Monday, January 26, 2015

Hallmark's "Home and Family" hosts a "Dynasty" cast reunion

Thanks to the "Dynasty" Facebook group, we got the heads-up this morning that several cast members of "Dynasty" were about to do an episode of Hallmark Channel's "Home and Family" show. So cool. The show aired at 10 a.m. today, and Pamela Sue ("Fallon") Martin, Al (original "Steven") Corley, Gordon (original "Adam") Thomson, Pamela ("Claudia") Bellwood and John ("Jeff") James really rocked it.

They discussed the beginning of the show, which launched in 1981. "We had to shoot two pilots," Corley said. "Originally George Peppard was the lead." They had to return to Filoli to shoot again when John Forsythe was cast. James added, "Six months later, and they had to put down like 700 flowers to match -- remember, they were all plastic -- because it was later in the summer."

James further reminisced, "The biggest show we had was the massacre in Moldavia, which was when cliffhangers were a big deal." He joked that this cliffhanger became a matter of "who's coming back, who wants too much money?"

Bellwood shared a fun story: "After we shot the Moldavia, I was in the Soviet Union, and it was about the time of glasnost, and I was in Moldavia. And I was shooting in a fruit market, a vegetable market with my husband, a photojournalist. And we were arrested in Moldavia. ... There was still a lot of paranoia. We were put in jail for just not that long, for several hours, for photographing vegetables in a market. I have the dubious distinction of being arrested twice in Moldavia."

James' daughter is coming in to her own success. Laura James, who is 19, won "America's Next Top Model" in Season 19. Later in the two-hour episode, Laura's "Rogue" line of sunglasses was highlighted, as modeled by her dad's castmates.

James talked about Jeff's on-again-off-again drama with Fallon. "Jeff was just madly in love with Fallon. And she was a spoiled brat." (Martin interjected that this was not in real life!) "Every now and then there's chemistry that happens on screen that you just can't create." He said some of the best scenes in his acting career were with Martin in those early days of "Dynasty."

"We were under a great deal of pressure," James elaborated. "Anybody who's does television knows. Every day either you're working or you're doing press or you're traveling." He told Martin at the time she could just hit him if she needed to vent. "It was tough. It was really hard, hard work."

Regarding the storyline of Fallon's baby being kidnapped, Martin said, "I only remember one thing about that. When I was supposed to receive the phone call, the director of that week's show said, I want you to drop to your knees and throw the phone. And I said, oh-for-godssakes, that's ridiculous. And we had this huge argument about it, and he won. And so I had to do it against my better judgement. And the next day the producers came down, which was never a good thing. And they said we have to reshoot it." It was over the top. The cast joked profusely about the baby thing, and the fact that Claudia threw what was thought to be the baby over the building edge, but it was just a doll. Martin shared that she was not a mom in real life at the time, and every time they handed her a real baby for a scene for Fallon, the baby would invariably start crying.

The intro of this episode of "Home and Family" episode was a nice touch, with the similar treatment for the cast members as the original "Dynasty" intro. Bellwood leaned against a doorway, and Martin quite effectively recreated her opening sequence flip-around.

As the special show progressed, Thomson told about meeting his on-screen mom Joan Collins for the first time. "I approached the soundstage, and Joan emerged from the stage door, looking like eight million bucks." He said that Collins told him, "Here to test for the part of my son. It's ridiculous, son. You're much too old." But we fans know it worked, right? "The job utterly changed my life," Thomson said. "Fortunately, she and I both agreed years later that we were walking genetic miracles. Because I was 37."

Corley, who left the show early on, said it was because he wanted to go further with the character of Steven, and the show's producers didn't want to do that. Martin also talked about leaving early: "I had been working in Hollywood for many years, and I don't think I had a huge childhood. I was just ready to fly and go wherever else. It was confining for me. ... Fame was not my favorite, at the time. We became very recognizable everywhere."

As part of the episode, Thomson cooked a Greek dish he was fond of, and Martin and Bellwood got some beauty and makeup tips. Both Pamelas looked just lovely, anyway.

Robert Mycroft, whom BRBTV interviewed for the "Dynasty High" fact book on the series, was also featured in the episode. Mycroft owns a fab collection of "Dynasty" wardrobe and assists Martin in appearances.

