It has been a number of years since classic shows like "Welcome Back Kotter" and "Wonder Woman" first became staples of broadcast television, but a new initiative from AOL and Warner Brothers plans to re-introduce these and other shows to audiences old and new through a network of Web streams.
From Media Daily News: "America Online and Warner Bros. today will announce an ambitious initiative to make scores of old WB programs available on demand on the Web. Streams of the programs will be available for free to all online users.
"AOL will launch the service, dubbed In2TV, in January with at least 40 old shows, ranging from the campy 'Wonder Woman' to the cult favorite 'Babylon 5,' to the family drama 'Eight is Enough.' AOL plans to rollout around 60 additional programs throughout the year...
"In2TV will include six channels ù comedy, drama, animation, superheroes/villains, action, and classics ù and each will carry different shows... Only a handful of the programs are available in some form on DVD... For instance, Warner Bros. put out a "Welcome Back Kotter" [pictured left] DVD, but it contained just six episodes out of 95...
Maybe someday we'll get old reruns of "Quark" and "The Charmings" this way.
Read more about AOL's "In2TV" network, and how TV show downloads are breathing new life into to a growing niche market, in today's issue of "RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter."
GOOD NEWS FOR EIE Fans in Chicago!
This is where I wish I lived back in Chicago. WCIU-TV Channel 26's Digital channel, also known as WWME-TV 23 "ME-TV" started airing epiodes from the classic series September 12th. EIE airs at 2PM Weekdays and Saturdays @ 3PM.
This is the third go around for Eight Is Enough in Chicago syndication, the previous stations that aired EIE were WMAQ-NBC5 and WPWR-TV, Channel 50.
The program features celebrities of different careers fighting the flab on a mission to be slim.
"Arrested Development" playing "Cal Cullen" in episode: "Spring Breakout" (episode # 2.17) 10 April 2005
TV Land plans to show two episodes and a movie on their upcoming schedule:
June 11th at 9PM EDT "Trial Marriage", followed at 10PM EDT "An Eight Is Enough Wedding"
June 12th at 7PM EDT "The Return of Auntie V"
I don't know if or when they plan to show future episodes, but I'm guessing a good response to the showings via letters and email couldn't hurt.
Check out the band's four sample songs at this link:
The band's influences include many of the punk and new wave rock bands of the 70s-80s such as The Ramones, Joan Jett, The Clash, and Blondie, plus several of the rock bands from 90s to today such as Queens of the Stone Age and Food Fighters
Adam Rich played precocious cherub "Nicholas Bradford" on Eight is Enough on ABC from 1977-81. His only other starring role was in the short-lived series Code Red (1981). He has had bouts with the law several times between 1983-91, getting arrested for drugs, shoplifting, and breaking and entering. In April 1991, Adam was arrested after breaking a pharmacy window in an attempt to steal drugs. His TV dad, Dick Van Patten, had to post bail to get him out of the crowbar hotel.
Rich will be featured as Playgirl's 'Man of the Month', although no information has been give whether or not these photos will contain frontal nudity.
Clarke also did a recent guest spot as the "victim" on "CSI: Miami" (date of airing not known) starring David Caruso. The late January shooting included the most extensive make-up job he has have ever had according to Clarke (nearly 3 hours to create an unbelievably "death-like" autopsy look, he states) and his first time ever being "buried alive."
Cary Clarke's band has a new band website called http://www.atduskmusic.com. As noted on the "tour" link (found under "Shows") they have just completed their first, "mini-tour" of the Oregon/Washington area and are very pleased with the reception they garnered. Cary received a terrific "formal education"; he is an '02 Yale alum, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, and won the Russian Department prize as outstanding scholar.
Aames is stepping down after eight years (it figures, get it?) in the role to spend more time with his family.
Robert T. Schlipp will assume the role next spring. He'll be joined by his wife, Anayansi Schlipp, who will portray Biblegirl.
It can take Schlipp an hour to struggle into his 32-pound plastic and spandex costume, which includes a belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and sword of the spirit.
"Everything Bibleman wears has a meaning," said Schlipp, 28, though he acknowledges "it's hard to take someone seriously when they're wearing spandex."
On the Net: http://www.bibleman.com/.
Also see Cary Clarke (Brian's son) has his own band At Dusk. You can, legally and freely, download some mp3's at this site! Cary is lead guitar and, on most songs, lead vocalist. Thanks to Brian for his son's band link.