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A Visual Guide to All 37 Villains in the Batman TV Series

Scott Neumeyer and Mental_Floss present A Visual Guide to All 37 Villains in the Batman TV Series.

My favorite Batman TV series villains were…

  1. Catwoman [both Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt versions]
  2. The Joker [Caesar Romero]
  3. The Penguin [Burgess Meredith]
  4. Mr. Freeze [George Sanders, Eli Wallach, and Otto Preminger]
  5. The Riddler [Frank Gorshin and John Astin]

If The Green Hornet and Kato had been listed as villains, then Kato would have shot to #1.  Bruce Lee rules.

15 Fun Facts About The Twilight Zone

Neatorama recently posted 15 Fun Facts About The Twilight Zone that You Might Not Know.  Here are my three favorites from their list…

  • Serling narrated for the show, first through just his voice and then on camera during the second season. Serling’s first choice for that role was not himself, but Orson Welles.
  • The episode “To Serve Man” shows aliens visiting Earth and offering to take them to their home planet. They say that they have nothing but benevolent purposes and possess a book titled To Serve Man. After linguists translate the text, they discover that it’s a cook book.That episode starred Lloyd Bochner as one of the translators. Bochner reprised his role and the episode’s most famous line in the movie The Naked Gun 2 1/2.
  • Sterling wrote TV scripts throughout the late 40s and early 50s. His breakthrough script was for “Patterns,” a 1955 episode of Kraft Television Theater. This episode featured a very young Elizabeth Montgomery (later famous for Bewitched) in a tale of conflict and intrigue within the leadership of a corporation. It was enormously popular and earned Serling an Emmy.

Rarely Seen Pilot to “The Orson Welles Show”

The video embedded below is to the rarely seen pilot to The Orson Welles Show.

The Orson Welles Show  had it been picked up would have been a weekly anthology series hosted by, you guessed it, Orson Welles.

Sadly that was not to be.  Otherwise Welles  could have been mentioned right there with Serling and Hitchcock when folks spoke about the great anthology series that used to be on tv.

Source: io9.

Remembering Kotter and His Sweathogs

Welcome Back, Kotter  burst onto the scene in September 1975 and was an instant hit.  The initial idea was to focus on a young newly married teacher [Gabe Kaplan] returning to teach remedial students [called Sweathogs] at his former high school where he had been a remedial student.  The show’s breakout stars turned out to be the Sweathogs.

So the focus changed.

Soon the spotlight was on the students with their teacher in a co-star or even supporting role.  The teacher’s wife usually had a scene in the shows opening and again in the closing where she got to laugh at an old joke told by teacher.  There were stories of an unhappy set.

Things became more complicated when Kaplan butted heads with the show’s producer and John Travolta [one of the remedial students] made it big in the movies.  Both Kaplan and Travolta didn’t even appear in many of the last season episodes.

The show ran four seasons and for the first two and maybe the third it was “must-see” tv.  Sadly during the the fourth and final season the audience graduated even if the Sweathogs didn’t.

The AV Club posted a piece by Noel Murray titled 10 Episodes That Show How Welcome Back, Kotter Was Like a Class in Comedy History.  While that may be a bit of an overstatement, the article did bring back some fun memories of Kotter and his Sweathogs.