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MY FAVORITE YEAR
July 27, 2013  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

This 1982 movie, a thinly veiled behind-the-scenes look at TV’s classic Your Show of Shows variety series, was produced by Brooksfilms. That’s Mel Brooks’ company, and Brooks, of course, was one of the writers on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows through its entire run. Richard Benjamin directs this wild comedy, which stars Joseph Bologna in the Caesar-type role, Mark Linn-Baker as the wide-eyed young comedy writer, and Peter O’Toole as a wild and crazy actor, a former matinee idol signed as the week’s guest star. I love TV history, and this movie gets it so right, I love this movie, too.

 
 
 
 
 
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