Saturday, March 31, 2012

Catch BRB in her latest work for "Fantastic Forum"

BRB of BRBTV -- aka, Billie Rae Bates! -- takes a spin in the hosting chair on the latest episode of the award-winning TV show "Fantastic Forum." This time around, the topic is most unusual superpowers ... Superman's "superkiss"? Toad and that tongue? The Wonder Twins? ... Enjoy the lively discussion...

You've got lots of ways to catch "Fantastic Forum": Mondays at 9:30 p.m. on DCTV, local Comcast channel 95, RCN channel 10; Verizon FiOS channel 20, plus streaming globally via

Saturday, March 24, 2012

TNT offers a yummy video tour of the new "Dallas"

Ooooh, it's so lush and wonderful, this new take on our beloved Ewings of "Dallas." And indeed, TNT's "next generation" approach of the show that originally aired from 1978 to 1991 is looking quite sophisticated and larger than life for the small screen! (Of course, so many of us have big screens nowadays, don't we?) The official site for the new series is serving up lots of fab photos and videos in anticipation of the Wednesday, June 13 premiere, so we give you a little slice ...

Another smart thing TNT has done is post a Facebook page from the perspective of J.R., and his posts on the timeline help bridge the gap between the first series' ending in 1991 and this new one's beginning more than two decades later. The fact that John Ross dropped off the radar for a while is interesting (and the idea of him wildcatting -- even more so!!!! thanks so much, TNT, for remaining true to the original!), as well as the setup for the love triangle of our two beautiful boys and Elena Ramos. We'll be updating our character guide in "Destination: Dallas," for sure, and we can't wait to see what happens in June!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Don Pedro Colley launches new website, as he and other "Dukes" cast are out and about

Complete with a video greeting, Don Pedro Colley, known to us fans of "The Dukes of Hazzard" as Sheriff Ed Little, has launched a new online home. On the home page, he lists upcoming appearances, such as the 12th Annual Orchard Beach Classic Car and Motorcycle Show in September. Check it out at

And of course, he's not the only "Dukes" cast member out and about. Here's the latest on upcoming appearances -- it's a busy year:

April 12 and 13
John ("Bo Duke") Schneider and Tom ("Luke Duke") Wopat are in concert at Niagara Fallsview Casino in Ontario, Canada.
Tickets may be purchased at 

April 14
John Schneider appears at the Bishop's Dinner for the Catholic Pro-Life Committee at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, Texas.
For more information or to purchase tickets go to

Ben (“Cooter Davenport”) Jones and Cooter’s Garage Band appear The Theatre at Washington, Virginia.
Learn more at Cooter's Place.

May 18-19
John Schneider,  Don Pedro Colley and Byron ("Coy Duke") Cherry appear at the Las Vegas Car Stars/Knight Rider Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.
More info at

May 19
Ben Jones hosts the third annual Cooter’s Barbecue in Nashville, Tennessee.
See the details at Cooter's Place.

June 2
John Schneider, James ("Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane") Best, Sonny ("Enos Strate") Shroyer, Ben Jones and Rick ("Cletus Hogg") Hurst appear at the Hazzard Comes to Galax event in Galax, Virginia.
See our February 28 post.

June 9
Ben Jones appears at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Maryland.
See the details at Cooter's Place.

July 6-8
Catherine ("Daisy Duke") Bach and Ben Jones appear at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
See the details at Cooter's Place.

July 22
Ben Jones appears at the Fauquier County Fair in Warrrenton, Virginia.
Read more at Cooter's Place.

August 2
Ben Jones and Cooter’s Garage Band appear at the Garrett County Fair in McHenry, Maryland.
See the details at Cooter's Place.

August 11-12
Ben Jones and Alma Viator host the second Hazzard Homecoming in Sperryville, Virgina. Also appearing: Catherine Bach, James Best, Sonny Shroyer, Rick Hurst; possibly John Schneider and Tom Wopat.
See Cooter's Place for info.

