Television history: A glimpse into the 1980’s

Few members of this generation would recall television in the 1980’s. The light-hearted atmosphere. The almost always focus on technology and machinery. And of course, the big fluffy hairstyles and clothing that would sometimes not even fit!

But the 1980’s has a heavy nostalgia effect that is fondly remembered by people who are over the age of 35. It was a much more simpler time in a world that was viewed as much brighter for most.

Today we are going to talk about a few of 1980’s best television shows for those that wish to look back with a penchant for simplicity in a more agreeable world with less complications that has now seemed to have overshadowed the lives of many.

Knight Rider

Premiering with it’s pilot episode in September of 1982, the plot of Knight Rider was about a cop, who reached lieutenant status, that was supposedly fatally shot in the head in the Nevada desert by thieves who wanted to steal the latest microchip designs for their own dastardly purposes. But little did they know that Michael Long was rescued by a multimillionaire who invested his fortune in the technology industry to design an advanced vehicle that was capable of fighting crime in the form of a black sports car, more precisely a Pontiac Trans-Am, that was loaded with many special abilities. Included was ejector seat and rocket thrusters that could make it boost up into the air. It even came with its own artificial intelligence! This was David Hasselhoff’s claim to fame, a show that he tends to still remind people with when in the spotlight. While the pilot episode was quite dark in mood, the television series that soon followed was more child friendly, A new episode would premiere every week for four years before being cancelled in 1986 by NBC. Numerous reboots have come and gone but none have had the same success as the 1982 original series.


The A-team was another Universal Studios production that succeeded in the footsteps of Knight Rider, but the back story wasn’t as sophisticated. Four military soldiers, who served in the Vietnam war, escaped from capitivity after being framed for a murder. While fugitives on the run from the authorities, they helped civilians for the greater good who found themselves being wronged. Unlike Michael Knight in Knight Rider, however, they charged a fee for their services in order to keep surviving. The fun elements of the A-team was seeing what creative inventions they would come up with toward the conclusions in order to defeat the bad guys, most of which would involve some sort of ridiculous presentation of machinery. The four heroes, BA, Face, Murdock and Hannibal all had their own individual personalities that would border on the comical side. To date, the A-team has not had any kind of revival on the small screen but it did have a 2010 feature length theatrical movie that has now mostly been forgotten about. Mr. T is known for this role, as well as his part in Rocky III, the third instalment in the dramatic boxing franchise.


One for the adults, Dallas was a thirteen year long soap opera debuting in 1978. But the show did not reach the pinnacle of its success until the early 1980’s when famous villain, J.R was shot in what turned out to be a nationwide “whodunnit.” Like other shows, it had its own memorable theme tune that became one of the most illustrious in television history. J.R had something to do with most of the scenarios featured in the weekly episodes, although occasionally other people out to dethrone the Ewing family made their presence known. However, conflict often occurred within the family itself, with members often switching sides for their own personal gain! A reboot once again hit the small screen in 2012 but did not survive to see a fourth season, no doubt due to the death of Larry Hagman. Dallas is probably the most prominent soap opera you will ever come across that was screened in the ‘golden decade.’ Shhhh, Dynasty!

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Iconic Horror Director Wes Craven Dead At Age 76


(PCM) We are shocked and deeply saddened to report that iconic film director, writer, producer and actor Wes Craven has passed away at the age of 76. Multiple sources are claiming that Craven was battling brain cancer at the time of his passing and died at his home in Los Angeles.

Craven is beloved by fans of horror as he is responsible for creating one of the most recognizable characters in the genre with Freddy Kruger and the “Nightmare on Elm Street” film franchise. His other well-known films include “Last House on The Left”, “The People Under The Stairs”, “Swamp Thing”, “The Hills Have Eyes” and of course the beloved first four “Scream” films.  He also directed the film “Music Of The Heart”, stepping completely outside of the horror genre which led to an Oscar nomination for actress Meryl Steep for her role in the film.

Craven’s most recent film was 2010’s “My Soul To Take” and he had recently signed a deal with Universal Cable Productions with multiple projects still currently in development. Those include “People Under The Stairs” with Syfy Networks, “Disciples” with UCP, “We Are All Completely Fine” with Syfy/UCP and “Sleepers” with Federation Entertainment. He was also serving as executive producer on the new “Scream” TV series for MTV and had just recently completed writing a segment, which he was slated to direct for the upcoming WGN America series “Ten Commandments”.

Our sincere condolences go out to Wes Craven’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. The film world has lost yet another true icon … may he rest in peace!


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Marvel Netflix aka Jessica Jones Will Be A Huge Superhero For Women

(PCM) Prediction. The Marvel Netflix aka Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) will be a huge superhero for Women. For some time female comic book enthusiasts have been demanding a female super hero in cinematic form. What is Jessica Jones’ super hero power? It should be super human strength, but her story of recovery is what will make her a major hit. Her story unfolds as she is a retired super hero working as a private investigator.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10:  Krysten Ritter filming "Jessica Jones" on March 10, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)

NEW YORK, NY — MARCH 10: Krysten Ritter filming “A.K.A. Jessica Jones” on March 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)

To understand why Marvel Netflix A.K.A. Jessica Jones will be a hit for women, it is best to explain the changed climate in super hero needs spawned by the recent past super hero films and current shows that have set the table for A.K.A. Jessica Jones.


