Monday, December 31, 2007

Bits 'n' Pieces: Diahann Carroll, General Lee

We've got a couple from the "Dukes" and a couple from "Dynasty" in today's Bits 'n' Pieces From Around the Web ...

- "Entertainment Tonight" did a countdown of what they consider the top 20 TV stars of all time, unleashing one half of the results this past weekend. Coming in at No. 18 was Diahann Carroll, our lovely Dominique Devereaux of "Dynasty." For her segment, she discussed how she got out of an abusive relationship, she touched on her fight with breast cancer and she fondly remembered "Dynasty" as a fabulous time to enjoy great clothing. "ET" announces the second half of the countdown this coming weekend, and we just bet there are a few other BRBTV stars in the mix ...

- More "Dynasty" DVDs are on the way ... TVShowsonDVD sets the record straight on release dates and contents of the next DVD release of our beloved "Dynasty," which will focus on the third season of the show:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Dynasty-Correct-Date-Title/8667

- With the new "Knight Rider" movie coming up on NBC in February, TV muscle cars are generating buzz. KETV Channel 7 of Omaha, Nebraska, compiled a list of the top TV cars of all time, and you guessed it, that fabulous blazin' orange beauty, the General Lee, factored in. We won't tell you where in the countdown; you'll have to read it yourself:
http://www.ketv.com/automotive/14926952/detail.html

- And finally, the restored original General Lee, fondly dubbed Lee 1 and so closely watched by "Dukes" fans everywhere, is featured in Spike TV's "PowerBlockTV" show this weekend. Watch a promo video featuring the car on their website:
http://www.powerblocktv.com/sites/
You can also read more about the car and its restoration in this story in one of the hometown papers of Maine native Jim Shine, who helped in the Lee 1 project:
http://www.sunjournal.com/story/244858-3/OxfordHills/Maine_parts_complement_original_General_Lee/


Tune in to the BRBTV News Blog tomorrow, when we'll have a special New Year's Day announcement!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Tom Wopat hits the big and small screen

Tom Wopat is not all Broadway these days; our buddy Luke Duke is returning to his big and small screen credits with a couple new projects for 2008.

"Taking Chance" is a HBO TV movie that is still filming in New Jersey for release next year. The plotline from the IMDb: "Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl (Bacon), a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming." The movie also features Kevin Bacon as well as Paige Turco, whom you might recall from the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movies. Wopat portrays Mr. Phelps.

"The Understudy" is classified as completed. Gloria Reuben of "ER" and all kinds of other stuff is also on board. The plotline from the IMDb: "A perennial understudy takes matters into her own hands to achieve fame at any price." Wopat plays Detective Jones.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: It's sad to read on People magazine's site that Robin Wright Penn's marriage is ending. BRBTV offers its fondest wishes for happier times ahead for our original Kelly Capwell of "Santa Barbara."

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Coming up in Archie Comics in the next few weeks

ARCHIE #581
"Forget Me Not": Miraculously, Archie remembers the anniversary of his first date with Veronica… but can he remember to get her a gift she doesn’t already have?
"MESS-terpiece": When Mr. Lodge’s favorite artist goes abstract, he suspects Archie of tampering with his paintings!
"Surprise": Betty keeps slipping little surprises into Archie’s back pockets… leading Archie to wonder if he’s absentmindedly taking things he shouldn’t!
"Just Plain Wrong": It’s "business" as usual when Veronica has to break a date with Archie to entertain the son of one of her father’s clients… but in the end, it’s Archie who makes the real power play!
SCRIPTS: Craig Boldman. ART: Stan Goldberg
On sale on newsstands: January 22, 2008
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.


ARCHIE DIGEST #241
"Interest Rate": Archie’s well-meaning new neighbor can’t help but noticing everything he does… and she isn’t shy about saying so! Now Archie is in hot water with his employer and his girlfriends. Archie must find a way to get himself out of the spotlight, but finding her a new hobby… or better yet a new man!
SCRIPT: Angelo DeCesare. ART: Bob Bolling.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale on newsstands: February 12, 2008
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.


ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #185
"Freeze Framed": Archie hopes the seasonal photos he submitted to the local newspaper’s "Winter Wonderland" competition don’t meet with a frosty reception!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski. ART: Randy Elliott.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale on newsstands: January 22, 2008
Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.


BETTY #171
"Consolation": The winter blues are that much bluer for Betty when Veronica emails photos of her Hawaiian vacation to Betty.
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Stan Goldberg.
"Hold the Phone": Archie and Betty mix their cell phones up – which spells big trouble for Veronica when she sends text messages to try to ditch a night out with Betty in favor of a date with Archie!
SCRIPT: Bill Golliher. ART: Stan Goldberg.
"The Treatment": When stress has Betty utterly exhausted, Veronica introduces her to the pampering pleasures of spa life!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Stan Goldberg.
"Clean Sweep": Betty cleans the TV room so she and Archie can watch a movie – but with a scary movie and bowl of popcorn on the agenda, can it stay clean for long?
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski. ART: Stan Goldberg.
On sale on newsstands: January 29, 2008
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.


BETTY & VERONICA #233
"The Wild Twenties": So just what was the relationship between parents and teenagers like in the 1920s? This telling tale is filled with nostalgia for the fads and fashions of yesterday – and parental gripes that still seem strangely familiar!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Jeff Shultz.
"Royal Flush": Don’t miss the majestic mayhem when a duke, a prince, a king, a crowned head, some dogs and a duped darling collide in this royal mash-up!
SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb. ART: Jeff Shultz.
"Second World": When Betty and Veronica get lost in the "virtual reality" of simulated computer worlds, can Archie bring them back to "actual" reality?
SCRIPT: Barbara Slate. ART: Jeff Shultz.
"Enough About Me": Veronica’s not satisfied with just being self-centered – she wants everyone else to be Veronica-centered, too!
SCRIPT: Barbara & Samantha Slate. ART: Jeff Shultz.
On sale on newsstands: February 12, 2008
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.


BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #181
"Be My Valentine …or Else!": In our previous issue, Cheryl and Reggie formed an alliance – she to figure out how to date Archie without competition from Betty and Veronica; he to date Betty and Veronica without competition from Archie. Their scheming continues this issue, or so it seems… could it be possible that Cheryl and Reggie really DO want to attend the Valentine’s Day parade together? Not according to Archie, Betty and Veronica, who are convinced the duo are just using one another. But Cupid may have something else in mind!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales, including the "animated" Sabrina!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale on newsstands: February 5, 2008
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.


BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #158
"Cheering Section": Three cheers for Riverdale’s cheerleading team – they are guaranteed to "cheer" you "up" when you’re feeling "down!"
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski. ART: Pat Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale on newsstands: February 19, 2008
Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.


JUGHEAD #187
"Give Me a Sign": Mr. Lodge drives another competitor’s business out of town, but not before Jughead claims its "coming soon" sign. Now as Jughead tries to get the sign home, Mr. Lodge sees it all over town and is convinced his rival is planning a major takeover!
"Advices Times Twice": Archie is always coming to Jughead for advice, but now that he needs advice on winning over a certain girl, Jughead is shocked to find he’s consulting Trula Twyst! Will Trula’s advice on the girl prove successful… or will Jughead’s unheeded warnings about Trula end in disaster?!
"Vocal Yokel": Jughead decides to sing for his supper – and those who hear him are glad to stuff his mouth with food!
"Make Your Own Kind of Music": The Archies have a new "big idea": custom instruments designed to match the personalities of each of the band members!
SCRIPTS: Craig Boldman. ART: Rex Lindsey.
On sale on newsstands: February 12, 2008
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.


JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #26
"Nut of This Earth": When a local eatery goes out of business and auctions off its wares, Jughead is the first in line. Unfortunately, he lets his taste buds do the bidding instead of his common sense – how else would he end up with 500 pounds of nuts? Jughead has really cracked his shell this time… and there are still 499 to go!
SCRIPT AND ART: Fernando Ruiz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale on newsstands: January 29, 2008
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.


JUGHEAD’S DOUBLE DIGEST #137
"Cold Hard Facts": Normally, a day off due to snow would make Jughead ecstatic, but this time there’s one complication too many and that’s got Jughead… and his stomach… grumbling!
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski. ART: Henry Scarpelli.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale on newsstands: February 5, 2008
Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.


PALS-N-GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #118
"Dueling Dummies": It’s the battle of the ventriloquists when Reggie and Archie compete to see who can throw their voices… and their insults of one another… further! Lucky for them, Mr. Lodge is throwing a bash just for ventriloquists… and their dummies, too! Unknown to Mr. Lodge, however, a pint-sized pilferer and his hefty henchman are crashing the party – masquerading as a man and his dummy, of course! Can Reggie and Archie stop their feud long enough to stop the tiny terror and his tiny-brained lackey from making off with the Lodge family jewels?!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Fernando Ruiz.
On sale on newsstands: January 29, 2008
Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.


SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #91
"The Turning": The "Duality Wands" have raised the gauntlet for Sabrina, giving her even more abilities than the considerable powers granted her before. But this substantial new power comes at a steep price. Now that she has the power to set things right and even destroy her enemies, is Sabrina in danger of succumbing to a far more dangerous threat?!
SCRIPT: Tania del Rio. ART: Tania del Rio & Jim Amash.
COVER: Tania del Rio & Jim Amash
On sale on newsstands: February 5, 2008
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Robin Wright Penn might be in a Christmas mood

It's only the day after Christmas, and already Robin Wright Penn, our beautiful original Kelly Capwell of "Santa Barbara," is thinking about next Christmas. More specifically, she's thinking about a new version of "A Christmas Carol" starring Jim Carrey as Scrooge and the three Christmas ghosts. At least it's rumored she's thinking about it.

Penn is up for a role in the Robert Zemeckis update of the Charles Dickens classic, according to the IMDb. Rumors have a star-studded array attached: Gary Oldman, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins. We'll see how things shake out for this one as the next couple years pass; it's not scheduled for release until November 2009.

Penn, meanwhile, is so busy and quick that she's got other stuff on her rap sheet since we last checked in. With "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," based on the novel by Rebecca Miller, she portrays the title character. Winona Ryder and Julianne Moore are also in this one. There's a website that tells a little more about this story: http://www.pippalee.co.uk/

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas from the BRBTV News Blog

Seasons greetings, and all that jazz. What's better, at Christmastime, than a couple photos of the car from the "Carnival of Thrills" two-part episode of "The Dukes of Hazzard"? Nothing, we say! It's just the perfect accompaniment to holiday cheer ...



The young man behind the wheel here is Lance, son of Mr. Paul Harrington of the Canadian Dukes of Hazzard Fan Club and organizer of the annual Hair Dare Dukes Days benefit for cancer research. The sweet-mannered and handsome Lance can often be seen at "Dukes" events with Dad (and often, as you can see, patiently laughing while his "Dukes"-happy parental unit is snapping pictures).



("Go, Bo Duke, go! You can be the star of the show!" Oooops, er, sorry) The car is a replica, by the way, and kids, don't try this trick at home. (Whatever this particular trick is -- we think it's basically just driving, which any "Dukes" fan knows how to do anyway.)

Thanks very much to Paul for sending these two shots along, and make sure you keep an eye on his Hair Dare event, scheduled for August 22-24 in Ruscom Station, Ontario, Canada. BRB is confirmed for the show -- to sign copies of "Them Dukes! Them Dukes!" -- and Byron (Coy Duke) Cherry and Don Pedro (Sheriff Little) Colley are planning the trip again, too. It promises to be another wildly fun and safe "Dukes" event.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: If BRB is going to be immersed in an all-day Yahtzee marathon tomorrow with her 11-year-old niece Veronica (named for the Archie Comics character, don't ya know), then she better just post this last little tidbit today, while she's wishing y'all a wonderful, happy and peaceful Christmas ... How could the town of Dallas not be thrilled to pieces to remind folks of J.R. Ewing and the Southfork clan? Evidently, it's all about image. Read on, in this story in the Chicago Tribune.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Well, what's the verdict on the new Joker? Bat-pros weigh in

The new interpretation of Batman's nemesis the Joker by Hollywood heavyweight Heath Ledger is causing quite a stir, and the movie's nowhere near the theaters yet.

"Heath Ledger's Joker seems perfectly suited to the dark Gotham City created by Christopher Nolan," says Paul Dini, writer of our beloved "Batman: The Animated Series" and its various offshoots. "He seems more street than any other version of the Joker, with his clownish visage recalling hastily applied graffiti paint rather than chemically dyed skin."

More "street"! Love that! Because if anything, Cesar Romero's Joker was dapper and somehow strangely mannerly. Jack Nicholson matched a lot of that demeanor. And Mark Hamill? Well, he's wasn't too far off the dapper scale, either. Maybe because this latest film is still prequeling the Batlore we know and love so well, that means Joker grows up -- evolves, if you will -- to have a certain degree of sophistication in his purple pinstripes!

And is this younger Joker a little rougher around the edges in other ways, too? Not the degree of wit and humor, according to our Harley Quinn creator? "This Joker doesn't split sides ... he splits skulls," Dini says.

Read more of the commentary at MTV.com. And watch the extended trailer of the movie there, too. (And man-oh-man, BRBTV's just gotta say that Nolan's interpretation of the Caped Crusader, with all of its tone and fury, is just kickin' the crap out of those '90s Batflicks.)

BRBTV News Blog Blip: Over in "Santa Barbara," meanwhile, an old familiar face is returning to daytime TV. Our latter Kelly Capwell, Eileen Davidson, is reprising her role as Ashley on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" on December 28, January 2 and 3.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

"Dynasty" pops up in exhibit on the influence of TV

Well, we've always known what a pop-culture icon our beloved "Dynasty" is. The art world is recognizing it, too, with an exhibit showing at the Whitney in New York.

In the midst of examples by various artists highlighting the massive influence television has had on our culture, Joan Braverman presents a video called "Joan Does Dynasty." The artist adds her own image to scenes from the show for the work, which is 35 minutes long.

To read more on this crazy-sounding concoction:
http://www.nysun.com/article/68388
http://www.nyobserver.com/2007/whitney-present-tv-art-exhibition

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Coming up in Archie Comcs

Coming up in Archie Comics in the next few weeks ...

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #115
"From the Ground Up": Inspired by TV's home makeover shows, Archie and his friends endeavor to restore historic Pickens General Store and turn it into a museum. But can they overcome their lack of construction experience, not to mention opportunistic politicians who want to exploit the situation for their own gain and fame? Don't miss the first story written by longtime Archie collector/historian Jeffrey C. Branch – a poignant addition to the fabled canon of Riverdale lore!
SCRIPT: Jeffrey C. Branch. ART: Rex Lindsey.
On sale on newsstands: January 8, 2008
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

ARCHIE DIGEST #240
"Arrow Talk": The new cupid in town gets a lesson from the retiring one – when it comes to love, there's no more star-crossed place than Riverdale! How else to explain one boy who just can't seem to choose a girl, another who prefers hamburgers to honies, and a third who finds no more stunning beauty than that which stares back at him from the mirror?!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Pat Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale on newsstands: January 1, 2008
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA #232
"Pairing Off": With Archie's car problems making him perpetually late and in danger of detention after detention, the girls present alternatives: Betty urges Archie to take the bus in with her, but Veronica offers to pick Archie up in her sports car!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Jeff Shultz.
"Lost": Some folks get lost the moment they get behind the wheel of a car, but Veronica doesn't even get that far – she's still working our way out of her labyrinthine closet!
SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb. ART: Jeff Shultz.
"Backstage Pass": When the girls get backstage passes to the "Tumbling Boulders" concert, they're surprised to learn that offstage the band is more "mild" than "wild!"
SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski. ART: Jeff Shultz.
On sale on newsstands: January 1, 2008
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #180
"Love Can Be Nasty": Cheryl Blossom is tired of competing with Betty and Veronica for Archie's affections. Likewise, Reggie is tired of competing with Archie for dates with Betty and Veronica. Guess it's time for Reggie and Cheryl to form an alliance to solve this once and for all! But will putting their heads together result in their hearts coming together, too? It's the romantic jigsaw puzzle of the year, as only the matchmakers (and breakers) at Archie Comics could conceive it!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales, including the "animated" Sabrina!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale on newsstands: December 26, 2007
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #157
"You Ain't Got No Elegance": Both Betty and Archie are abuzz when they learn Veronica's got a hot date with a high class gentleman! Is this finally the answer to Betty's prayers, or merely the beginning of Archie's nightmares? The answer will melt your heart!
SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb. ART: Pat Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale on newsstands: January 8, 2008
Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.