Mycroft showed and discussed the red sparkle dress, which this collector called his "holy grail." However, Martin said she didn't wear a lot of Nolan Miller's gowns because she was "too lazy to go for fittings."

Mycroft also showed the two dresses worn in the lily pond fight between Alexis and Krystle, plus Amanda's wedding gown from the Moldavian Massacre.

At the end of the broadcast, a touching letter from Linda Evans was read to the cast.

James said there's always possibility of a "Dynasty" reunion or remake, though, "you can't remake magic."

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Terrific TV Toys: Batigirl plush doll from the 1960s "Batman" series

It was nearly a couple years ago when the big announcement came that the "Batman" live-action TV series of the 1960s would at last be officially licensed for merchandise, after all these years. Stars Adam West and Burt Ward signed licensing agreements, but their partner in crimefighting, Yvonne Craig, was a little slower in that process. Thus, of the myriad pieces that have already been released since then, you'll see wonderful likenesses of West, Ward, and others from the show such as the actors who played the various villains, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Julie Newmar and others, but you won't see Yvonne Craig's lovely likeness ... just yet. At least not on the action figures. Yvonne's first piece of merchandise to use her "likeness" (and we're not counting the amazing adult Halloween costume by Rubie's or the purple and yellow Batcycle miniature, both of which we own, but both of which do not feature her actual likeness -- understand?) is the Batgirl plush doll, 10 inches tall and released just a few months ago by Bleacher Creatures. The company even makes a point to note on its website that Yvonne's likeness is official and legal and all that, for this plush toy. We know how significant that is.

Which brings us to the next installment in BRBTV's Terrific TV Toys web series! Courtesy of her buddy Mike, Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV owns this first official piece of Yvonne Craig Batgirl merchandise and is happy to show it to you in the 25th episode of the series ...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Catch Ted McGinley in "Do You Believe?" in March

It's a faith-based movie from the producers of "God is Not Dead," which we thoroughly enjoyed, so we'll be there. It's "Do You Believe?" and it stars one of the cast members of our beloved "Dynasty," Mr. Ted McGinley, whom we remember so fondly as Clay Fallmont.

The film, from Pure Flix Entertainment, has a pretty strong cast otherwise -- Mira Sorvino, Lee Majors, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Astin. "A dozen different souls-all moving in different directions," the plotline at the IMDb says, "all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ ... even if they don't yet believe it."

The movie was shot in Michigan and is scheduled for release on March 20.

Keep your eye on the Facebook page to learn more.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

We can't wait to see Jack Coleman don the horn-rimmed glasses once again

He's the only cast member listed on the IMDb page for the "Heroes" 2015 reboot miniseries "Heroes Reborn" so far, though Zach Levi of "Chuck" was just announced yesterday. But hey, we don't mind that details are scant at the moment -- we just love the fact that Jack Coleman is heading back to our TV screen.

The "Dynasty" star will reprise the role of Noah Bennet, a sort of shepherd to the gifted, in the miniseries, planned for release later this year. Is he a good guy? Is he a bad guy? We saw some of both in Noah, such a departure from the idealistic gay icon Steven Cartington on our beloved 1980s primetime soap. And we love that Coleman has had steady work in recent years from recurring roles on "Burn Notice," "Scandal," "Castle" and more, even voice work. We loved his spin on "The Office" with our gal Angela (seriously, she's our own hero).

We just want to know, Mr. Coleman ... why didn't your lovely wife reprise her own role as Tracey Lawton on TNT's new "Dallas"? That would have rocked. Anyway ... time to rewatch the four seasons of "Heroes" we have still sealed in their DVD cases!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Jeff Altman signs this great photo for BRBTV

Oooohhhh, this author was thrilled to see the signed photo her fellow author Brian Lombard nabbed from Mr. Jeff Altman, aka Hughie Hogg of "The Dukes of Hazzard," on a recent trip to Las Vegas. Altman performed stand-up -- as is his nature in the post-"Dukes" years -- with some other comedians at the Tropicana Hotel, and Brian was lucky enough to be sitting near the front, and was even blessed enough to chat with the star after the show. "He holds the record for most appearances on David Letterman," Brian says. "He clearly enjoyed playing Hughie and was delighted to see the photo." The club inside the Tropicana where Altman was appearing, Brian says, is part of the Laugh Factory franchise there, a world-famous comedy club originally opened in L.A. by Pauly Shore's father.

