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BTWF: Joel McHale in Diagnosis Murder
August 22nd, 2018 under Before They Were Famous, Dick Van Dyke, Joel McHale. [ Comments: none ]

Before Joel McHale was investigating murders in The Happytime Murders, he was the one who was murdered on Diagnosis Murder. He looks younger now than he did when he was 30 in that 2002 episode.


Diagnosis Murder, She Wrote
April 24th, 2018 under Dick Van Dyke. [ Comments: none ]

Back in the ’90s, two of the biggest procedurals on television were Diagnosis Murder and Murder, She Wrote. Now that the two leads of those shows are in their 90’s, Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury are finally going to be working together. Not in Diagnosis Murder, She Wrote (which would be totally awesome, Hallmark), but the two 92-year-olds are starring in Buttons. A movie musical that is coming out in November.

What is Buttons about? According to the site, “Set in a New England mill town in the early 1900s, this musical fairytale follows the story of Annabelle (Alivia Clark), a young child, who has been taught by her Mother and Father to believe in Angels and miracles. When tragedy strikes Annabelle’s happy life, she is left broken-hearted–until a mysterious Angel (Van Dyke) leads her story to a triumphant and inspiring ending.”

The movie also stars Jane Seymour, Ioan Gruffudd, Katie Mcgrath, Robert Picardo and Charles Shaughnessy, plus it features an original song from Paul McCartney. I do not know about you, but I will be there on day one to see this feature film. I bet you, it will be the feel-good movie of the holiday season.

BTW both actors will also be seen in Mary Poppins Returns that comes out on Christmas Day.


I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show in color and still as great!
December 22nd, 2017 under CBS, Dick Van Dyke, Lucille Ball. [ Comments: none ]

We might be days away from 2018, but CBS is turning the clock back over 50 years tonight. They will air two hours of classic comedies and these shows will do better than almost all the other shows did this week in the ratings. That is because no matter how much time has passed, I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show still feel fresh and make everyone laugh out loud.

At 8p, we get a retrospect Christmas episode of I Love Lucy that shows us some sweet moments for the Ricardos. Like the time when Lucy told Ricky she was pregnant and then when she went into labor. They are two moments that will forever be etched in television history, so to see them in color makes them even more special.

Then at 8:30p, Lucy left NYC for Hollywood and she wants to dress like a star. Ricky gives her $100 to buy a dress and she goes to a fancy shoppe to buy one. While she is there, she overhears that there is going to be a fashion show at the store tomorrow and the models are celebrities’ wives. Of course, Lucy finagles her way into the show and buys a dress. A dress that cost 5X more than she was allowed to spend. Ethel and her come up with a way that Ricky cannot get mad at her, but it comes at a cost. One that makes it perfect for a colorized version of the black and white classic.

Then at 9p, it is time for The Dick Van Dyke Show to be seen in living color. I recently read that the classic sitcom was the last one to be shot entirely in black and white. Had it gone on another season, that one would have been filmed in color.

Anyways, in the first episode, Laura feels that her marriage to Rob might be in trouble and she needs to do something to save it. Millie tells her whenever she wants to spice up her marriage, she bleaches her hair. Laura gets some peroxide and goes blonde. Then Rob calls her and tells her he loves her as a brunette. She gets some hair dye to go back to her natural color, but Rob comes home early and she was only able to dye half of her hair. Seeing this moment in color makes a funny scene even more hysterical. Black and white just didn’t do it justice.

Just like the episode at 9:30p, when Sally goes to an art show and sees a painting of Laura naked. Now Rob and Laura have to come up with a way to make that painting go away before anyone they know sees it. Their biggest obstacle is that the now renowned painter doesn’t want to give it to them and several people have offered to buy it for more money than they can afford. Will they be able to get that painting before everyone in NYC sees it?

Back in the ’80s, Ted Turner tried to colorize classic movies and it was ugly. CBS has done such a beautiful job retouching these shows, you would never know that were not originally shot in color. Therefore, it is like watching these beloved classics, that we have seen hundreds of times, for the first time. What is a better Christmas gift than that?


Dick Van Dyke still got it!
December 22nd, 2016 under Dick Van Dyke. [ Comments: 1 ]

Dick Van Dyke is 91 years old and he moves better than a man a third of his age. Look at this video his wife, Arlene, shared and don’t tell me he still doesn’t haven’t it. That is why they are asking him back for the Mary Poppins sequel because he can still move like Bert. Now think about this, that movie came out 52 years ago. Beyond impressive!


Dick Van Dyke has his doubts about the Mary Poppins sequel
September 30th, 2016 under Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews. [ Comments: none ]

When you heard that they they are doing a sequel to Mary Poppins, you were like why? Then you had you doubts it would even be a 1/10th of the greatness of the original.
You are not alone because Dick Van Dyke has his too. The beloved treasure told Al Roker on Today, “Sequels traditionally aren’t very good. And I said, ‘without Walt Disney’ and I said, ‘without the Sherman brothers to write the music’, I have some doubts.” Then he added, “But I talked to the director [Rob Marshall] and they said, ‘it will be an homage.’”
Van Dyke said that they asked him to reprise his role as the old banker in the movie. He also revealed that they are also talking to Julie Andrews to play a small role in it.
Even with all of that, I still have my doubts.


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