"Me and the Chimp"
lasted only one season, in '72. Ted Bessel, from "That Girl", starred, as he dealt with the inane trials and tribulations of life with his pet chimp. I read somewhere that appartently he couldn't fucking stand the gig.
"Norman Korwin's Short Film Festival"
PBS - late 70's
phenomenally fascinating series for this young teen.
a whole new world - the short - unvieled itself before me.
fondest memory - "The Dove" ('68) - total fuckin' eh Bergman 15 min. parody.
Another PBS gem from the late 70's - "We Interrupt This Week". A current events game show that I think was British (the host was, anyway) that pitted journalists against each other for topicality dominance.
Insanely fast-paced, making it difficult for this not-so-worldly teen to keep up with (my mom could) and featured the likes of Gerald Sussman from the National Lampoon (which I could follow then), but occasionally I was able to answer the odd question, which made for a rare high-five moment. By far the best contestant was Jeff Greenfield - all his responses were absolutely funnier than shit.
Fernwood/America Tonight - more late 70's (early 80's?) madness - Martin Mull as Barth Gimble and Fred Willard as Jerry Hubbard, hosting a take-off of a cable talk/variety show. AWESOME guests like Tony Roletti the lounge singer dude. The house band, Happy Kyne and the Mirthmakers, was led by the hilarious sad-sack Frank Devol (perhaps my namesake?), who apparently scored many '60s tv shows (and often collaborated with Sinatra before that). The legendary guitarist Tommy Tedesco was in the band too! Whenever I think of the show, I imagine Barth bemusedly swivelling his head to look at Jerry after the latter has made one of his customary dumb-ass remarks.