Saturday, February 4, 2023

TV Banter Quiz #30

Are you ready for the latest TV Banter television quiz?  Get ready and good luck!  There are ten questions.



1.  In which city did Eight is Enough take place?

A.  Los Angeles, California

B.  Boston, Massachusetts

C.  Cleveland, Ohio

D.  Sacramento, California

E.  Seattle, Washington

2.  On The Beverly Hillbillies, Jane Hathaway, secretary to Milburn Drysdale, the Clampett family's banker, had a hobby.  What was Miss Hathaway's hobby?

A. playing Cribbage

B.  bird watching

C. stamp collecting

D.  coin collecting

E.  playing badminton

3.  Tom Selleck is best known for his starring roles in Magnum, PI (1980-1988) and Blue Bloods    (2010 -).  Earlier in his career, Tom played the role of Jed Andrews on a daytime soap opera.  What is the name of that soap?

Tom Selleck

A.  The Young and the Restless

B.  All My Children

C.  Days of our Lives

D.  As the World Turns

E.  General Hospital

4.  On Friends, what was the name of Ross's capuchin monkey?

A.  Marty

B.  Morgan

C.  Mitch

D.  Marcel

E.  Marv

5.  On Marcus Welby, M.D., what vehicle did Dr. Steven Kiley (James Brolin) drive to work?

A.  Chevy Corvette

B.  Volkswagen Bug

C.  Motorcycle

D.  Bicycle

E.   Ford Mustang

6.  On Frasier, what breed of dog was Eddie?

A.  Boston Terrier

B.  Basenji

C.   Rat Terrier

D.  Mutt

E.  Jack Russell Terrier

7.  On Seinfeld, what was the first name of George's father?

A.  Frank Costanza

B.  Joe Costanza

C,  Tony Costanza

D.  Al Costanza

E.  George Costanza Sr.

8.  On Family Ties, Michael J. Fox portrayed a young, conservative Republican.  What did the "P." in the name of Alex P. Keaton's stand for?

Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton

A.  Peter

B.  Percival

C.  Peace

D.  Prescott

E. Patrick

9.  On The Waltons, where was Walton's Mountain located?

A.  West Virginia

B.  Virginia

C.  Oklahoma

D.  North Dakota

E.  South Dakota

10.   Which French actor appeared in an episode of  I Love Lucy during Lucy and Ricky's visit to Paris?

A.  Maurice Chevalier

B.  Yves Montand

C.  Charles Boyer

D.  Jean-Louis Trintgnant

E.  Jean-Paul Belmondo


1.  D.  

Sacramento, California

Eight is Enough was set in Sacramento, California, where the patriarch of the Bradford family, Tom Bradford (Dick Van Patten), worked as a newspaper columnist for the fictional Sacramento Register.

2.  B.

Bird watching

Jane Hathaway (Nancy Kulp), Mr. Drysdale's secretary, was a member of a zany bird watcher club.  She wore hiking clothes and used binoculars.

Nancy Kulp also played the bird-loving Pamela Livingstone on The Bob Cummings show in the 1950s

3.  A

The Young and the Restless

From 1974 to 1975, Tom Selleck portrayed Jed Andrews on The Young and the Restless.

Below is a photo of Tom during his Young and Restless days.

4.  D


Ross (David Schwimmer) with Marcel

In the tenth episode of the fourth season of Friends, Ross Geller, adopts a monkey to keep him company after his divorce.  The episode, entitled "The One with the Monkey," was first broadcast on December 15, 1994.  The pet monkey, Marcel, was actually a female capuchin named Katie.

5.  C


Dr. Steven Kiley, played by James Brolin, drove a motorcycle to work.

6.  E

Jack Russell Terrier

Frasier's father, Martin Crane, owned a Jack Russell named Eddie.  Eddie was portrayed by a dog named Moose for the first seven seasons of Frasier, and by Moose's son, Enzo, for the remaining four.  Eddie was capable of understanding many commands, and human language to a degree.  He would run away when someone spelled out B-A-T-H.  He generally listened only to Martin.

