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The Retro Report: Tina Louise Goes Mary Ann, The History of Elyse and Alex P. Keaton, Marvel’s TV Attempts & More!

When Khan, as played by Ricardo Montalban, sees Chekov, in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, he says, “I know you… I never forget a face…” But Chekov did not appear in Space Seed, the original Star Trek TV episode, which introduced the character.

In an interview with The Nerdist, famed comics writer Grant Morrison, writer of the upcoming graphic novel Wonder Woman: Earth One, believes the latest trailer for the upcoming big-screener, Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice, goes against the core mythology of Wonder Woman: “[The warrior woman thing is] not what [Wonder Woman creator] William Marston wanted, that’s not what he wanted at all! His original concept for Wonder Woman was an answer to comics that he thought were filled with images of blood-curdling masculinity, and you see the latest shots of Gal Gadot [now playing the character] in the costume, and it’s all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera. Marston’s Diana was a doctor, a healer, a scientist….”

Did you know that Ted Knight of The Mary Tyler Moore Show was the narrator of the Super Friends animated series from the ‘70s, and a ton of other classic TV cartoons? It’s true. [Special Retro Alert: Lydia Cornell, who starred with Knight on TV’s Too Close For Comfort, will be appearing this “Throwback Thursday” at the Barnes & Noble Media Center in Burbank, CA.]

Decades before they all hit the big screen, Spider-Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Doctor Strange and Thor each debuted in live-action TV shows, some more short-lived than others.

TV’s Hazel, starring the Oscar-winning Shirley Booth, just wasn’t the same after Don DeFore and Whitney Blake left the series (in its final and fifth year). And while DeFore never found such fame again, at least Blake later went on to co-created Norman Lear’s One Day at a Time sitcom. And with that said, did you know that Blake was the mother of Meredith Baxter-Birney, star of Bridget Loves Birney and Family Ties?  And that Ties icon Michael J. Fox was a fan of actor Michael J. Pollard and consequently borrowed Pollard’s middle initial as a tribute?  All true.

Family Ties Cast: Tina Yothers, Justine Bateman, Michael Gross, Baxter-Birney and Fox

In the Season 6, Episode 1 segment of The Real McCoys classic TV series, Tina Louise (later cast and today best known as Ginger from Gilligan’s Island) is seen in a summer dress and pig-tails, playing some kind of cross between Mary Ann (the real country girl portrayed by Dawn Wells on Island), and Ellie May (as portrayed by Donna Douglas in The Beverly Hillbillies). Oh, the irony of it all.

The Bionic Woman, Charlie’s Angels and Starsky & Hutch …one of the best Wednesday TV line-ups in history.

The opening credit/theme music from Reba or Friends? 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 Amazon.com
 

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  1. kimberly scamman

    July 22, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Love this week's Retro Report!

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