Hollywood is reticent to deliver a major super hero film with a female lead as decision makers consider them high risk films. Sure Catwoman (2004) and Elektra (2005) bombed, but so had Green Lantern (2011), and many other male oriented super hero films.

The secret to any franchise character’s success is simple, follow canon.  Iron Man (2008) was the first to latch on to this concept. Batman added the layer of realism and super hero films became blockbusters.

In the past ten years a new market segment of comic book reader has emerged as a force to be respected — females.  Females have been loud in their demands, “Give us females in the lead”.


The “Big Two” (DC and Marvel) have responded poorly at times by re-appropriating male characters in their print universes.  That in turn set off unnecessary battles between the sexes where feminist hijacked the conversations and became social justice warriors derailing the original and legitimate call for female super heroes.

A few movies are on the horizon with female super heroes that women can call their own. DC’s Justice League will have Wonder Woman, and Marvel will feature Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel in 2018. But these movies are years away.


Enter Netflix and Daredevil released May of 2015. It’s been a giant success with both viewers and critics.

Netflix’s Daredevil has set the path for the Defenders team up and Jessica Jones is next in line for a series. With it, women will get a break from the girl in the refrigerator trope. Female fans will also get more than just a strong female character. Jones comes with a story of a super hero in recovery.


Women will find Jessica Jones a complex character. Jessica has suffered at the hands of an evil man and is fighting a complex past while she champions causes of common people.


What is most important about Jessica Jones is that she is more than a super heroin, she has super internal fortitude as she battles demons. Her journey of recovery is what women will identify with. Hope is a powerful weapon and Jessica’s journey of recovery over her past pain should strike a nerve among women.


The reason behind this theory is if the producers of the Netflix Daredevil series depict Jessica’s story with as much raw truth as they had in Matt Murdoch’s, then A.K.A. Jessica Jones will make a huge impact with the female audience. If her journey of recovery in cinema walks in step with her print character’s experience then Jessica Jones status as a Marvel super hero will ultimately make Jessica Jones a huge hit for women. Calls for a feature film would surely follow.


What is fair to all is Marvel won’t need to re-appropriate a male character to give women what they want in a female super hero. Jessica Jones has always been there in print waiting for a spotlight.

alias-hardcoverJessica Jones has enjoyed both a lighter escapism portrayal for readers of all ages in traditional Marvel comic books and a more mature treatment in Marvel MAX an adult content comic book.

It’s in MAX where mainstream characters like Spider-Man and Captain America could make cameos but never be in scenes that depicted sex or other adult oriented situations.

If you want to get in early on the Jessica Jones bandwagon to say you know the real character’s background, search out the 28 issue Marvel MAX series Alias which can be purchased as a full graphic novel. The ‘MAX’ indicates this a mature readers title, not for children.

Jessica Jones will air on Netflix in the fall of 2015. What is known of the plot seems to follow the experience Jessica Jones endured in Alias.

The graphic novel Alias is written by Michael Bendis which stands on it’s own and not dependent on traditional Marvel Universe of characters. This plays well for the Netflix show A.K.A. Jessica Jones as it acknowledges the Marvel Universe’s super heroes but doesn’t require them to be in the show.

It would be nice to see if the show stays true to a few incidents in Alias where Jessica visits the Avengers which is held great importance in her story.

 Amazon is releasing a book based on the show in the fall of 2015 before the show airs. It seems to be a traditional non-illustrated telling Alias, but does not yet list an author.  Here’s the synopsis:

Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need… especially if they’re willing to cut her a check.

Even if A.K.A. Jessica Jones doesn’t become a huge super hero women identify with and get behind, her story of the Purple Man’s evil subjugation while moving on with her life as a private investigator in the MCU will be a great series to experience. It is great to see Marvel allowing great stories and great under-utilized characters a chance to take center stage.

david-tennant-purple-man-at-marvelDavid Tennant will portray her nemisis Zebediah Killgrave — The Purple Man.

Marvel Netflix aka Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), David Tennant (Kilgrave), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Rachael Taylor (Patricia “Trish” Walker), and Carrie-Anne Moss also star in the Netflix original series. “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” was developed by Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, and Wil Traval have also joined “Marvel Netflix aka Jessica Jones,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015.



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Netflix Daredevil Review: Episode One

(PCM) Dormant Netflix accounts reactivated for Daredevil on April 10th 2015. If you’ve been holding out to join up out of curiosity if Daredevil is worth it, wait no more.

Here is your spoiler free review.

Daredevil is a web based TV show featuring the Marvel comic book universe’s blind New York vigilante supehero Matt Murdock as Daredevil. Unlike any other TV show to date, Daredevil is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Everything that has taken place in the current MCU is part of the Daredevil storyline from Netflix.