7.  A   

Frank Costanza

John Randolph (left) and Jerry Stiller

The first actor to portray Frank Costanza on Seinfeld was John Randolph.  Randolph originated the role in a Season 4.episode entitled "The Handicap Spot," in which George borrows his father's car.  Frank didn't reappear until the Season 5, Episode 2 of the series. entitled "The Puffy Shirt."  The character was recast and John Randolph was replaced with comedian Jerry Stiller.  Stiller became much more popular with viewers and was more suited to the role.

8.  C


Alex's parents, Elyse and Steven Keaton (Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross),were hippies during the 1960s.  That's why they chose "Peace" as their son's middle name.  There was an episode of Family Ties where there was a flashback to when Alex was a baby, and it was revealed how he got his second name.  According to the episode, entitled "A Christmas Story" (Season 1, Episode 11, Air Date: December 15, 1982), Alex was born in 1965, while his parents were on assignment in Africa, having been influenced by John F. Kennedy to join the Peace Corps.

During his audition for the role of Alex, Michael J. Fox, who played Elyse and Steven's conservative Republican son, suggested that the initial "P." should be added to Alex's name.  The writers liked the idea.

9.  B


The Waltons was set in the fictional mountain community in the fictitious Jefferson County, Virginia.  Located near Charlottesville, Virginia.  The small hamlet was actually the hometown of Earl Hamner, whose writings formed the basis of the TV series.  Hamner outlined his settings based on his childhood home in  Schyuyler, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  There is a Walton's Mountain Museum in a corner of the mountains.

The "Walton's Mountain" shown on the TV show was actually a hill in the Hollywood Hills.

10. C.

Charles Boyer

Lucy with Charles Boyer in  I Love Lucy 

Charles Boyer appeared in a 1956 episode of I Love Lucy entitled "Lucy Meets Charles Boyer" (Season 5, Episode 19, Air Date: March 5, 1956).  

- Joanne

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Y&R Report (Saturday, January 28, 2023): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance.

Hi fans,
The writers have turned Jack Abbott into a fool with no backbone.  Is he so naive as to think that all the drama surrounding Diane Jenkins is over for good?  Didn't he notice how suspicious Nikki was about her stolen diamond necklace?   Doesn't he realize that Diane is a never-ending source of trouble and that she always will be?  Even Diane herself was less confident than Jack that they were out of the woods.
Have we really seen the last of Jeremy Stark?  It seems as if they ended his storyline abruptly and haphazardly.  Was the storyline so unpopular with audiences that they wanted to end it quickly?  Will Jeremy return after Jack and Diane are exposed as the real thieves?
I really miss Doug Davidson as Paul Williams, but I don't blame Doug for being finished with the show, especially after he was treated so shabbily.  Doug was hurt recently when someone on Twitter wondered if Paul Williams should be killed off, since he is not seen anymore.  
Now that Rey Rosales has died in a tragic car crash, it seems that Chance is the only police detective in Genoa City?  Chance certainly didn't do a very good job in his investigation into the death of Ashland Locke, and he has also bungled the investigation into Nikki's stolen necklace.  No wonder he's considering quitting the police force altogether.

I truly enjoyed the episode celebrating Tracey Bregman's 40 years as Lauren Fenmore on Y&R.  It was wonderful to see all the old flashbacks as she reflected on her life with family and friends.  The only thing I missed was a flashback of Lauren and Michael's wedding.
I also watched Tracey's appearance on The Talk.  Christian LeBlanc, who plays her TV husband, Michael Baldwin, made a surprise appearance.  He presented Tracey with a replacement for her Daytime Emmy, which was destroyed in a house fire.

