Friday, December 28, 2018

Episode 61! Goodbye, 2018.

Future Cop!
Bourbon Street Beat!
Call Holme?

See you in February 2019!

Please, listen and enjoy.





  1. Hello again!

    After some excruciating problems with the old Confuser, I was finally able to hear this episode.

    - Call Holme:
    I saw this one on its network premiere, as part of a trio of unsold NBC pilots.
    (I forget what the other two were …)
    I was watching in my movie-buff mode: This one had an all-star cast of Late Late Show faves, including Cecil Kellaway, Helmut Dantine, Hermione Baddeley, and some others I'll have to look up again when the occasion presents.
    There was also Arte Johnson's leading lady here - the always delightful Arlene Golonka.
    I was really hoping that Call Holme would sell, because Arte and Arlene would have made a helluva team each week - but maybe that's just me …
    Since the crew included people from Get Smart (such a the writers Caruso and Gardner), there was all the more hope for a new classic … but alas, no go.

    - Future Cop:
    You must have a different DVD set than I do.
    First off, in my set, the series episodes all begin with Ernie Borgnine (in character as Joe Cleaver) narrating the set-up of the series, followed by the siren-style theme music you loved so much.
    In my set, "The Kansas City Kid" runs in its entirety, glitch-free.
    Apparently, Mill Creek cleared up the problems, so there's that.
    Finally, The Cops And Robin, made for NBC the year following the ABC six-pack, is simply a continuation of the series, with only the following tweaks:
    - John Amos as Bundy has been promoted - he's now boss to Cleaver and Haven, wearing a suit and everything.
    - Also, as part of the promotion, Bundy is now wise to Haven's provenance (which he seems to have taken in stride).
    - As I've noted before, the science lady is now Carol Lynley, who was likely brought on board by Ernie Borgnine, an old friend (and fellow survivor of the Poseidon, but that's another story …).
    - There's a change in Haven's "living arrangements", that I'll leave to you to discover when you watch.
    Whether these would have worked week-to-week, we may only speculate.
    It's all academic anyway, since NBC didn't pick up Future Cop, which Ernie apparently had some faith in, but there you go.

    I haven't had a chance to look at Bourbon Street Beat yet; maybe next time …

    1. Thank you, Mike! I hope 2019 is going well for you so far. I will be watching the Cops and Robin movie in a few days. I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to it or not.

      My wife and I saw a Poseidon Adventure double feature right before the New Year. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure is so unnecessary but completely delightful. (I also love the fact that time-wise it crosses over with the first one, like [REC] 2 crossing 1.)

  2. Quick Followup:

    I meant to mention that later this month, Arte Johnson will observe his 90th birthday.
    Consider that mentioned.

    Still working on Bourbon Street Beat.