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Sunday Cinema – "Pinwheel"

All this month we are going to pay tribute to the golden era of Nickelodeon television – the 1980’s. Nickelodeon was the first kids network on cable television. With programming in the morning & early afternoon for the toddler/kindergarten set and pre-teen/teen programming after school and in the evening, the channel was a HUGE hit. Sadly it began its slow slide in the late 1990’s as more & more children-focused channels began popping up along with the advent of the internet.

What do you call a Sesame Street knock-off from Canada that takes place in a boarding house that’s owned by a gypsy psychic? Pinwheel, that’s what you’d call it. This children’s show featured many similar characters from a door-to-door fruit & vegetable seller (in lieu of Mr. Hooper), a pair of boys who got into mischief (in lieu of Bert & Ernie), even a crotchety old man who’s skin color was green (Oscar the Grouch, anyone?).

Following a similar format to early Sesame street, this show was on for 5 hours every weekday morning teaching kids about different life lessons/nature/etc. with music & cartoons mixed in as well. Eventually the show’s time was cut back to just a few hours before being taken completely off the air.

Someone posted one hour of the show online for people to witness & enjoy…

Sunday Cinema – “Turkey Television”

All this month we are going to pay tribute to the golden era of Nickelodeon television – the 1980’s. Nickelodeon was the first kids network on cable television. With programming in the morning & early afternoon for the toddler/kindergarten set and pre-teen/teen programming after school and in the evening, the channel was a HUGE hit. Sadly it began its slow slide in the late 1990’s as more & more children-focused channels began popping up along with the advent of the internet.

Just as with it’s adult counterpart, Saturday Night Live, the Nickelodeon program You Can’t Do That On Television had cast turnovers each season with only a handful of cast members who made it through the 10th and final season. Turkey Television was created by a few of the phased-out cast members in the hopes of continuing their acting careers on the network. A clip/sketch show, TT would show original skits as well as clips from movies & comedy clubs. It lasted only a few episodes before being cancelled due to low ratings.

Someone posted a recorded VHS copy online for you to witness it’s quirkiness…

Sunday Cinema – “Today’s Special”

All this month we are going to pay tribute to the golden era of Nickelodeon television – the 1980’s. Nickelodeon was the first kids network on cable television. With programming in the morning & early afternoon for the toddler/kindergarten set and pre-teen/teen programming after school and in the evening, the channel was a HUGE hit. Sadly it began its slow slide in the late 1990’s as more & more children-focused channels began popping up along with the advent of the internet.

One of the toddler/kindergarten offerings, Today’s Special was a Canadian-based show that took place after-hours at a department store. Jody works for the department store creating merchandise displays, mainly in the children’s department. Sam is an elderly night watchman, Muffy is a spoiled-brat mouse. And then there’s Jeff, the department store mannequin that comes to life each night. Each episode is based on a theme that carries through Jody’s job of creating the displays based on the theme. Jeff is an eager learner, wanting to learn about everything. Cheesy as it may sound, it lasted 7 seasons and taught many children around the world.

Someone posted episodes online for all to enjoy.

Read the Code

Read the Code

I think they wanted attention for the tattoo business, if he actually read the city code he wouldn’t have pursued it…

I have to agree, Millie Bobby Brown does look like a young Elizabeth Perkins…

Product placement in movies/television shows are still a big thing. Apparently you can now tell who is a villain by what cell phone they carry…

A desperate attempt at a fashion brand to be relevant?

A potential recipe for disaster. It may be a little early to call, but let’s be realistic…

Could this be worse than Jackson’s Super Bowl “breastacle”?

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Sunday Cinema – “Out of Control”

All this month we are going to pay tribute to the golden era of Nickelodeon television – the 1980’s. Nickelodeon was the first kids network on cable television. With programming in the morning & early afternoon for the toddler/kindergarten set and pre-teen/teen programming after school and in the evening, the channel was a HUGE hit. Sadly it began its slow slide in the late 1990’s as more & more children-focused channels began popping up along with the advent of the internet.