Phyllis has been running into Tucker McCall quite a lot lately.  She doesn't like him, but that could change.  I still wonder if something is eventually going to start up between those two now that Ashley has returned to Paris for the time being?  Does Tucker's heart really belong to Ashley.?  I can't figure that guy out.  He's very complex and there are so many sides to him.  He's a scoundrel, a real snake-in-the-grass.  Yet, he can cry like a baby over Ashley and enjoy playing with his grandson, Dominic.  Nevertheless, he's completely untrustworthy.

Kyle is behaving as foolishly as his father, Jack.  He is putting his mother, Diane, and his dislike of Adam Newman ahead of his regard for Summer.  He just has to please Victor and get the dirt on Adam.  It seems that everyone just bows down to :"The Moustache.'  They are all so eager to do his bidding, especially Michael Baldwin, his lackey lawyer.  Just once, I'd like someone to turn Victor down or tell Victor that they can't meet with him right away.  The man is a total control freak.  He is determined to bring Adam back into the family business whether anyone else likes it or not.  Nikki advised him against reinstating Adam.  She pointed out that everything in the Newman world was relatively peaceful and that a shakeup would only cause problems.  Victor told her that he always considers her opinion.  As we know, however, in the end, Victor only listens to those who agree with him.  He only does what he wants.

In my previous Y&R Report, I opined that the show needs a shakeup.  Well, there has been one of sorts.  Anthony Morina has decided to resign as executive producer of The Young and the Restless, just as he is about to face trial by jury in March of this year.  Morina is dealing with a sexual harassment lawsuit brought forth by Briana Thomas, a background actress, who played a barista at Crimson Lights in 2018 and 2019.  The actress alleges that she was fired because she rejected Morina's advances.
So, what does the departure of Anthony Morina mean for the show.  Well, it means more control for head writer Josh Griffith.  Morina will not be replaces and Griffith, who is has been co-executive producer, will become the sole executive producer.  Time will tell if this will be beneficial to the show.


If you have any comments on Y&R, please email them to me with "Viewer Forum" in the subject line. I will be happy to publish your comments and reply to them  You do not have to use your real name. 

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l recently spoke to longtime Y&R viewer Helen in Scarborough, Ontario.  Helen had some interesting observations.  Here they are:

* Have you noticed that Y&R has reduced the number of sets on the show?  For example, Sharon's home has not been shown since Rey died.  I really like that place, but Sharon spends all her time in the coffeehouse.  She practically lives there these days.  Victoria's house hasn't been shown lately either.  Nor has Nick's.  Are these cost-cutting measures?  Most likely.

* When Chance came to search Jeremy Stark's suite, he was alone.  He had no backup.  That is not standard police procedure, especially when confronting a potentially dangerous criminal such as Stark.

Heather and Lucy will be arriving in Genoa City

Vail Bloom (Heather)

Lily Brooks O[Briant (Lucy)

Daniel Romalotti's life is about to get more complicated.  He is going to be reunited with his family next month.  Vail Bloom will reprise her role as Heather, which she played from 2007 to 20010.  16-year-odd newcomer Lily Brooks O'Briant has been cast in the role of Heather and Daniel's daughter, Lucy Romalotti.  Although this is Lily's first daytime role, she was a regular on the Netflix comedy The Big Show Show.  She also played the lead role of Ella in the 2022 Apple+ series Life By Ella.
Leave it to meddling Phyllis to ask her to come to Genoa City without Dannie's knowledge.  Daniel will obviously be torn between Heather and his old flame, Lily.  Everything will depend on how well-received Heather and Lucy are by fans.  If they turn out to be popular, they will stay a while. Will Heather be jealous of Lily?  Will Lucy turn out to be a teenage troublemaker? Will she seek attention.  Will she resent Lily. Stay tuned!


Jeremy Stark, played by James Hyde, has been arrested.  His stint on Y&R may have come to an end.  We don't know yet if he'll be back.  It may never be revealed that he was set up by Jack and Diane.  Stark may never return.  What do you think, fans?  Are you satisfied with how his storyline was resolved?  Do you think Jack and Diane should get away with setting him up?  Respond to the poll  below and let me know.

Do you think Jeremy Stark is gone for good? free polls

That's all for now.  Don't forget that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, February 11, 2023.

Take care,
- Joanne

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Are there too many streaming services?

Many Baby Boomers have fond memories of watching The Ed Sullivan Show with the whole family on Sunday nights.  Those days, of course, are long gone, never to return.  We now have an almost infinite choice of programming, which we can view at our convenience.  There is more available than we'll ever have time to watch.  Is there a glut?  Is this too much of a good thing?

When streaming first started, Netflix led the way.  It was, and still is, the giant among streaming services.  However, in recent years, its supremacy has been challenged by several other streaming services.  They've been popping up like weeds.  Netflix's strongest challenger is Amazon Prime.  There is also Disney+ and NBC's Peacock network.  Most people only subscribe to one or two of those services.  However, there may be a program you really want to watch, but it is not available to you.  You may find that some of your friends are discussing a program that is on Prime, but you don't subscribe to Prime, so you can't join in the conversation.

There are so many TV shows and so many movies available through streaming services that they've become like a  smorgasbord, a buffet with so many choices that we don't know where to start.  We want to taste everything, but we can't or we will have a severe case of indigestion.

Traditional network programming is almost unwatchable now because of the ridiculous number of commercials and interruptions.  I have to PVR most of the shows I watch so that I can fast forward past the commercials.  It's the only way to escape the deluge of advertising.

There was a time when watching television brought families and friends together in their living rooms.  Now many people are watching shows or movies in their own little world.  In a sense, they are isolated.  Where will it all end?  We never used the expression "binge watching" until streaming came along.

- Joanne

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Y&R Report (January 14, 2023) The Latest on The Young and the Restless

 Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance.

Hi fans,
It's 2023 and I am back after a Christmas and New Year break.  I hope your holidays were better than than those of some of the citizens of Genoa City.  For many in GC, Christmas and New Year's were not very joyous this year.  To be honest, I was disappointed in holiday episodes.  I missed the usual Abbott and Newman family celebrations.  
New Year's was not much better.  Billy and Lily were miserable.  Sally felt ill and Nick ended up spending New Year's Eve at the coffee shop.  There just didn't seem to be a festive atmosphere.

I did enjoy seeing Michael Damian as Danny Romalotti again.  I also enjoyed his rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" along with Traci, Lauren and Michael Baldwin.  Unfortunately, there is not much more that I have liked about the show recently.  Maybe it's the couples that they are bringing together.  I just can't get excited about Sally and Nick or Jack and Diane or Sharon and Chance or Abby and Devon.
It seems to me that Y&R needs a shake-up.  It needs a new set of writers and some fresh storylines.  For example, it's ridiculous to have Jack Abbott assisting Diane in a crime.  He approved of her plan to rob Nikki's jewels so that she can convince Jeremy Stark that she is on his side.  Why would Jack be so spineless as to commit a crime for Diane's sake, especially given her dubious past?  Is he so smitten with her that he is blind to her duplicity?  Doesn't he realize that Diane is just going to spiral from one crisis to another?  He's intelligent enough to know that Jeremy Stark can't be trusted.  Maybe nothing will satisfy the criminal.  After the theft, he will demand more and more from Diane to prove her loyalty.  Don't expect him to leave town any time some.
I'm having second thoughts about the Diane storyline.  When Diane returned to Genoa City, I thought it was a good idea.  It really added spark to Jack's storyline.  Unfortunately, the writers have gone off on a tangent, especially with Stark, portrayed by James Hyde.  He seems to be playing games with Diane.  Hyde is a good actor, but it just seems as if he's been thrown into the storyline.  In fact, it's unclear what Jeremy really wants,  He's rejected a great deal of money.  Why wouldn't he have just taken the money and run. Is it Diane herself that he wants?  In a preview, Stark was shown making a play for Diane.

