08 September, 2009

Celebrating…TV Icons

Today, September 8th, is certainly a very important date in TV history. Star Trek, Tarzan and That Girl all premiered on this date in 1966. And The Oprah Winfrey Show premiered on this date in 1986. (info taken from Chase Calendar of Events 2009)

We’ve been thru Star Trek, both film and animated, then The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. We’ve also seen Star Trek: The Motion Picture, experienced The Wrath of Khan, we participated in The Search for Spock, had The Voyage Home in The Final Frontier and even survived The Undiscovered Country, Generations, First Contact, Insurrection, Nemesis and Star Trek. Star Trek is an American Iconic series of science fiction that has entertained us for well over 40 years.

And who could forget that loveable yet hunky character Tarzan who has swung across too many jungle vines to count. According to Wikipedia, Tarzan first appeared in the novel Tarzan of the Apes (magazine publication 1912, book publication 1914), and then in twenty-three sequels and innumerable works in other media, authorized or not. Tarzan the character has appeared in films, radio, television, comic strips, and comic books. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) lists 89 movies with Tarzan in the title between 1918 and 2008 and there have been too many television shows, stage plays, and even video games to count. Yes, another American icon.

That Girl was important for a different reason. Though That Girl did not grow into movies and video games and such, the show was considered to be on the forefront of the changing roles of American women in Feminist-era America. That Girl was a sitcom (ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971) that starred Marlo Thomas as the title character, Ann Marie, an aspiring actress, who had moved to New York City to make it big. It was the first sitcom to focus on a single woman who was not a domestic or living at home. (thanks Wikipedia for the info!)

And finally, I think we are all familiar with The Oprah Winfrey Show. As I type this, workers are preparing the streets of Chicago for her Block Party which is scheduled to air this Thursday. All the news can talk about is how Oprah has shut down the city for her show. Okay, so she’s only shutting down 3 blocks, they are 3 of the cities busiest blocks---part of North Michigan Avenue---and they will be shut down for just over 2 days. It’s going to be a great party as Oprah kicks off season 24 (though a logistical nightmare for the people who need to pass through that area)!!
So in honor of all of these great iconic shows that premiered today, I’d like to suggest that you stop by the store and pick up a frozen tv dinner, set up your tv tray tables, and camp out in front of the tv!!

Pass the remote!

Luv Ya!!

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