I was surprised to hear that TV Land has picked up ALF’s talk show as a series. I thought that the pilot they aired a few month back wasn’t too impressive, and I say that as someone who enjoys ALF in general. It’s one thing to acknowledge that there is an audience for shows that aren’t aimed at me; another altogether to think there’s an audience for shows that seem to be aimed at me but I don’t like.
And in the retro TV mode: The Lovely Lara and I took in something odd last week, a live theater version of the claasic TV game show What’s My Line?, equipped with a b-list guest panel and everything. It was a special treat for us, because the Mystery Guest was Rose Marie, of The Dick Van Dyke Show fame. In talking about what she’s up to, she mentioned that they were trying to put together a Christmas follow-up to the DVD Show reunion special of earlier this year — not a great piece of work, but far better than one might fear it would be.