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2012
Nov
24
 
 
On this day in 1996, CBS presented a miniseries version of Truman Capote's celebrated nonfiction crime novel, In Cold Blood...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
23
 
 
On this day in 1963, the BBC introduced the the first incarnation of Doctor Who...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
23
 
 
This 1969 holiday special shows up, fittingly, on a holiday weekend – but the wrong one. It’s the day after Thanksgiving, yet here we are, with the first network prime-time Christmas special of the year. When I’m still digesting my turkey and awash in leftovers, is it too early to say “Bah humbug”? Yet as TV memories go, for aging Boomers (and all Boomers are), this one’s quite evocative.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
23
 
 
SERIES FINALE: This Nickelodeon sitcom, starring Miranda Cosgrove, has been so popular with tweens that Michelle Obama, a fan of the show because of her daughters, guest starred in one episode. (She’s not the first First Lady to take her message to a sitcom, either: Nancy Reagan, pushing her “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign in the 1980s, appeared on Diff’rent Strokes opposite Gary Coleman. As they say: Diff’rent Strokes for different folks.) Anyway, iCarly ends its
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
23
 
 
Audrey Hepburn stars, in this 1964 film musical, as a cockney street waif transformed by an elocution professor (Rex Harrison) into a fashionable, presentable young woman. Harrison talks, rather than sings his songs, but even that’s more than you can say for the luminous Hepburn: Her singing voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon, who did the same for Natalie Wood in the film version of West Side Story. What is it about Nixons and secret recordings?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
23
 
 
This isn’t your normal SpongeBob SquarePants TV cartoon. It’s not a cartoon at all – but a stop-animation holiday special, an intentional and affectionate nod to some of the classic holiday TV specials of the 1960s. It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! has an appropriately holiday-themed plot: Plankton, in his latest scheme to discover the secret formula for the Krabby Patty recipe, floods the already-underwater town of Bikini Bottom with fruitcakes. Those, too, have a secret
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
23
 
 
In this penultimate Season 1 episode of Hunted, the true target of billionaire Jack Turner (Patrick Malahide) is revealed, and I’ll be damned – it’s a dam! And what does a dam have to do with a Pakistani presidential candidate? Enough, it seems, to make this week’s installment an entertaining hybrid of the water-rights plot of Chinatown and the patsy-assassin plot of The Parallax View. Melissa George stars.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
23
 
 
...There was the Home Shopping Club. Before the internet, HSC made a good business out of round the clock home shopping on your television...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
22
 
 
Here's what happens in South Park when the boys have to do a school project on Thanksgiving, and go to The History Channel for their research...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
22
 
 
Hello Kitty! And hello, all you other parade floats in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – a celebration not only of the holiday, but of New York’s resilience after Superstorm Sandy. A day, indeed, to give thanks, unless you don’t have power to watch it.