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A New Season of Must See TV
Thursday, September 8, 2005 6:38 PM

The new tv season is nearly upon us and so I thought it might be fun to take a look at
the shows that have made my MUST SEE TV list:

Sunday has traditionally been one of the weakest nights of the week and the new
season looks to be more of the same. The only show that I plan to watch is West Wing [NBC]. Although last season was one of the best for West Wing, the new night could spell trouble. Since the Bartlett's are on the way out, fans may decide that they should
be as well. I hope not.

Monday looks to have just the right mix of shows. At 8PM, I'll check out Surface [NBC]. This show has a lot of potential - an "adventure-drama" about what happens when
sea creatures [monsters?] are discovered all across the world's oceans. At 9PM, I'll switch over to FOX and check out Prison Break and at 10, it'll be back to NBC for the
highly under-rated Medium.

Tuesday belongs to 24 and The Shield, but since they won't start up for a while I plan
to give WB's Supernatural at 9PM a shot. Given the WB's track record with making
my MUST SEE TV list, this could be bad, especially since my wife will want to watch
The Amazing Race
on CBS.

Wednesday is the greatly anticipated return of Lost at 9PM on ABC. I'll also probably
dvr E-Ring on NBC at the same time. At 10, I'll keep it on ABC and check out Invasion. Seems that creepy is back in with Invasion, Supernatural and Surface all premiering this season. I wonder how many will last for two.

Thursday was for years THE night for tv. Not anymore. Survivor on CBS at 8PM will continue to be a family event. At 9PM, I'll switch over to ABC and give the Night Stalker
a shot. I remember watching Darrin McGavin in the original Night Stalker movie back
in 1972. It was a fun movie... but I didn't much care for the tv series that followed.
Maybe this one will be better.

Friday is the second worst night of the week for tv [thank goodness for dvds]. I will
give Threshold at 8PM on CBS a try since it has the same Invasion/Supernatural/Surface vibe.

Saturdays is the pits. I always hope that the SciFi Channel will have a halfway decent
flick but that's rarely the case... still I continue to tune in.

Before I bring this post to a close, I want to mention the shows that I've enjoyed this summer: Hell's Kitchen hooked me and I wasn't sure I'd care about it at all; So You
Think You Can Dance
is as much fun as American Idol; Hogan Knows Best shows a side of The Hulkster that makes you wish he was your neighbor; Celebrity Fitness Club
had me watching celebrities that I didn't even watch when they were famous [well,
except for Gary Busey!]; Wanted has characters quirky enough to elevate it from the
run of the mill cop show; The Ultimate Fighter is like The Contender on steroids; and
my favorite summer show has turned out to be Over There.

Well, that's what I'm looking forward to from the new season. Have I missed anything?


Bob Denver's Legacy
Tuesday, September 6, 2005 9:45 PM

Bob Denver, the clueless hero of "Gilligan's
Island"
has died at the age of 70.

Denver, as Gilligan,. set sail on what should
have been a three-hour tour but instead ended
up being a 40 year adventure entertaining
several generations of fans.

I was five years old when "Gilligan's Island"
premiered and I can remember watching each
week. They castaways were funny. Especially
Gulligan.

The show ran for only three seasons. The funny thing is it never died. Bob Denver
has 25 credits listed in the Internet Movie Database. Eight of them have direct ties
to Gulligan's Island. Talk about creating an enduring and endearing character.

I didn't care much for Gilligan's Island once I was older. I remember watching
Rescue from Gilligan's Island and thinking how stupid it was. It wasn't stupid
though, it was silly. The kind of silly that little kids eat up... like I did when I used
to watch Gilligan and the castways in their initial run.

Bob Denver's three hour tour will never end. He'll continue to entertain generation
after generation. Smiles and the sounds of laughter is a great legacy.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Denver.


Talk About Sick Covers
Monday, September 5, 2005 7:05 PM

Over at Dial B for Blog they've posted The Top 5
Sickest Comic Book Covers Ever!

Their choices include:

5] Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen
[#110] operating on Superman's brain and turning him into a computer
[potentially sick, but really more silly]

4] Star Spangled #124 which features a man being lured
to commit suicide by two ghostly figures [maybe scary,
but hardly sick]


3] Superboy [#189] walking in to find his father has
hung himself [now that's sick for a kid's comic]

2] Adventure Comics #269 showing a powerless Krypto
forced to watch home movies [now that's kind of funny!]

1] Sandman Mystery Theater #58 which features a
close-up
of man who's been shot in the head lying in a
pool of blood. [Ok, that is sick]

Now I realize that they were talking about sick comic covers
that were geared towards kids, but when I read the topic I immediately thought of the two covers posted to the left.


Tampa Was a Blast!
Sunday, September 4, 2005 12:48 PM

Last weekend, Big Beatty, John Higashi and I made
our way to the Tampa Comic Book and Toy Show.

