Monday, January 30, 2017

Sunset Gower Studios


The Sunset Gower Studios are one of the last studio facilities still located within the Hollywood city boundaries. (Most of the other studios relocated to surrounding cities.) Built by Columbia Pictures' Harry Cohn in 1918 in what was then considered "Poverty Row", the Lot became the headquarters of Columbia Pictures in the 1920's.


Beset by financial problems, Columbia sold the studio lot in the 1970's after which it got its current name. The studio has hosted a cavalcade of classic television productions including The Golden Girls, Married... with Children, The Donna Reed Show, Bewitched and many more.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Rest In Peace, Barbara Hale

Barbara Hale, who was best known as Perry Mason's secretary Della Street, has passed away at age 94. Ms. Hale starred alongside Raymond Burr in both the classic drama on CBS and the 1980's NBC movie series as the loyal assistant who helped Perry Mason piece together the clues needed to clear his clients. In the NBC reunion film Perry Mason Returns, her character found herself accused of a crime she didn't commit, assisted by the loyal Mason who left a judgeship to clear her name. The film afforded her the opportunity to work with her son, William Katt, who portrayed Mason's new detective. While she starred in many films as an RKO contract actress, she will be forever known and beloved as the kindly Della Street.


Mary Tyler Moore's Studio


In 1928, a studio sprang up seemingly in the middle of nowhere in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. Located a short drive away from Carl Laemmle's Universal Studios. The studio would go through several owners until the 1980's when it would be jointly owned by CBS and Fox. Eventually, Fox would sell its half ownership to MTM Productions, which would rename the Lot CBS/MTM Studios. Mary Tyler Moore now owned her own studio.


Since Mary's television productions were primarily on CBS, it was a good match. Even though the property had now been hemmed in by Southern California sprawl, the partners invested money in the studio, building facilities that made the most out of its oddly shaped borders.


There was a New York Street, several sound stages and full production facilities. Eventually, MTM would sell the property to CBS, who now fully owns the property, but the memories and legacy of Mary Tyler Moore's operations will last forever.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rest In Peace, Mike Connors

Mike Connors, best known for his role on the classic television show Mannix, has died at age 91.

Mary Tyler Moore: A Legacy on Screen


Mary Tyler Moore's legacy lies not just in the shows she starred in. Through her MTM Production Company, she was responsible for some of the greatest television shows ever. Plus, the kitten in her iconic logo was her beloved cat Mimsie.


Among the shows produced by Mary's company:

The Bob Newhart Show

Lou Grant

The White Shadow

WKRP in Cincinnati

Hill Street Blues

St. Elsewhere


Ms. Moore not only turned the world on with her smile- she turned it on with her talent. Both in front of the camera and behind it. Luckily for us, the gifts she left behind will be with us always.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

Rest In Peace, Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, whose legendary career in television spanned decades and who could truly turn the world on with her smile, has passed away at age 80.

Her contributions to the television industry were immeasurable and her influence resulted in such classic shows as WKRP in Cincinnati, The Bob Newhart Show, St. Elsewhere and so many more, all produced by her famed production company MTM. Of course, this doesn't include her own iconic programs.

A true icon, her smile and talents will never be forgotten.

Fake Reboots: Small Wonder


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rest In Peace, Gorden Kaye

English actor Gorden Kaye, who was best known for his role in the British comedy 'Allo, 'Allo has passed away at age 75. 

While Mr. Kaye's biggest role was in 'Allo, 'Allo, fans of Are You Being Served? should recognize him from the three separate roles he played on the program. In the episode Do You Take This Man? he breaks the news to Mrs. Slocombe that her fiancé is already married. In Mrs. Slocombe, Single Person, he plays an eccentric customer who wishes to purchase a silent jacket to wear to his job as a paparazzo.

In his final and biggest role in the eighth season episode Closed Circuit, he plays a friend of Mr. Humphries who is hired to film video advertising for the store. His tactless behavior requires Mr. Humphries' finesse.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Rest In Peace, Miguel Ferrer

Actor Miguel Ferrer, known for roles in Robocop, Twin Peaks, Crossing Jordan and NCIS: Los Angeles has passed away at age 61.

Mr. Ferrer was the son of Hollywood royalty; his mother was the legendary crooner Rosemary Clooney and his father was famed actor Jose Ferrer. His first big role was as the sleazy designer of the Robocop robot. Over the years he added to his impressive acting resume and became a sought after voice actor. He leaves behind an amazing acting resume, his beloved family and many appreciative fans.

Next Week on Mr. Robot

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Rest In Peace, SNL's Tony Rosato

Tony Rosato, who had a short lived run on Saturday Night Live during one of its rebuilding years has passed away at age 62. In recent years, Mr. Rosato had suffered from mental problems and found himself in and out of prison, but he had started to recover and had booked a few recent acting jobs.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

TV Glossary: A Fonzie Entrance

When Happy Days ruled the airwaves, Fonzie was THE man. Every guy wanted to be him and every girl wanted to be with him. As a result, every time he first entered the action in any episode, the live studio audience would go insane, resulting in him having to wait a beat or two until he could utter his catchphrase- "Aaaayyyyy!" which would then prompt a new cascade of cheers and applause from the audience.

This expectation eventually became a crutch for the show; pretty much anytime anyone entered a room on the show, the audience was encouraged to act like Elvis and the Beatles had simultaneously taken the stage. The writers could probably rely on five minutes getting filled with applause from the crazed audience. That's what we here at Temporary Layoffs call a "Fonzie Entrance," in honor of one of the first characters to inspire live studio audiences to act like crazed hyenas. This phenomenon was  perfectly lampooned in the Lovematic Grandpa segment of The Simpsons when Homer enters Moe's Tavern.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year, New Job: Homer Clowns Around

Another of Homer's many dream jobs was to become a clown. After Krusty owes huge debts to the mob, he sets up a dodgy clown college where Homer learns how to become a real clown. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year, New Jobs: Homer Simpson, Hollywood Assistant

Homer literally fell into his dream job- as a personal assistant to Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. Eager to keep their presence in Springfield secret, they hire Homer to run errands for them. Homer is ushered into Hollywood's upper echelon, becoming friends with producer Ron Howard and rubbing elbows with the likes of Brian Grazer. Other high profile celebrities consider moving to town until Homer outs his new friends. Media descend upon the Baldwin/Basinger compound, resulting in Homer's firing.

After listening to a voice in his head whom he does not know, Homer decides to open a traveling museum featuring things he stole from the celebrities to get even with them. This eventually leads to the departure of the celebrities and Homer must return to the nuclear power plant.