JUGHEAD #186
"The Big Sleep": The annual ice shuffleboard championship is on, but Riverdale's star player Jughead is in deep hibernation! Will his teammates be able to revive him before they're "iced?!" "To Beach His Own": Jughead discovers how to beat the crowds at the beach – go in the dead of winter! "Chilly Reception": When a girl gets tangled in Hot Dog's chain, Jughead untangles her and treats her at Pop's. The question is, will their hearts get tangled, too?
SCRIPTS: Craig Boldman. ART: Rex Lindsey.
On sale on newsstands: December 26, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

JUGHEAD'S DOUBLE DIGEST #136
"His Hidden Talent": Jughead discovers a hidden talent – although he hates to work himself, he devises a way to find work for others… a way that results in free snow removal AND free pizzas! Just what is Jughead's marvelous new method for avoiding work? Be sure to read this issue to find out!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Fernando Ruiz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale on newsstands: December 26, 2007
Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #90
"Hidden Worlds, Forbidden Power": After discovering the "Duality Wands," Sabrina finds once forbidden powers and abilities are opening up to her. While attempting to grasp this new, unbelievable power, she discovers one of her new powers is the ability to create portals into hidden worlds – worlds filled with magical treasures! Entering these hidden worlds results in at least two consequences: separated from her boyfriend and other loved ones, Sabrina is left to face the unknown alone; and with nothing else to do but continue trying to control the power of the "Duality Wands," she doesn't realize that it is the power that is controlling her!
SCRIPT: Tania del Rio. ART: Tania del Rio & Jim Amash.
COVER: Tania del Rio & Jim Amash.
On sale on newsstands: December 26, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #26
"A Warming Effect": Reggie gives a "chilly reception" to his eco-friendly pals' concerns over global warming, but an even more "chilling" dream soon "cools" his objections!
SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Fernando Ruiz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale on newsstands: January 15, 2008
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.

VERONICA #186
"Isn't It Romantic?": Betty and Veronica become enraptured by the latest "hot" romance story, but due to a clever pseudonym, little do they realize the author is really someone they know quite well! Is it one of their classmates? A parent? One of the faculty? The answer to this intriguing question will astound you!
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
On sale on newsstands: January 15, 2008
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

FUN PACKS ARE A TERRIFIC COMIC BOOK VALUE!

Due to many requests, we are making these affordable FUN-PACKS of Archie-published titles available once more. Each features three fun-filled, full color, 32-page Archie titles for the perfect reading value! They make the perfect stocking stuffers!

ARCHIE FUN-PACK (3 Comics), $3.59.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

John Travolta heads out of "Dallas"?

We've gotten rather used to it ... Every time a sneeze is emitted from someone associated with the new "Dallas" big-screen remake, the vibrations are felt all across the Internet. We don't pass everything along on this blog, but the most recent tidbit is a biggie ... John Travolta out?

John Travolta, the sole cast survivor of all the ins and outs since the project first made the news? That John Travolta?

Well, as we said, it's all over the 'Net:

PageSix / New York Post
CHUD.com
CinemaBlend.com
Times Square Gossip
Allie is Wired

It all leads one to wonder, once again, as we do every time we hear that sneezing sound ... Is this film going to be made, or isn't it? Especially since if, indeed, Ben Stiller has been offered the role of J.R. Ewing, he isn't willing to admit it? Yikes! We'll stand by with bait on our breath, as our good buddy Ralph used to say ...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Some upcoming "Dukes" appearances

Ya know we like to check in now and then with our "Dukes of Hazzard" cast and crew, to see where they're going and when they're going. Here's what's comin' up ...

- Rick Hurst, our own Deputy Cletus Hogg, will be at Cooter's Place in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, December 27 - 31, 2007. He'll sign autographs and take pictures.

- Jim Best, that rascally Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, will appear at the Canton Hot Rod Custom Show in Canton, Ohio, on Jan 26, 2008. The show is at the Canton Civic Center, 1101 Market Avenue. Call (330) 628-2432 for more info. (And check out the pooches on Best's official website -- BRBTV is partial to Daisy Mae, a beagle!

- The Hazzard County Stunt Team will be at the East Texas Crisis Center Car Show in Tyler, Texas, on February 29 - March 2, 2008. Then, on March 28 - 30, 2008, they'll go to MOPARS at the Strip in Las Vegas. For more information on that one, contact mopars@thestrip.com.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Get your "Dallas" questions and your slogans ready

The Ultimate Dallas site is queueing up Larry Hagman, our own J.R. Ewing, for an interview, and you can submit your own questions here:

http://www.ultimatedallas.com/asklarry/

The site is also looking for your cleverest T-shirt slogans relating to "Dallas." Pique their interest, and you could get a T-shirt bearing a slogan and a copy of Laura Van Wormer's 1985 book, "Dallas: The Complete Ewing Family Saga."

http://www.ultimatedallas.com/tshirt/

Also on the "Dallas" front, look for news soon on BRBTV's "Destination: Dallas" fact book ...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Now Jughead gets a new look

From Archie Comics

MAMARONECK, NY – Last year, one of the most talked-about stories in the comic book industry was the dynamic new look for Betty and Veronica, as seen in the story “Bad Boy Trouble.” Thousands of Archie fans responded by email, snail mail and phone expressing their disapproval of the new look before the story was even printed. Those same fans, after reading “Bad Boy Trouble,” let us know how much they enjoyed the story once seeing it in print. They thought it was fun and interesting to see the characters with a different look, AS LONG AS IT WASN’T IN ALL OF THE COMICS. The story was so popular it was collected into a graphic novel.

Thanks to the response of those thousands of fans, we have created another story with a dynamic new look, this time, starring Jughead in a story that will shock you. You can see Jughead’s dynamic new look in four consecutive issues of Jughead’s Double Digest, issues 139 through 142, with dynamic art by the legendary Joe Staton. Remember, it is only one of the stories in Jughead’s Double Digest; the remaining stories will be in the classic Archie art style you know and love. Make sure you contact your local comic book retailer to reserve your copies today.

BRBTV just wants to know -- who's the cute redhead???!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Al Corley's "in the Box" while Ken Howard's in the "Gardens

James Van Der Beek, whom we just spotted over the weekend in a sci-fi creature-feature, is one of the stars of "Boy in the Box," the latest production from Al Corley, our own original Steven Carrington of "Dynasty." Josh Lucas and Jessica Chastain also star in the drama, scheduled for release next year.

The film is directed by Anders Anderson and written by Glenn Taranto.

Fellow "Dynasty" caster Ken Howard, meanwhile, is filming "Grey Gardens," also scheduled for 2008 release. He plays Phelan Beale in the drama about the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jackie Kennedy. The film stars Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.

HBO is doing the producing. You can read a little more about the film here:
http://www.totalfilm.com/movie_news/drew_barrymores_in_the_gardens
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3icd201607b0abc97fe74fd42ccf755baa

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

BRBTV birthdays in December

- Forry Smith, the dashing Reese Walker on "SB," turned 55 on December 1.
- Charlene Tilton, little Lucy Ewing of "Dallas," turned 49 on December 1.
- Nicolas Coster, the unforgettable Lionel Lockridge on "SB," turned 73 on December 3.
- Morgan Brittany, who also was unforgettable as the Bobby-stalking Katherine Wentworth on "Dallas," and who played Mary Lou Pringle on a 1980 episode of "The Dukes of Hazzard," "The Hazzardville Horror," celebrates her birthday on December 5, this year turning 56.
- Gunnar Hellström, who not only played Rolf Brundin on "Dallas" but also directed some episodes, was born on December 6, 1928 and died on November 28, 2001.
- Tom Fuccello, who was Sen. Dave Culver on "Dallas," was born on December 11, 1936, and died on August 16, 1993.
- Sheree J. Wilson, our own April Stevens Ewing of "Dallas," turns 49 tomorrow, December 12.
- Thaao Penghlis, who was Dr. Micah De Angelis in the tail-end of the run of "Santa Barbara," turns 62 on December 15.
- Helen Slater, who voiced Talia on "Batman: The Animated Series," turns 44 on December 15.
- Christopher Cazenove, rugged and angry bro to Blake Carrington as Ben Carrington on "Dynasty," turns 62 on December 17.
- Brad Pitt, who was a very youthful Randy, boyfriend to Charlie, in one of his very first roles, on "Dallas," turns 44 on December 18.
- Karen Moncrieff, who played Cassandra Benedict on "Santa Barbara," turns 44 on December 20.
- Jared Martin, our own Dusty Farlow of "Dallas," turns 64 on December 21.
- John Callahan, who was Craig Hunt on "SB," turns 54 on December 23.
- Susan Lucci, the evil Hillary Taylor in the latter years of "Dallas," has a birthday on Saturday, December 23, as well, turning 61 (although one of our sources says 59).
- Dane Witherspoon, who originated the role of Joe Perkins on "Santa Barbara," turns 50 on December 27.
- Terri Garber, who was the feisty Leslie Carrington on "Dynasty," turns 47 on December 28.
- Barbara Carrera, who played the evil Angelica Nero on "Dallas," turns 56 on New Year's Eve, December 31.

Happy birthday to all!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Our favorite classic TV babes rank high on AOL's list

We love that Pamela Anderson topped the list, we love that Farrah was up there too, because she was our hero back in the day! We really love that Lynda Carter came in third, speaking of heroes! That all rocks, big-time, because all three of those are lovelier than lovely, when it comes to female-ness! But we especially loved that so many of our BRBTV femmes ranked on AOL's list of the top 50 sexiest women on TV ...