We love the way ole Hughie signed this! Thanks so much, Mr. Altman -- you were an amazing Boss-in-Training! And thanks so much to Brian!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Terrific TV Toys: Hallmark's Christmas ornament for "The Dukes of Hazzard"

The next two episodes of BRBTV's Terrific TV Toys series are going to show you brand-new items, each only a few months old, but still "of a vintage nature," as we love. For the second episode of Season 2, it's the first-ever "Dukes of Hazzard" Christmas tree ornament by Hallmark. Get up-close and personal with this item as Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV opens the box and breaks out this fab collectible.

Stay tuned for next week's installment, which gets a little Batty ....

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The beautiful Lynda Carter Wonder Woman returns in a digital comic

We love it when comics news hits the mainstream, and here USA Today does a story on the release of a new digital comic series by DC that focuses on the Lynda Carter version of Wonder Woman that we all know and love.

DC Comics' digital-first series Wonder Woman '77 will have chapters available for download weekly on the DC Comics app,,, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, iBooks and iVerse ComicsPLUS. The adventures will also be collected in print, which is when we'll hop on board, because we're still rather fond of that print thing.

"It's being really faithful to why Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman has endured for almost 40 years now," says writer Marc Andreyko in the USA Today story. Even the license for Lyle Waggoner's likeness was attained for this series. And if the comparisons to the Batman '66 comic series on the Adam West "Batman" TV show that started a year or so ago are valid, we're loving this new one already.

Check out BRB, Andrea and Don in costume at the Motor City Comic Con!

It was the first spin at actual cosplay for Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV (though there have been plenty of fun Halloween costumes over the years), and she was joined by friends Andrea Melchiori and Don Covell Jr. as a terrific trio tribute to the 1960s "Batman" TV series. BRB is the Yvonne Craig version of Batgirl, while Andrea is the Julie Newmar version of Catwoman, and Don is more or less the Adam West version of Batman! Check it out below in this video courtesy of the "Comics Continuum" TV show based in Detroit, which BRB once did hosting and correspondent work for. Part of this clip aired in a May 2014 episode of the show ...

Monday, January 05, 2015

Casino treasures: Try your luck at some "Wonder Woman" and "Batman" slots

Consider these some great "Terrific TV Toys" even if they're not part of our BRBTV T3 video series ... And special thanks to our friend, who shall remain nameless for taking risky photos in a casino (which, by the way, is not actually illegal but tends to be frowned upon -- look it up).

The classic 1970s Lynda Carter "Wonder Woman" TV series stars in these machines at the Monte Carlo casino in Las Vegas, and another machine celebrates the 1960s Adam West "Batman" series (we've seen that one up here in the Detroit casinos, too).

What's really fab, as our friend pointed out, is that there's both a tribute to the first season of the show, focusing on the 1940s adventures of the Amazon Princess, and the second and third seasons, focusing on the 1970s (note the difference in costuming above).

Then, Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Frank Gorshin and Cesar Romero are featured in the "Batman" slots ...

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Terrific TV Toys: "The Brady Bunch" View-Master set

Brian Lombard knows a thing or two about "The Brady Bunch" -- he's the author of "Bradypalooza," a book about the classic, well-loved family sitcom. As Season 2 opens for the Terrific TV Toys web series in this brand-new year, Brian takes another spin as guest host, and he shows us a View-Master set celebrating the Brady family. The set focuses on the three-episode story arc of the Bradys' trip to the Grand Canyon. It was released in 1971.

We can't believe it's episode 23 of the show, already! And we've got some great toys queued up for this second season, so stay tuned!

Happy New Year from BRBTV!
Here's to a wonderful 2015!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from BRBTV!

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Watch "Fantastic Forum" in Manhattan beginning next week!

