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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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!
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).
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!
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.
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!