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Battle of the Network Stars #46: 2003-04 TV Season

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Battle of the Network Stars #46: 2003-04 TV Season


ABC won the 45th Battle of the Network Stars, and the following stars will be moving on to Round 2:

Blythe Danner (Adam's Rib/ABC)
Robert Urich (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice/ABC)
Tom Bosley (Happy Days/ABC)
Ron Howard (Happy Days/ABC)
Donny Most (Happy Days/ABC)
Marion Ross (Happy Days/ABC)
Anson Williams (Happy Days/ABC)
Paul Lynde (The New Temperatures Rising Show/ABC)
Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man/ABC)
Diana Rigg (Diana/NBC)
Dom DeLuise (Lotsa Luck/NBC)
Bill Bixby (The Magician/NBC)
Helen Hayes (The Snoop Sisters/NBC)
Mildred Natwick (The Snoop Sisters/NBC)
Ja'net Dubois (Good Times/CBS)
Betty White (The Mary Tyler Moore Show/CBS)

Now on to our 46th battle, which takes us back to the 2003-04 TV season when we welcomed the following 32 stars into our homes:






Dish of the Day #1454: Does anyone still wear a hat?


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Connor Moxam by photographer Bruce Weber.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Groovy Music Showdown #14: 1984


In the 13th Groovy Music Showdown, the following albums from 1994 won and will be moving on to Round 2:

Under the Pink - Tori Amos
Beauty and the Beast original cast recording
MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett
Stones in the Road - Mary Chapin Carpenter
Amplified Heart - Everything but the Girl
Four Weddings and a Funeral soundtrack
Dookie - Green Day
Bedtime Stories - Madonna
Paid Vacation - Richard Marx
Melrose Place: The Music
Vauxhall and I - Morrissey
Longing in Their Hearts - Bonnie Raitt
Monster - R.E.M.
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
The Concert - Barbra Streisand
The Sweetest Days - Vanessa Williams

PLEASE NOTE: The next Groovy Music Showdown will be on Tuesday, August 5.

Now on to our 14th showdown, which takes us back to 1984 when the following 32 albums were released:












Groovy Giveaway: Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance



Courtesy of Cleis Press, this week's Groovy Giveaway is two copies of Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance.

The military has never been sexier when these hunky heroes serve their country and each other in Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance, an anthology edited by Neil Plakcy. Experience the thrill of romantic trysts in the middle of battle, witness the everlasting bonds that develop between men who have put their lives on the line for one another day after day, and swoon over the charismatic charm and hard bodies that only the most disciplined of soldiers possess. With the abolition of the "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" policy, being gay in the armed services has never been more accepted, and this collection has fourteen stories celebrating the freedom of our heroes to love and to lust after whomever they desire.

In Shane Allison’s "Weekend Leave", a man falls in love with a soldier after a night at a bar, an Air Force captain can finally marry his beloved in "Soaring" by Michael Bracken, and when it comes to hierarchies in the military, rank certainly has its privileges for the sergeants in Bearmuffin’s "Semper Fi Wrestlers". The stories in Active Duty are as touchingly honest as they are sexy and will give readers a newfound appreciation for these men in uniform.

To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, email your name and address to deepdishdrama@aol.com. Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Thursday, July 24 (CST).

Dish of the Day #1453: Does anyone still wear a hat?


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dish of the Day #1452: Does anyone still wear a hat?


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Marco Dapper.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Remembering James Garner 1928 - 2014



Actor James Garner, who died Saturday at age 86, will always be remembered as private eye Jim Rockford in the 1974-80 NBC series, The Rockford Files, and in eight TV movies in the 1990s. He also played professional gambler Bret Maverick during the first three seasons of the ABC series, Maverick (1957-60), as well as in the 1978 TV movie, The New Maverick, and in the 1981-82 NBC sequel series, Bret Maverick.

Garner starred in many films, including The Children's Hour (1961), The Great Escape (1963), The Thrill of It All (1963), Move Over, Darling (1963), The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), How Sweet It Is! (1968), Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969), Marlowe (1969), Support Your Local Gunfighter! (1971), The Castaway Cowboy (1974), Health (1980), The Fan (1981), Victor Victoria (1982), Tank (1984), Murphy's Romance (1985), Maverick (1994), My Fellow Americans (1996), Space Cowboys (2000) and The Notebook (2004).

The actor is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lois Clarke, and two daughters.


The above series of photos were taken by Leo Fuchs in 1962, and below I've selected some videos to celebrate Mr. Garner's life and career.

Web Series Worth Watching: it could be worse returns for a second season



Web Series of the Week: it could be worse
One of my favorite new web series of 2013 was this Groovy Award-winning comedy about the life and times of a young actor named Jacob Gordon (played by co-creator Wesley Taylor, whose credits include NBC's Smash and The Addams Family on Broadway). And now it has returned for a second season on Hulu and received a nice write-up in The New York Times. I look forward to seeing what happens next to Jacob, who has moved to Los Angeles this season - and the first new episode features Stephanie J. Block as Jacob's sister as well as such groovy guest stars as Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Anthony Rapp and Billy Magnussen.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Deep Dish Pool Party #78


The rules are simple - each week I feature 10 Dishes of the Day and you get to invite your three favorites over for some wet and wild fun at the Deep Dish Pool Party. The five guys who receive the most votes get to stay, and the following week five new Dishes are added to the guest list.

1) Dish #1352: Connor Moxam
Last Week #1, W20, 54 invites out of 300



2) Dish #1445: Bryan Thomas
W2, 39 invites


Dish of the Day #1451: Bear Week


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. Click here to vote for your three favorite Dishes in this week's Deep Dish Pool Party poll.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I'd like to propose a toast to Elaine Stritch



I was lucky enough to see Elaine Stritch three times - first in the 1996 Broadway revival of the Edward Albee play, A Delicate Balance (for which she was nominated for a Tony Award), then in her Tony Award-winning one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, during its national tour in 2003, and finally in an interview with John Callaway at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 2005. The actress, who died earlier today at age 89, also appeared on Broadway in Pal Joey (1952), On Your Toes (1954), Bus Stop (1955), Goldilocks (1958), Sail Away (1961), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1963), Company (1970), Show Boat (1994) and A Little Night Music (2010). Her many film and television credits include A Farewell to Arms (1957), My Sister Eileen (a 1960-61 CBS sitcom), Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965), Two's Company (a 1975-79 British sitcom), The Ellen Burstyn Show (a 1986-87 ABC sitcom), September (1987), Cocoon: The Return (1988), Autumn in New York (2000), Monster-in-Law (2005) and Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014). And she received a 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as Alec Baldwin's mother on 30 Rock.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Elaine Stritch's long life and memorable career. She will be missed.

I didn't get laid at Steppenwolf Theatre's The Qualms, but I still had a good time



I first became aware of swinging - aka wife/partner swapping - in the 1970s when producer Norman Lear introduced me to this alternative lifestyle on episodes of his TV series, All in the Family and Maude. And much later director Ang Lee featured some swinging '70s couples in his 1997 drama, The Ice Storm, and in 2008, CBS aired Swingtown, a short-lived series about suburban swingers in 1976. So it's definitely not a new and original idea for a writer to explore, which Bruce Norris - the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning author (Clybourne Park) - is currently doing in his contemporary comedy, The Qualms, at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. The action, of course, begins with a married couple deciding to indulge in some swinging for the first time during a party with their new friends - but then "The Qualms" arrive. A "qualm" is defined as "a feeling of doubt or uncertainty about whether you are doing the right thing" - and lead character Chris isn't so sure that swinging is for him and his wife Kristy as the evening progresses. Very little sex takes place as Chris and Kristy and three other couples spend most of their time just discussing sex while enjoying a precoital spread of food. A lot of what they talk about is quite amusing - and most of the performances are great - but after an intermission-less 90 minutes, I did leave the theater a bit hungry for something more. Or maybe it was just the banana pudding that one of the party guests brings that made me famished. And if that is the case, I'm sure Norris would prefer an audience to be thinking about his provocative words on their way home rather than a delicious dessert.

Dish of the Day #1450: Bear Week


This week's Dishes are celebrating Bear Week in Provincetown (July 12-20). For more information, go to ptownbears.org.

Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Antonio Torres.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Battle of the Network Stars #45: 1973-74 TV Season


NBC won the 44th Battle of the Network Stars, and the following stars will be moving on to Round 2:

Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live/NBC)
Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live/NBC)
Zach Braff (Scrubs/NBC)
Sarah Chalke (Scrubs/NBC)
Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen Show/CBS)
Simon Baker (The Guardian/CBS)
Lou Diamond Phillips (Wolf Lake/CBS)
Eddie Cahill (Glory Days/The WB)
Reba McEntire (Reba/The WB)
Tom Welling (Smallville/The WB)
Jennifer Garner (Alias/ABC)
Michael Vartan (Alias/ABC)
Bernie Mac (The Bernie Mac Show/Fox)
Patrick Warburton (The Tick/Fox)
Robert Gant (Queer as Folk/Showtime)
Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise/UPN)

Now on to our 45th battle, which takes us back to the 1973-74 TV season when we welcomed the following 32 stars into our homes:






Dish of the Day #1449: Bear Week


This week's Dishes are celebrating Bear Week in Provincetown (July 12-20). For more information, go to ptownbears.org.

Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is AK by photographer Jeremy Lucido.