Shows need to capture your interest in minutes. Daredevil meets that goal for producers right away. The first 20 minutes of pacing outmatch the end of the episode but that doesn’t matter. The fight scenes are real to life, gritty, even painful to experience. They alone are enough to suck you in. The imagery alone is borderline rated R which may be necessary to offset the grander superhero special effects other heroes require.


In episode one, references to New York city being torn apart in its attack during the 2012 Avengers movie are part of the plot line. That tease alone is enough to make you want to know how far Daredevil will go into the current MCU. What you do know is that Daredevil is making his start after the Avengers defended in NYC in 2012.

Like most super hero stories, it starts with some action and drops us into the life of a criminal defense lawyer who is just beginning his career. Literally. And his first client s a character that is known in the comic books.

Sticking to Matt Murdock’s lore, we begin as he’s a prodigy criminal defense lawyer who only wants to defend true innocents. Like in the canon of Marvel’s print universe Matt Murdock is Irish, has ties to the Catholic church and is setting up shop in Hell’s Kitchen where he grew up.

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock is Daredevil by night. Cox is a convincing Matt Murdock who is both blind and without fear. Murdock/Daredevil is a paradoxical character in that by day he is squeaky clean and by night as Daredevil his moral compass is changed.maxresdefault

The show’s pacing in episode one starts out strong but settles in after 20 minutes of the 1 hour show. Respecting back-story it uses many flashbacks at precisely perfect editing points to Matt Murdock’s childhood to set your expectations into accepting how plausible Daredevils skill set is   from superhuman abilities to methods.

The fight sequences are raw and real time. Some would say  slow, unlike in MCU films with Captain America and Hulk or Iron Man, every punch is felt and carries great meaning.

You are at all times aware Daredevil is a vigilante, not a superhero — at least not yet. If you expect a Spider-Man and Batman style combination with Daredevil soaring between buildings, that is not implied.

Also absent is the trademark blood red suit. Everyone knows it’s coming but at this point you are comfortable with how the character originates.

Charlie Cox as Daredevil does indeed lack the tall imposing stature you’d expect in Daredevil yet his very defined features or his stunt double make for a striking and acceptable Daredevil.

Daredevil is not your over-the-top superhero. There is a great deal of grounded reality that a character such as himself can’t rise above. Marvel intends over time to launch other shows side-by-side similar to CW’s Arrow and Flash, where Daredevil will one day team up with the likes of Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones in a Defenders team up. Think of it as a class D version of the Avengers, a good solid few rungs down the ladder in terms of super hero abilities. Black Widow and Hawkeye would fit right in with them.  In this way, Daredevil will possibly depart eventually from canon and become something similar to the Arrow and less like Flash on CW.  For now the show is staying true to the roots of the character in the print universe and true believers are always behind staying with canon when lifting characters from print.


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“Winning Is Everything” At This Year’s MTV Movie Awards


(PCM) The new promo video for the upcoming MTV Movie Awards features Amy Schumer and Bill Hadar and marks the start of the “Winning Is Everything” campaign that pokes fun at Award season in a true Movie Awards/MTV way.

The plan is to bring a little honesty (and a whole lot of competition) back to the Movie Awards and try to break into the Oscar buzz with MTV’s very own take on Award’s season.

The idea behind “Winning is Everything”, is despite what your parents or Little League coaches told you, winning is way better than losing. Everyone wants to be first place, get a shiny trophy and be recognized as the best. And you know who really loves winning? Actors.

The MTV Movie Awards isn’t just a polite industry awards shows. It’s our chance to officially decide who looks best without a shirt, who punches best and who can make out better than every other maker outer.

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader are totally cool with not taking home a trophy…or are they? When it comes down to it, winning is everything. Don’t miss the 2015 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 12 at 8/7c.

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Paul Reubens Reveals A New Pee-Wee Herman Movie Is On The Way


(PCM) There has been a ton of speculation about whether or not fans would ever see another Pee-Wee Herman film, however now it seems those rumors can finally be put to rest.

Actor Paul Reubens, who portrays the lovable Pee-Wee Herman, revealed that at new film is “imminent” and fans will not have to wait much longer for an official announcement.

Reubens recently spoke with Rolling Stone in support of the new box set released by Shout Factory that is made up of all five seasons of the cult hit Saturday morning show “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” that aired from 1986 to 1991.

Reubens claims that an announcement has been on the way for months and months and that the new film will be “amazing”. Reubens who is now 62- years old, is still best known for his role as the grey-suited, red bow-tie Pee-Wee Herman and the show featured a cast of adorable claymation animals, a quirky house, odd neighbors and of course that famous chair.

Ruebens also personally supervised all work that was done on the newly released box set which hit stores on Oct.21st. We can’t wait to hear about this “imminent” movie announcement and wonder if Judd Apatow is still currently on-board to direct. Be sure to stay tuned!


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