TV & Showbiz

My 10 Best TV and Entertainment Posts of 2018

All this week, I set out to bring you lists, by topics, of what I considered some of the best posts of the year. Today, I’m looking back on the best TV and entertainment posts.

This list represents what I consider some of the best TV and entertainment posts from this blog over the past year. They’re not done in any particular order.

1. ‘My 10 Favorite Johnny Carson Moments’

More than a quarter century after Johnny Carson retired from NBC’s Tonight Show, there’s still no bigger king of late-night television. For this post, I included video clips of some of the best memories of his 30-year-reign.

2. ‘Ernie and Bert Aren’t Gay, “Sesame Street” Says’

One of the biggest controversies in children’s programming came when a longtime writer of Sesame Street claimed he’d always considered the Muppet characters of Ernie and Bert to be gay. That announcement renewed a long debate about the two male characters who have been roommates for nearly 50 years now.

So are they or aren’t they? Just because a writer, who happens to be gay himself, wrote them with the assumption that they were doesn’t mean, apparently, that they actually are.

So the program’s owner was quick to chime in to try to settle the matter once and for all. But as you might guess, it wasn’t exactly the end of the argument.

3. ‘Parkinson’s Disease Ad Getting Mixed Reviews’

One of the many medication advertisements educated many of us about a less-known symptom of Parkinson’s Disease. But it also angered some who suffer from the condition and their family members, who might have preferred that symptom remain less-known.

4. ‘CBS Television City Could Be Declared Historic Landmark’

One of the coolest places in the world was in the news this year because it was being considered for landmark status and because the property went on sale.

The network’s massive studio complex where legendary entertainers like Jack Benny, Red Skelton and Elvis Presley performed and where shows like The Carol Burnett Show and The Price is Right were (and are still) recorded was sold. But the existing productions and the CBS brass are likely to stay for a while.

In this post, I recalled my visit to the studio.

5. ‘“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Song Deemed Inappropriate for Airplay’

A Cleveland radio station decided that in wake of the #MeToo movement, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” shouldn’t be played. Then, they decided to back down from that stance slightly by starting a poll to let their listeners decide.

The song, in today’s context, seems to say something quite different than it said when it was first released. But is that a good reason to do away with it?

6. ‘Live to Tape? Isn’t That an Oxymoron?’

This was a little “behind-the-scenes” explainer about a particular technique of shooting a television program. Yes, “live-to-tape” is a thing, but by the time you’re watching it, it’s all tape.

7. ‘35 Years Ago, “Search for Tomorrow” Made History…Because of a Missing Videotape’

Speaking of “live” and “tape,” there was a day back in 1983 in which a now-defunct soap opera was forced to broadcast an episode live because someone misplaced both the master and backup recording of that particular episode.

There’s some speculation that the “lost” tapes weren’t lost at all, but that it was a publicity stunt for ratings.

8. ‘Lottery Slogan Dropped Over Profanity Concerns’

The New Hampshire Lottery dropped a controversial ad slogan because of its close similarity to a profane phrase.

I’m not sure how anyone thought it’d be compared to anything else…or why they thought people would be willing to ignore the obvious reference.

9. ‘ABC Cancels “Roseanne” Revival Over Offensive Tweet’

Whether ABC did the right thing in canceling Roseanne Barr’s rebooted sitcom or continuing it without her depends on your thoughts on race and/or politics.

But under enormous pressure, the network was left in a terrible position thanks to a remark that should never have been made to begin with.

10. ‘50 Years Later, It’d Be Nice to Have Mr. Rogers Back’

A half-century ago, Fred Rogers made his debut and changed the face of children’s television forever. Though Mr. Rogers left us too soon, he left behind a legacy of a vision of the world where everyone matters, everyone is loved, and everyone has a place.

Some of us still miss that.

That’s my list. I hope you enjoyed these and I hope you’ll leave a comment! Thanks for dropping by and have a Happy 2019!

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.