Ulysses Campbell's "Fantastic Forum" TV show, based in Washington, D.C., but also airing in Baltimore and Philadelphia, is branching out once again. Now you can catch the discussion on all things comics-related -- as well as interviews with industry professionals and other cool segments -- in Manhattan!

Beginning next week, the show will air on MANHATTAN NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK in New York, N.Y.! Watch for it Mondays at 1:00 a.m. starting December 22! Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV is proud to be a part of this TV show, so watch for her own hosting and correspondent work, along with the rest of the great cast.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Terrific TV Toys: It's the Christmas episode!

Do you know what significance the date December 9 holds, as far as TV history goes? Well, it's an anniversary. And the latest episode of the Terrific TV Toys web series -- posted on this important anniversary -- will tell you all about it.

Check out, in living color and nice detail, a set of figures celebrating the TV special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." You'll see ole Chuck, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Pigpen, and definitely that beloved beagle, all with their included accessories as released by Playing Mantis 'round about 2003. It's a special Christmas episode of the T3 series! Thanks to Brian for the assist with the camera.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

TV treasures abound at Kalamazoo Circus Maximus Toy Show

We just loved roaming the aisles at last weekend's toy show in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a twice-yearly event that serves up two large convention halls of delicious toys from every decade. It was our second November attending, and this year we noted lots and lots of toy cars and tons of farming-related stuff, but we also noted a good supply of TV show-related goodies. Behold ...

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Terrific TV Toys: Part 3 of the Scooby plush!

Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV owns a lot of Scooby-Doo plush, and the Terrific TV Toys web series has given you a gander at that amazing collection, which has been provided almost totally from a certain Mysterious Claw-Game Avenger Who Shall Remain Nameless, who is quite skilled at rescuing plush from grocery stores, bowling alleys, restaurants, you name it. This week, for the final part of a three-episode story arc, BRB shows the four talking Scoobies that were currently in the BRBTV collection as of presstime (yes, that's a hint that there's already an additional one!).

Stay tuned, because next week is a special Christmas episode of Terrific TV Toys, and it will be posted on a very special anniversary!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Terrific TV Toys: Part 2 of the Scooby plush!

We're rolling through a three-part story arc on the Terrific TV Toys web series. Last week we showed you a bunch of Scooby-Doo plush toys liberated from claw machines and crane games and even carnivals and festivals around Metro Detroit. This week, we continue with Part 2, and it's even longer, even brighter, even Scoobier!! We've got the spotted Doos, toothy Doos, some Steel City Doos, even plain Doos!

Stay tuned for Part 3 next week, when we'll show you the four amazing talking Scoobies in the BRBTV collection!

And a very blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Terrific TV Toys: Part 1 of the Scooby plush!

When somebody who is quite skilled starts collecting something, look out. The stuff starts to pile up. And this author is not talking about herself, but about the Mysterious Claw-Game Avenger Who Shall Remain Nameless. He's skilled at rescuing plush from coin-operated crane games / claw machines at stores, restaurants and bowling alleys everywhere, and you've seen the fruit of his labors in the holiday photos posted on this very blog. He specializes in superheroes and Scooby-Doo.

With a new three-part story arc on the Terrific TV Toys web series, you'll see the Scooby plush that's been piling up at BRBTV headquarters -- up-close and personal. At least the ones we have as of presstime, as the collection is constantly growing. In the first part, behold the checkered Doos, the fruity Doos, the Marley Doos and much more, all celebrating that lovable cartoon canine who first debuted in the late '60s ...

Look for Part 2 in the Scooby plush series next week. We're doing weekly episodes of the series until Christmastime (including a special Christmas episode!).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Terrific TV Toys: You are entering "The Twilight Zone" ...

A few years back, Bif Bang Pow! developed a line of figures celebrating the classic 1960s "Twilight Zone" show. When this author first came across them in lovely black-and-white at an Entertainment Earth booth at a comic con, it was love at first sight. There are two of them at BRBTV headquarters currently -- the Gremlin on the Wing and the Three-Eyed Venusian -- with hopefully more to come.

Sometimes the toys you see on the Terrific TV Toys web series are vintage toys, made many years ago. Sometimes the toys are newer ones that are what we call "of a vintage nature," that is, celebrating a vintage TV show. The latest episode of the series definitely falls into the latter category ...

