Thursday, April 16, 2015

Terrific TV Toys: Batgirl Cycle by Eaglemoss

Vroom-vroom goes the Batcycle -- the lovely lavender Batgirl Cycle, that is, as ridden by Yvonne Craig on the classic live-action "Batman" TV series! When fans think of this purple-clad version of Batgirl, they definitely remember that bike. It was iconic for the third season of the 1960s series, and it debuted just as Craig herself debuted on the show -- in the very first episode of that third season. She had to watch out for the wily Penguin in the storyline, and didn't we just love the strains of her special theme song as she rode that Batgirl Cycle. "Batgirrrrrrl ... Batgirl!!!"

We're in episode 11 of this second season of the Terrific TV Toys series, and this time around, Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV takes you for a spin on her own copy of Eaglemoss' 1:43 scale Batgirl Cycle. This is what we call an "out-of-the-box experience" on the T3 series. If you have the item and you're keeping it pristine in the package, you can still have that experience of opening it and touching it -- virtually!

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Sad day in Hazzard: Rest in peace, Mr. James Best

We just woke to the sad news that Mr. James Best, our own Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane of "The Dukes of Hazzard," has passed away. The actor was 88. We fondly remember talking to him several times over the years at "Dukes" events. He was full of great stories of old Hollywood, a Hollywood we very much respected, and a Hollywood where this fine actor made his way with skill decades before his spin on "The Dukes." We especially loved his episodes of "The Twilight Zone," where he was such a handsome young'un, and we just saw him on an episode of the 1966 series "The Green Hornet," where he was just as young and so suave as the bad guy. He had range, for sure.

"He will be greatly missed, but his work will last for generations to come," Ben ("Cooter Davenport") Jones posted on his Facebook page. "He was one of a kind, and it was one of the blessings of my life to have worked with him for all these years."

"It's too bad," our friend Mike said at the news. "Nobody could wreck a car like that man." Indeed, Sheriff Rosco's many crashes in the Hazzard pond were a continuing frustration for the actor, who nevertheless took it with aplomb. He somehow knew he was destined to make his mark as Rosco, and that's how we know him, after all these years.

Our prayers for his wife, Dorothy, and his whole family. We are comforted knowing Mr. Best was a saved individual, writing openly about his faith in his autobiography, "Best in Hollywood."

The Charlotte, N.C., Observer has more on our beloved Hazzard County sheriff, and also see the obituary at the actor's official website.

 James Best with John Schneider and Catherine Bach, his "Dukes" castmates, during an interview with the "Today" show at an event in Georgia in spring 2013.

 Best signs a General Lee trunk lid for a fan at Hazzard Homecoming in Virginia in summer 2012.

Best with his "Dukes" castmates at Hazzard Homecoming in summer 2012.


Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
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Friday, April 03, 2015

Terrific TV Toys: Cher doll and dressing room by Mego

Look out, because you're about to see a little geeky girl play with her dolls!

Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV steps back in time to those gentle days of the 1970s, when her mom snagged a Cher dressing room toy set, doll, and loads of fabulous fashions at the Toys 'R' Us store in Saginaw, Michigan, the very same place she got all that glorious "Bionic Woman" stuff you saw in episode 5 of the Terrific TV Toys series.

The year was 1976, the American Bicentennial was afoot, and Cher and her husband back then, Sonny Bono, were firmly ensconced in that phenomenon called the television variety show. Every week, they brought music and laughs into your living room. And just what would they wear next? What would Cher wear next? She did branch out into an extremely accomplished solo act, after all. That icon of fashion and pop culture never ceased to wow us then, and well into the '80s, with her often-outlandish fashions by fave designer Bob Mackie.

The Mego Corp., already so well established in the '70s with their 8-inch superhero figures, branched off into celeb dolls with the 12-inch Cher doll, as well as others around that same time: Farrah Fawcett (see episode 11 of T3), Jaclyn Smith, Toni Tenille. Add to that a bunch of cool fashions, so reminiscent of what Cher actually wore back in the day, and a dressing room toy set to put them all in. It was sheer nirvana for any little girl. And it definitely was for BRB.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spotted over the weekend: A couple "Dukes" goodies

We love taking in the occasional toy show. Well, we would love a toy show every weekend, actually. And this past weekend, it was a toy / paper show at the Royal Oak, Michigan, Farmer's Market. We spotted some "Dukes of Hazzard" watches like one that we own, among other stuff ...




Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Watch out for your wallet around that (third) Boss Hogg!

Special thanks to fellow author Brian Lombard for sharing this photo with BRBTV. This is Brian with actor Christopher McDonald at this past weekend's Monster Mania event in New Jersey.


