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    I like The Pretender. Kind of a variation on the Fugitive theme, the way The Incredible Hulk was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    I like The Pretender. Kind of a variation on the Fugitive theme, the way The Incredible Hulk was.
    See also: The A Team

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    My favorite variation on the man-on-the-run theme was Nowhere Man, about a photographer who takes some photos of a CIA (or such) black op and finds his entire life erased. People he loves deny knowing him, his bank card doesn't work, etc. Unfortunately it was killed before it came to any conclusions.
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    [QUOTE=ronmac;966027]I think it was actually her second role. It may have been her first major role.

    EDIT: Yep. It was actually her third role:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldie_Hawn#Filmography[/QUOTE

    OOOOPS my bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    My favorite variation on the man-on-the-run theme was Nowhere Man, about a photographer who takes some photos of a CIA (or such) black op and finds his entire life erased. People he loves deny knowing him, his bank card doesn't work, etc. Unfortunately it was killed before it came to any conclusions.
    I agree. It sucks that it died prematurely, but it was so good that I bought the DVD set anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    My favorite variation on the man-on-the-run theme was Nowhere Man, about a photographer who takes some photos of a CIA (or such) black op and finds his entire life erased. People he loves deny knowing him, his bank card doesn't work, etc. Unfortunately it was killed before it came to any conclusions.
    So glad someone else remembers this. I LOVED this show. I also picked it up on DVD when it came out that way a while back. There was a very good final episode though that explained a whole lot, but also opened the door for more questions.

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    H'mmm. My local station never broadcast such an episode. I'll have to see about picking up the DVDs.

    Jebus, it's $150 on Amazon. I'll have to do without it.
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    ^ Wow. Glad I grabbed 'em when I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    I like The Pretender. Kind of a variation on the Fugitive theme, the way The Incredible Hulk was.
    I remember when Pretender was first run on NBC's "Saturday Night Thrilogy." Now networks won't run anything substantial on Saturdays.

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    See also: The A Team
    Toward the end when they brought in Robert Vaughn, the A-Team got pretty stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    I remember when Pretender was first run on NBC's "Saturday Night Thrilogy." Now networks won't run anything substantial on Saturdays.



    Toward the end when they brought in Robert Vaughn, the A-Team got pretty stupid.
    Yeah, that last season was pretty awful. As I recall, they're pardoned by the government, but they have to go to work for Vaughan or something like that? That's literally all I remember about that last season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippypants View Post
    Johnny Carson sometimes on Antenna TV and Amazon Prime
    I've been a lot of Johnny Carson reruns on Antenna lately. With most current late night shows in reruns due to the current crisis, I find it far more entertaining to go much further back to shows much less fresh in my memory.

    EDIT: Watching a late night monologue from a couple or a few weeks ago is like watching a newscast rerun. Hopping in the way back machine to old Carson episodes, the monologue becomes more of a "remember when" situation.
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    I wonder if there will ever be a network that that reruns old TV movies? There are some gems, like The Nightstalker, which was in its day very innovatively shot and original in its portrayal of a vampire as serial killer and not some dashing, debonair count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    I wonder if there will ever be a network that that reruns old TV movies? There are some gems, like The Nightstalker, which was in its day very innovatively shot and original in its portrayal of a vampire as serial killer and not some dashing, debonair count.
    I never saw it but wasn't that set in Vegas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLoony View Post
    I never saw it but wasn't that set in Vegas?
    Yes, around 72 or 73. It spawned a sequel called The Night Strangler set in Seattle (which is so-so) and short run TV series set around Chicago that was real hit-n-miss, if not downright silly at times. At least it was good enough to inspire Chris Carter to create The X-Files 20 years later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    I wonder if there will ever be a network that that reruns old TV movies? There are some gems, like The Nightstalker, which was in its day very innovatively shot and original in its portrayal of a vampire as serial killer and not some dashing, debonair count.
    Yes, that was good.

    There was a CBS movie with Jack Palance playing Dracula which was great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    Yes, that was good.

    There was a CBS movie with Jack Palance playing Dracula which was great.
    Yeah I remember that one. It was a multiparter if I'm remembering right. There have a couple of different (and decent) interpretations of Steven King's Salem's Lot as well.

    A few of King's novels have received the TV miniseries treatment with mixed results. The Stand (very good), Tommyknockers and It (decent enough but both left a lot to be desired) and Langoliers which would be hard to follow if hadn't read the story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    Yes, around 72 or 73. It spawned a sequel called The Night Strangler set in Seattle (which is so-so) and short run TV series set around Chicago that was real hit-n-miss, if not downright silly at times. At least it was good enough to inspire Chris Carter to create The X-Files 20 years later.
    Wait, did you just dis Kolchak: The Night Stalker?! That was a GREAT show! I saw reruns of it during the 90's. Yeah, it was silly sometimes, but that's what I liked about it: once again, it didn't take itself so seriously. Best thing Darren McGavin ever did.

    As for TV movies in general, they used to show them on cable TV back in the 80's and 90's. There were quite a few I remember seeing on TBS, Sci-Fi, USA, etc. Everyone remembers Duel, that still gets shown occasionally, but there were also things like Midnight Offerings, Dark Night Of The Scarecrow, Hunters Of The Reef, Don't Go To Sleep, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    Wait, did you just dis Kolchak: The Night Stalker?! That was a GREAT show! I saw reruns of it during the 90's. Yeah, it was silly sometimes, but that's what I liked about it: once again, it didn't take itself so seriously. Best thing Darren McGavin ever did.
    Me-TV showed that Sunday nights about a year ago. I'm sure it will come back at some point.

    I think the best thing Darren McGavin ever did was playing the dad on "A Christmas Story."
    Orange is the new stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    Wait, did you just dis Kolchak: The Night Stalker?! That was a GREAT show! I saw reruns of it during the 90's. Yeah, it was silly sometimes, but that's what I liked about it: once again, it didn't take itself so seriously. Best thing Darren McGavin ever did.
    I remember reading somewhere that Richard Matheson had McGavin in mind when he was writing the screenplay, and yes, it was perfect casting. But the TV series did have some genuinely good episodes. The first 3 or 4 were good. The Ripper and The Zombie were good jump-scare, popcorn shows. The Vampire was probably my favorite episode because it was basically a sequel to the original movie. In the episode an overlooked victim (remember, all of Janos Scorzeny's victims had stakes driven into their hearts and sealed by a preist) rises from her grave and goes on a killing spree. In my mind this was a missed opportunity, because I think Kolchak would have been more compelling with the vampire hunting theme being a recurring, developing storyline in conjunction with the rotating cavalcade of non-vampire creatures, ala Chris Carter's X-Files with its recurring alien abduction/government conspiracy story arc.

    As for TV movies in general, you used to show them on cable TV back in the 80's and 90's.
    no I didn't

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    I think the best thing Darren McGavin ever did was playing the dad on "A Christmas Story."
    I must be the only person on the planet who doesn't dig that movie. They turned the house from that movie into a tourist trap.
    The best thing about that movie is the first 30 seconds, where the camera pans across Public Square.
    I remember reading somewhere that Richard Matheson had McGavin in mind when he was writing the screenplay, and yes, it was perfect casting. But the TV series did have some genuinely good episodes. The first 3 or 4 were good. The Ripper and The Zombie were good jump-scare, popcorn shows
    I don't actually remember the ones you named. My favorites are The Werewolf, The Trevi Collection, Chopper, and The Knightly Murders. Actually, those are the only ones I remember really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    Yeah I remember that one. It was a multiparter if I'm remembering right. There have a couple of different (and decent) interpretations of Steven King's Salem's Lot as well.

    A few of King's novels have received the TV miniseries treatment with mixed results. The Stand (very good), Tommyknockers and It (decent enough but both left a lot to be desired) and Langoliers which would be hard to follow if hadn't read the story.
    I've only ever seen the first version of Salem's Lot; it was pretty scary stuff for prime-time television.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    I must be the only person on the planet who doesn't dig that movie.
    nope. I find it to be marginally funny in places, but I can't believe how some and lol at everything. I find the narrator's voice is grating.


    I don't actually remember the ones you named. My favorites are The Werewolf, The Trevi Collection, Chopper, and The Knightly Murders. Actually, those are the only ones I remember really.
    I probably liked the show way better back then. But when I watched it lately (MeTV) that Chopper episode made me chuckle. It was so obvious. I can see why McGavin got tired of it after one season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    I probably liked the show way better back then. But when I watched it lately (MeTV) that Chopper episode made me chuckle. It was so obvious. I can see why McGavin got tired of it after one season.
    Me, too. I don't think the show holds up very well.
    Orange is the new stupid.

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    re: A Christmas Story

    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    nope. I find it to be marginally funny in places, but I can't believe how some and lol at everything. I find the narrator's voice is grating.

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    Yeah, that's how I feel. And you gotta cable TV channels showing it for 24 hours every Xmas, and here in Cleveland, the media act like it's Citizen Cain, since it was filmed here (though, as I said, the only part you can REALLY tell was shot here was the opening, where you see Public Square and the old Higbee's department store, which is now a casino).

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    Watched an episode of The Munsters yesterday.

    I still find it hilarious, especially Herman & Grandpa.
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