Monthly Archives: October 2009
I could talk about some of my favorite scary movies for Halloween but I have something a little different this year. Probably the scariest and most fun television I have seen of late is a show on, believe it or not, Animal Planet.
“Lost Tapes” airs Tuesday nights on Animal Planet and is sort of a twisted take on The Blair Witch Project. In every episode some hapless individual or individuals are trapped, with a video camera of course, with some beast out of a cryptozoologist’s wet dream. It’s all dramatization based on supposedly real events – and it’s not only scary, it’s a hoot.
Check out the website for schedule information and other goodies. Of local interest, this coming Tuesday they do the Jersey Devil. Should be fun. Happy Halloween!
There is a reason that properties that have been around for decades are so successful in their original source material. They work. And if they aren’t broke, why does Hollywood always have to ‘fix’ them? Batman doesn’t need an army surplus vehicle for a Batmobile. The X-Men don’t need black leather outfits. Flash Gordon shouldn’t be a teenager. Superman isn’t a stalker, or a deadbeat dad.
And the Phantom isn’t some kid who refuses to wear the uniform everyone before him has worn. If he doesn’t, he’s not the Phantom. If the folks at Syfy insist on doing this, why don’t they just come up with their own heroic adventure series, cuz this ain’t the Phantom.
This ‘re-imagining’ of Lee Falk’s classic Phantom comes to Syfy in 2010.
I grew up much too late to have enjoyed his classic TV show “Lunch with Soupy Sales,” and I only knew from legend his stunt of asking kids to raid their parents’ purses and wallets and send the funny green pieces of paper to him. The story is different every time I hear it to this day. I wonder how seriously or how jokingly Soupy asked.
My memories of Soupy were of his appearances as a panelist on “What’s My Line?” as well as other game shows and sitcoms. I remembered an aborted attempt at trying a variety show again in the 1970s that was abysmal, and the not so bad “Junior Almost Anything Goes” that he hosted. Later I remember a radio rivalry with the then rising star Howard Stern. By that time the man was sadly considered a has-been by much of the public – and Stern’s methods of vanquishing foes certainly didn’t help.
Toward the end of his career he appeared as Professor Prophet in the low budget softcore Roger Corman superhero series “Black Scorpion.” Sales was no stranger to film, having his own starring vehicle in “Birds Do It” in 1966. He even did voice work for cartoons and was on Broadway as well.
Soupy Sales, despite the last few years out of the spotlight, was still one of the icons of the early days of television. He’ll be missed.
“The Real Unspoken” – my comic book review of Mighty Avengers #30, by Dan Slott, Christos Gage and Sean Chen, is now online at Avengers Forever.
The Mighty Avengers and a slew of guest stars fight their greatest battle against faltering sales, and The Unspoken, plus Hank Pym meets Eternity – all this and more – check out my review here:
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