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After my eyes stopped bleeding...
The Donny & Marie New Year's Eve Special 1976 was... better than the Johnny Cash Christmas Special.  They opened with a duet of "Be My Baby" and there's a really odd... squick vibe.  It's not quite what I'd think of a sibling duet.
It's followed up with a dozen ice skaters in babydoll dresses and baby bonnets doing Busby Berkley on Ice with a kick line.  The comic relief is provided by Rip Taylor, who I just don't get.  You can tell he's just said something funny because he throws confetti at the punchline.  The real treat is Tina Turner.  Not six months after Tina leaving Ike, she's on tv.  Her first number isn't something I recognized, but her second piece was part of a medly... a musical number for each era of the century.  Donny does Ragtime, Marie does the Charleston.  When they hit the sixties, they let Tina take the stage, doing "Proud Mary" while dancing on a piano.  This makes the whole hour worth while.

Card Sharks 12.31.79 wasn't a show I'd watched regularly, Perry wasn't familiar with it.  Standard 70's game show, this episode was "special" as it was a New Year's Eve show... and the crazy contestant- a male stripper.  (I watched another episode from November 22, 78 which made me wonder about their contestant screening.  They seem to choose people who are right in the middle - between Jeopardy scholars and Let's Make Deal carnies.)

I finished the evening with Dogs 1976.  Nature gone wild in a college town.  Lots of talky academics, but it's got David McCallum playing a biology professor investigating animal deaths.  It's pretty standard, but fun, as Nature Gone Wild movies usually are.  Reminiscent of The Birds, they play the Hitchcock card and don't resolve the situation... and leave it open for a sequel.  Time to fire up the ol' fan fiction imagination.
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Last night 's viewing:

CBS Evening News 12.26.72  This was fascinating for three reasons: 1)  I'd happened upon it on December 26th, 2014 and I liked the symmetry of watching something on the anniversary it aired; 2) President Truman had just passed away and 3) had it happened now, even with the death of a President, the lead story would have been about the soccer team who survived in the Andes, thanks to CANNIBALISM!  It was a jaw dropping moment for me because it's always been an "always moment" for me.  Copies of Alive seemed to be everywhere.  But Walter Cronkite's revelation about the soccer players' survival diet lasted less than three minutes.  At the time of the broadcast, they'd only been rescued for three days.
ABC Fall Preview 8.-.72 It's funny- I'm writing this less than twelve hours and while I was watching the preview, I certainly reacted, but nothing really stood out, except for one short segment about the Olympics, America was sending two teams- the atheletes and the ABC coverage.  This rang a chime in my head... '72 Olympics... why is that important? Thank you, wikipedia- it was the Munich Olympics.  It was like finding a commercial about the World Trade Center that aired in July 2001.
While I was watching it, though... Perry and I had a "hey!" moment during the preview for Room 222- who didn't love Karen Valentine?  And I've resigned myself to my tv nerdom during the preview for Alias Smith And Jones I realized it was the third season by the presence of Dark Shadows' actor Roger Davis who came in mid-season 2 as a replacement for Pete Duel.
Aside from the Olympic segment, the other sort of standout was the preview for a movie, The Haunts of the Very Rich, which looks like somekind of glorious disaster, featuring Lloyd Bridges, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, and Anne Francis.  Niether Perry nor I had even heard of it before, so I know what's going on tonight!
The Night Stalker 1.11.72  Darren McGavin's first time out as Carl Kolchak.  I've seen it before (of course), and for some reason The Night Strangler appealed to me more (Seattle's Underground City and the presence of Oscar Goldman might have something to do with that.)  Still holds up though.  I missed the tv show in first run (I was only six or seven at the time), catching it on The CBS Late move- which was probably where I'd seen The Night Strangler as well. has the programming grids for the big three, laid out in a easier to read than wikipedia manner, so I'm bookmarking that page.  It'll come in handy.
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As part of my seventies diet, I'm going to enjoy some books from the era as well, starting with 1979's Marvel Comics' novel, Captain America: Holocaust for Hire.  It's been decades since I read it and it's... enjoyable.  Dated a little- disaster causing badguys are happy to accept one hundred thousand dollars for destroying a city.  I can't imagine Batroc even gets out of bed for less than half a million these days. 

If I recall correctly, "Holocaust" in the title is meant to be synonymous with "conflagration" rather than, oh... The Final Solution.   And since head badguy  is the Red Skull, there's just a little twinge that something is askew that it's not addressed.  Maybe I'm remembering wrong.  We'll see soon enough.

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Well, Perry is in a warm and toasty new circle of Hell, and he can blame I can thank John Kenneth Muirfor that, specifically his blog post dealing with the seventies craze over the Bermuda Triangle.
(Because nothing says Merry Christmas like the Bermuda Triangle.

Today's Viewing:
In Search of... The Bermuda Triangle 4.27.77  Leonard Nimoy narrates.
Satan's Triangle1.14.75  Dougl McCLure plays a coast guardsman who's stranded on a boat with Kim Novak, waiting for his partner to return to pick them up.  I've watched several Planet of the Apes movies recently and I'd forgotten that Novak was a Hitchcock blonde.
Charles Berlitz's The Bermuda Triangle1979 I suppose had I not watched that episode of In Search of, this might have been more interesting.  As it was, seeing how they filmed on location in the Bahamas, Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Bermuda and Peurto Rico, it seemed like someone was getting a working vacation.
Beyond The Bermuda Triangle11.6.75  It was Fred McMurray's next to last film, and it feels like it.  From Playboy Productions, with Hugh Hefner as executive producer, this made for tv film lacks menace.  People just... disappear in the Triangle.  There's nothing in the budget for storms or effects... so it kind of ends on a "eh" note.

My future viewing will probably be a little less thematic and more random, but this was a great way to pass a relaxing afternoon.

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Tonight's viewing:
McMillan and Wife- The Devil You Say 10.23.73.
Satanic cults in San Francisco in the seventies.  The phrase "Blessed Be” gets thrown around a lot.

In Search of... Killer Bees 5.1.77
Terror Out of the Sky 12.26.78.
This double bill of Killer Bees is a fun combination of fact, narrated by Leonard Nimoy, and cheesy overacting on the part of Efrem Zimbalist Jr and Tovah Feldshun with and extra fun dollop of Dan Haggarty, there's a love triangle from Hell.  It's set on the Fourth of July but was originally broadcast the day after Christmas.  Happy Boxing Day!


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