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Hollywood Show in January offers up a "Dynasty" reunion

The popular Hollywood Show has been known to reassemble casts of great classic TV shows, and thanks to Brian for the heads-up on this one. The show that happens in L.A. in January will feature these great "Dynasty" stars meeting and greeting fans:
  • Joan Collins ("Alexis Colby")
  • Gordon Thomson ("Adam Carrington")
  • Kathleen Beller ("Kirby Aynders")
  • Leann Hunley ("Dana Waring")

Besides that, Jane Sibbett, whom we know as Jane Wilson on "Santa Barbara," will be there, as well as Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David Lander and Eddie Mekka of "Laverne and Shirley" and so many more.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

"The Love Boat" cast talks old times, celebrates 50 years of Princess Cruises

A year ago, we showed you a glimpse of an interview Fox's Channel 2 in Detroit did with "Love Boat" veteran Gavin MacLeod when he released his book. Well, Fox 2 has done it again, yesterday assembling the whole cast of the beloved classic TV show for a live interview from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The cast was celebrating 50 years of Princess Cruises and inaugurating a brand-new luxury cruise ship.

"When we started cruising, this was a luxury," Jill ("Vicki") Whelan said, also joined by her other female castmate, Lauren ("Julie") Tewes. "This wasn't something everybody could do. It's an incredible opportunity that's available to everybody."

"I'm probably married to the woman I've been married to for 28 years because of  'The Love Boat,'" Fred ("Gopher") Grandy told Fox 2's Jason Carr from the breezy platform, the newest cruise ship, the Regal Princess, sitting in the background. "Catherine Mann, who was on 'Entertainment Tonight,' was a talk-show host in Detroit, came to interview me, and the first picture of us is sitting on the coping of the Lido deck, and that's actually how we met. So though I wasn't married on the ship, I was married because of the ship. So thank-you, Detroit, for giving me my wife."

Ted ("Isaac") Lange quipped, "That's a 'Love Boat' story. That means you can find love anywhere!"

When Carr asked him about his work on "Get Smart," Bernie (Dr. Bricker) Kopell said, "One of the things I loved so much about 'Get Smart' was we were on a submarine chasing the sixth fleet, and they were dropping death bombs, and the men were getting very, very nervous. And I said to them, 'You will not panic until I give the order to panic!' And one death bomb came very close, and everybody was like this," (shaking) "and I said, 'Prepaaaaaaare to panic!!!' Great fun."

Gavin ("Captain Stubing") MacLeod reminisced about the legacy "The Love Boat" has left. "This is a dream. This hasn't happened to actors. We're the first that this has ever happened to. To have a show go 10 years, all over the world, 90 countries, and we're Goodwill Ambassadors for the United States. And we're going to be the godparents of this incredible ship in back of us. This is just a blessing that none of us expected. We went to work wanting to have a good show. Three other guys had made the pilot twice before. Then they finally did it with Cindy and myself. And praise God, it sold. And here we are. We're just sitting here because it sold. And people loved it."

Grandy added, "You have to understand, it also stimulated the entire cruise industry. What you see behind us wouldn't have ever existed without 'The Love Boat.' This is 18 ships later, after the original Pacific Princess, and this is four times the size of the Pacific Princess. There's an entire industry. You want to talk about a stimulus program -- that's what this was."

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween from BRBTV!

We've made a tradition of posting photos of the Scooby-Doo plush at BRBTV headquarters on holidays, but frankly the collection has gotten too big to photograph. We've gotten quite a few more since our most recent holiday photo, for July 4. So let's make things simple this time, shall we? Here are just the Halloween themed Doos!!!!

The biggie in back is Radioactive-Doo. In front of him in orange are Tricky-Doo and Treaty-Doo. Next to them, Scooby-Boo, a veteran of this blog. The puppy is O-Doo. Then there's Count Scrooby-Doo (a talkie that sounds like Scooby but looks like Scrappy). Lying down in front, from left, it's Scaredy-Pants-Doo, Super-Doo, Yo-Ho-Ho-Doo and Softy-Doo.