Asmany of you know, it's my favorite little convention. But
if Tim Gordon continues to put on such great shows, it
won't be little much longer. It's held three times a year
and has added the Tampa Indie Film Fest to a program
which already includes celebrites signing autographs,
artists sketching, a costume contest, prize drawaings...
there's ALWAYS something going on to interest everyone.

Beatty, Higashi and I drove down the night before. It's
become a tradition that we go down a day ahead of the
show, hang out with other collectors and eat dinner at a
place called Sweet Tomatoes.

This time Randy Martin joined us for dinner. Afterwards
we went over to his place to hang out
.
Randy
has thecoolest Edward Scissorhands art
collection
that you can see if you click HERE.

The next morning, Beatty, Higashi and I headed over to the show. Higashi was
on a mission. His goal was to get to Ethan Van Sciver to add to a sketch that
he'd started a few shows ago, and to set up a commission with Pablo Marcos.
My plan was to meet Pablo Marcos and possibly get a Stallone sketch from him.
Beatty was there just to stir up some fun.

Higashi started getting that predator look in his eyes and I
knew that soon he would be in full con mode. The doors
opened and the crowd headed in. As we were walking to the
artist area, I saw Randy Martin had set up and so I stopped to
chat with him. Higashi continued to make his way to Ethan's
spot center stage
.

A few minutes later, I headed over to the stage area. Higashi
was waiting for Ethan to arrive. I said, "Hi" to Marty Nodell and
his son. I was just hanging out waiting for Big Beatty to mosey
over when Cindy Morgan walked up to me and introduced herself. Cindy was a
guest of the show and is best known for her role as Lacey Underall in Caddyshack.
She asked if I was with the show. I told her I wasn't. As luck would have it, Tim
Gordon
[who runs the show] was passing by. He stopped and was able to answer
Ms. Morgan's question. There was a bit of small talk and then she excused herself
to set up. Tim and I spoke a bit before he went on stage to introduce the guests and welcome the crowd.

I decided to head over to the film room when
suddenly Captain Battle and his Battle Team
appeared.

His Battle Team was filming fan reaction as he
walked through the crowd meeting and greeting
young and old alike. I shook hands with the good
Captain and was awarded his first dvd movie.
I'll write more about that soon.

In the film room, Beatty and I watched a
retrospective
on Irwin Allen. Allen was first known
for his tv shows, Lost in Space, Voyage to the
Bottom of the Sea
, The Time Tunnel, and Land of
the Giants
. He then went on to become the King of Disaster Movies with The
Posideon Adventure
, and The Towering Inferno. Higashi came in. He'd been
successful in getting Ethan to add more to his Star Wars piece. The three of us
watched a short film called Contact from Beyond. The people who made the film
were in the audience and the crowd enjoyed the experience.

That's the look that Wild Bill Black had on his face when he
saw Beatty and I re-enter the convention hall. Bill was talking to Marty Nodell and had made the trip to Tampa just to hang with
Marty for the afternoon. It's always great to see Wild Bill, who is busier than ever with his comic and dvd businesses.

I spent some time talking with Jesse "Cadre" Hansen and
Mitch "Bubba the Redneck Werewolf" Hyman. It's always a
blast speaking to these guys as they love what they're doing and their fan base continues to grow. Beatty came over to see some
new stuff that Cadre had created. When Beatty gives praise, you know it's earned. He and Mitch talked about Beatty doing a cover for a future issue of Bubba -- so that
looks like it's going to happen.

Then is was time for the costume contest. It's surprising to me, because of the size
of the show, how many really good costumers are always there. You have to admit
that it adds something to a show, when you see characters walking around and
they look like who they're supposed to be. The winner was a guy dressed as The Shadow -- at the last show he came as Marv. In the picture above, that's me with
The Scarecrow
from Batman Begins and Kevin from Sin City.

The only thing left to do was for Higashi to set up his Star Wars commission. That's Pablo and his lovely wife pictured above. Higashi and I were in line as Pablo
sketched for fans. Higashi asked me if I was going to try for a Stallone sketch.
Because of the time factor, I said that I didn't think so. We watched as Pablo
completed a beautiful Vamperella sketch... then a Zombie pencil sketch... and then
a Conan. Man, each sketch was a beaut. Higashi set up his commission which
Pablo was doing as a take-home piece. I then arranged to have a Stallone sketch
done and mailed with Higashi's. I don't know which character Pablo is going to do...
but you can be sure, it'll be sweet.

Sadly it was time for us to get on the road. Higashi had been able to get Ethan to add
to his piece and Pablo to commit to a commission. I had been able to arrange for a Pablo sketch as well. We'd been able to visit with old and new friends, see some fun films, check out some wild costumes, and just have a great day. Tim's next show is
in November. If you're able to make it, I can promise that you'll have a fun time. Heck,
you may even get to be in a picture with Steve, Big Beatty and Wild Bill!