Category Archives: Classic Television

Time for Steven Moffat to Bow Out

As a die hard Doctor Who fan I find the upcoming changes in the show to be both thrilling and absolutely terrifying. Between the new companion Clara joining the cast, the 50th anniversary special slated for the fall, and parting with the 11th doctor, Matt Smith, I’ve admittedly had several panic attacks comforted only by the fact that I have such faith in the creators of the show and how they handle change. After all, one of the most magnificent things about this particular show is that every couple seasons it reinvents itself. Without this very fact, the show arguably would have never reached the level of success it has.

So, with that said, I find myself saying I am ready for the new doctor. I am ready for the next brilliant artist (as they all have been brilliant haven’t they?) to take over and put their spin on this whacky character who I love so dearly. I’m even going to go as far to say that I’m downright excited! But this excitement and anticipation for changes leaves me wanting something else to change.

Steven Moffat needs to move on and Doctor Who needs a new show runner.

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Johnny Carson’s Memorable Moments

Since TCM airs some of Johnny Carson’s interviews every Monday night at 8pm in July, Wait! What’s a Dial? has compiled other memorable moments from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. None of these moments are rare. We’ve all seen them in every Johnny Carson special, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to watch them again. In no particular order, here are four memorable moments from Johnny’s 30 years as host of The Tonight Show.

The Tomahawk Incident

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Doctor, Who Should Be the Next Doctor?

Despite being confirmed for the eighth series/season of Doctor Who, Matt Smith steps down as The Doctor. A lot of fans, like myself, are sad to see Smith go, but we are excited to see who is going to fill his gigantic shoes. (Not that I know Matt Smith’s shoe size, I’m saying it’s a big role) Since the announcement on June 1st, fans have been picking out their favorite actors to replace Smith. Big names such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Rupert Grint (The Doctor would finally be ginger!), and Martin Freeman have been suggested to replace Matt Smith. Past stars of Doctor Who have also been mentioned: David Morrissey (Jackson Lake from “The Next Doctor”), Russell Tovey (Allons-y Alonso, anyone?), Olivia Colman (“Mother” from The Eleventh Hour), and even Billie Piper.

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Weekly TV Update: June 3, 20013

This week we bring you stories from around the Internet that you might have missed.

Matt Smith leaves Doctor Who.

Jean Stapleton, who played Archie Bunker’s wife, Edith, on All in the Family, died on Friday.

Dan Harmon announces his return to Community.

The Sopranos tops the Writers Guild of America’s list of Best Written TV Series Ever.

John Oliver talks to The Hollywood Reporter about taking over The Daily Show for the summer. His first day is June 10.

In honor of Jean Stapleton, the All in the Family theme song is after the jump.

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The Original “12 Angry Men”

Before 12 Angry Men was a play and multiple movies, it aired in 1954 on CBS as a Westinghouse Studio One teleplay starring Robert Cummings. This version was written by Reginald Rose and directed by Franklin Schaffner. All three men received Emmys for their involvement.

Yes, that is Mr. Roper from Three’s Company as the foreman.

Cool TV Video of the Day: Rod Serling’s “Patterns”

Rod Serling may be best known for The Twilight Zone, but that doesn’t mean his other work is not worth watching. On January 12, 1955, the NBC anthology series Kraft Television Theatre aired Patterns, which marked Serling’s first major success. Not only would Serling go on to win the first of his 6 Emmys, but Patterns became the first drama repeated because of its popularity. However, television was not yet in the habit of recording live television, so the actors had to perform everything over again on February 9, 1955. Fortunately, the second live performance was captured on kinescope.

Cool TV Video of the Day: The Family Feud September Incident

This video has already made the rounds on the Internet, but its still funny. Enjoy the usually calm and collected Richard Dawson as he loses his mind over a ridiculous answer.

Cool TV Video of the Day: Oscar the Grouch Was Orange?

During the 1969 season of Sesame Street, Oscar the Grouch was orange. Orange Oscar only lasted one season before he became the green Oscar we all know and love. The clip below shows an orange Oscar singing “I Love Trash.”

If you want to know why Oscar’s color changed, there are numerous explanations, such as he would not be such a light color if he lived in garbage or the puppet was not comfortable. My favorite explanation is a variation on the former and comes from the YouTube comments section.

oscar orange

Top 5 Holiday TV Favorites

Christmas Day is filled with marathons of A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life, which gets old fast. Instead of sitting back and watching the same movie over and over again, take a look at What! What’s a Dial?‘s Top 5 Holiday Favorites.

5. Letterman Quarterback Challenge

In 1998, David Letterman and Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde tossed footballs at a meatball placed on top of the Late Show Christmas tree. Testaverde was unable to knock the football off. However, comedian Jay Thomas came from the green room and knocked the football off in one shot. This led to the tradition of Jay Thomas going on the Late Show and telling the story of his encounter with the Lone Ranger, which always precedes the annual Quarterback Challenge.

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Google Celebrates Star Trek’s 46th Anniversary

From left to right: Spock, Uhura, Kirk, McCoy, and Sulu

Google is celebrating the 46th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series with an interactive Google doodle. For those who do not want to miss any part of today’s doodle, someone has posted a video of the full game.

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