Fans of "The Dukes of Hazzard" know McDonald as Boss Hogg from the 2007 prequel movie The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (if ya watched it -- it wasn't well-received!). McDonald told our friend that the "Dukes" movie was "a fun gig" and he loved riding around in the General Lee.

McDonald has done a wealth of other work over the years, notably the voice of Harvey Dent in the "Beware the Batman" animated series, the voice of Jor-El in "Justice League" and its "Superman" sister series, and the voice of Clark Kent / Superman in "Batman Beyond."

Photo courtesy of Brian Lombard; please do not copy without permission.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Terrific TV Toys: "Star Trek" claw-game plush, 10-inch

It's Friday the 13th for the second month in a row, and you know what that means. Well, to us, it means this author's mom's favorite day, actually. But besides that, why don't we mark this momentous occasion by serving up some classic "Star Trek" on the latest episode of Terrific TV Toys?

These are toys that are not vintage themselves (2009-2010) but still "of a vintage nature," as we love, because they celebrate a show that's ooooollllldddd but so, so good. These plushies come from Toy Factory, maker of wonderful claw-game goodies. And as a special treat, we've included some actual footage of the capture of one of these guys from a claw machine a few years back. (And in keeping with the "actual footage" idea, the video is a little grainy. Yea, nice touch.)




Friday, March 06, 2015

Terrific TV Toys: Scooby-Doo and Daphne Barbie by Mattel

There goes that Danger-Prone Daphne, getting Scooby and the gang into all kinds of trouble again. We love that redheaded dingbat -- we can't help ourselves. On the latest episode of BRBTV's Terrific TV Toys web series, we show you a Barbie doll of Daphne (since she really is such a doll), as well as her faithful canine companion that was not really her original faithful canine companion but is her faithful canine companion now, nonetheless.




Stay tuned, because the next episode of T3 is going to feature not only a terrific TV-related toy, but a video clip of his rescue from a claw game!!!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Motor City Comic Con roster comes alive with some "Walking Dead," Freddy Krueger and more

We're going to just give it to you straight for this post -- the straight press release right out of our email, because we've been attending this show for many years, more than 15 years, actually, as either a fan, journalist, or featured guest. So we know what we're getting when it comes to the Motor City Comic Con. And this year's offerings for great TV stars will not disappoint! (For one thing, this author has interviewed seven cast members of "The Walking Dead" thusfar and wouldn't mind adding two or three more!)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



IN BRIGHTEST DAY, IN BLACKEST NIGHT…

MOTOR CITY COMIC CON SHINES LIGHT ON 2015 COMIC AND MEDIA STARS

Tickets now available for May 15, 16 and 17 event at the Suburban Collection Showplace


Novi, MI (March 4, 2015) – Fighting for truth, justice and the American way, Motor City Comic Con enlists a new cast and crew of comic and media guests for its 26th annual comic con event. Michigan’s No. 1 pop-culture event gathers fans of all ages to meet and greet more than 300 creators, writers, illustrators and actors from their favorite comics, television shows and movies. The event takes place on Friday, May 15 (12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.), Saturday, May 16 (10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and Sunday, May 17 (10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at the Suburban Collection Showplace located at 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi. Event tickets and VIP passes can be purchased by visiting http://www.motorcitycomiccon.com/new-tix.

May the odds be ever in your favor for Saturday’s cosplay contest where local celebrity judges will determine which comic con lovers will win prizes and gift packages. Cowabunga! Motor City Comic Con’s annual Saturday Night Bash celebrates comic con weekend providing entertainment and refreshments to the public. Sunday is also Kid’s Day featuring kid-friendly activities with the comic and media guests.

Hot off the Daily Planet press, Motor City Comic Con guest announcements include:
  • Katey Sagal: Sagal starred in FOX’s Married with Children and ABC’s 8 Simple Rules, and was the voice of Leela in the animated Comedy Central series Futurama. From 2008 to 2011, Sagal took on the role of Gemma, the matriarch of the biker gang series Sons of Anarchy on FX, earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV – Drama.
  • Dean Cain: Cain flew into the spotlight with his portrayal of Superman and Clark Kent in ABC’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in 1993, alongside Terri Hatcher. Cain helped pave the way for the mainstream acceptance of comic book superheroes. After Lois & Clark, he hosted TBS’ Ripley’s Believe It or Not and starred in several movies, including Out of Time and The Perfect Husband.
  • Robert Englund: Best known for his role as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street and spin-off movies, Englund attended the Cranbrook Theatre School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and later Oakland University, where he trained at the Meadow Brook Theater. Englund has appeared in more than 75 films alongside Oscar-winners, such as Jeff Bridges, Henry Fonda and Susan Sarandon, and countless TV series, such as V; FOX’s Bones; CBS’ Criminal Minds and Hawaii 5-0.
  • Steven Yeun: Rasied in Troy, Mich., Yeun studied at Kalamazoo College before starring in AMC’s The Walking Dead as Glenn Rhee. He has also played roles in NBC’s Law & Order: Los Angeles, and Syfy’s Warehouse 13.
  • John Schneider: Schneider is best known for his role as Bo Duke in the CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard and the original General Lee Charger will joining him in hot pursuit at the event. Schneider is also known for his role as Clark Kent’s father in the WB/CW series Smallville. He is also an accomplished country music singer, releasing nine studio albums.
  • Ian Ziering: Ziering became a household name after his role as Steve Sanders on the FOX series Beverly Hills, 90210. More recently, he is recognized for his role in the cult fan favorite movie TV SyFy Sharknado.
  • Robert Patrick: Patrick’s breakthrough role came when he starred in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and proceeded to act in Striptease and the FOX TV series The X-Files. Patrick was also the voice of Piandao in Avatar, Alcide Herveaux’s father in HBO’s True Blood and most currently as Les Packer in FX’s Sons of Anarchy.
  • Ryan Hurst: Hurst is known for his roles in Disney’s Remember the Titans as Gerry Bertier, and Opie on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.
  • Emily Kinney: Kinney currently plays the role of Beth on AMC’s The Walking Dead. She also can be seen in episodes of Showtime’s The Big C, CBS’s The Good Wife, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, and USA’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
  • E. Roger Mitchell: Mitchell is best known for his roles in AMC’s The Walking Dead, CW’s One Tree Hill, Selma, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Equalizer, Flight, Anchor Man: The Legend Continues, The Shield, The Legend of Bagger Vance and The Spectacular Now.
  • Jodi Lyn O’Keefe: O’Keefe portrayed Cassidy Bridges on CBS’ Nash Bridges and Gretchen Morgan on FOX’s Prison Break as well as appeared in TNT’s Charmed, CBS’ Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. She has also starred in the movies, She’s All That and Whatever It Takes. Currently, she plays Dr. Jo Laughlin in the CW’s The Vampire Diaries.
  • Michael Welch: Known for his role as the popular Mike Newton in The Twilight film series, Welch is currently on the hit Syfy Channel original series Z Nation as Mack Thompson.
  • Neal Adams: Adams is an award-winning comic book artist known for his imagery of Marvel characters and his most popular DC Comics’ characters and stories, such as Batman, Brave and the Bold, Detective Comics, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Strange Adventures (Deadman), Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, and X-Men. Adams is credited for changing the past “Batman persona” to the “Avenger of the night” persona that he is today, portrayed in The Dark Knight series. He is highly-regarded in the comic world, described as a “genius” by the editor in chief of Marvel Comics.
  • Matt Wagner: Writing comics for over twenty years, Wagner is most known for creating Mage and Grendel. Wagner has also worked on a variety of notable characters, including Two-Face, the Batman villain in the graphic novel Faces and titles, such as Sandman Mystery Theatre and Trinity, a DC Comics series featuring Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. He has also produced numerous comic covers, including Green Arrow, and is writing a Green Hornet spin-off for Dynamite Entertainment.
  • Simon Bisley: Bisley is a British comic artist best known for his work on ABC Warriors, Lobo and Sláine. He has a distinctive style using acrylics on Bristol board and does not commonly use airbrushes but household items to achieve his creative results. Simon has also worked on such titles as Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, Deathstroke, The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, Fear Itself: Deadpool/Fearsome Four, Batman/Judge Dredd, and numerous Heavy Metal covers.

This isn’t the end. Additional media and comic guest announcements are coming soon. For more information regarding Motor City Comic Con guests and events, visit www.motorcitycomiccon.com. To apply for a press pass, visit https://www.motorcitycomiccon.com/press-passes-2015/. For a photo gallery, visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d8jwv5o2d4s0dmr/AADnlFmJmlFtfMLkIeGYGYDga?dl=0.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Terrific TV Toys: "Dallas" card game by Mego

You know we love our "Dallas" here at BRBTV. We've done a fact book on the classic '80s primetime soap, which we just slapped a beautiful new cover onto by talented Baltimore artist Dale Cuthbertson (see last week's post about that). The original "Dallas" series that aired on CBS saw a lot of merchandise, which we profiled in the book. One of those pieces is the subject of the latest episode of the Terrific TV Toys web series. You saw the photo in the book, but here we take a muuuuuucccchhhh closer look at the pieces and parts -- even the rules -- of the game, which was produced by Mego back in 1980.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A tribute to two dearly departed Hoggs ...

Thanks to our friend Brian Lombard for snapping these photos ... There are several cast members of "The Dukes of Hazzard" that many fans never got a chance to meet, as they're no longer with us. One of them is our beloved Lulu Hogg, Ms. Peggy Rea, whose urn is located at Santa Barbara Cemetery.


