Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Spotlight on: "The Atlanta Child Murders"

The cast is simply dynamite: Morgan Freeman, James Earl Jones, Rip Torn, Jason Robards, Ruby Dee, Martin Sheen, Gary Graham, Bill Paxton, and more. It's "The Atlanta Child Murders" we're talking about, and we enjoyed it the other night, courtesy of our bud Tracy and that fab box of DVDs she mailed us this Christmas!

The 1985 miniseries did not disappoint for serving up some of our favorite classic TV stars. It, of course, chronicled the real-life case in Atlanta in the late 1970s, a serial killing of children and even a few adults. We love the true-life crime stories; it's why we have "48 Hours" and "Dateline" DVR'd right now. In this one, we delighted to see the aforementioned Graham (who we remember so fondly from "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Alien Nation") take the stand in the trial against Wayne Williams as a character named Ken Lawson, with a real fine Southern accent. Seriously, we would never have recognized his voice. Came so natural to him. Then there was Mark Arnold, in the midst of his role as the second Joe Perkins in "Santa Barbara," playing David Dingle here.

Kenneth Kimmins of "Dynasty" and "Dallas" (Thornton McLeish) was there, as well as Michael Alldredge of "The Dukes of Hazzard."

Arnold has a 2014 project going on, by the way, "The Gunrunner Billy Kane."

Saturday, December 28, 2013

John Schneider set for second season of "The Haves and the Have Nots"

Thanks again to Phyllis for the heads-up that John ("Bo Duke") Schneider of "The Dukes of Hazzard" will again star as Judge Jim Cryer in the new season of Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots." This new season premieres on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Tuesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. Eastern. If you missed part of the first season or just want to watch it again, there is going to be a marathon of Season 1 episodes on OWN on December 30 and December 31 beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Also, Schneider's production company is putting the final touches on the new movie "John Schneider's Smothered," a horror/comedy which will be in theaters in early 2014. Note that this is a horror movie and is not for the squeamish or for children. You can sign up to be kept updated on this movie here, and see the trailer here.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Me-TV brings on "Wonder Woman"

If you're one of the lucky ones who has Me-TV (we don't --wah!), you've got reason to celebrate this weekend. The cable network is rolling out the classic "Wonder Woman" episodes starring Lynda Carter, beginning with the pilot tomorrow night. The show will be part of its Sci-Fi Saturday Night lineup.

Read more about it at the channel's website, and see the complete Me-TV schedule there, too (it's classic TV nirvana). And thanks to Brian for the heads-up!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from BRBTV!

BRBTV would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the new year!

From our entire Scooby family to yours (from left): Candy-Doo, Rudy-Doo, Santa-Doo, Santa-Too, (above) Candy-Too, (in back) Dottie-Doo and Scooby-Boo, then Pinky-Doo, Apple-Doo, with Squirty-Doo and My Big Boy against the window, and finally Grampa-Doo on the far right. Not pictured: Antler-Doo, just rescued from a crane game and not quite arrived home yet!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

CMT rolls out "The Dukes of Hazzard" in January

Some fans of "The Dukes of Hazzard" have been petitioning to get our beloved show back on the air on CMT in regular-like fashion, and the good news is that CMT is rolling out some "Dukes." See the schedule for January 5 and onward. Thanks to our buddy Jim in the Great White North for the heads-up!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Spotted: Ernie Hudson

He goes from one extreme to another in the two roles we saw him inadvertently on the same day (yesterday!). In his 1982 "Dukes of Hazzard" episode "Dear Diary," Ernie Hudson is a bad guy named Avery, irked because he's been double-crossed by Boss Hogg and drivin' up a storm after stealing Rosco P. Coltrane's diary with his cohort. He's lean and fairly mean.

In the new movie "Dear Secret Santa," airing last night on Lifetime, he's also Avery -- but Pastor Avery. Seems he's reformed after three decades! Pastor Avery encourages the lead character Jennifer, played by Tatyana Ali, because he knew her deceased mom and knows her ailing father well, too. He's a fatherly figure himself to Jennifer.

We tuned into the movie because we've joyfully been knee-deep in Christmas movies this season, taking basically whatever Lifetime or Hallmark will dole out! So we were delighted to see Ernie Hudson again, after reviewing said "Dukes" episode earlier in the evening for our update of the "Them Dukes! Them Dukes!" guide to the show. Does he make a habit of playing characters named Avery? Well, no, that's just the way it worked out!

Ernie Hudson's resume is a mile long, and he has lots of new projects slated for 2014. We hope to talk to him in person sometime soon at one of the many comic cons he does.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Tom Wopat has a busy performance schedule for December through April

The latest from the Web crew of Tom Wopat of "The Dukes of Hazzard" ....

Tom has a lot to be thankful for this year! You may have heard that he recently underwent vocal chord surgery, and we're happy to report that his singing voice is back and stronger than ever! He's having a blast singing again, and is excited to record more music and schedule even more shows around the country next year. Please make sure to check out the list of upcoming shows below, and spread the word! 


Dec. 11 - World Cafe Live - Wilmington, DE
Dec. 29 - The Rrazz Room - New Hope, PA
Jan. 7 - 54 Below - New York, NY (ticket link will be posted soon!)
Jan. 9 - Feinstein's at Hotel Nikko - San Francisco, CA
Jan. 17 - Charlotte Performing Arts Center - Charlotte, MI
Jan. 18 - River Raisin Centre - Monroe, MI
Mar. 8 - Mar 22 - The Colony at Palm Beach - Palm Beach, FL
Apr. 12 - Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts - Orange Park, FL
Apr. 19 - Curtis Theatre - Brea, CA 

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Meet Bo Hopkins at the Fleetwood Country Cruize-In

Because that's what we plan to do, frankly. We've spoken to Mr. Hopkins through email before, when we interviewed him for the "Dynasty High" guide. But heck, we'd like to meet him, too. We loved him as Matthew Blaisdel. Well, the Fleetwood Country Cruize-In, an event in Ontario, Canada, is going to afford all of us that opportunity.

This custom car show held each summer at the Plunkett Estate just west of London, Ontario, will also feature longtime TV and film star Candy Clark and car star great George Barris, among others. The dates are June 7-8, 2014.

Keep your eye on the event website and Facebook page for more info as the time gets closer.

Many thanks to our "Dukes" buddy up north, Jim, for sending this info, along with his photo of the newspaper ad! :)

Monday, December 02, 2013

Happy Cyber Monday from BRBTV!

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and were able to spend some time with family and/or friends before getting out there and keeping the economy alive! BRBTV had a great four-day stretch with a very full and fun Thanksgiving, then three wonderfully geeky days spent with friends that included a huge toy show, plenty of heart-pounding Scattergories (seriously), and the cosplay above. So in honor of Cyber Monday and in honor of the 1960s "Batman" TV series that BRB's fab Batgirl outfit refers to, here's a photo to start off your workweek!