September 29
John Schneider, Catherine Bach, James Best, Sonny Shroyer, Ben Jones, and Rick Hurst appear at the Dukes of Hazzard Reunion and Car Show in Livingston Parish, Louisiana.
Info at

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Wesley Eure talks to BRBTV about his role on "Land of the Lost"

Earlier this week, we showed you our interview with "Land of the Lost" star Kathleen Coleman at the Steel City Con in Pittsburgh. Well, we also got the fab opportunity to talk with Coleman's on-screen bro, Wesley Eure, also appearing at the event. Among other stuff, Eure chatted a bit about his Shakespearean training before he got the role on "LotL," as well as the projects he has going on right now ...

And be sure to check out the other fun stuff at the BRBTV YouTube channel.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kathleen Coleman talks to BRBTV about life on the set of "Land of the Lost"

She was just a little gal -- a sweet, ponytailed blonde named Holly -- on the classic Saturday-morning TV show "Land of the Lost." This was the glorious '70s, and this was live-action kids' TV, which we absolutely loved at the time, including other Krofft shows like "H.R. Pufnstuff" and great Filmation stuff like "The Secrets of Isis" and "Shazam!" Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV got a chance to talk to one of the stars of "Land of the Lost," Kathleen Coleman, at the Steel City Con in Pittsburgh the weekend before last. Check out what she had to say about her work leading up to that fun role, as well as her time on the set, and just what she thought of the recent big-screen remake ...

And be sure to check out the other fun stuff at the BRBTV YouTube channel.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gena Lee Nolin talks to BRBTV about "Sheena," "Baywatch," and what she has going on now

She has a new book coming out early next year, on a subject she feels strongly about. She's not just another "Baywatch" beauty. In fact, after Gena Lee Nolin hit the California beach for that longtime megahit series, she spent some time in the jungle, too, as the star of the 2000 show "Sheena." Nolin chatted with BRBTV about both roles at the Steel City Con in Pittsburgh a little over a week ago, and we're happy to share this clip with you ...

Check out our other video interviews from the Steel City Con, which we'll be previewing on this very blog later on this week; the hit to click is

Friday, March 09, 2012

Eric Close on tap for a new fall TV show

Now that's what we love to see -- the stars of our beloved BRBTV shows popping up during pilot season. Yahoo TV has the full rundown of this year's plans and offerings, and among them is "Nashville," a soap from ABC starring Eric Close, our former Sawyer Walker of "Santa Barbara" who's had quite a successful career since then. Close joins "Heroes" alum Hayden Panettiere, as well as Powers Boothe, the voice of Gorilla Grodd in "Justice League" (the subject of an upcoming BRBTV Report!). Read a little more at the Hollywood Reporter. Close is looking good!

Clancy Brown, the voice of Lex Luthor in "Superman: The Animated Series" and "Justice League," is part of the cast for "The Frontier," NBC's Western set in the 1840s. Shaun Cassidy is producing that one. Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.

We're also glad to spot some of our other faves slated for pilots: Julia Stiles (NBC's "Midnight Sun"), Zachary Levi (Fox's "Let it Go"), John Stamos (Fox's "Little Brother"), Robert Knepper (CW's "Cult"), Tyler Labine (NBC's "Animal Kingdom") -- he's such a cute kid!, Brandon Routh (CBS' "Partners") -- whom we had the pleasure of interviewing a year or two back, Jami Gertz (ABC's untitled Dan Fogelman project) -- wow, how long it's been since "Square Pegs"!

And we're certainly looking forward to the reboot of "Scruples," especially given the fact that it will be set in the '70s. And we probably couldn't resist the Roseanne Barr / John Goodman re-pairing of "Downwardly Mobile" -- for the latter more than the former.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Steel City Con presents a nice assortment of stars of classic TV

As we mentioned on Monday, we visited the Steel City Con in Pittsburgh for the first time this past weekend. We got to sink our teeth into a wonderful assortment of toys -- emphasis on the action figures, certainly. Whenever BRBTV visits a con, we love the shopping, and it's the toy booths we love best! So to see a whole show full of them was a treat. (We still didn't nab that elusive Volcana figure for our buddy Will, though -- rats! She's so rare!)