4. Heather Locklear (they cite "T.J. Hooker" -- we say "DYNASTY"!!!!!!! Precious at No. 4, just precious!)

7. Barbara Eden (she's known for "I Dream of Jeannie," but we loved her as a conniving beauty on "Dallas")

9. Catherine Bach (our "The Dukes of Hazzard" reigning queen supreme; thank God she was in the top 10, because there would've been a major revolt)

10. Tina Louise (known for "Gilligan's Island," of course, but she was Julie Grey at the beginning of "Dallas," and the redheaded BRB can't help but be glad she inched out Mary Ann for the No. 10 spot! BRBTV is so much more a Ginger than a Mary Ann!!!!!)

34. Victoria Principal ("Dallas" -- now this gal's a little low on the list, for our taste)

At the same time, we couldn't help but admire some of the other picks: 8. Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy" now, but we loved her in "Roswell" a few years back), 14. Lisa Bonet, 15. Maureen McCormick, 20. Julie Newmar (always the best Catwoman of "Batman"), 27. Nichelle Nichols (original "Star Trek," and now keepin' the fame with "Heroes"), 28. Jeri Ryan (such a stunner on "Star Trek: Voyager" in more ways than one), 29. Alyssa Milano ("Charmed" -- naturally beautiful in all her offbeat outfits), 30. Cheryl Ladd ("Charlie's Angels" -- she had tough shoes to fill, but she did fine), 32. Sherilyn Fenn (we're going to be rewatching all those fabbo "Twin Peaks" episodes soon, and Audrey Horne is great!)

See AOL's top 50 whole list (and luscious photos) here:
http://television.aol.com/photos/sexiest-women-tv

Friday, December 07, 2007

Let the Bat-buzz begin ... (oh wait, it never stopped)

Borrowed from BRB's entertainment blog at Congoo, as part of our continuing coverage in the "Batman: The Animated Series" realm ...

Heath Ledger is scoring points as the next big-screen Joker. A preview of “The Dark Knight,” the sequel to 2005’s “Batman Begins” and the next installment in the rebirth of a once-failing Batfilm franchise, is showing on IMAX on December 14. We’ve all seen Christian Bale’s interpretation of Batman, so there’s no surprise there. What we’re waiting with Batted breath – so to speak – to see is Hollywood hottie Heath Ledger as the Crown Prince of Crime.

The sequel plans were announced almost immediately after “Batman Begins” opened. And of course, for any diehard Batfans, the question of who the villain for the next movie would be was already answered at the end of the first one. The real question was … who would play him? Ledger has some pretty big spectator shoes to fill – Jack Nicholson wowed and wooed fans big-time in the 1989 “Batman” movie, the groundbreaker that brought the Caped Crusader back out of the comics and away from the 1960s TV camp. Nicholson was perfect for the role, through and through (helped along, ironically, by his similarities in style to Cesar Romero, who handled the role so deftly in the ‘60s TV series). And some would argue that the ante was upped with the voicework of the surprising Mark Hamill in “Batman: The Animated Series” through the ‘90s.

So back to that whole Heath thing. Will he cavort? Will he preen? Will he leer and jeer with maniacal cheer? Will it be purple and orange and green -- marked in pasty white -- for Batman's off-kilter foil? The first six minutes of the film are what’s showing on IMAX next week. And Ledger’s certainly got his buzz on: “Seeing this extraordinary face, eight stories high... you can smell his breath,” director Christopher Nolan says in the Hollywood Reporter.

The (whole) movie is scheduled for theaters on July 18.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

You can still get your "Dukes" Cruise T-shirts

Mr. Wayne Wooten reports that he's still got some leftover T-shirts from the Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise a few weeks ago. Check out his website for details:
And speaking of the Cruise, special thanks to Rob C., who emailed BRBTV these photos he had of the event ...



Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Archie Comics collector gets a cool Archie Comics gig

From Archie Comics

MAMARONECK , NY – Archie Comics is at it again! In 2003, after winning a cherished slot in Tokyopop’s “Rising Stars of Manga” anthology, Archie hired writer-artist phenomenon Tania del Rio to give Sabrina the Teenage Witch a manga makeover…

In 2006, Archie held a “try-out contest” at the San Diego Comic-con, and a young man named Bill Galvan – wearing a homemade Jughead t-shirt and wielding a pencil full of talent – soon found himself becoming Archie’s newest artist-extraordinaire…

This year, Archie gives another deserving talent a big break. The recipient this time is longtime Archie Comics collector and historian, Jeffrey C. Branch. Jeff has been championing Archie Comics in print for years – with text articles in such diverse outlets as grassroots fanzines, established magazines like Comic Book Marketplace, and even the official Archie Comics website. He made his most recent splash with an introduction to ARCHIE DIGEST #236, a very special issue that reprinted the original ARCHIE COMICS #1 from 1941 in its entirety.

With his reverence for and encyclopedic knowledge of Archie Comics, who better to write new Archie tales to vie for their own place alongside the classics? Judge it for yourself when you read “From the Ground Up,” in ARCHIE & FRIENDS #115. Inspired by TV’s home makeover shows, Archie and his friends endeavor to restore historic Pickens General Store and turn it into a museum. But can they overcome their lack of construction experience, not to mention opportunistic politicians who want to exploit the situation for their own gain and fame? It’s a poignant addition to the fabled canon of Riverdale lore, rendered with panache by Archie fan-favorite Rex Lindsey.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #115
SCRIPT: Jeffrey C. Branch. ART: Rex Lindsey.
On sale on newsstands: January 8, 2008
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

George Hamilton (starring) in "Coma"

George Hamilton, our evertan star of "Dynasty" as the ever-evil Joel Abrigore, has a new project in the works.

Hamilton plays the mayor in "Coma," a thriller scheduled for release next year. The film also stars April Scott, whom "Dukes of Hazzard" fans know from the most recent "Dukes" movie.

Hamilton has certainly been keeping up the acting creds over the years since he snuck out of Denver and out of Krystle Carrington's life. Besides the snack commercials and Old Navy commercials, he's popped up in stuff like "Las Vegas," "Nash Bridges" and "Diagnosis Murder," among many others.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Bo meets Coy -- and we're just thrilled by it!!!!!

There've been rumblings in the "Dukes of Hazzard" world all year long about the possibility of Byron "Coy Duke" Cherry and Christopher "Vance Duke" Mayer finally, after all these years, being invited to the annual DukesFest. And from this "Dukes" watcher's perspective, two things have precipitated those rumblings.

The first is the fact that Byron Cherry has been making "Dukes"-related appearances for the past couple years, such as at the Hair Dare Dukes Days in Canada two years in a row and the Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise just a few weeks ago (see the BRBTV News Blog's coverage of those events). Cherry has shown what kind of guy he is at these events (a good one, in other words), and it's as if "Dukes" fans have discovered a whole new way of looking at Coy, who along with Vance had the inenviable role of being a "replacement" Duke in the 1982-83 season of the show.

The other factor is that now John Schneider is running the show, so to speak. He and his wife Elly have taken over the fabbo DukesFest event. Cherry has spoken about how he and Schneider knew each other back in the day, and that Cherry actually auditioned for the role of Bo and the two joked with each other about who would get it. There are no hard feelings between these two guys.

Well now, the news has broken that there's been a meeting between the two. No etched-in-stone details are available right now, but there's some nice indications from it all ...

"I just want all of you awesome 'Dukes' fans to know," Cherry wrote in his Yahoo discussion group, "I met with John Schneider today while he was filming in Ventura. He was three miles from my house, called me and said, 'Come on down to the set and see me.' He looked better than 28 years ago. That guy does not age." (BRBTV surmises that Schneider was thinkin' the same thing about Cherry! See our photos of him in earlier posts!)

"He met my 6-year-old son Wesley and was cutting up with him. John and I hugged after 25-plus years and had a great time. ... I sure hope to see you all at DukesFest this year. It's about time. Love you. Oh, and one more thing ..................YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE---HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, Coy Duke lives, and thanks, Byron Cherry."

As one fan put it on the Confederate General Lee Fan Club Board, "I think the days of Byron and Chris as outcasts instead of castmembers are almost over!"

Friday, November 30, 2007

Gina Gallego has four movie projects for 2008

Gina Gallego, who took over the role of Santana Andrade from Margaret Michaels on "Santa Barbara," hasn't exactly been a stranger over the years. She's popped up here, and she's popped up there. And next year, she'll be popping up on a bunch of stuff ...

