeks and discussing High School USA (1983), and Poison Ivy (1985). Viva la Michael J. Fox! You know the drill, contact us if you’d like to discuss these two films or any other TV movies you are interested in!

I also wanted to share some links from around the net:

Check out our good friend and listener Christin Haws’ Patreon page, as well as her interview with our other good friend Shannon on her podcast The Zero Plus Zero Show. And just listen to all of Shannon’s episodes. It’s a great show!

Also, our new friend Kevin has three podcasts you might be interested in:

Tuning In To Scifi TV podcast (covering all genre TV shows)
Saturday B Movie Reel podcast (covering Syfy channel & other B movies)
Tales Of The Black Badge – A Wynonna Earp fan podcast

Also, make sure to pick up Dan’s book, 80s Action Movies on the Cheap.

And my book, Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium.

And if you are interested in what I discussed in London at the Miskantonic Institute of Horror Studies, you can get the full list here, and you can also connect with most of the podcasts I’ve been on recently here.

And here’s a couple of more:

The Sixth Dimension: Soundcloud|iTunes

The Hysteria Continues: Don’t Go to Sleep: iTunes

I will be adding websites and more podcast links through the summer. Our goal is to build up a nice community. So, you know, contact us and let us know what you think of the show and who you are.

Tori Spelling To The Rescue!

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Wow, I can’t believe i got this mammoth episode edited and ready for listening (well, as ready as we usually are. Expect the normal volume issues and there’s a few pops and clicks as well). The gang discuss Death of a Cheerleader (1994) and Co-ed Call Girl (1996) in this Tori Twofer, and we feel our lives are better for it! We loved recording this and we all hope you enjoy listening.

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The one regret I have though is not mentioning that Dan’s new book is out and ready to be bought. Pop on over to Amazon and grab a copy of his Action Movies on the Cheap: 284 Low Budget High Impact Pictures! Go now!

We’re taking April off so I can go to London and talk TV horror movies at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies on May 20th at the Horse Hospital. Stop by if you are in the area and say hi! We’ll be selling copies of my book, Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999.

Our next episode will be a slasher-friendly double bill with Five Desperate Women (1971) and She’s Dressed to Kill (1979). Check out our contact page if you’d like to leave feedback!

Episode 20! Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day!

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It’s time to only speak of love and the Made for TV Mayhem Show has a lot of that for you on this very special Valentine’s Day episode. We’re looking at the May/December romances of the small screen with Anatomy of a Seduction (1979) and In Love with an Older Woman (1982), and the ooohs and ahhhs abound! Join us!

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Next up is a Tori-Spelling-a-thon, and we’ll be discussing Death of Cheerleader and Co-ed Call Girl! Contact us here and let us know what your favorite TS film is, or why Co-ed Call is the best movie ever (cuz it is). Yay! See you in March!