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‘The Masked Singer’ Changes Things Up…Again

Remember when we first saw ads for FOX’s The Masked Singer and we thought, “What is that? That will never last!” Well, we were wrong. The show will begin its eighth season this month. The Masked Singer is definitely today’s wackiest TV show (except for maybe Netflix’s Is it Cake?) with crazy costumes, obscure dancers, over-the-top celebrity judges and an odd mix of celebrities. Some are amazing, others are complete surprises and the rest can’t sing at all. You never know what you’re going to get. In past seasons, Sarah Palin, Mickey Rourke, Kermit the Frog, Rudy Giuliani and Tony Hawk have all been behind the mask. Read More >>>

Jerry Seinfeld Snags All-Star Cast for His Pop Tarts Movie

No typo! Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will star and direct the upcoming film, Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story. The log line reads: “Michigan, 1963. Kellogg’s and Post, sworn cereal rivals, race to create a pastry that will change the face of breakfast forever. A tale of ambition, betrayal, sugar, and menacing milkmen. Airing on Netflix sometime in the future, the feature stars Melissa McCarthy, Jim Gaffigan, Ay Schumer, Hugh Grant, James Marsden, Jack McBrayer, Tom Lennon, Adrian Martinez, Bobby Moynihan, Max Greenfield, Christian Slater and Sarah Cooper.

Mini Reviews

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
Disney+

The verdict is still out on what type of superhero show She-Hulk will be. So far, it is definitely a comedy but it looks like it might morph into something more like we are used to. But for right now, we get to see Bruce Banner’s cousin chew up the scene as a different type of reluctant hero. I’m not even sure if it will be a continuing story or a series of half-hour sitcoms. Either way, I’m a fan. Tatiana Maslany is a lot of fun as the green one and Mark Ruffalo shares a lot of screen time, at least in the first episode.

The Con
ABC


This is a better-late-than-never review. Narrated by Whoopie Goldberg, The Con is in its second season and I can’t get enough. Each episode exposes a different con artist explaining how they did it, who they hurt along the way and how they got caught. So far this season has included bad pastors, a coupon queen, romances that went wrong and more.

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(Disney+)

Dancing with the Stars

Debuts: September 19
Disney+

For its 31st season, Dancing with the Stars is making a big move to Disney+ instead of ABC. Many of the dancers are returning and all four judges (Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough) will be there but this season, Tyra Banks will share hosting duties with Alfonso Ribeiro. His presence might tame fans who have not received Banks warmly. Or he might make things worse. But it will be live!

(NBC)

Quantum Leap

Debuts: September 19
NBC

Everything old is new again is this reboot of a favorite show. It’s been nearly 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. This time around it’s physicist Ben Song (Ramond Lee) doing the leaping with Addison (Caitlin Bassett) as the hologram following him. The series also stars Ernie Hudson, Mason Alexander Park and Nanrisa Lee. Let’s hope that they don’t mess this up!

(CBS)

Survivor

Debuts: September 21
CBS

The long-running Survivor (22 years!) is also trying to change things up for its 43rd season. According to CBS:”18 new players are stranded on the beautiful islands of Fiji and must form a society and adapt to their physical and social surroundings, forcing players to choose between personal risk and reward, while navigating the complex social game and attempting to forge alliances to last another day.”

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TV and Pop Culture

A Goofy History of Stunt-Based Game Shows

ABC’s Holey Moley just started its fourth summer season of mini golf hijinks. The show which takes the simple game of miniature golf and makes it into something almost unrecognizable, is an utterly silly concept. For some, this is a dumb show not worth watching, for others, it’s comedy gold. But for all its weirdness, Holey Moley isn’t the first goofy game show to air on TV and it certainly won’t be the last. Here is a baker’s dozen of some of the weirdest game shows ever shown on a TV. Read More >>>

The Weird and Wonderful World Built by Sid and Marty Krofft

Long before H. R. Pufnstuf hit the small screen, Sid was a puppeteer who worked in vaudeville and the Ringling Bros. ad Barnum & Bailey Circus. In the 1940’s he created the one-man puppet show knowns as “The Unusual Artistry of Sid Krofft.” By the 1950’s, the brothers were working together and in 1957, they created the adult-themed Les Poupées de Paris puppet show. Although the show featured characters modeled after various celebrities from Judy Garland to Phil Silvers, it also featured a number of topless puppets too! The show was brought to the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 and later to New York’s World’s Fair in 1964. That same year, the Kroffts appeared with puppets on The Dean Martin Show  Read More>>>

Best TV Tunes

10 of the Best TV Theme Songs Ever

If you are of a certain age, you remember when TV theme songs actually meant something. In some ways, they could be considered a character on the show. Yes, there were many generic-sounding theme songs, but some still hold up many years later and are just as iconic as the shows themselves. Unlike many of today’s themes that air for ten seconds or less, these classics would play for about a minute before the show would begin and the song would stick in your head for days to come. Very few shows do that today and some have borrowed music from other sources instead of creating anything new. Ironically, many shows that air on premium cable channels or services like Hulu or Netflix still feature the longer theme songs. Then again, you can usually skip the show’s opening if you don’t care for it. Read More >>>

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