Out of Control was a sketch/clip show starring “Uncle Joey” Dave Coulier. Essentially a parody of a talk/news show, Dave along with reporters Hern Burford & Angela “Scoop” Quigley presented all sorts of odd stories & humor that appealed to the teen crowds. Throw in ditzy floor manager Diz and creepy maintenance guy Waldo and you’ve got one strange mix. It lasted 18 episodes yet it lived for several years in reruns on the channel.

Someone kindly posted a bunch of old episodes from recorded VHS tapes for all to enjoy.

Sunday Cinema – “Are You Hot? The Search for America’s Sexiest People”

Basically a Miss America contest without the talent/community involvement & achievement portion. It lasted only 7 episodes on ABC due to low ratings. Howard Stern sued ABC as it was an almost-exact representation of his show’s bit, “The Evaluators”. Makes sense since one of the co-creators was a former TV producer of Stern’s television show.

Judges Randolph Duke, Lorenzo Lamas, & Rachel Hunter, looked for the “hottest” people from 5 different “Hot Zones” around the country and basically critiqued their bodies, revealing flaws (with a laser pointer!?!) & allowing viewers to vote for their favorites.

Someone posted the first episode, you gotta wonder who green-lit this…

Change My Mind

Change My Mind

Not so much recently, but up until the mid-2000’s it seemed like a television show had a hit on the music charts

Check out Alice Cooper or Frank Zappa sometime, go for the older stuff – you won’t be disappointed…

Dan the Man called it

Peaky Blinders is coming back for a 6th season

Tik Tok is a step below “cam whore”, prove me wrong

Steven Crowder (the “_ Change My Mind” meme guy) brought this up about gender-neutral parenting, “theybies“…

There are coming changes to the “emotional support animal” guidelines for many airlines limiting the size of the animal and charging fees for the animal.

Amoeba Music has a segment ‘What’s in My Bag?” where celebrities & musical artists share what they bought at the store. We liked them when they actually caught people off-guard and asked them what they bought like “Weird Al“. The recent iterations look “staged”…

Kind of being billed online as “The Big Lebowski 2” but has nothing to do with the original film with the exception of a lone character

Sunday Cinema – “Kid Nation”

What happens when you bus in 40 kids from all walks of life to a deserted ghost town in the middle of nowhere? You get a crazy reality show where the kids aged 8 through 15 try to run a town. Think “Survivor” in the old west.

It lasted one season and had some serious issues plaguing the show from the release the parents signed (basically absolving the network/production company from any/all liability arising from the show involving their kids including “acts of God”) to a traumatizing event involving having to kill chickens (where do you think chicken tenders come from?). Some kids even drank unlabeled bleach by accident & were treated.

Someone posted the entire season so you can see this madness first-hand…

Sunday Cinema – “I Wanna Marry Harry”

Fox tried to revive their “Joe Millionaire” angle from the early 2000’s (premise was that a supposed “millionaire” is looking for love, trouble is Joe is broke as a joke) in 2014 with a doppleganger for Prince Harry. Ryan Seacrest was a co-creator of the show.

Trying to get “The Bachelor/The Bachelorette” type viewing numbers, this show featured 12 American women who thought they were vying for a place in British royalty by bagging a prince. It wasn’t until the final episode that the ladies were told he was not in fact Harry…

Someone posted the first episode online, check it out for some bizarre situations…

Sunday Cinema – “Mr. Personality”

“Mr. Personality” – a reality show that begs the question, “Are looks that important when it comes to finding true love?” Think of it as “The Bachelorette” with masks.

Hosted by Monica Lewinsky (!), 20 suitors dressed in masks covering their faces competed to win the heart of one female contestant. It was one of many canceled Fox shows trying to cash in on the “reality TV game show” craze of the early 2000’s.

The show lasted only 5 episodes before being cancelled. Someone posted the final episode online so you can see this train-wreck of a show…