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Monday, August 13, 2018

More Podcast Thoughts.


Last week, I listened to the Carson Podcast.  The guest was Marcia Carsey.  Best known as the co-creator of the Cosby Show, and Roseanne.  I thought it would be interesting to hear what she had to say about those shows.  They spent the entire time talking about when she worked for Johnny Carson
as a "shlepper" on the "Tonight" show in New York.
She had nothing interesting.to say about working on the Tonight Show.
And basically said that she had nothing to say anything that was interesting about her time on the
Tonight show.  She met Carson maybe once after working there about two years.
So why have her on?
Her husband was John Carsey, someone who worked on the Tonight Show going all the way back to the Steve Allen days.  I remember hearing about him from the Jack Paar days.
Knowing that John and Marcia Carsey were married immediately gave her the funniest name in show business.  Chicken Little?  Henny Penny?
Was he still alive?
A quick check at Wikipedia revealed that he died in 2002.
His name came up plenty.
But nothing about his current  status
And her business partner during the Cosby, Roseanne days, was Tom Werner.
The most unpleasant, humorless man who ever ran a sitcom.
And is now part-owner of the Boston Red Sox.
What happened there?
So I'm taking the Carson Podcast off of my top ten list.
And next time I'm going  to offer up another 5 Podcasts worthy of your time.


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My books, "Show Runner" and "Show Runner 2" can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store,
along with newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.,
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net
And now, there's my reading of my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie on "YouTube".




Monday, August 6, 2018

Rothman's Guide To Podcasts.

Every week, there are roughly seven podcasts that I deem to be to be non-missable.
This is one of the reasons I'm not as prolific on the blog as I I've been in the past.
I spend most of my time reading the great podcasts
Herewith my favorite podcasts.

1-Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal.Podcast..
A new one posts every Monday.
Gilbert is probably the funniest person on earth, and lends his able skills to this interview show.
If your time is limited to listen to podcasts, this is the one to go out of your way to listen to.

2-Thought Spiral.  Hosted by Andy Kindler and J. Elvis Weinstein.  Two very talented comedians.
First rate funny.

3-WTF with Marc Maron.  A great comedian.  It's very guest dependent.  This week this week he has
Jay Leno. He's a great interview.  Marc brings the best out of him.

4-The Larry Miller Show.  A wonderfully positive force, and funny as hell.

5-The Carson Podcast.  Totally guest dependent and but boy do they have a lot of good ones.
The host seems a little amateurish.  To much begging for money.

6-Leonard Maltin on Movies.  The movies are sometimes more interesting than Leonard is.

7-Here's the Thing- hosted by Alec Baldwin.  He's a very good host.  The subject matter has to grab you.

8-Stu's Show--Maybe I'm a little predjudiced here. as I've appeared on it  twice for a total of 8 hours.. If you're interested in hearing me yakking you can find these interviews on Stusshows website.

9-All of the Above With Norman Lear.  Great guests, and Norman's fascinating.  The problem I have is that I never liked any of his shows.  But that doesn't stop the podcast from being compelling.
So times we've go by and he doesn't have a new entry. It makes you wonder if he's all right.   96,. you wonder about his health.

10- The David Feldman Show--Very funny and very literate show with a strong liberal viewpoint.

If you've got some that I left out, let me know.

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My books, "Show Runner" and "Show Runner 2" can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store,
along with newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.,
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net
And now, there's my reading of my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie on "YouTube".







Tuesday, July 24, 2018

So You Think YOU Know Music.

This past weekend, TCM ran a virtual marathon of Leonard Bernstein's appearances on The Young
People's Concerts, and Omnibus, from the mid-1950's.
I had never seen any of them, nor did I know that the tapes still existed.
They had 10 hours worth, and showed them all..
It was a lot to take in.
But take it in I did.
And boy, was it something!
I always thought I knew a lot about music.
Compared to Lenny, I knew nothiug.
He knew everything.
And everything he knew was worth knowing.

1-On Beethoven's 5th Symphony. He de-constructed Beethoven's 5th so any of one could make sense out of it.

2-On the World of  Jazz. he demonstrated it's roots, and how one thing built on another.  And made it all sound glorious.  "Preludes Fugues a Riffs" was obviously something he stuck into West Side Story.

3-On the art of conducting. He displayed how it was a hell of a lot more than a man standing in front of an orchestra just shaking a stick.

4-On American Musical Comedy-He displayed how it evolved all the way from  "The Black Crook"
to "Damn Yankees"  "West Side Story"was still two years away.

5- On Introduction of Modern Music- It was explained quite evocatively why it should be appreciated.
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6-On J.S. Bach, Bernstein goes to great length to show why compared to all other composers
Bach is in a class by himself.  Everyone else is merely a shlepper.  Yes, he has very kind words for
Beethoven, but he is much more passionate for Bach.  Who am I to argue?.

7-What Makes Opera Grand?  This is an interesting dissection of Puccini's "La Boheme" where we see actors perform the recitative, the non-singing and different actors do the singing.  One of the key non singers is Hans Conried..  He is delightful..

The excuse for show is that its is Bernstein's 100th Birthday.
If you missed it, implore TCM to rerun it.
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My books, "Show Runner" and "Show Runner 2" can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store,
along with newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.,
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net
And now, there's my reading of my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie on "YouTube".







           


Friday, July 13, 2018

My Les Crane Story.

For those of you who don't remember, or never knew, Les Crane went head-to-head as ABC's Late
Night host opposite Johnny Carson in the mid-sixties.
He lasted 2 years.
He had a certain charm, and was extremely good-looking.
His gimmick was a studio audience in the round, and Les used a shotgun microphone to take questions from audience members.
It was very effective.
But his ratings were never more than anemic.
Everyone watched and loved Johnny.
And Les was soon enough left in the dust.
Virtually never to be heard from again.
He had a hit record, "Desiderata"
After that, nothing.
As the talk-show wound down, ABC stopped paying for Crane's limo service.
How do I know this?
My father was his limo driver.
And was he was left holding the bag when Crane didn't pay his limo bill.
So what do you do, if you're my father, you hire a collection agency to recover what you can.
In this case, $1500.
My father did not hesitate to sic-the-goons on Les..
So the goons were sic'ed on Les, and after crying "foul" to my father, and Les whipped out his
checkbook.  The goons took their cut. And that was that.
By the way, Les was married to Tina Louise at the time.
Yes, THAT Tina Louise.
They were divorced shortly thereafter.
And Les was officially a deadbeat.
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My books, "Show Runner" and "Show Runner 2" can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store,
along with newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.,
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net
And now, there's my reading of my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie on "YouTube".
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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at macchus999@aol.com. Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."