Category Archives: Cool TV Video of The Day

Cool TV Video of the Day: Rowan Atkinson Spoofs Classic ‘Doctor Who’

Comic Relief is a charity that helps raise money for the poor. Every odd-numbered year in March, people in the UK celebrate Red Nose Day. This is a semi-holiday created by Comic Relief where people get a foam red nose in exchange for a donation. Most donations occur during the live telethon, which is famous for its hilarious comedy sketches.

Naturally, most people anticipated a Doctor Who sketch because it is pretty much a telethon staple. In 2011, Rowan Atkinson poked fun at classic Doctor Who in this clip.

‘Heat Vision and Jack’: Knowledge is Power… For Real!

The wonders of sharing footage and communicating with sapiens of similar tastes can be a blessing or a nuclear bomb for television nowadays. Forums of a show can be where creators get their most intimate feedback, and fan pages are where a show might be petitioned to return, sometimes to actual avail. But one of the more fascinating uses for TV fans on the internet is the ability to witness behind the scenes footage and features, things that never made it to the airwaves. This is the case for failed pilots like Conan O’Brien’s satirical crime show Lookwell, the clumsy American remake of Spaced that existed for all of five seconds, and possibly the buried pleasure of unaired pilots: Heat Vision and Jack.

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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: Conan O’Brien and Adam West’s “Lookwell”

Adam West looking awesome, while eating a Popsicle.

Lookwell is exactly what you would expect when Conan O’Brien, TV Funhouse‘s Robert Smigel, and Adam West team up to produce a sitcom, which is totally not a bad thing. While the show did not make it passed the pilot, NBC aired Lookwell‘s only episode in July 1991 and the show was reran on the cable network Trio, which is now defunct.

Cool TV Video of the Day: Carl & Ray Blockbuster Video Commercials

In case you haven’t heard, the Super Bowl is tomorrow. Since my favorite commercial duo Carl, a guinea pig (everyone calls him a hamster), and Ray the Rabbit debuted during Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, here is a montage of their greatest hits.

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: Arnold Schwarzenegger on “Wild and Crazy Kids”

I hate to have two old Nickelodeon videos in a short time span, but when I remembered this video I couldn’t resist. The hosts of Wild and Crazy Kids, Omar Gooding, Donnie Jeffcoat, and Jessica Gaynes, help Arnold Schwarzenegger promote the Great American Workout. This makes it even more unbelievable that California elected this man governor. Also, why is Hans and Franz from Saturday Night Live on a kids show?

Bizarre Video of the Day: “The New Monkees”

In the 1980s, MTV wanted to recapture the magic that was The Monkees, which the network was rerunning at the time, so they created New Monkees. Brian Boone over at Splitsider wrote an excellent article about why the show didn’t work. Here is the opening of the show, which for some reason features an imitation of the Rocky Horror lips, and the video to New Monkees’ single “What I Want.”

If I can find a full episode, I will review the show.

Cool TV Video of the Day: Dudez-A-Plenti Make a Music Video

Back when ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys were popular, Conan O’Brien decided to get in on the craze with his boyband Dudez-A-Plenti. Watch Conan’s boyband Dudez-A-Plenti make a video for their song “Awesome Girl.” It’s awesome.

For the beginning of the Dudez-A-Plenti saga, check out yesterday’s Cool TV Video of the Day.

Cool TV Video of the Day: Conan O’Brien Forms Dudez-A-Plenti

Back when ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys were popular, Conan O’Brien decided to get in on the craze with his boyband Dudez-A-Plenti and their hit “Baby, I Wish You Were My Baby.”

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