Wednesday, March 29, 2017

From Underdog to Jeannie to Gilligan, this toy show had the classic TV covered

This past weekend was a toy show double-header, and we sure love that. Saturday was one we have known and loved for a few years now, the show at the Royal Oak Farmer's Market. Then, on Sunday, we took in a new show up at Macomb Community College, one heavy on model cars that even featured a slot-car competition. Very cool, and thanks to Brian and Joe for their work on that one.

At the Royal Oak show, we saw lots of great stuff, so we just had to share ...

Had to love spotting this one! See the Terrific TV Toys episode on this author's childhood version of this doll.

Another marvelous Mego, just like Cher and Farrah!

This one is for you, Will! And it's a big box!!!

An original Jim Beam bottle like what they used to make the "I Dream of Jeannie" bottle -- a friend of ours snapped this one up.

Here's another one that has a Terrific TV Toys episode -- but can you spot the differences between that one and this one?

Can you believe that's a "Gilligan's Island" playset!? Ludicrous. We had never seen this treasure before.

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV
Copying with credit is OK; a link would be grand.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Another "Dukes of Hazzard" masterpiece from the Great White North

Canadian artist and avid "Dukes of Hazzard" fan Jim Wilson is at it again, this time crafting a rather clever work combining two important elements of our beloved classic TV series ... the orange "01" of the General Lee and a moonshine jug!!!!

You saw lots of Jim's work in previous posts on this blog, and in the BRBTV guide, "Them Dukes! Them Dukes!" We really like this one ... so artsy and cool ...

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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Terrific TV Toys: "Green Hornet" View-Master set

This week's episode of the Terrific TV Toys series starts out really quietly, and that may seem like an error (well, it basically is!). But we left off the background music, that jazzy tune by that you're used to hearing on this series, because the video-editing software stopped working correctly and would no longer save with the music attached! Alack and alas, we're going to have to figure out something else for future episodes, but for now, you can still enjoy this look at the View-Master set from the 1966 TV show "The Green Hornet" ...

There was a whole lot of merchandise for this single-season show, as this author details in the new print edition of the BRBTV guide "Let's Roll, Kato." There was just one View-Master set, detailing the action of the third episode to air, "Programmed for Death." It was the exciting story where a leopard prances through the Daily Sentinel newsroom, and as Britt investigates, he discovers a counterfeit diamond operation and a wealthy widow running her own biz around it. So fun.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Catch BRB hosting the latest episode of "Fantastic Forum" on comics-related TV and movies

Well, this author is geeked and psyched and all that once again to have been part of the "Fantastic Forum" TV show. The latest episode is now up and viewable, and it features a discussion about TV shows and movies related to comics that we all know and love. This was recorded at Awesome Con in Washington, D.C., a couple years back, before the "Supergirl" series premiered on CBS (then later moved to the CW). Awesome Con was the most awesome of settings for this topic!

Keep your eye on the "Fantastic Forum" website for the latest on this D.C.-based show, which broadcasts on REAL TV, as well as on the Internet. If you're on the East Coast, catch it here:
  • Manhattan Neighborhood Network, New York, NY; Time Warner Cable MNN Lifestyle channel 2
  • PhillyCam,  Philadelphia, PA; Comcast channel 66/966; Verizon FiOS channel 29/30.
  • MCM  Montgomery County, MD; Comcast channel 21; RCN channel 21; Verizon FiOS channel 21.
  • Arlington Independent Media (AIM), Arlington County, VA; Comcast channel 69; Verizon FiOS channel 38.
  • FPA-TV,  Fairfax County, VA; Cox channel 10.
  • DCTV, Washington, DC; Comcast channel 95; RCN channel 10; Verizon FiOS channel 10.
  • Prince George’s Community Television (CTV), Prince George’s County, MD; COMCAST channel 76; Verizon FiOS channel 42.
  • Community Media of Baltimore City (CMBC), Baltimore, MD; Comcast channel 75.
  • Herndon Community Television, Cox channel 23, Verizon FIOS channel 28.

Monday, March 20, 2017

John Schneider will greet fans at MegaCon in May and Niagara Falls in June

Thanks to Phyllis for passing along the latest schedule for John ("Bo Duke") Schneider of "The Dukes of Hazzard" ...

Personal Appearances

John will meet fans at the MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, on May 27-28.  For more information go to

John will meet fans at the Niagara Falls Comic Con in Niagara Falls, Canada, on June 2-4.  For more information and tickets go to

John will meet fans at the Southern Wheels 'N Motion Car and Truck Show in Tullahoma, Tennessee, on June 17.  For more information call 931-455-8096 or 931-247-2663.

John will meet fans at Cooter's Last Stand in Luray, Virginia, on July 29-30.  For more information go to


John will be part of the concert at SpringFest in Denham Springs, Louisiana, on April 29.


The current season of "The Haves And The Have Nots" will resume on OWN on Tuesday evenings at 9 p.m. Eastern/ 8 Central on June 20.  Next season's episodes will be filmed soon, as the series has been renewed for another season. (A big woot-woot on that! This author loves Tyler Perry and loves this show!)

Important Link

John's new official website is   Make sure you check there often to see what is available in his store and to stream his new movies.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

See your fave "Dukes of Hazzard" stars at these spring appearances

Thanks to Cooter's Place for passing along this schedule of upcoming appearances for several cast members of "The Dukes of Hazzard" ...

  • March 31-April 1: Ben (“Cooter”) Jones will be in Boston at Town Fair Tire World of Wheels Car Show.
  • April 8-9: Catherine ("Daisy Duke") Bach will be signing autographs in Daisy Country at Cooter’s Place in Nashville.
  • April 11-16: Rick Hurst ("Deputy Cletus Hogg") will be signing autographs at Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg.
  • May 6: Cooter’s Luray Grand Opening along with the opening of the Shenandoah Jamboree featuring Tom Wopat.
  • May 6-7: Tom ("Luke Duke") Wopat will be at Cooter’s Place in Luray for a meet-and-greet.
  • July 1-8: Rick Hurst will be signing autographs at Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg.
  • July 29-30: “Cooter's Last Stand" in Luray, Virginia (see the earlier post on this blog).
  • December 26-January 3: Rick Hurst will be signing autographs at Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg.
And see our Monday post for the latest schedule for John ("Bo Duke") Schneider!

How interesting that the estate of James ("Rosco P. Coltrane") Best of "The Dukes of Hazzard" recently put up on eBay an animation cel that Best owned from his time on "The Dukes" Saturday-morning cartoon of the '80s. The cel went for $445, and that's no surprise -- original production animation cels can go for quite a lot as it is, let alone those owned by celebs. This one is a really nice shot, too, a good, centered close-up on Best's character. Congrats to the new owner!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Terrific TV Toys: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman toys by Kraft Foods

Since the dawn of fast food, it seems, there have been fast-food toys. Happy Meals, Kids' Meals, whatever. Well, the set of toys from 1998 that we're looking at in this week's episode of the Terrific TV Toys series may appear to be fast-food toys, but they're actually not. Can you guess how folks acquired this Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman set back in the late '90s? They're drawn up in the Timmverse style that began with "Batman: The Animated Series" and continued with "Superman: The Animated Series "...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Announcing the print edition of "Let's Roll, Kato: A Guide to TV's Green Hornet"!

Last September 9, on the 50th anniversary of the "Green Hornet" TV series, BRBTV released the Kindle edition of its latest fact book, "Let's Roll, Kato." Now, we're excited to tell ya that the print edition has been released, delivering the content of the Kindle edition in a standard 6-by-9 trade paperback clocking in at 482 pages!

You'll find "Let's Roll, Kato" on Amazon and other e-tailers, and it can be ordered from your local bookstore, too. In it, you'll find these goodies:

  • A history of the development of the series, as well as background on each of the principal stars
  • Cast list and character guide
  • Episode synopses, plus background on the storylines and scripts
  • A look at the Black Beauty car, with input from owners of both screen-used and replica vehicles
  • A listing of the many gadgets used by the Hornet, both inside the car and out
  • An in-depth look at the books and comics that sprung from the series, with input from the writers and artists who helped produce them
  • Detailed guide to the vast and varied merchandise celebrating the series, with plenty of photos

The sixth big book in the BRBTV fact book series, "Let's Roll, Kato" features the beautiful cover art of Baltimore artist Dale Cuthbertson, just like the other BRBTV books! At just $17.50, we think it's a pretty good deal, though maybe we're a bit partial!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Cooter takes his last stand in Luray, Virginia, this summer, and it will be a big "Dukes" blowout

We probably have mentioned the Cooter's Last Stand event in Luray, Virginia, this July on this blog before, but even so, it bears repeating, especially considering this nice flier we picked up at the Detroit Autorama the weekend before last ...

Hearkening back to the Dukesfests of years past, as well as the more recent Hazzard Homecoming events, this one has all the usual trappings, with the core surviving cast scheduled to appear, and we expect to see a huge, huge crowd there. It's reputed to be the last major "Dukes" event, at least from Ben Jones and Miss Alma. Are ya comin'? Basically everybody we've talked to in the "Dukes of Hazzard" world is planning to.


Monday, March 06, 2017

Terrific TV Toys: Batgirl bendy by NJ Croce -- '60s version

The 50th anniversary celebration for the Barbara Gordon Batgirl continues on Terrific TV Toys, and this week, you'll see a bendy of Yvonne Craig's iconic portrayal of the character in the 1960s live-action "Batman" TV series also starring Adam West. This comes from NJ Croce, and there's another one (the 1990s version) following behind it in the next anniversary installment ...

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Fleetwood Country Cruize-in gets all "Dukes"-y again this summer

Thanks to our "Dukes of Hazzard" buddy Jim Wilson (whose amazing "Dukes" art you've seen on this blog) for passing along this screenshot with all the details of this summer's Fleetwood Country Cruize-In at the Steve Plunkett estate in London, Ontario, Canada. It happens June 3-4, and again our beloved "Dukes" will be well-represented. This time it's Catherine ("Daisy Duke") Bach, Sonny ("Enos Strate") Shroyer and Rick ("Cletus Hogg") Hurst signing autographs for fans, as well as original "Dukes" show mechanic Tom Sarmento, whom we got the pleasure of chatting with at last summer's event, as well.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Autorama 2017: The videos!

"The Dukes of Hazzard" added a nice element to this year's Autorama in downtown Detroit, beginning with the jump of a General Lee replica car outside the event venue, Cobo Center, and continuing on all weekend on the show floor, where you had Catherine ("Daisy Duke") Bach and Tom ("Luke Duke") Wopat signing autographs for fans, as well as another General Lee here and there and plenty of fun to be had. BRBTV has captured some moments for you to enjoy ...