|"Killing Jesus" (National Geographic Channel)|
Monday, March 30, 2015
March 30, 1981
Many still remember where they were when they first heard that President Ronald Reagan had been shot on this day in 1981. John Hinkley Jr. shot at Regan outside of a Washington D.C. hotel. Other victims included Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, policeman Thomas Delahaney and James Brady who was left with permanent brain damage. Ironically, the 70-year-old wasn’t even aware that he had been shot at first and even though he was suffering from a collapsed lung, he walked into the hospital under his own power and told his wife just before surgery, “Honey, I forgot to duck.”
Sunday, March 29, 2015
March 29, 1978
Carol Burnett is one of America’s funniest comedians. Beginning in September of 1967, she was given her own variety/sketch comedy show on CBS. For 11 years, Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway and later Dick Van Dyke brought viewers to tears with laughter with such notable characters like Mr. Tudball, Mrs. Wiggins, Stella Toddler, Mother Marcus, Mama, Eunice, and The Oldest Man. (If you are unfamiliar with these characters, look them up on YouTube!) After 278 episodes, the show aired it’s last on this day in 1978. During its run, the show won 25 prime-time Emmy Awards and is considered one of TV’s greatest TV shows of all time by TV Guide and Time magazine.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
CBS' The Dovekeepers stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada. The series is based on Alice Hoffman’s bestselling, critically acclaimed historical novel about a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. The Dovekeepers premieres Tuesday, March 31 at 9/8c.
March 28, 1881
Entrepreneur P.T. Barnum, became a natural salesman at the age of 12 selling lottery tickets and cherry rum to soldiers. Later, he tried out a variety of businesses, including newspaper publishing and running a boarding house. But he didn’t find his true calling until 1871. His new venture was called “P.T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Circus: The Greatest Show on Earth” which was quite a mouthful. By this day in 1881, Barnum joined forces with James Bailey and James Hutchinson, and in 1887, the re-branded circus went by the name of “The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth.” Barnum died on April 7, 1891 and his circus was bought by the rivaling Ringling Brothers in 1907.
|Craig T. Nelson from Coach (IMDB)|
Re-boots of favorite TV shows are nothing new of course, but rarely do they do well. Ironside, The Bionic Woman, Night Rider, The Munsters and even the current The Odd Couple with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon have failed to connect with viewers while the new version of Hawaii Five-O has done well.