5 items from 2014
If you're feeling glum about the state of the world today, just watch basic cable. There, you'll stumble across a number of current shows set in past decades -- or reruns from a few decades ago -- and you'll be reminded that things weren't any better back then.
This past week saw the Season 1 finale (and perhaps the series finale) of "Halt and Catch Fire," the AMC drama about '80s techies trying to build a then-revolutionary new portable computer. Unlike many of the other period shows built on the "Mad Men" model, this one doesn't make the past look sexy; the clothes and décor are as tacky as they should for a series set in 1983, and the cutting-edge gadgetry all looks clunky and slow to today's eyes. (The computer the characters are trying to build is considered lightweight at 15 pounds.) The season built toward the unveiling in the penultimate episode of the machine, »
- Gary Susman
When Inspector Clouseau and the Pink Panther diamond go missing, sneaky police chief Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) ensures that the world's worst detective - American dimwit Clifton Sleigh (Ted Wass) - is put on the case. Needless to say, the buffoon always manages to stumble in the right direction. Original diamond thief David Niven makes his final screen appearance in this knockabout fifth instalment of director Blake Edwards' much-loved comedy series. »
The '90s NBC sitcom Blossom may have seemed like a blip on the TV radar, but the show was responsible for launching a few major careers, is remembered for being way ahead of its time, coining a few catchphrases and singlehandedly putting the flower hat on the map.
Debuting July Fourth weekend of 1990, Blossom starred the 15-year-oldMayim Bialik as a precocious teen adjusting to life and coming of age with her mom out of the picture. Her dad Nick (Ted Wass) was a musician sometimes on the road, her oldest brother Anthony (Michael Stoyanov) was a recovering alcoholic and her brother Joey (Joey Lawrence) was the stereotypical dumb jock. Jenna Von Oy played Blossom's fast-talking best friend.
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- Robyn Ross
Whoa!The Russo clan (and Bff Six) got together again on Monday for an amazing "Blossom" reunion, the crew gathering for the first time since the show went off the air almost 20 years ago.Mayim Bialik gave us all a major '90s flashback when she posted a number of photos from brand new photo shoot earlier today. The promotional shoot was for The Hub network, which will start airing the classic sitcom in July.Mayim, Jenna von Oy, Joey Lawrence and Mike Stoyanov were all on hand for the session, though Ted Wass -- who played Blossom's dad, Nick -- was Mia. Also missing: Blossom's incredible hats."We still look like young whippersnappers," Mayim tweeted about the reunion ... though someone should tell her there's nothing "young" about the word "whippersnappers." "Older but still together," added von Oy."So awesome being with u all again. Feels like no time has passed. »
- tooFab Staff
Beloved '90s classic Blossom is coming to the Hub Network in July, which prompted a promotional reunion gathering. Cast members Mayim Bialik (Blossom, duh), Jenna Von Oy (her Bff, Six), Michael Stoyanov (her oldest brother, Tony), and Joey Lawrence (her other brother, Joey) gathered today, with a few goofy Twitter and Instagram photos to prove it. For some reason, however, Ted Wass, who played Blossom's dad, was not invited. We're too good for Papa Russo now? In our opinionation, he deserves to be included. »
- Margaret Lyons
5 items from 2014
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