Wrapping up a Story “Too Early”: Bold Venture (Stories for the Ear #11)

What if someone told you that Leonardo DiCaprio was making a TV series? How would you feel about that? Excited? Confused as to why he was doing that? Well, that’s not happening, so don’t worry about it. But the equivalent did happen sixty years ago when Humphrey Bogart (star of CasablancaThe Maltese Falcon, and The African Queen, among many other influential films) and his wife Lauren Bacall (a top actress herself) decided to star in this series, which employed a unique technique that worked every time. So let’s take a look at what that technique was in this old-time radio show, “Bold Venture”. 

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When Your Age Clashes With Your Style: Life With Lucy (TV Showcase #49)

After all the nice things I said about Lucille Ball, how could I not come back to her at least one more time? It’s been forty-five shows on this blog since we last saw Lucy, but this is the last series I intend to review of hers. Mostly, I was intrigued, because every show she was in was successful except for this one. After “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” (which was essentially the end of “I Love Lucy“), Lucy went on to make another show with Vivian Vance (who played Ethel) called “The Lucy Show”, and after that successful run, she made another show with her son and daughter called “Here’s Lucy”, which was another success. So what happened? Let’s find out with “Life with Lucy”.

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Deliver What You Promise: The Girl From UNCLE (TV Showcase #48)

After “The Man From UNCLE” grew to its enormous popularity, NBC decided that they wanted a spinoff, with a female lead. The creators of the show didn’t really want to do it, but the network did, and since Ian Fleming had offered the name of a female spy character years before, along came a show that not only failed to deliver what “The Man From UNCLE” had, but it even failed to deliver what it itself promised to be. What am I talking about? Let’s have a look at “The Girl From UNCLE”. 

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Stick with What You’ve Got: The Man From UNCLE (TV Showcase #47)

Many people don’t remember this show anymore, but back in its day, it was extremely popular. It was, after all, the first spy show in America, and one of the first in the world (although at least “The Avengers” was on before it in Britain). By its second season, there were over a dozen American spy shows. But this show was cancelled because its fans ran out on it. So how did a pioneer of the spy genre in America that inspired the creation of so many other programs lose its audience? Well, let’s have a look, as we examine “The Man From UNCLE”. 

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Ignoring Your Source Material: Riverdale (TV Showcase #46)

This is one of those shows that I can’t say much about here in the intro without delving into my thoughts on it. All I can say is that I went in expecting to like it. I tried to like it. At the moment, I kind of like it. But mostly, I don’t. There’s quite a bit about it to not like. Let me just get to the actual review. This is a brand-new show called “Riverdale”. 

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Operating in the Realm of Darkness: Courage the Cowardly Dog (TV Showcase #45)

What is it about classic Cartoon Network that was so engaging? Shows like “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends“, “Codename: Kids Next Door”, “Dexter’s Laboratory”, and many others that were on about the same time took the imagination of kids to new heights, allowing them to think creatively past the point which they were able to before watching. It’s too bad that nowadays Cartoon Network seems to be the leader in a long line of dumbed-down cartoons that essentially tell kids what to think, or to not think as they sit there and watch a whole bunch of nonsense. But before all of that, back in the good ol’ days, there was a cartoon that many people my age remember as being different than even the shows I mentioned above, and that show is “Courage the Cowardly Dog”. 

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Bookending a Large Piece of Music: John Rutter’s Requiem (Musical Musings #9)

Through the centuries, there have been several famous large-scale musical works known as requiems. A requiem is essentially a prayer for the dead, but it’s not as creepy as all that. Requiems are typically religious works, with Latin phrases like “Requiem aeternam” which means “grant them rest”, or “Kyrie eleison”, which means “Lord have mercy”. But this particular Requiem has a musical aspect that absolutely fascinates me, so I thought I’d talk about it a little bit. So let’s jump into John Rutter’s Requiem.

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Making Your Sidestories Count for Something: Stranger Things (TV Showcase #44)

I had been staying away from this show, because despite the hype surrounding it, I knew it wasn’t a literal TV show, so I wasn’t sure if I could count it as a TV Showcase. But this is my blog, so I think I will. Anyhow, I’ve been sick all week, with nothing to do, so why not binge this series, right? So let’s take a look at “Stranger Things”. Also, spoilers if you haven’t seen it yet.

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One Year of One Man and His Banjo!

One year ago today, I started this blog, One Man and His Banjo, really so I wouldn’t forget information about television shows I’d watched and observed. But blogging has turned into a really fun thing for me, and I’ve enjoyed putting together all seventy posts on this blog (this is my seventy-first)! Thanks to anyone who’s read, liked, or followed my blog in the past year, and stay tuned for more fun stuff in year two of One Man and His Banjo!