Monthly Archives: November 2008

Boldly going …

A young Billy Mumy and Jonathan Harris, co-stars of "Lost in Space."

A young Billy Mumy and Jonathan Harris, co-stars of "Lost in Space."

It was becoming a crowded universe in the 1960’s. In between weekly episodes of both “Lost in Space” and “Star Trek,” space had to be made for NASA to do its thing. We were a space-curious people then – and, even today, given the huge numbers of sci-fi fans who attend conventions and gatherings all over the planet to celebrate their favorite shows, films and characters, that’s not going away — and I’m with you.

They were two boldly different series boldly going where no show had gone before. But, each was exploring the universe with a very different approach. Both series were eager to make their marks and, in the process, gather the fan base needed to sustain a long journey (or “run,” as it were).

Now playing on the Home Page is Segment 2 of our exclusive interview with “Lost in Space” co-star Bill Mumy, a/k/a Will Robinson, titled “Competition in Space.” For you true blue “Lost in Space” fans, you’ll love it; for you “Trek” people, you might find what Bill has to say about the differences between the two shows kind of interesting. In short, watch it!

In case you’re looking to add to your collection of either “Lost in Space” or “Star Trek” DVDs — or if you’re considering starting a collection, we have great prices on DVD’s and DVD sets from both series now available in the RerunIt Shop.

Thanks for checking out our Audience Page. This is the place to tell us about your favorite epsiodes from your favorite shows. Got something to say about “Lost in Space” or “Star Trek”? Post a comment!

From Los Angeles, Brad Lemack.

Never say “Never.” Well almost never.

Isabel Sanford first appeared on "All in the Family" for one episode, as Lionel's aunt, to help establish the Jefferson's move into the Bunker's neighborhood. The rest, of course, is television history.

Isabel Sanford was having a blast on “All in the Family.” Originally, she was hired for just one episode, as Lionel’s aunt, to help establish the Jefferson family’s move into the Bunker’s Queens, New York neighborhood. When she received a call a few weeks later to come back to the show, she was a bit baffled. She knew that the aunt was a one episode job; she couldn’t understand why they would want her back.

As we now know, the rest is Part 1 of television history. Indeed, producer Norman Lear had bigger plans in mind for Isabel. But, I’ll let her tell you that story. Several years later, after “All in the Family” had proven itself a ground breaking and enormous hit, Lear had another idea.

The popularity of Louise and George Jefferson had also grown. As the Bunker’s neighbors, they quickly became a valuable and indelible part of the landscape of that series. Recognizing that popularity, Lear (who had earlier spun off Edith’s cousin, Maude,  into a hit series of her own, starring Bea Arthur), he thought TV success could also find Louise and George in a series of their own.

The concept for “The Jeffersons” series was both brilliant and equally as ground breaking as “All in the Family.” But to ensure that success, audiences would have to follow Isabel and Sherman over to their new zip code in New York City. Immediately, Sherman Hemsley was on board. But, surprisingly enough, Isabel didn’t want to go. She was happy enough on “All in the Family.” As she put it, “That was a sure hit. I didn’t know what ‘The Jeffersons’ would do.”

So, she refused. Asked again, she refused a second time. The third request came with some new information that changed both her options and mind, But, I’ll let her tell you about that, too.

Now playing on the Home Page, Segment 3 of our exclusive interview with the wonderful Isabel Sanford, titled “I Won’t Go!”

We also have a great collection of DVDs featuring the television and film work of Ms. Sanford now available in the RerunIt Shop. From “All in the Family” to “The Jeffersons,” to “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” to “Love at First Bite,” it’s all there at great prices. Add to your personal collection or start one for those times when TV Land reruns just aren’t enough.

By the way, Isabel’s favorite “Jeffersons” episode was also my favorite. Produced during the series’ last season, Sammy Davis, Jr. sublets an apartment on the 12th floor just across the hall from the Jeffersons and his “number one fan,” Louise. It’s hilarious —  and Isabel was never better in the physical comedy department than she was in this episode.

Got a favorite “Jeffersons” episode of your own? Tell us about it! Click on the link below to post your comments.

In the meantime, enjoy Segment 3!

From Los Angeles, Brad Lemack.

What a kid wouldn’t do for a free bike!

Art Linkletter was every kid's friend on his long-time, favorite afternoon show "House Party."

Art Linkletter was every kid's friend on his long-running and popular afternoon TV show "House Party."

For a generation of us baby boomers, TV pioneer Art Linkletter was our hero. He gave away bicycles … and what kid wouldn’t line up for a shot at that? Still active today in his 90’s, Art helped define the first generation of “reality” television. In fact, he was the first person in broadcasting history to do live, “man-on-the-street” interviews. Talk about a pop culture icon. He earned his stripes the hard way, live, in front of millions of people every afternoon for years.

Now playing on the Home Page is Segment 2 of our exclusive interview with the wonderful Art Linkletter, titled “I Gave Away Bicycles!” In his own words, it’s a fascinating look back at how television impacted the culture in which lived and the memories we hold dear from those many afternoons in front of our TV sets.

Art Linkletters’ DVDs and books are all part of the Art Linkletter collection now available for purchase in the RerunIt Shop at special RerunIt prices.

In the meantime, enjoy Segment 2 and please feel free to share your comments and “House Party” memories with us here on the RerunIt Audience Page.

From Los Angeles, Brad Lemack.