"South of the Border," now filming, gives her a small part as a shelter director. The film's got an excellent cast: Drew Barrymore, Salma Hayek, Jamie Lee Curtis, Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, George Lopez, Cheech Marin. The comedy is about a lost chihuahua and is due in theaters next August.

In "Periphery," Gallego plays Carmelita. The drama is written and directed by Duane Allen Humeyestewa.

"Winged Creatures" has her playing a waitress. This one is about a group of people who form relationships with each other after a shooting at a diner. Kate Beckinsale and Dakota Fanning are also in it.

In the horror flick "Pearblossom," it's not clear what Gallego's character is, but the movie itself is about a lesbian couple who encounter God in 1968 and are reborn 40 years later. The movie stars one-half of the babysitting twins from "Grindhouse." (Read more about that at Bloody-Disgusting.com.)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Helmut Berger dons an "Iron Cross"

Helmut Berger was the intriguing and arguably distasteful Peter De Vilbis on our beloved "Dynasty," he of the charm and accent who whisked away our precious Fallon Carrington and helped break poor Jeff Colby's heart. And though you may not be able to translate this Austrian-born actor's resume, he's been a busy boy over the years. He's had many projects dating back to the 1960s.

On his plate this year is "Iron Cross," a war thriller written and directed by Joshua James Newton. The plotline from the IMDb: "Joseph, 78, a holocaust survivor settled in New York, who witnessed the massacre of his family in Poland 1941, travels to Berlin to visit his son Ronnie having turned his back on him for the last five years for marrying Anna. No sooner does Joseph attempt to heal the rift with Ronnie, he swears that living in the apartment below under the false name of Shrager is the now-aging SS commander who committed the atrocity. With little hope of seeing him stand trial, Joseph talks Ronnie into exacting justice -- and vengeance -- and together they set out to kill him."

Roy Scheider plays Joseph. Though Berger's character is not named on the page, we have to wonder if it's Shrager (wouldn't that be fun -- anyone?). The movie has been filming in Poland this year by Calibra Pictures.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A "Dukes" museum update

There it is ... like a beacon shining in the distance ... the "Dukes of Hazzard" museum being built by Mr. Paul Harrington of the Canadian Dukes of Hazzard Fan Club. We've been posting photos now and then, to update you on the progress of the museum, and these photos are the latest.


"We have been kind of busy with the east wall," Paul said, "trying to get it all covered before it gets too cold. Well, here it is so far, now it's 40 outside. Last week it was 93; wow, what a difference."

And that was last month. There's a reason they call it the Great White North, ya know ... (of course, maybe now it'll be the Great Orange North!)

Photos courtesy of Paul Harrington

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Another "high school musical" comes to Riverdale

From Archie Comics

MAMARONECK , NY -- In early 2006, a new phenomenon was born. A TV movie was aired that captured the hearts of the nation’s youth. A modern retelling of “Romeo & Juliet” set in a high school to a thumping backbeat of catchy teen-pop, it aired to amazing ratings in the U.S. and Europe. It was so popular that many repeat airings followed. Inevitably, it spawned a hit soundtrack CD and spinoffs, as well as DVD releases and a live stage show. A sequel movie is completed and about to air, with a third installment already in the works.

With a history of reflecting the current fads and fashions, it’s only natural that Archie Comics would take a stab at gently spoofing and paying tribute to this popular series, and this November that’s exactly what happens in “Riverdale High – the Musical,” appearing in VERONICA #185.

When a former Riverdale High student-turned-famous screenwriter/director decides to make a movie about her teenage years, it’s enough to make Veronica, Betty and their friends break out in song! Of course, using the current high school class as inspiration, there’s more drama behind the cameras than in front of it! Don’t miss this hilarious spoof of the beloved musical high school films that have swept the nation.

VERONICA #185
“Riverdale High – the Musical!”: When a former Riverdale High student-turned-famous screenwriter/director decides to make a movie about her teenage years, it’s enough to make Veronica, Betty and their friends break out in song! Of course, using the current high school class as inspiration, there’s more drama behind the cameras than in front of it! Don’t miss this hilarious spoof of the beloved musical high school films that have captured the hearts of the nation. SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
On sale on newsstands: December 4, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Frank Runyeon, wish we could have been there!

We reported on the BRBTV News Blog a week or two ago on how Frank Runyeon was out and about, speaking in Illinois on the topic of Hollywood and faith. Runyeon was still in the Midwest this past weekend, now setting about a more Christmasy theme: He performed his show "The 3 1/2 Stories of Christmas" in Gibsonburg, Ohio.

The show, a Christmas story told from the angel's point of view, was brought to the stage this past Sunday, and it was a free performance! (A freewill offering was taken, though -- and believe you-me, we woulda gladly paid the church's December heating bill to see this guy in action!)

(So is it appropriate to us "Santa Barbara" fans that the name of the church was St. Michael's?)

The Princeton grad, who's been performing these dramas in the decade he's been off the Hollywood radar, was also doing shows in New York and Michigan (a major ouch! for this former Detroiter now in the South ... how 'bout Hot-lanta, Mr. Runyeon?).

You can read more about it (and see a nice photo) in the Port Clinton News Herald:
http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071123/NEWS01/711230316/1002

Friday, November 23, 2007

Fame brings the crazies out of the woodwork, John Schneider can attest

Well, didya all have a great Thanksgiving? Watch any parade? Overeat? All the traditional stuff?

Early this week, we reported on a BBC show that was to include a reunion of our "Dukes of Hazzard" Big Three. The BBC site reports on that show:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2007/11_november/22/norton.shtml

John Schneider, for instance, has a bit of crazy stuff to say about love and romance as the icon Bo Duke. "There are some fans who have claimed to have my child," he said. "When we started I lied about my age (I said 24) and this woman sued me as the father of her child. I thought 'my God' – because I knew her! – but her son was 12, so that would have been impossible."

Schneider related another case of mistaken identity with a fan. We'll let you read that one yourself.

Ahhhhh ... the perils of fame ... have a great weekend, and shop to your heart's content ...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Lane Davies to star in new cable TV show

Lane Davies, our own original Mason Capwell of "Santa Barbara," is set to star in the pilot of "Dixie Melodie," a new half-hour comedy TV project for cable.

Produced by Los Angeles-based Sheer Audacity Productions, "Dixie Melodie" will be entirely shot and produced in New Orleans. "We want to show New Orleans in a new, exciting and positive light, through the eyes of our lead character, Melodie," says B.J. Grogan, one of the show's writers.

As the character Frederick Charleston, the Georgia boy Davies will work with cast and crew from New Orleans. Shooting is scheduled to begin in early 2008 in New Orleans.

You can read more about the show at Top40-charts.com, and check out the show's official website at http://www.sheeraudacity.com/dixiemelodie.html.

Spotted: The now-seasoned Ray Abruzzo, our own Sgt. John Zorelli of the latter years of "Dynasty," playing a lobbyist who was the target of a serial cannibal on Fox's "Bones" last night. Though his hair has receded a bit, he's still that hottie who once chased Fallon Carrington!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Those artistically inclined, Archie Comics wants to post your Christmas card

From Archie Comics

MAMARONECK , NY – Send in your own Christmas or holiday cards, and your artwork might get featured on ArchieComics.com! If your art is chosen, people around the world may be sending your greeting card, and they will see the following:
"This card created by (your name here)"

To participate, send your art by email attachment to blogfanart@archiecomics.com. Be sure to put "CARD" in the subject area of your email. Also, make sure at least one of the Archie Comics gang is featured in your card!

If you would rather use one of the cards already on the site, go to www.archiecomics.com/sendcard/holiday.php

In other Archie news ...

Victor Gorelick has been named Archie Comics’ new editor-in-chief, with Mike Pellerito being promoted to managing editor.

Gorelick is a very familiar name for any reader of the Archies. In the late '50s, as a graduate from the School of Industrial Art, he was hired to work in the production department at Archie Comics. In a few years, he moved on to become the art director and later an editor.

By the mid-'80s, Gorelick had been promoted to managing editor, where, the official press release from Archie Comics says, "he has strived to keep Archie current and relevant to each new generation of readers."

Gorelick serves on the board of advisors to the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and is always looking for new talent. He hired Kubert School graduate Mike Pellerito to work in the production department. Pellerito moved on to become an associate editor, where he soon became the editor for Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. "His hard work and dedication to his job is the reason why the decision was made to promote Mike Pellerito to the position of managing editor," Archie says.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: Special thanks to Izzy, who on behalf of TV Land, sent BRBTV this little addendum to our post last week on the 100 greatest TV icons of all time. Check out http://50icons.blogspot.com/ for more on our beloved Oprah and other icons!

Monday, November 19, 2007

"Dukes" fans in the U.K.? It could happen!

In fact, we've showcased a couple of 'em in our "See My Lee" feature. Now, the Graham Norton Show on BBC2 in the U.K. is filming a "Dukes of Hazzard" special next week. The show will star Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), John Schneider (Bo Duke) and Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke).

"We are interested in hearing from all fans of 'The Dukes' from all over the world," their official memo says, passed along to members and friends of the Confederate General Lee Fan Club. "Do you have any 'Dukes of Hazzard' stories or experiences that you would like to share? Or do you have any 'Dukes' dreams or ambitions that you would like to fulfill?"

The production team of the show asks fans to get in touch as soon as possible, with a contact telephone number.

"We are recording the show on Wednesday this week, so time is of the essense," the team says. "We have audience tickets to give away for all 'Dukes' fans in the U.K., and of course any fans abroad if they want to travel to London."

Email them at alant@sotelevision.co.uk

Elsewhere in the "Dukes" world, meanwhile, Scott Romine of the Confederate club reminds fans of the brand-new website set up for the 2008 DukesFest scheduled for Atlanta, hosted by John and Elly Schneider. Scott also invites you to "friend" the MySpace page: www.myspace.com/dukesfest2008

"Information regarding car owner registration, parking, camping, etc., will be available on the website soon -- and many things will be put in place right after the first of the year," Scott says.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Paul Dini gets a new gig in comics-oriented social network

Our guy Paul Dini of "Batman: The Animated Series" fame is in the news for taking a new post at Zeros 2 Heroes, an online comics and genre entertainment social network. He'll serve on the board and has been named editor-in-chief for the network for aspiring comics creators.

"The Zeros 2 Heroes' Comic Creation Nation is an exciting initiative that harnesses the power of the web to identify the next generation of storytellers," Dini says in a news release on PRWeb.com. "There are no gatekeepers here: This is a major opportunity for undiscovered creators to make their mark, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be behind this incredibly rewarding campaign."

BRBTV News Blog Blip: Tracy Scoggins, a BRBTV triple-shot as Monica Colby of "Dynasty" and "The Colbys," Anita Smithfield in the "Dallas" movies and the beautiful blonde cop on "The Dukes of Hazzard," has a new gig herself. She's currently filming the movie "Otis," where she'll play Rita Vitale. The flick also stars Illeana Douglas and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs of "Welcome Back, Kotter" fame.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

OK, what's Hagman doing at No. 50?

What a beautiful list it is, TV Land's compilation of the top 100 TV icons of all time. But stuffing Larry Hagman down at No. 50? Yikes! We'd say J.R. Ewing and Tony Nelson rate higher than that! Anyhow, it's a lovely list, just the same. From the BRBTV perspective, there was decent representation ...

80. Adam West (Simon Trent of "Batman: The Animated Series")
69. Barbara Eden (LeeAnn De La Vega of "Dallas")
63. Ed Asner (Roland Daggett of "Batman: TAS")
50. Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing of "Dallas")
44. Susan Lucci (Sheila Foley / Hillary Taylor of "Dallas")
36. Diahann Carroll (Dominique Deveraux of "Dynasty")
25. Heather Locklear (Sammy Jo Reece of "Dynasty" and Lisa of "Batman: TAS")

Many congrats to that doll Oprah, who rated No. 3, and BRBTV was delighted to see Dick Van Dyke at No. 12 (we simply adore his "Diagnosis Murder"). You can see the whole list at TV Land's site.

TV Land airs the celebration of the top 100 TV icons tomorrow night. Tune in at 8 p.m. EST.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The holiday sweaters don't match up for poor Archie this season ...

Coming up in Archie Comics in the next few weeks ...

ARCHIE #580
"A Not-So-Cool Yule": Archie is having a stress-free holiday season, until both Betty and Veronica give him "matching sweaters" that they expect him to wear. The only problem is, the designs the girls chose don’t match! SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Stan Goldberg. "Cold Comfort": Veronica thinks Archie is being chivalrous about her onion breath, when he merely has a cold! SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb. ART: Stan Goldberg. "The Fix is In": When Mr. Lodge and Smithers see Archie with a tool kit, an unspeakable horror grips them – is hapless Archie somewhere in the mansion, trying to fix something? SCRIPT: Craig Boldman. ART: Stan Goldberg. "You Never Listen": Veronica laments that Archie never listens, but since he’s not paying attention anyway, are her protests all for naught? SCRIPT: Greg Crosby. ART: Stan Goldberg.
On sale on newsstands: December 11, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #114
FEATURING THE RETURN OF MONEY-SNIFFING CRICKET O’DELL!
"Fortune Telling": Cricket O’Dell, the girl with the nose for money, is back. A mere sniff and Cricket can tell you exactly how much cash is in your wallet. But this time, the same weakness that impacts her ability – an allergy to nuts – gives her a new power – the powers to see how much a person will have in the future! At first everyone is fascinated as Cricket reveals future prosperity for Riverdale’s most financially challenged, but fascination turns to paranoia when Cricket reveals who will end up penniless! Is credence in Cricket’s predictions "on the money," or simply a "bad investment?" SCRIPT: Craig Boldman. ART: Stan Goldberg.
On sale on newsstands: November 27, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #184
"The Fame Game": Jay, the ‘70s rocker next door, visits an Archies practice showdown and fills them in on all the "wonderful" things they can expect from fame… but wonderful is in the eye of the beholder! SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Jeff Shultz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents. BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups.
On sale on newsstands: December 11, 2007
Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.

BETTY #170
"A Case of Stressmas": Betty decides to relieve Archie’s math stress by giving him the gift of tutoring, but wait until you see the gift she gives to relieve Veronica’s stress! SCRIPT: Barbara Slate. ART: Stan Goldberg.
"The Collector": When Archie and Adam learn Betty likes collecting penguin figures, no flea market or antique store can restock them fast enough! SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Stan Goldberg.
"Miracle Work": When klutzy Archie helps the Coopers decorate their Christmas tree, is it doomsday for the ornaments, or the eve of a Christmas miracle? SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski. ART: Stan Goldberg.
"Second-Hand Girl": When Veronica jets off to Paris, Betty ponders whether it’s worth being Archie’s "second choice" as date for the Winter Wonderland dance. SCRIPT: Barbara Slate. ART: Stan Goldberg.
On sale on newsstands: December 18, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #156
"Holiday on the High Seas": A holiday cruise with her parents is anything but smooth sailing for Veronica, who can’t stand to be away from her friends during the holidays. But when the band booked to provide the cruise’s entertainment cancels at the last minute, guess who steps in to fill their shoes? Now the only rough seas are reserved for Mr. Lodge! SCRIPT: Bill Golliher ART: Jeff Shultz. Other new and classic tales!
SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents. BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups.
On sale on newsstands: November 27, 2007
Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.

JUGHEAD & FRIENDS DIGEST #25
"The Secret of Jughead’s Hat!": Move over, Davey Crockett – when Jughead loses his trademark crown, he replaces it with a coonskin cap! There’s simply no substitute for his ol’ reliable headwear, however. Luckily, that’s when Wendy Weatherbee reveals another hidden talent! Can she help Jughead get his head… er, hat… back on straight? SCRIPT AND ART: Fernando Ruiz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents. BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups.
On sale on newsstands: December 18, 2007
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.

PALS-N-GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #117
"The Winner": Insisting he’s turned over a new ego-free leaf, Reggie invites Archie and Veronica over to show them he’s gotten rid of all his trophies… but all he’s really done is recycled them into coat racks, hot plates and the like! Is there any escape from Reggie-mania?! SCRIPT: Craig Boldman. ART: Fernando Ruiz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents. BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups.
On sale on newsstands: December 18, 2007
Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.

TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #25
"DENIM!": If you think this summer’s box office-busting arachnid hero had trouble with his new mood-altering threads, wait until you see what happens to Dilton! In this sequel to "Send in the Clones" from ARCHIE’S DOUBLE DIGEST #173, Dilton is lamenting his lack of luck with the ladies. With cell samples from Reggie and his synthoid-making machine working overtime, Dilton creates a new synthetic material that, unbeknownst to him, is actually alive! Not only does it lead to a new wardrobe for Dilton, but he also seems to have adopted Reggie’s penchant for arrogance and self-centeredness! Can Archie and his friends undo this malevolent makeover? SCRIPT: AND ART: Fernando Ruiz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents.
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale on newsstands: December 4, 2007
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.

VERONICA #185
"Riverdale High – the Musical!": When a former Riverdale High student-turned-famous screenwriter/director decides to make a movie about her teenage years, it’s enough to make Veronica, Betty and their friends break out in song! Of course, using the current high school class as inspiration, there’s more drama behind the cameras than in front of it! Don’t miss this hilarious spoof of the beloved musical high school films that have captured the hearts of the nation. SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
On sale on newsstands: December 4, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A couple "Dallas" and "Dynasty" nuggets

"I'm a little bit DA-LLAS ... I'm a little bit DY-NASTY ..."

