The news of Michael Jackson’s untimely death has certainly been the hot topic for the last few days. Most music video television channels (MTV, VH1, etc) have devoted their entire airtime to looping Jackson’s many classic videos. But if you simply can’t get enough of “Thriller” and want to enjoy the full 10-minute version at your leisure, Microsoft has a great solution for you.
Right now, you can download the entire “Thriller” music video via XBox Live onto your XBox 360 console for free. You’ll find it in the XBox Live Marketplace or on the console or you can just queue it up here.
Just hurry, because the free download is available today (Sunday, June 28) only.Tweet
I was saddened to read today’s news of the passing of Ed McMahon, longtime sidekick on “The Tonight Show.”
Ed McMahon, who for nearly 30 years was Johnny Carson’s affable second banana on “The Tonight Show,” introducing it with his ringing trademark call, “Heeeere’s Johnny!,” died early Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 86.
His publicist, Howard Bragman, told NBC that Mr. McMahon died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center surrounded by his family. Mr. Bragman did not give a cause of death, saying only that Mr. McMahon had a “multitude of health problems the last few months.”
A person close to Mr. McMahon, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to release information, said Mr. McMahon had bone cancer, among other ailments, The Associated Press reported. In February he had been hospitalized with pneumonia, Mr. Bragman told CNN.
The most recent appearance that I remember seeing McMahon was in the Cash4Gold Super Bowl commercial with M.C. Hammer:
Cash4Gold commented on McMahon’s passing:
Cash4Gold today expressed its great sadness at the news that Ed McMahon has passed away at the age of 86. Cash4Gold CEO Jeff Aronson and Cash4Gold President Howard Mofshin today released the following statement:
“Cash4Gold mourns the passing of Ed McMahon, and our most heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife and children, who were the light of his life,” said Aronson and Mofshin.
“Ed McMahon was an entertainment legend, and it was a tremendous honor for Cash4Gold to have had the opportunity to work with him.
“Ed McMahon was a true patriot who loved America, and was proud of having served his country, rising to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps.
“Ed was as talented and funny as he was humble, gentle and caring—he will be sorely missed.”
It seems like the days of the deep-voiced announcer are becoming a thing of the past, as the talk shows of Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon both feature higher-pitched voices leading into their programs. As funny as Andy Richter is on “The Tonight Show,” I don’t believe his, or anyone else’s, announcing style will ever be as memorable as McMahon became with his opening line of “Heeeere’s Johnny!” and hearty laugh.Tweet
Terminator Salvation is almost here which means that my series of Terminator-related posts is soon coming to a close, but not before I whine about…
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Cancelled by Fox
Help me understand this timeline:
- Fox decides to resurrect the Terminator franchise with a show called Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
- The show premieres with 4.1 million people watching. Not a bad start for a sci-fi show.
- After the first season, Fox brings the show back for a second but dooms it to the Friday night slot – a ratings black hole.
- Meanwhile, a fourth Terminator film, Terminator Salvation, is produced and scheduled to be released to theaters just a couple of months after the second season of Fox’s show ends. The film is heavily marketed with toys, promotional partnerships, and plenty of television commercials.
- Rather than capitalizing on the hype from the first Terminator film in six years, Fox decides to pull the plug on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
I don’t get it. Fox decided to renew Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, which had comparably low ratings as Terminator. The network’s president of entertainment attempted to explain why one show was renewed while the other was cancelled, though none of it really makes a whole lot sense.
I really enjoyed Fox’s Terminator series. It had a few dull episodes, but I thought that they did a good job of exploring aspects of the characters that had not been seen in the films.
In the end, no real reason is given other than they felt Terminator had run its course and didn’t have a future. As Sarah Connor often said, there is no fate but what we make for ourselves. In this case, Fox appears to have decided the Connors’ fate for them instead.Tweet
This might be old news to many of you but I just recently discovered the fact that I can relive parts of the ’80s and ’90s through the new existance of…
Full Movies and TV Shows on YouTube
In addition to the usual buttons found near the top of YouTube (Home, Videos, Channels, Community), there is now a “Shows” button that takes you to a listing of full TV shows and movies that are now legally available to watch in their entirety directly on the video sharing site.
In browsing through list of TV shows, the ones that stuck out as interesting to me are:
- Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (the cartoon)
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- The Tick (Unfortunately, only the live-action version)
While I’m not thrilled with the idea of watching a movie on my computer (regardless of if it’s on YouTube or anywhere else), I think classic TV shows definitely have a big future in the online world. Hulu really began the process by putting so many great shows online and now YouTube is following along.
YouTube has even taken a few pages from Hulu’s playbook including allowing TV and movie watchers on their site to “turn down the lights,” making most of the page turn dark to provide a better video-watching environment. The shows and films can also be displayed in a larger in-browser size than standard YouTube videos (full screen is still available as well).
Unfortunately, unlike most YouTube videos, the TV shows and movies are not embeddable, so I can’t put any of them on this blog or anywhere else. Before each bit of media, a short advertisement is also played, but that’s easily ignored.
Overall, I like the trend of adding classic television to online video sites. I’ve been buying old TV shows on DVD for several years and would be happy to have access to it all on the Web for free, especially if someone can figure out a way to let me watch them on an actual TV.Tweet
I currently work a very loose schedule that’s definitely not your typical 9-5, Monday-Friday. As such, I tend to lose track of what day it is and very rarely experience that moment at the end of the week that I used to years ago, when I’d be ready to plop myself in front of the telvision, turn to ABC, and think…
No further explanation needed. Just enjoy the videos.
TGIF intro (1991):
Larry and Balki from Perfect Strangers host TGIF in 1989:
“Things that make you go hmm…” bumper: