December 6, 2012
DC Comics, drama, Laura Linney, Lene Lovich, Lois Land, Loretta Lynn, Lotte Lenya, Lucy Lawless, superheroes, Superman, TV
1. There are a lot of them in comics involving Superman: his girl friend Lois Lane; Lois’s sister, Lucy Lane; his high school sweetheart Lana Lang; his college romance Lori Lemaris; his Kryptonian affair, Lyla Lerrol; his cousin Supergirl’s secret identity, Linda Lee; his Kryptonian mother’s maiden name, Lara Lor-Van; and that’s only scratching the surface.
2. The tabloids would be much quieter without Lindsay Lohan. More
November 30, 2012
Broadway, drama, Geraldine Page, off-Broadway, play, Tennessee Williams
Geraldine Page backstage during the off-Broadway run of “Summer and Smoke”
1. The play was originally produced on Broadway in 1948, where it had a disappointing run of 102 performances. (Hey, that’s 102 more performances than anything I’ve ever written!)
2. The play was more successful in a 1952 off-Broadway production which ran more than 350 performances; this production is often credited with starting the modern off-Broadway movement. (For which I say, “Thank you very much.”) More
November 7, 2012
drama, dystopia, science fiction, TV
1. The NBC series was created by Eric Kripke, who earlier created Supernatural.
2. It’s a dystopian science fiction series, set 15 years in the future, in which electronic technology is no longer feasible. (Actually, it’s said by one character that physics has “gone insane.”) More
October 20, 2012
CBS, drama, Elementary, Sherlock Holmes, TV
1. The actor, who was born November 15, 1972, plays an updated Sherlock Holmes in the CBS series Elementary, opposite Lucy Liu’s Dr. Joan Watson.
2. Miller also played opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Holmes in the BBC’s current Sherlock series, in a stage version of Frankenstein. (Miller and Cumberbatch alternated as Dr. Frankenstein and the monster. They were jointly awarded Best Actor trophies by the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and the Olivier Awards.) More
October 13, 2012
Arrow, DC Comics, drama, Green Arrow, superheroes, TV
1. It is drawn from tales of the DC Comics character Green Arrow.
2. Arrow’s creators, Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, have been involved separately on such TV series as Justice League, Fringe, The Simpsons, Eli Stone, The Vampire Diaries, Everwood and No Ordinary Family and the film Green Lantern. (I acknowledge that I am the only person in America who liked the Green Lantern movie. Sue me!) More
September 13, 2012
drama, TNT, TV
1. Born on April 28, 1952, she was raised in Ithaca, NY (home of Cornell University).
2. In addition to acting, she has engaged in synchronized swimming. (Even after all these years, I still can’t believe such a thing exists. Fascinating.)
August 30, 2012
drama, Emmy Awards, TV
1. It’s an HBO series, of course.
2. The first episode, which aired September 19, 2010, was directed by Martin Scorsese and cost $18 million. (Don’t you just hate chintzy people?)
August 29, 2012
1. The TARDIS is the Doctor’s irreplaceable time machine; the letters stand for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. (Acronyms rock.)
2. It looks like a blue police box, mainly due to a problem with its “chameleon circuit” which occurred in the very first episode, leaving it stuck with this appearance from then on. (And thank goodness for that faulty chameleon circuit!)
August 25, 2012
1. The actor found his most lasting fame playing Superman and Clark Kent in the TV series The Adventures of Superman. (I saw the show in reruns many years later and all I can say is, I bought it.)
2. The Adventures of Superman was syndicated in the early days of TV, and so its exact air dates are hard to nail down, but it premiered September 19, 1952 and debuted its last original episode on April 28, 1958, for a total of 104 action-packed episodes.
August 20, 2012
1. The Daleks are a warlike alien race from the planet Skaro that desire nothing more than to dominate and exterminate others. (Feel free to insert here a reference to your least favorite ex-lover.)
2. They first appeared in December, 1963, about a month or so after the Doctor Who series first premiered.