Week of June 25, 2001
Carroll O'Connor, 1924-2001.
One of the last great American actors has passed away. Star
of the popular series All In The Family and In The Heat Of
The Night, Carroll O'Connor died on Thursday, June 20th
of a heart attack. So many colleagues have praised O'Connor
for bringing dignity and believability to his numerous unique
characters, I'm not sure what I as a mere viewer could say to
add to that, other than that I always enjoyed his work. O'Connor had the skill
and sensitivity to understand that what he would be saying, as Archie Bunker,
would be controversial - and that overplaying the part would obscure the message
about the pointlessness of bigotry. If only some of today's vacuous faces of
prime time had that same degree of humanity, there might be something worth
watching on TV, which, last I checked, there isn't - especially now that another
of our best acting talents gone.
Death is coming to time after all.
How many times have we gone on and on about this one? The pilot episode of a
new Doctor Who radio series, Death Comes To
Time, is going to see the light of day after all - thanks to BBC Online.
Death is set for a July 13th webcast, and a RealAudio trailer teasing
the broadcast can be heard now at the BBC's
web site. Producer Dan Freedman has stressed that the success of the
July webcast is essential for any further BBC development of Doctor Who,
whether on radio or on television.
Source: Outpost Gallifrey
Classic games on parade.
Twin Galaxies, the arcade which also serves as the official
keeper of world record video game scores, is hosting a video
game festival at the Mall of America in Minneapolis between
July 20th and 22nd. Twin Galaxies has put out the call for
classic arcade machine collectors to loan their games - set
on free play - to the exhibit for that weekend. The games
must originate before 1986, and exhibitors are welcome to
show games they have for sale. For more information, contact
Source: Twin Galaxies
The adventures of Number Six continue with this week's pair of DVD picks,
sets 3 and 4 of The Prisoner,
Patrick McGoohan's mind-blowingly metaophorical experiment in symbolic
psychological drama. Originally intended to last only seven episodes,
The Prisoner was expanded to more than twice that (not least of which was
to make it a bit more lucrative for overseas sale). Each new set of
Prisoner DVDs contains two discs. (The lucky Brits, of course, already have the
entire series in one big DVD box set.)
The Prisoner Volume 3
The Prisoner Volume 4
UK Prisoner DVD Box Set
Johns returns to Doctor Who.
Actress Caroline Johns, who was a regular fixture in Jon
Pertwee's first season as the
Doctor, has returned to take part in the Big Finish-produced Audio
Adventures - but not as the third Doctor's first companion, Liz Shaw.
Johns will be playing a guest character in this month's audio story,
Dust Breeding (starring Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred).
Also appearing in Dust Breeding will be Johns' husband,
Geoffrey Beevers, who played the emaciated form of the Master in
1980's The Keeper Of
Source: Big Finish Productions
Armchair Theatre to be included in ELO reissue series.
As part of its ongoing series of reissues of the entire ELO catalogue
this year, Epic Records has acquired the 1990 Jeff Lynne solo album,
Armchair Theater, which
has been hard to find for several years. The album, which spawned
the singles Every Little Thing and Lift Me Up (the
latter of which was covered a couple of years later by Tom Jones),
is due to be re-released with one of the final batches of ELO reissues this
Source: Face The Music