(Sorry, we were so enraptured by Oprah's Osmond family reunion on Friday, we've had Osmonds on the brain ...)

Whether you're a little bit "Dallas" or a little bit "Dynasty" or, like many of us, a lot of both, we've got something for you to enjoy today.

First up, amid rumors of a third "Dallas" reunion movie for TV, the Ultimate Dallas site has formulated a petition to ensure it happens:
http://ultimatedallas.com/phpPETITION/
(Can you believe Margaret Krebbs would be 20 years old right now? When we read the suggested plotline for the TV reunion, we did a double-take!)

Then, we've got just a yummy little tidbit for "Dynasty" ... a tribute, of sorts, in the catfight that singer Kylie Minogue had with her sister:
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22740212-5006009,00.html

Monday, November 12, 2007

Bits O' Web: The men of "SB" generate some ink

It was a heavy news weekend for the men of "Santa Barbara":

- Jack Wagner, our own final Warren Lockridge, was named No. 1 in Golf Digest's ranking of the top 100 Hollywood golfers. (And we could only be tickled pink that former "Charlie's Angel" Cheryl Ladd figured into the list at No. 68.)
http://www.tulsaworld.com/sports/article.aspx?articleID=071109_2_B2_spanc37307

- Frank Runyeon, who as Father Michael can now be seen on the Mason Chronicles at Lane Davies' official website, gave a presentation late last week at St. Stephen's Church in Streator, Illinois, titled "Hollywood vs. Faith: The struggle to live as a Christian in the age of media values."
http://mywebtimes.com/ottnews/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=347913

- John O'Hurley, our own Stephen Slade, has "gone to the dogs -- and is loving it." He again hosts the National Dog Show Presented by Purina, airing after Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20071110/ent/ent3.html

But that's not all in today's BRBTV Bits O' Web bag of tricks: He might not have spelled the name right, but we do appreciate nonetheless the reference to "The Dukes of Hazzard" and the unforgettable Boss "Hawg" by this letter writer in an Ontario publication:
http://www.yorkregion.com/Opinion/Letters%20to%20the%20Editor/article/60199

Friday, November 09, 2007

Hair Dare Dukes Weekend moves to Leamington Fairgrounds

Paul Harrington of the Canadian Dukes of Hazzard Fan Club, who holds the annual Hair Dare Dukes Weekend benefit each year for the Canadian Cancer Society, has announced a new venue for next year's event:

"My wife Cheryl and I were able to convince the Leamington District Agricultural Society's president, secretary and the board of directors to let us hold our annual event on their grounds," Paul says. "WOW, this is the greatest news I could even think of. Now the event will be held right in the town of Leamington, Ontario, Canada. The Leamington Fair Grounds are located right on the main street of Leamington."

He adds, "This is the easiest place to have the event, as you can get there right from the 401, and head south on highway 77, right into town, as the grounds would be on the left side, right behind Applebee's, where many went to eat."

(Indeed, BRB enjoyed a nice dinner at that very Applebee's with several attendees of this past year's event -- along with other special guests Don Pedro Colley and Byron Cherry!)

The 2008 show will be on the fourth weekend in August:

Hair Dare Dukes Weekend
August 22, 23, 24, 2008
"Dinner with the Stars" on Friday night, and more information to come !!

"We are working on many new things for the 2008 event," Paul says. "We will need many volunteers for 2008, so, If you can help out, please let me know, ASAP!!" You can email Paul at cdndukes@mnsi.net, or visit his website, CanadianDukes.com.

Paul also notes that he still has a few of the 2007 event T-shirts for sale.

He's got many "Dukes of Hazzard"-related groups on the web:
http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/thecanadiandukesfanclub/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/The_Canadian_Dukes_of_Hazzard_Museum/ http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/Hair_Dare_Dukes_Day_for_Cancer/

And even BRB's own ...
http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/Billie_Rae_Bates/

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Archie Comics story contest has its first winner

From Archie Comics

MAMARONECK , NY – When Archie comics announced the Weekly Story Contest was opened to Archie fans of all ages, from all over the world, one of our international fans accepted the challenge and became the first grand-prize winner. Maha, an Archie fan from Athens, Greece, has won the Quarterly Story Contest.

Maha was the week 6 winner from our Weekly Story Contest, with her story "Driving with Ethel." The story went on to win the Quarterly Story Contest and will be featured in Archie's Pals 'N' Gals Double Digest # 116 which went on sale on Monday (November 5).



The story includes all the kids from Riverdale with art by Archie Comics' own Fernando Ruiz. When Maha received personal congratulations from publisher Michael Silberkleit, she told him "I'm really excited about winning the grand prize and I have told everybody I know. This is a great achievement for me and I'd like to thank you for the contest."
Want to join in the fun? For rules and information about the contest go to http://archiecomicblogs.typepad.com/weekly_contest_rules

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Bill Campbell ventures into "Ghost Town"

On our beloved "Dynasty," Bill Campbell played Luke Fuller, love interest to Steven Carrington. He went by William Campbell back then. (And wouldya believe, by the way, that the character of Billy Campbell on Fox's 1990s "Melrose Place" was actually named after the actor? We always wondered about that!)

Campbell has a couple new projects going on. One is "The Circuit," filmed this year in Canada by Von Zerneck Sertner Films for release on TV next year. Directed by Peter Werner and written by Janet Brownell and Bill Hanley, the movie is about the relationship between a father and his estranged daughter.

Campbell's in good company on the cast list of "Ghost Town": Téa Leoni, Greg Kinnear, Alan Ruck. It's a DreamWorks production, filming in New York for release next August. The plotline from the IMDb: "Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear) who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen (Téa Leoni). That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle with spirited results." It's written and directed by David Koepp.

This guy's life is quite interesting, by the way. Not only is Campbell an heir to the Champion spark plug fortune, but he was the second choice for the role of Will Riker on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," according to the IMDb.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

BRBTV birthdays for November

- Timothy Patrick Murphy, who was Mickey Trotter on "Dallas," was born on November 3, 1959 and died December 6, 1988.
- Kate Reid, who was Mickey's mom Lil on "Dallas," was born on November 4, 1930 and died March 27, 1993.
- Deborah Rennard, our own Sly Lovegren on "Dallas," turns 48 on November 4.
- Todd McKee, our own original Ted Capwell on "Santa Barbara," turns 44 on November 7.
- Russell Johnson, who is a BRBTV triple-shot for playing Sheriff Wyatt Mansfield on "Dallas," Earl Thompson on "Dynasty" and the third Roger Wainwright (Julia's dad) on "SB," turns 83 on November 10.
- Jack Scalia, the mysterious Nicholas Pearce / Joey Lombardi on "Dallas," has a birthday on November 10, as well, turning 56.
- Vincent Irizarry, a bigtime soaper who was Scott Clark on "SB," turns 48 on November 12.
- Dack Rambo, the hunky Jack Ewing of "Dallas," was born on November 13, 1941 and died of AIDS on March 21, 1994.
- Tracy Scoggins, our Monica Colby of "Dynasty" and "The Colbys," as well as Anita Smithfield on "Dallas: War of the Ewings," turns 54 on November 13.
- Edward Asner, the voice of Roland Daggett in "Batman: The Animated Series," turns 78 on November 15.
- Tricia Cast, who was Christy Duvall on "Santa Barbara," turns 39 on November 16.
- George O. Petrie, who played Harv Smithfield on "Dallas," was born on November 16, 1912 and died November 16, 1997.
- Brandon Call, the third Brandon DeMott Capwell on "SB," who was also notable as J.T. Lambert on ABC's sitcom "Step By Step" (side-by-side with Sasha Mitchell and Patrick Duffy of "Dallas"), as well as Hobie Buchanon in the syndicated "Baywatch," turns a so-young 31 on November 17.
- Rock Hudson, who played Daniel Reece on "Dynasty," was born on November 17, 1925 and, like Dack Rambo, died of AIDS, on October 2, 1985.
- Linda Evans, Hudson's on-screen love interest for a time, as Krystle on "Dynasty," turns 65 on November 18.
- Jocelyn Brando, who was John Ross' nanny Mrs. Reeves on "Dallas," was born on November 18, 1919 and died November 27, 2005.
- Joseph Campanella, a true classic actor who is a BRBTV triple-shot for his roles as mobster Joseph Lombardi Sr. on "Dallas" and Hutch Corrigan on "The Colbys," as well as Dr. Matthew Thorne on "Batman: TAS," turns 80 on November 21.
- Deborah Shelton, the stunning Mandy Winger on "Dallas," turns 59 on November 21.
- Maxwell Caulfield, our own Miles Colby of "Dynasty" and "The Colbys," turns 48 on November 23.
- Michael Brainard, our final Ted Capwell on "Santa Barbara," turns 42 on November 23.
- Roscoe Born, our "SB" evil-twin actor as Robert Barr and Quinn Armitage, turns 57 on November 24.
- And ... sigh ... one of BRBTV's very favorite actors ... the wonderful, the great, the accomplished, the amazing (!) Ricardo Montalban, who was Zach Powers on "The Colbys" among so many other things, will turn 87 on November 25.
- Marcy Walker, our own Eden Capwell of "SB" who since has settled into work for God's Kingdom, turns 46 on November 26.
- Joshua Harris, our darling little Christopher Ewing of "Dallas," is a big boy now, turning 29 on November 27.
- Stephen Elliott, who was Scotty Demarest on "Dallas," was born on November 27, 1918
and died May 21, 2005.
- Sherilyn Wolter, the evil Elena Nikolas / Capwell on "SB," has a birthday on November 30, turning 56.
- Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who voiced Alfred the butler in "Batman: The Animated Series," turns 89 on November 30.
- Kevin Conroy, who voiced Batman in "Batman: The Animated Series" and all the other series that spun off from it, as well as playing Bart Fallmont on "Dynasty," turns 52 on November 30.


