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The Retro Report: FULL HOUSE Deux Fois, Always COSTANZA, TREK 3 News & More!

In The Jerk, the 1979 big-screener, Steve Martin portrayed the white witless son of African-American sharecroppers who doesn’t realize he’s adopted.

When recently asked by The Hollywood Reporter if such a premise would be acceptable in today’s era of heightened racial sensitivity, Martin replied, “I haven’t looked at The Jerk in a long time.  But looking back, everyone was treated with such respect, and we had that fabulous opening with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee singing on the porch, two very well-known blues artists.  You might get a kind of knee-jerk reaction, but it would be hard to get a verdict in court against it.”

In either case, The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner (of The Dick Van Dyke Show fame), remains a classic…

The hair-dye is double-cast for two TV projects based on classic TV show, Full House.   

First up, Fuller House, a direct sequel, will soon air on Netflix, and feature all original cast members except for Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Second to bat, Lifetime Television will air The Unauthorized Full House Story, a behind-the-scenes TV-movie about the original series…

Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus just this week reunited on Jerry’s web show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee around the same time fellow Seinfeld-TV-show-alum Jason Alexander delivered a proclamation and a subsequent apology.

First he said actress Heidi Swedberg, who played Alexander’s on-screen love, was fired from the show because she was difficult to work with and didn’t creatively mesh with the rest of the cast.  He then said he was sorry he said that…

Laverne & Shirley icon Cindy Williams will be at Larry Edmunds bookstore on June 16th to sign her new TV tome, Shirley, I Jest

Look for Family Affair star Kathy Garver’s new book, Surviving Cissy, in the fall…

Rumor has it that the next Star Trek feature film will finally go where no man – or no one – has ever gone before, and actually feature a story about the discovery of an entirely new alien world (instead of retreading old Trek tales).  That would be nice.  But a lot can happen between now and when the new Star movie is set for release in the Fall of 2016 (the original show’s 50th Anniversary).  Since we all still miss Leonard Nimoy like crazy (and always will), certainly some form of tribute to Nimoy’s legendary Spock performance will be included in the movie (We hope!)….

Fellow beloved Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols was incapacitated by a stroke this week.  We pray for her complete recovery….

Peace to lovers of all things classic.

Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato is the Founder of The Classic TV Preservation Society.  
He’s also the author of several critically-acclaimed, top-selling classic TV books.   Log on to his Author Page at
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