Les Tremayne was Big Daddy Hogg, and we also know him and love him as Mentor on "Shazam!" as well. Brian tells us this one was hard to snap, as it was high up, but it's at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.


Photos by Brian Lombard; please do not copy without permission.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Terrific TV Toys: Natasha Fatale bendie from "Rocky and Bullwinkle"

She was sleek and sexy and oh-so pasty ... She had that accent that just drove you crazy, right? She was Natasha Fatale, lavender-clad partner in crime to the short and stocky Boris Badenov. So evil and conniving, that twosome was. What was it they had against poor Bullwinkle and Rocky, anyway?

This is all a cartoon series we're talking about, but hey, to us kids back then, it was pretty real! The latest episode of the Terrific TV Toys (*of a vintage nature) series takes you on a trip back in time to something indeed quite vintage, a bendie doll of our gal Natasha, manufactured by Wham-O in the early 1970s.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Destination: Dallas" fact book gets a new cover and a Kindle update

Talented Baltimore artist Dale Cuthbertson has done it again, this time redesigning the cover of BRBTV's "Destination: Dallas" reference guide to the classic 1980s primetime soap. With likenesses of The Big Three -- Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy -- gracing the front, along with the great state of Texas, and a highly symbolic oil well on the back, the new cover really captures the essence of the classic TV series. It also makes a neat matched set of the first four print editions of the BRBTV fact book series.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1419678280/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=billieraebate-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=1419678280


And if you pick up the new Kindle edition of "Destination: Dallas," you'll not only behold Dale's new cover but you'll also get the full added continuity of TNT's 2012 "Dallas" reboot series. Material has been added to the cast list, character guide, episode guide and credits for the newer "Dallas" series to make the "Dallas" universe of this Kindle edition truly complete!

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Terrific TV Toys: Archie Comics dolls by Marx

Remember when everything was Archie? Is everything still Archie? Well, we're not sure how it is for everyone else, but BRBTV has had a longtime love affair with Archie Comics and its characters Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Jughead Jones, Reggie Mantle, Veronica Lodge and the rest. This author read the comics voraciously as a child and grew up with them, really, always loving anywhere else those characters appeared ... numerous cartoon series by Filmation over the years, a made-for-TV live-action movie in the 1990s, "The New Archies" Saturday morning cartoon around that same time, followed a few years later by the PAX-TV cartoon "Archie's Weird Mysteries." We've loved the novelizations of Archie's adventures, we've bought TV shirts of the characters, and we've loved the couple different doll sets of Archie characters there have been over the years.

In the latest episode of the Terrific TV Toys (*of a vintage nature) series, you'll see one of those doll series, the earliest one, produced by Marx Toys in the mid-'70s in a set of four, along with carrying case and various fashions separately sold. Marx made a jalopy for Archie and his friends to ride in, too. It's out there somewhere, in all its yellow and orange glory (not red like Archie's jalopy in the comics, for some reason). We haven't snagged that one yet, but we're still on the lookout ...



Saturday, January 31, 2015

Terrific TV Toys: "Batman Beyond" Kids Meal toys from Burger King

Oh, we do love those fast-food toys that come with the meals for kids ... In the latest episode of the Terrific TV Toys (*of a vintage nature) series, Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV shows you her collection of seven out of the eight toys in the set from Burger King celebrating the animated series "Batman Beyond." She rounded those up herself from local Burger Kings at the time!



Stay tuned -- next week's episode shows just why everything's Archie!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fleetwood Country Cruize-In hosts a "Dukes" reunion

We had a lot of fun at last summer's Fleetwood Country Cruize-In, where we got to talk on-camera with Bo Hopkins, who played Matthew Blaisdel on "Dynasty." Well, this year is going to be even bigger -- several folks from our beloved "Dukes of Hazzard"!

Tom (Luke Duke) Wopat, John (Bo Duke) Schneider, Rick (Cletus Hogg) Hurst, Sonny (Enos Strate) Shroyer, and stunt and car pro Tom Sarmento will be guests. Yeee-haaaa!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The General rides again in Jim Wilson's latest painting

In the 2014 update of the "Them Dukes! Them Dukes!" fact book on "The Dukes of Hazzard," BRBTV profiled Canadian artist Jim Wilson, who crafts works of art from his favorite TV show and yours. Well, Jim is at it again, and he just did this lovely piece last weekend. It's the General belonging to his good friend Jason Darling, who also was profiled in the book for his diorama of the recovery of Lee 1 (and their work is also featured in living color on this very blog, too!!!).


Jim's work is all original and so very cool. Thanks, Jim, for sharing it with us again!


Image courtesy of Jim Wilson;
please do not copy without permission.

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, Readdcentertainment.com, ComiXology.com, 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 ...