May 1, 2020
Wednesday in the blurbs
So much inspiration in the blurbs today… TV’s favorite Batman, YouTube’s favorite astronaut, a very naughty Little House on the Prairie, and more…
- The Daily Mail is trying WAY too hard to get clicks with the headline “X-rated original version of Laura Ingalls’ Little House On The Prairie memoir is finally set to be released this fall. Don’t fall for it. The article is about a handful scenes that were a little too gritty for 70s family fare but still far tamer than you’d see on the Disney Channel today. Turns out sometimes people on the prairie beat their kids and fall in love with the wrong people, but no actual sex or nudity, darn it.
- Speaking of X-rated children’s TV, Cracked.com claims the Bruce Wayne from TV’s Batman was inspired by Hugh Hefner, whose wild parties at the Playboy Mansion were instrumental to sending the campy spoof going in the direction it went. (Also at the same link: how an Ellen DeGeneres TV appearance inspired the movie Miss Congeniality.)
- CBS wants more than $500,000 per 30-second ad on Thursday Night Football, making it the second most expensive commercial time on television behind… yep, NBC’s Sunday Night Football (~$628,000). In third place is ESPN’s Monday Night Football (~$408,000). Almost makes you feel guilty for taking a crap between quarters, huh? Yeah, me either.
- Speaking of commercials, here’s a trailer for Season Four of Homeland on Showtime. And I’m not even charging them a dime for it. The show doesn’t start up again until Oct. 5.
- SundanceTV has renewed Rectify for a third season next year. The second season finale airs tomorrow night.
- And ABC is launching (PUN!) a sitcom based on astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield’s memoir An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth. If you haven’t seen Hadfield’s zero-G performance of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” check it out below: