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The Retro Report: Dean Cain Returns, Galaxy Quest The Series, Oscar Goldman and Lou Grant Meet The Fugitive & More!

According to Deadline.com, Dean Cain will have a semi-regular role on the Netflix comedy Lady Dynamite, starring actress-comedian Maria Bamford. Cain will play Graham, an affable, friendly, somewhat clueless stuntman with bad credit who shows interest in buying Maria’s house. Cain, of course, is best known for Super role on ABC’s Lois & Clark, and presently co-stars on VH1’s Hit The Floor.

The charismatic actor is also set to portray Supergirl’s adoptive father in the new CBS series of the same name, alongside Helen Slater, who took the lead (and to the skies!) in the 1984 feature film edition of Superman’s female wonder cousin. Now all Cain has to do is take the lead as Kwai Change Caine (with an “e”) in the long-in-development big-screen edition of Kung Fu, and everything will be right with the world (even though Cain might be just a tad too old to play Caine in the Shaolin monk universe).

Word on the street that that 1999’s excellent big-screener, Galaxy Quest (which many classify as an optimum Star Trek satire) will definitely soon be transformed into a weekly series for the small screen. Amazon Studios and Paramount (proprietor of both Quest and Trek, by the way) are apparently working out the details.

Land of the Lost icon Kathy Coleman will be signing and discussing her book, Lost Girl: The Truth and Nothing But the Truth, So Help Me Kathleen, at the Burbank Barnes & Noble for the “Throwback Thursday” live event on September 10th from 7 to 9 PM

A 1967 episode of classic TV’s Dragnet drama, titled, “Public Affairs,” addressed the topic of police brutality decades before Rodney King had to suffer to bring the issue to the mainstream.


Car 54, Where Are You?, starring Joe E. Ross alongside Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis (who later paired on The Munsters), also featured a supporting a ground-breaking non-stereotypical police officer who just happened to be African-American – and played by comedian Nipsey Russell.

The short-lived sitcom, My Mother The Car, starring Jerry Van Dyke (younger brother to Dick Van Dyke) was not nearly as bad as everyone says it was. It certainly features one of the peppiest, most clever opening-credit theme songs in TV history. Buy it, listen to it and watch it as the show is now available on DVD.

Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) co-starred with Richard Anderson (The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman) in “Three Cheers for Little Boy Blue,” a legendary episode of TV’s The Fugitive (starring David Janssen).

A scene in which de-“pic”-ted that famous “football in his younger days” “pic”-ture-on-a-wall that was later displayed in Lou Grant’s office on the Moore series. Also appearing in “Little Boy Blue” was Doris Singleton, who appeared in countless episodes of the various Lucille Ball sitcoms.

The opening credits sequence from The Lucy Show or Here’s Lucy? 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 Founder of the Classic TV Preservation Society, and the author of several critically-acclaimed pop-culture books, all available from Barnes & Noble
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