Showing posts with label I Dream of Jeannie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label I Dream of Jeannie. Show all posts

Monday, February 12, 2018

When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples


You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus and Sally
Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe t-shirt-wearing Linus.

I Dream of Jeannie
Tony and Jeannie Nelson
The astronaut Captain Tony Nelson met Jeannie on a deserted island in the South Pacific on September 18, 1965 in the premiere episode of I Dream of Jeannie. Nelson’s one-man Stardus One space capsule landed far from the planned recovery site where he found a strange bottle. He opened the bottle releasing a genie who had been trapped inside for 2,000 years. At first, the two could not communicate until he wished that they could. Unbeknownst to Tony, Jeannie rolled her bottle into his duffle bag and “followed” him home. At the time, Tony was engaged to his commanding general’s daughter, Melissa Stone, but the two broke up.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

5 More of the Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

Five of the greatest TV show theme songs


If you are of a certain age, you remember when TV theme songs actually meant something. Sure, we've seen a lot of sitcoms that had terrible, generic-sounding theme songs, but many still hold up and are just as iconic as many of the shows themselves. Unlike many of today's themes that air for ten seconds or less, these classics would play for about a minute before the show would begin and the song would stick in your head for days to come. Very few shows do that today and some have borrowed music from other sources instead of creating anything new. Ironically, many shows that air on premium cable channels or services like Hulu or Netflix still feature the longer theme songs.

While we all have our favorites for one reason or another, I presented five of the very best with the actual songs awhile back and now I bring you five more:

Five of the greatest TV show theme songs
The theme song for Friends, “I’ll Be There for You,” was co-written by the show’s producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman, Kauffman's husband, composer Michael Skloff, and songwriter Allee Willis, along with Phil Sōlem and Danny Wilde, both of the Rembrandts. When Charlie Quinn and Tom Peace from radio station WYHY looped the original song three times and airing it as a full-length track, the song became so popular that the original group "had" to re-recorded the song into a real three-minute song.

Monday, September 18, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for September 18

‘Get Smart’ Premieres

It was on this day in 1965 that the hit spy comedy TV series, Get Smart, premiered on NBC. Created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, Get Smart starred Don Adams as an inept spy Agent 86 who was aided by the much smarter Agent 99 (played by Barbara Feldon) who always gave the credit of their success to Max. The two were under the leadership of “Chief” played by Edward Platt and were always at tasking stopping the evil organization, KAOS. It is said that Brooks and Henry were asked to create a show based on two of the most popular things in the entertainment world at the time: James Bond and Inspector Clouseau. The show ran for five years with the fifth airing on CBS and won seven Emmy Awards including Outstanding Comedy Series (1968 and 1969) and Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Comedy (Don Adams in 1967, 1968 and 1969) along with two Golden Globes. Despite its success, it wasn’t a huge ratings winner as it only broke into the top 30 TV shows twice. Years later, Adams reprised the role (sans Agent 99) for the theatrtical movie, The Nude Bomb in 1980. ABC created a made-for-TV movie, Get Smart, Again! (with Feldon) In 1989. In 1995, the show became a revival series on FOX that starred Adams, Feldon and Andy Dick as their son, Zack, but the fun didn’t last long. In 2008, Get Smart was re-imagined with a new theatrical release that starred Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway. A sequel was planned but never materialized.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Still Dreaming of Jeannie

Barbara Eden 2013 Photo:
As many men my age, one of their first crushes was one in the form of a little blond woman who lived in a bottle. Barbara Eden was the Jeannie that we all dreamed about from 1965-1970.

Still striking, but now age 78, Barbara rocked the casbah last weekend when she wore her original harem costume from “I Dream of Jeannie” at the 2013 Life Ball in Vienna. The theme was “1001 Nights” and Barbara appeared on stage in costume where she danced, blinked and charmed once again. How many grandmothers do you know look THAT good?

Fans of the series will note the difference in the two pictures. During the run of the TV show, NBC censors would not allow Eden to expose her belly button.

Barbara Eden 1960's