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The Retro Report: Professor Hoffman, Logan Gets a Rerun, Captain Kirk Stays Out of Politics & More!

The Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman is now offering a Master Class in Acting – decades after of course the several pre-superstardom guest star appearances he made on classic TV shows like The Naked City.

Marjorie Lord, iconic actress and best known as the second TV wife to Danny Thomas when it transitioned from Make Room For Daddy to The Danny Thomas Show – turned an amazing 97-years-old. Happy Birthday, Ms. Lord – and many more!

Marjorie Lord with daughter Anne Archer in 2008

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is trying once more to redo Logan’s Run, the attempting another shot at the remake of the 1976 sci-fi feature film classic based on the William F. Nolan’s 1967 novel.

Apparently, writer/producer Simon Kinberg is at the helm of the new Run, which had first been in re-development in 2000 (and which had originally starred Michael York and Farrah Fawcett). Kinberg will join Joel Silver as a producer on the project, while a screenwriter has yet to be hired.

Did you know that Life Goes On star Kellie Martin was once considered for the role of Samantha in the Bewitched feature film that later featured Nicole Kidman in the magical lead?

It’s true – and ironically, enough – Martin was cast a short time later as another Samantha – on the Hallmark TV series, Mystery Woman (co-starring Clarence Williams III, formerly of The Mod Squad). Meanwhile, the Bewitched movie was co-produced by Penny Marshall (of Laverne & Shirley fame), and before Nora Ephron was hired to write and helm it, Marshall’s good friend actor Ted Bessell, was set to direct. Bessel had a strong hand in the casting, and had intended to hire Dabney Coleman as Larry Tate (Darrin’s ad-man boss at McMann & Tate). But then Bessell died suddenly in 1996, and his edition of Bewitched never came to be.

Bessel had also been working on bringing That Girl to the big screen – not as a remake but as a sequel to the original TV series on which he co-starred with Marlo Thomas. Both performers were set to return to their iconic romantic roles as Don Hollinger and Ann Marie. Alas, this would-have-been-wonderful-film never came to be as well.

In a recent Tweet, Canadian-born William Shatner dispelled rumors of assumption that his legendary Captain Kirk character might have been Republican.

The opening theme music for Green Acres or Petticoat Junction? You pick.

Peace to lovers of all things classic.

Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato has worked for Bravo, Syfy, A&E, E!, TLC, NBCUniversal, Sony and Warner Bros.  
He’s also the author of several critically-acclaimed pop-culture books, all available at

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