Happy birthday to all!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Must be John Allen Nelson just has the look of a politician!

We were disappointed when John Allen Nelson's show "Vanished" sputtered out last season on Fox. He made a supercool senator, but we just dug the fact that he was back in action, back on the screen. Well, not to worry -- our original Warren Lockridge of "Santa Barbara" has something new in the works. He'll play JFK in a movie scheduled for release next year.

"Fire Bay" tells the story of the infamous Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. Written and directed by Randall Fried, the action thriller filmed in the Dominican Republic and comes from Dragon Fire Films. It also features José Zúñiga, whose resume includes just about every crime drama you can name, and Michael Biehn.

Read a little more about the film at MovieWeb.com.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Adrian Paul stars in new Sci Fi movie

The next classic TV star saddling up to Sci Fi Channel's unstoppable Saturday-night creature feature is Adrian Paul, known to us as Kolya / Nikolai Rostov of the "Dynasty" spinoff, "The Colbys."

Paul takes the lead role in "Captain Drake," described as a "pirate-themed fantasy-action movie." As Sir Francis Drake, he tries to find the Tree of Life to save his daughter, encountering lots of scary stuff along the way, including the feature's creature, some sea monsters.

Directed by David Flores and written by Rafael Jordan, "Captain Drake" is filming on location in the Black Sea and eastern Europe and is due late next year, according to Reuters and the Hollywood Reporter.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: The newest tree hugger ... Sue Ellen Ewing! Or, more specifically, her portrayer, Linda Gray! Our "Dallas" star has had an interest in environmental issues in the past, and yesterday she showed up to support the Gloucestershire 1000 tree planting campaign in the U.K., reports Ebrington.com.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

John Travolta scheming to do in ... Rob Lowe? "Dallas" casting rumors continue

CinemaBlend.com is checking in with some unconfirmed tidbits about the "Dallas" big-screen remake that we've all been awaiting so anxiously. Now, we'll remind you of what they say in their story, that these things are unconfirmed, but what they're saying is that Rob Lowe and Matthew Fox are the latest stars being considered for the project, now being directed by Betty Thomas.

Katie Cassidy is evidently back in (or still in?) as Lucy Ewing, according to this "scooper." But holy cow -- Rob Lowe as Cliff Barnes? We dunno. The scooper also says the film will return to the roots of the show -- the very beginning of the pilot episode -- for its content.

At the same time, though, rumors swirl (we don't exactly like posting unconfirmed stuff, but it's quite scintillating stuff, and we are attaching that red blinking "rumor" light to it!) that there's another "Dallas" movie project in the works -- another reunion movie of the original cast, to be exact.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: Lane Davies, our own lovable Shakespearean original Mason Capwell of "Santa Barbara," is making the news at Middle Tennessee State University. His role in the new production of "Romeo and Juliet" is featured in their student newspaper.

BRBTV News Blog Blip, Also: And finally, we just had to give you a glimpse, courtesy of our buddy Chad Fullerton, of John Schneider's presentation of the national anthem at Atlanta Motor Speedway this past weekend. Thanks, Chad, for passing these along ...


Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Has the love bug bitten Reggie and Cheryl?

No, this is not a Halloween prank! And if you're an Archie Comics fan, you might wonder if you read that headline right! And ... while BRBTV usually lets the Archie Comics press releases percolate a while, because they send 'em out so far in advance of when the comics actually hit the stores, we had to make an exception in this case. We had to roll this one right out to the front of the line. Because anytime you're talking Cheryl Blossom, BRB sits up and takes notice! We're marvo fans of the luscious redhead! So here goes ...

From Archie Comics

MAMARONECK , NY – Archie Comics and the idea of “romantic entanglements” have been synonymous for nearly 70 years. Our readers are interested in seeing how we can shake things up with various romantic pairings, and over the years our writers have obliged, leading to such milestone tales as the “Love Showdown” saga examining the eternal love triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica, Ethel’s relentless pursuit of Jughead, Riverdale’s perennial couples Moose and Midge and Chuck and Nancy, and even a very poignant encounter … and quite romantic kiss … between Betty and Reggie!

Now, it appears a new pair of lovebirds are hovering on the horizon: Reggie and Cheryl!

The seeds of the relationship were sown the previous month in “Love Can Be Nasty,” a tantalizing tale from BETTY & VERONICA #180. In that story, Cheryl and Reggie formed an alliance – she to figure out how to date Archie without competition from Betty and Veronica; he to date Betty and Veronica without competition from Archie.

Well, in “Be My Valentine … or Else!” from BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #181, their scheming continues, or so it seems … Could it be possible that Cheryl and Reggie really DO want to attend the Valentine’s Day parade together? Not according to Archie, Betty and Veronica, who are convinced the duo are just using one another. But Cupid may have something else in mind! Is this the beginning of a new, bona-fide Archie Comics couple or merely a fleeting fancy? There’s only one way to find out – be sure to reserve your copy today!

BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #181
“Be My Valentine … or Else!”
SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent
PLUS: Other new and classic tales, including the “animated” Sabrina!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping date: January 16, 2008
On sale at comic specialty shops: January 23, 2008
On sale on newsstands: February 5, 2008
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.

BRBTV News Blog note: Yes, we know ... boo-hoo-hoo, February is a heckuva long time to wait! But hey, in the world of romance, anticipation is everything! But Mr. Silberkleit, we can't believe you didn't put Cheryl on the cover of this one! Don't ya know that'll sell more issues! We know, just from how many search strings of "Cheryl Blossom" bring folks to this very blog!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Grant Goodeve in "The Spy and the Sparrow"

Grant Goodeve is difficult to forget as elder bro David Bradford on the 1970s "Eight is Enough." But us fans of "Dynasty" remember him as Chris Deegan in the 1983 season. Now Goodeve is working on "The Spy and the Sparrow." He plays Agent Kruch in the drama, directed by Garrett Bennett and written by Steve Edmiston.

Find out a little more about the film from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: Fans of "Batman: The Animated Series" and its various animated descendants, you'll want to check out this quickie interview with voice director Andrea Romano:
http://www.voicesfromkrypton.com/2007/10/exclusive-inter.html

Monday, October 29, 2007

Susan Lucci does Super Soap Weekend, and other "Dallas" tidbits

Our gal Susan Lucci, that luscious but sinister Hillary Taylor / Sheila Foley of the latter part of the "Dallas" run, is out and about again in a couple weeks. She'll appear at the Super Soap Weekend and Breakfast at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

"For those of you that haven't had a chance to attend in previous years," her official website says, "this is an excellent opportunity to spend time with Susan, and other Chat Club Members that have been attending this event for years."

The Super Soap Weekend is November 10-11, 2007, and the Susan Lucci Chat Club Breakfast is Friday, November 9, 2007. The location is the Brown Derby Restaurant - Disney MGM Studios @ Walt Disney World Resort. Tickets are $95 (with the proceeds going to Little Flower Children's Services of New York) but -- alas -- they're sold out!

Elsewhere in the "Dallas" world, meanwhile, there is an update on the long-awaited and ever-changing big-screen remake film. James Brolin and Diane Ladd are the latest names to be attached to the project, according to PR-Inside.com. They'll apparently play Jock and Miss Ellie (we're sure you know which is which). Though it's an improvement over Shirley MacLaine as Ellie, it's certainly not an improvement over the remarkable Sam Elliott as Jock! But Brolin could be sufficiently gruffy, we suppose ...