Keep an eye on the Terrific TV Toys (*of a vintage nature) web series -- we'll be doing a series of at least three episodes capturing ALL of the Scooby plush at BRBTV!

Now get out there tonight and get some candy!!!!!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Terrific TV Toys: How about some Underdog?

Not all of the toys you will see in the Terrific TV Toys (*of a vintage nature) web series would actually be considered vintage -- some are really quite new, and some are fairly recent, like what you'll see in this latest episode. Even so, they're of a "vintage nature," so that's why we love 'em and celebrate 'em!

In Episode 17 of the series, Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV shows you some Underdog toys from her collection, celebrating the cartoon that first aired in 1964. The figures were released in 1998, while the plush toy is a few years younger.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

More "Dynasty" goodies! And we'll throw in a little "Falcon Crest," too!

It's not quite Christmas shopping time yet, but here's some stuff to put on your list. Bjørn, who shared with us some other "Dynasty" goodies of his in the May 24, 2014 and September 20, 2013 posts, now sends us these photos. Below is an actual "Dynasty" dollhouse -- a miniature replica of the Carrington mansion. Delish. This is a handmade item.

Have you seen this lovely Krystle doll?

And here's another specialty item that you're not necessarily going to find at the corner store ... a "Falcon Crest" dollhouse ...

Photos courtesy of Bjørn Erik; please do not copy without permission.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wow, a new Archie TV show!

Not since our beloved "Archie's Weird Mysteries" TV series in 1999 have we been so excited -- since that's the last time we've had a new TV series from Archie Comics! We were about due, now weren't we? Especially considering the long line of animated series that have come from these characters since the 1960s. And this one appears to be live-action!

Just announced today! From the official Archie Comics press release ...

The news is out: “Riverdale,” a one-hour drama based on the iconic Archie comic book characters, has landed at Fox. Warner Brothers Studios is producing along with studio-based Berlanti Productions. 
“Riverdale” offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. Set in the present in the small fictional town of Riverdale, New York. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role. In addition to the core cast, “Riverdale” will introduce other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library, including Josie and the Pussycats.
The show will be produced by Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Glee,” “Looking”).
Bertlanti’s track record as a producer includes a number of small-town teen dramas, such as the acclaimed “Jack & Bobby” and “Dawson’s Creek” and superhero fare pulled from the four-color pages of legendary comic books like “Arrow” and “The Flash.” Aguirre-Sacasa, in addition to being the Chief Creative Officer at Archie Comics, also writes two of the publisher’s best-selling titles - the horror series Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. He spent three years as a writer on “Glee” and penned the remake of teen-angst classic “Carrie” and the cult horror classic “The Town that Dreaded Sundown,” as well as the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of “American Psycho.”
“This is a historic moment for Archie Comics, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with FOX, Warner Bros. and Greg Berlanti to bring our characters to television,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Greg and Roberto are experts when it comes to making great, compelling television and bringing beloved comic book creations to life on the screen. They’re the perfect team to welcome viewers to ‘Riverdale.’”

“This is something we’ve been working on for awhile now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for what will be, essentially, the first time,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “The entire team working on ‘Riverdale' is as passionate about Archie as Jon and I are, so it feels like the stars have finally aligned for Archie and the rest of the gang.” 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Terrific TV Toys: The Shazam Mego

We love having a guest host on BRBTV, and with this 16th episode of the Terrific TV Toys (*of a vintage nature) web series, it's fellow author Brian Lombard whose knowledge and talents we get to rely on.

Brian snagged a Shazam (or Captain Marvel, if you prefer) Mego action figure at an event in Philly a few weeks ago, and here he shows it to you in all its red and yellow glory. The 1974 figure was part of Mego's wildly popular (even more popular now, it seems) World's Greatest Super Heroes line, along with Batman, Superman, and a host of other characters, both DC and Marvel. Though this particular figure hit shelves a couple months before the "Shazam!" TV show hit the Saturday-morning airwaves, it's been said that the figure was probably produced because of the plans for the series.

Brian, by the way, is the author of "Bradypalooza," a book about "The Brady Bunch," as well as a fan of many other great TV shows, including "The Dukes of Hazzard"!