Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mumy family has a couple "Santa Barbara" connections

One of the many fine stars of classic TV that Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV got to talk to during the Motor City Comic Con a week and a half ago was Bill Mumy of "Lost in Space," "Twilight Zone" and so many other shows. BRB interviewed him on camera for a special episode about the con from One Media Detroit, a TV show you'll be seeing more on soon.

Mumy talked about his time on "Twilight Zone" as a young child, as well as the other slightly macabre / suspense thriller, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" / "Alfred Hitchcock Hour." But a lot of what Mumy does nowadays involves music, and we learned that he scored some songs for our beloved daytime soap "Santa Barbara." Which songs, BRB asked? He couldn't recall exactly, but said one was a theme for the romance of Keith and Gina. He said he got the gig because his wife had worked on the show.

Eileen Mumy is a childbirth instructor, and she played a nurse on a few episodes of "SB." BRB asked for more specifics on that, and the most she and Bill can recall is that it was in the first few years of the show. Robin Wright was on at the time, Eileen remembered. The couple became fans of the show after that point. Yea, Bill and Eileen, it was a good show ...

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Justin Deas takes the stage for "God of Carnage"

Justin Deas, our own Keith Timmons of "Santa Barbara," is one of the soap stars featured in a New Jersey production of the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play: "God of Carnage."

The play opens on Thursday, June 21 at 8 p.m. from Cape May Stage, South Jersey's premier professional Equity theatre. Directed by Roy Steinberg ("Guiding Light," "Days of Our Lives"), the play also stars John Viscardi, Michelle Eugene, and Emmy nominee Fiona Hutchison ("Guiding Light").

The Robert Shackleton Playhouse is on Bank and Lafayette streets. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $15 for students. Call (609) 884-1341 for reservations and information, or visit the theatre's website at www.capemaystage.org.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Motor City Comic Con: Billy Dee Williams

Just how did our own Brady Lloyd of "Dynasty" get that role of Lando Calrissian in "Star Wars"? And where can you see this artist's work nowadays? Billy Dee Williams answered those questions and more in a panel discussion at the Motor City Comic Con last Sunday afternoon, and we've got part of the panel on tape. So if you weren't there, or if you just want to relive the moments, take a stroll with BRBTV ...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Motor City Comic Con: Some sights and sounds

Didya miss last weekend's Motor City Comic Con? Didya attend and just wanna go back? The BRBTV YouTube channel is your place to take a stroll through the event. Hop alongside our video camera as we spy all sorts of TV stars from the great shows we love of decades ago, or just a few years ago. You'll catch a glimpse of Loni Anderson and Howard Hesseman of "WKRP in Cincinnati" (loved that show! watched it faithfully every week!), Butch Patrick of "The Munsters" (and you'll see the Dragula car, too!), Dawn Wells of "Gilligan's Island," Dean Cain of "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," Christopher Knight of "The Brady Bunch," Yvonne Craig of "Batman," Alaina Huffman of "Smallville," Bill Mumy of "Lost in Space" and "The Twilight Zone," and more! Take our quick jaunt below ...

During the weekend (on Sunday morning, actually), Dwight Schultz of "The A-Team" was kind enough to step on over just before the show started to pose for a few pics with the A-Team van. The owners of the van, Tara and Jeremy of Canada, are there, along with Mel, Mike, Megan and Krista. Such fun! Schultz was also Lt. Barclay on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Voyager," and Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV got to chat with him on camera on Saturday about his roles over the years, his political beliefs and more. We'll post more info soon on this and other interviews by BRB from the con, which will be airing on Metro Detroit TV, produced by One Media Detroit.

Stay tuned; we've got one more video from the event to show ya, and it features one of the cast members of our beloved "Dynasty" ...

Monday, May 21, 2012

Motor City Comic Con: A testament to the growth of the comic con

It was a weekend jam-packed with comics, costumes, crowds, cool stars of classic TV, rockin' star cars, and chance encounters with friends and more-than-friends and assorted others old and new. That about sums it up. But amid the scantily clad, tattoo'ed Harley Quinn and legions of "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" characters, we also saw a powerful demonstration of something else: The rise of the comic con.

The Motor City Comic Con at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan, over this past weekend sparkled with excitement and nothing short of pure magic all day Saturday -- and Friday and Sunday weren't bad, either. In fact, on Saturday it was so jam-packed of people itself that we wondered if the joint was going to be shut down for fire code. Maybe we were just thinking of that 2008 Dukesfest in Nashville, where far more showed up to the party than anticipated and that fire code thing did factor in, but heck, we'd never seen a line around the building to get tickets hours into the Motor City show's Saturday opening.

The delicious Dean Cain of "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" might have seemed a bit big for a con, still, but perhaps that's just the nature of this show and others like it around the country these days. Cons used to be "up" for some and "down" for others, but now they're just plain big business. And with the San Diego event going so mainstream and pop-culture phenomena like "The Big Bang Theory," we all know that geeky has been far more cool in recent years.

Take the stunning Audrey Horne of "Twin Peaks," a character we fairly worshiped, and Sherilyn Fenn's career since David Lynch's masterpiece was on the air has not been shabby. But there she was, chatting at her table, more than approachable in her skinny jeans and high-heeled wedgies, and it wasn't "down" for her, either -- just the nature of how our entertainment world changes over time.

And, of course, you had the con's regular natural assets, like the lovely Dawn Wells of "Gilligan's Island," posing in one of the two original screen-used Monkeemobiles, which is owned by Mel of Metro Detroit (and featured in previous posts on this blog). Wells is wonderfully vibrant and full of life. We've seen her at these cons for so many years, and she seems to thrive in this environment, continually cracking jokes and finding a rapport with everyone who approaches her table. She was the last of the celebs to leave on Sunday evening.

Photo ops could be found in all sorts of places, even with celebs hunting down their own ops, like Felix Silla of "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" and "The Addams Family." Below, Dwight Schultz of "The A-Team" and Nichelle Nichols of "Star Trek" sign for fans.

Billy Dee Williams, whom we know, of course, as Brady Lloyd on "Dynasty," did a panel discussion on Sunday with his son, Corey Dee Williams, and fellow "Star Wars" alum Stephen Costantino. Watch for some video of that on the BRBTV YouTube channel.

BRB got to chat again with the amazing Yvonne Craig, TV's Batgirl. She interviewed Craig a decade ago for The Detroit News in advance of her Motor Show appearance, and at the time Craig was just finishing up her book, "From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond." This time around, in this new age of the con, the appearance of Craig and others of her classic TV fame was splashed across both of Detroit's dailies and other local print media. TV cams of all varieties were at the show all weekend.

Peter Tork of the Monkees prepares for an interview with local TV, above, and talks to the owner of this amazing original car, Mel.

And speaking of interviews and TV cams, Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV was part of the action, too, doing some interviews with con guests for local Detroit television. Stay tuned for more on that, and where you'll be able to watch 'em ...

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
with the exception of photo of BRB and Yvonne Craig, by Meridel
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Them Duke boys set a stage date for 2013

Whew, they're just barely off the stage in Niagara Falls, and they're already making plans for next year?! Guess singing together again is just too much fun!

John ("Bo Duke") Schneider and Tom ("Luke Duke") Wopat of "The Dukes of Hazzard" will perform at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, Arizona, on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Tickets go on sale in June via Ticketmaster.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

The view from Free Comic Book Day with "Fantastic Forum"

It was a fabulous time for Free Comic Book Day yesterday, as Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV was out and about doing all kinds of interviews for the "Fantastic Forum" TV show.

Many thanks to Cards, Comics and Collectibles of Reisterstown (shown in these photos) and Alliance Comics of Silver Spring, both Maryland shops, for their wonderful hospitality. The two stores were gloriously packed for the afternoon, and it was great to see so many people enjoying the event.

As one would expect from this weekend, the Avengers were out in full force, and BRB got to get both of the above guys on-camera to talk a bit about their costumes and these characters. We also chatted with Marc Nathan, owner of Cards, Comics and Collectibles and the organizer of the massively popular Baltimore Comic-Con, as well as Filip Sablik of Top Cow (below left), John Gallagher of "Roboy Red" and "BuzzBoy" (middle) and Steve Conley of "Bloop" (right).

Look for these Free Comic Book Day segments on upcoming episodes of "Fantastic Forum," the award-winning show that you can find in a whole lot of places:
  • Washington, D.C., on DCTV Comcast channels 95 and 96 and RCN channels 10 and 11 and Verizon FIOS 10.
  • Montgomery County, MD, on Montgomery Community Media (MCM-TV) Comcast channel 21.
  • Fairfax County, VA, on Fairfax Cable Access (FPA-TV) Cox channel 10.
  • Arlington County, VA, on Arlington Independent Media (AIM) on Comcast channel 69 and Verizon FIOS 38.
  • Prince George's County, MD, on Prince George's Community Television (CTV) Comcast channel 76 and Verizon FIOS 42.
  • Baltimore City, MD, on Community Media of Baltimore (CMBC) Comcast channel 75. 
  • YouTube, NCC1727 channel
  • Vimeo, Ulysses Campbell's channel
BRB is so thankful to be working with producer Ulysses Campbell -- he knows his stuff!

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
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Thursday, May 03, 2012

A "Dukes" reboot? Maybe ...

Holy heckin' cow -- another remake of "The Dukes of Hazzard"? Well, it's JUST a rumor right now (read the bold and ital and caps on that, pleez!), but the clues are ... "untitled action project set in the American South for Warner Bros." ... "set in the 1970s South and involves an outlaw duo" ... Hmmmm ....

The news comes from the Hollywood Reporter, noting that Jody Hill has been attached to direct, with Billy Gerber producing. Gerber produced the 2005 "Dukes" movie that fans so dislike.

So let's just see what happens with this ... Maybe WB has taken note of the massive surge of support for the "Dallas" reboot, which takes the very smart approach of mixing the old and new generations and for the most part keeping continuity with the characters. Ben ("Cooter Davenport") Jones told us in our interview with him for our "Them Dukes! Them Dukes!" reference guide that he pitched a "next generation" approach to Warner Bros. years ago. Given that this is set in the 1970s, OK, maybe not "next generation," but we can only hope it will be a better approach to our beloved "Dukes" franchise than we've seen in recent years.

And thanks to our buddy Big Dee in Deeee-troit for looking out for us on this one ...