One of film’s great franchises crash-landed on the small screen in 1974, giving us THE PLANET of the APES, The Television Series. Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, and James Naughton are our trio of heroes, fugitives in a future world where apes rule men. We explore the Pilot as well as episode #12, The Cure, a story about contagion. At this time of worldwide concern over the virus COVID-19, this episode goes out with warm wishes for your health and safety.
We pass through the Twilight Zone to pause and consider the great life of Carol Serling, wife of Rod Serling and keeper of the Twilight Zone torch. While there, I visit with Mark Cain of ANTHOLOGIC podcast to discuss the iconic episode, Time Enough At Last (1959).
EPISODE 100: In this landmark episode, we celebrate the yuletide with the help of our special friend — actor, filmmaker, and audio dramatist, Anthony DP Mann, who joins me in our main discussion about 1984’s CBS Presentation of A Christmas Carol, starring George C. Scott. This version is renowned for its fidelity and excellence, an annual tradition for many who cherish Dickens’ most famous ghost story. And Rockford Jay weighs in to discuss some related artifacts. Won’t you make merry with us?
Just several years after Young Frankenstein, CBS gave us another comedic take on the Frankenstein monster, starring Jack Elam and Jeffrey Kramer. It’s STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, the short-lived sitcom from 1979.
When two smugglers (Tom Atkins, Howard Hesseman) fly to California with an illicit load of Ecuadorian coffee, little do they suspect that there are deadly stowaways in the cargo hold, the eight-legged kind, with a venom that kills like the plague. A CBS Wednesday Movie from 1977 with an all-star cast.
EARTHQUAKE!… Jackie Cooper, Stella Stevens, and Cleavon Little star in THE DAY THE EARTH MOVED (1974). Jennifer Garner and Tom Skerritt star in AFTERSHOCK: EARTHQUAKE in NEW YORK (1999). If this episode doesn’t shake you, nothing will.
A businessman suffering from nervous exhaustion jets away to Hawaii to unwind, but his troubles only intensify when he receives his inheritance, a bloodline curse that transforms him into a werewolf, in this 1978 CBS Movie-of-the-Week.
Immediately after the success of DUEL, Steven Spielberg set to work on a possession story titled, SOMETHING EVIL (1972), featuring Sandy Dennis, Darren McGavin, Ralph Bellamy, and Johnny Whitaker. Unknown to many and underrated by some, this CBS telefilm merits discussion. I’m joined by genre expert and author John Kenneth Muir to explore this gem from the Movie of the Week golden age.
TV TERROR PODCAST takes you higher. An unspeakable evil has boarded an international flight and it’s up to the crew and its passengers to mollify angry spirits if they’re ever to touch down safely. William Shatner and Roy Thinnes star.
Adapted from the Herbert Lieberman novel, Crawlspace (1971), this 1972 CBS telefilm tells the cautionary tale of a childless retired couple, named Albert and Alice Graves who adopt a stray young man whom they discover living in the crawlspace in their basement.