Thursday, December 10, 2020

FEELING FESTIVE

Ghost of Christmas Past
And only 89!!!! 

Do they even make TV Guide anymore? At the ancestral home before I moved out, the TV GUIDE was the bible. None of that rubbish counterpart, the TV Host.

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  1. Oh, yeah. We had that in our house too. Not sure if it's still published. I would almost think not.

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  2. We have lots of them. I've just bought Radio times for Christmas and new year listings. It covers tv and radio. Helps us to decide or argue on what to watch!

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    1. And who wins the battles? Bwahahahahahahaa

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  3. Has been a long time since
    I've seen one! xoxo :-)

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  4. I subscribed at one time too, a million years ago!

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  5. I think I see it at the checkout stand but it's no longer that little magazine; it's full sized now. Haven't read one in eons, though!

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  6. I had to google it! It is still being published. xoxo

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  7. As Christina mentioned, we have the Radio Times - yet I can remember a time, when I was a child, that magazine only carried the schedules for the BBC, so we needed to buy the TV Times as well (especially at Xmas), which in turn only had the programmes for ITV (commercial) channels. It was always a tradition for everyone in the family to mark/circle the programmes they wanted to watch, then all argue it out when there were the inevitable clashes. Nowadays, it's the opposite - hundreds of channels and rarely a decent show to watch on any of them unless you want to pay and pay and pay for all these new elite services... Jx

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    1. Boy you Brits really planned and fought your tv viewing huh?

      I feel you on the shows these days. I watch very, very little tv anymore. With exception to my long list of brit reruns of comedies and drama , or first run shows, I watch very little American tv.

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    2. Well, up until 1982 we only had three channels to choose from - BBC1, BBC2 and ITV (although where I lived on top of a hill, we could get three regional variations on the latter, with occasionally different schedules). And unlike today, no internet nor any other kind of diversion, so telly was central to everything.

      On a slightly different tangent, I am constantly amazed how many Yanks actually prefer British telly output over home-grown. Makes us proud, that does. Jx

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    3. I can't speak for all, but the actors are so much more in tune with their craft, the shows are by far, better written, and they aren't afraid to call it as they see it. Meaning they can say and do things on the show, that would have a damn uproar here. And the comedy is far more superior to what it is here. Just imagine if Are You Being Served played here in a remake (which God-forbid) and Mrs Slocomb was talking about her pussy?

      Heads would roll at a network!

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    4. In most cases, certainly in "vintage" shows, British actors tended to have already had a long history of stage acting, and/or variety (Post-Music Hall) entertainment. Their craft was well-honed, and the training often shows. The humour of traditional pantomimes and variety was honed to a distinctly "wink wink, nudge nudge" double-entendre style of humour, which went down very well with an audience whose traditional nights out were at workmen's clubs and the like (including drag shows - Ronnie Corbett started his career as a stooge/supporting actor to Danny La Rue, for instance), where such entertainment was the norm. Saying that, I am not sure everything from British telly that America took to heart would be exactly what I'd call "quality"...

      As for "remakes", well Three's Company, The Ropers, All in the Family, Queer as Folk, Sanford and Son and many more were all British shows originally - and Are You Being Served was apparently going to be remade as Beane's of Boston in 1979 but never got further than a pilot, unsurprisingly. Jx

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  8. Now there is some of my drag inspiration right there!!!! How does one not like Peg Bundy's hair!

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  9. I say it's not a Christmas till we knew what Al and Peggy Bundy wanted! Boy I miss Katey Sagal on tv.

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  10. Now you know this is old Rush Limbaugh was happy Clinton won!

    Being old school like we are, yes... they still make it...we still buy it and use it. Lord Knows why, we only ever watch the BBC, PBS and TMC. We enjoy our British tv and old movies.

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  11. Like this post a lot I really enjoyed the show. Fascinating cover selection given that this show made Fox network a success. Unfortunately it also made their right wing swing possible as well. Also shown on this cover is the rush blurb a grim parallel to what fox has become...and why would anyone give him a medal of freedom except a fucking idiot!!!

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  12. fucking flush limburger should be dead by now. don't you have that outfit in your closet, mistress?

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  13. The last time I heard the mention of 'TV Guide' was in the movie 'The Devil Wears Prada'. Which was recently because of the Trump Virus Plague keeping me home!

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    1. Trump virus!!!!! Thats a good one! We should use that from now on.

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  14. OMG I have not seen one of those in AGES!
    Do they still sell them? I usually tune out everything at the checkout cause of course I do.

    XOXO

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  15. We had the TV Guide around all the time... someone was always selling magazine subscriptions for school. Ladies Home Journal. McCalls. I had Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone. Those days? Everything had the potential to be a spank mag. TV Guide? All those Jim Palmer underwear ads... Pete Rose, too. Loved me some TV Guide. :P Kizzes.

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    1. Boy, I must have missed all those ads! I used to rip out the underwear pages of the Sears catalog.

      I wonder if that's what tipped off my parents?

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  16. The last time I saw a TV Guide it had metamorphosed into a cheap, trashy looking thing. No longer was it the bible of television.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I haven't seen it in years.

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    2. It was about 10 years ago when I saw the crappy TV Guide. I don't know if it exists now.

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  17. TV Host?!?!?! piff. That was the birdcage liner.

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  18. that was one of my nasty little secrets. My parents never bought it, so I did when I was a teen just to read something trashy. My sister bought the NY Post just for the tv listings.

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  19. Oh, a form of TV Guide is still around...we get mail hawking subscriptions every few months.

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    1. I hear it's not the same size anymore from what other above said.

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  20. I loved doing the crossword puzzles in the back. It made me feel smart.

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  21. I remember seeing one at the register of the old grocery store I used to visit until it was closed. I have yet to look for it at the newsstand at the current one, but I should next time.

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