Beyond that, though, we beheld a nice collection of actors from the TV shows we love ... Christopher ("Peter") Knight and Susan ("Cindy") Olsen of "The Brady Bunch." Butch ("Eddie Munster") Patrick of "The Munsters," whom we got to chat with a bit about his recent Detroit appearance, complete with the Dragula (see our October 29, 2011 post). Billy Dee Williams, whom the rest of the world knows as Lando Calrissian, but whom we "Dynasty" fans will always remember as the suavo Brady Lloyd. He was there with his son, Corey Dee Williams, who has also done some "Star Wars" work. Ian Ziering of "Beverly Hills 90210" and more recently "Dancing with the Stars." Johnny Whitaker from "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" and "Family Affair."

But there were a couple other stars we were really looking forward to meeting and chatting with: Wesley Eure and Kathleen Coleman from "The Land of the Lost." Man, did we love that show! We especially loved that trend of live-action Saturday morning kids' shows back then, in the '70s, such as the Krofft shows but also "Shazam!" and "The Secrets of Isis." BRBTV got to chat on camera with these two "Land of the Lost" stars, so look for that video on our YouTube channel early next week. Our buddy James also talked with Gena Lee Nolin of "Baywatch" and "Sheena" for a minute -- you'll see that, too. Fun, fun, fun.

They've already got Dean Cain signed on for the next show in July. Meow! Thanks so much to the folks at the Steel City Con for presenting a nice show!

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
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Monday, March 05, 2012

We love a little "Dallas" with our toy shows

Ahhhh, it was great fun this past Saturday tripping through the Steel City Con in Pittsburgh. Not only was it a delicious mecca for shoppers and seekers of toys both vintage and modern, but there were some cool TV stars there, as well. (More on that latter later, when BRBTV gets a chance to upload our new video interviews with three of those stars!)

We were armed with a list of stuff to find (classic Incredible Hulk figure for him, Volcana and the last wave of World's Greatest Super Heroes repro figures for him, a little of this and that for us ...) but we were absolutely delighted when we saw packs of "Dallas" trading cards for only a buck each at one booth. Fab.

These guys were made by Donruss Co. back in the day. Each pack has seven color photos from our beloved show, plus one very petrified piece of gum. On the reverse side of each is part of an image that you have to collect all the cards to put together.

THEN ... as if a sign ... there was J.R. Ewing himself -- in the form of Larry Hagman, of course! -- smiling down on us during our lunch at the TGI Friday's across the street from the convention center. Sweet!

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
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Friday, March 02, 2012

Read Joan Collins' latest interview in Glamour, and vote for her fashion sense at TV Guide!

"I only regret a couple of my marriages." Hmmm ... that's a mighty intriguing headline Glamour magazine slapped on its interview with our delightful "Dynasty" dame Joan Collins for its April 2012 issue, reportedly on sale now. Catch that dishy thing at the Joan Collins Archive blog if you can't get to the newsstand. Thanks, Glamour, for appreciating one of our beautiful classic-TV stars.

And speaking of appreciation, whoever at TV Guide remembered Alexis Colby's fashion sense needs a kudos, too -- in these days of reality TV overrunning any of the good TV we remember, it's nice to know our faves still haven't faded into obscurity. Hop on over to TV Guide's Facebook page (scroll down -- it's a busy page) to vote for Alexis / Joan as "Who is the most fashionable TV character of all time?". Now, we do like Carrie Bradshaw; we certainly do (her shoes more than her clothing, actually), but pleezzzzz ... this is a no-brainer. C'mon, Alexis, you can do it!!!!