Exclusive: @Pharrell stole his look from Venus Flytrap

“Hats off” to my daughter Katie for spotting this: Tim Reid was sporting a state trooper stetson 35 years before Pharrell made them hip. Over the holidays, I was schooling Katie on the art of WKRP in Cincinnatii from the Shout! Factory DVD complete series box set. We were getting into the classic “Fish Story” episode, the… Read on

Hugh Wilson: behind the scenes on WKRP in Cincinnati

Part of the fun in speaking with WKRP in Cincinnati creator Hugh Wilson for the long-awaited DVD release of his series was getting his back story. I’m always curious about where TV storytellers come from and how they got into The Game. I’m also fascinated about how shows were made in the ’70s and ’80s… Read on

WKRP in Cincinnati box set worth the wait

The Toronto Star has a big, breaking  story today–my feature on the DVD box set release of WKRP in Cincinnati.You can read that story here, which explains some of the details behind the many music rights clearances that for years delayed the arrival of this box set. It’s in stores as of Oct. 28 and can… Read on

New TV collection makes Marx fans Shout for joy

Who knew Harpo Marx made a series of TV commercials for Labatt’s beer? That’s just one of the delightful surprises found in The Marx Brothers TV Collection. The collectible gem, graced with a terrific cover illustration by Drew Friedman, is from Shout! Factory and hits the street Tuesday Aug. 12. Order it here from Shout!… Read on

DVD release: Haid on Hill Street’s “family”

Getting busted in ’86 by Hill Street cops Warren and Haid. Photo: Gene Trindl When people talk of this new “Golden Age” of television, shows such as The Wire and The Sopranos are often cited as the starting point. Kiefer Sutherland–back as Jack Bauer in Fox’s revival of another respected show, 24–says the spark goes farther… Read on

DVD release: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

Hey, Daddy-O. The latest TV time capsule from Shout! Factory has arrived: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: The Complete Series. The 20-DVD box set contains all 147 episodes from the 1959-’63 series, plus some bonus goodies. Dobie seems more ‘50s than ‘60s. If it was on my radar at all as a kid it… Read on

George Maharis recalls his wild ride on Route 66

Maharis (left) and Milner in that classic Corvette George Maharis rode Route 66 in search of fame and fortune. Instead it led straight to hell.I spoke with Maharis last week on the phone as he made himself available to promote the release of Route 66: The Complete Series, a 24 disc boxed set from Shout!… Read on