Sally Spectra is not exactly thrilled about her impending motherhood.  She doesn't really want to deal with it.  However, as Chloe pointed out, Sally will have to face the situation.  She can't keep it on the backburner indefinitely.  So, what will she do?  Maybe she'll go away and have the baby secretly without telling Adam or Nick about it.  Then, she may let Tessa and Mariah adopt the baby.  The truth will come out eventually, especially since Sally will be giving birth to a Newman child.  It will be interesting to see how Victor Newman reacts when he finds out.  Victor doesn't like Sally, and he won't be very pleased when he learns that she has given birth to a Newman baby.  He thinks Newman' babieso are born with royal jelly.  They are tougher than other babies.

It's about time Abby vacated the Chancellor mansion.  She is an Abbott and a Newman, not a Chancellor.  By rights, Philip Chancellor 1V, also known as Chance, should be living there.  Speaking of Chance, it is obvious that he is becoming involved with Sharon.  Abby wasn't too please when she noticed how friendly her estranged husband is becoming with Sharon.  As I've mentioned before, I am not enthusiastic about the prospect of a Sharon-Chance coupling. 

Given Audra Charles' track record, I have to question Nate's judgement in hiring her to assist him at Newman Media.  What was he thinking?  According to an online spoiler, Nate's girlfriend, Elena, will be distrustful of Audra'a intentions. and who can blame her?  However, the real person Elena should be concerned about may be Victoria Newman.  


Michael Mealor (Kyle Abbott) is engaged

Michael Mealor (Kyle Abbott is engaged.  The Y&R actor's fiancée, Sasha, shared the good news on Instagram, along with photos and comments. Congratulations to the happy couple.

Eric Braeden has knee-replacement surgery

Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) is recovering from knee surgery.  On December 15th, Eric revealed on Twitter that he had undergone a medical procedure to replace his knee.  He said he was on the mend. Eric, who is a former soccer pro, said that three holes were found in his knee.

Y&R shuts down production every year at the end of December for a 2 1/2 week holiday break, so Eric didn't have to be concerned how his physiotherapy would affect his Y&R schedule.  He hopes to be ready to return by then.   Knowing Eric, I'm sure he will be ready.  According to a report in Soaps in Depth, a follower advised Eric to keep moving.  Eric replied, "I never stop moving!"  Doesn't he sound just like his Victor Newman character?

Special Episode Honouring Tracey Bregman (Lauren)

On Wednesday, January 25 (CBS), and Tuesday January 24th (Global TV), Y&R will air a special stand-alone episode marking Tracey Bregman's 40 years of playing Lauren Fenmore.  Bregman fans won't want to mis that!  Congratulations, Tracey!


Sharon Case

Conner Floyd (Chance)

Sharon, as we know, listens in to most of the conversations at her coffeehouse, Crimson Lights.  I think that's why she enjoys running the place so much.  Lately, she has become close with Chance (Conner Floyd), who seems to be spending a great deal of time in her establishment.  It looks as if she is going to become involved with him.  What do you think of that, fans?  What do you think of them as a couple.  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

What do you think of Sharon and Chance as a couple? free polls


I really need your feedback.  If you have any comments on Y&R, please email them to me with "Viewer Forum" in the subject line. I will be happy to publish your comments and reply to them  You do not have to use your real name.  I really need your input.  I really need to hear your opinion.  I want to know if you agree or disagree with me. 

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That's all for now.  Please remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, January 28, 2023.

Take care,


Saturday, January 7, 2023

Keeping up with Julie Kavner

If you've watched Rhoda, then you'll remember Valerie Harper's raspy-voiced TV sister, played by Julie Kavner.  That distinctive voice later catapulted Julie to more fame as Marge Simpson on the phenomenally successful animated series The Simpsons.

Julie Deborah Kavner was born in Los Angeles, California on September 7, 1950, the second daughter of David Kavner, a furniture manufacturer, and his wife, Rose, a family counsellor.  She attended Beverly Hills High School and then went on to San Diego State University, where she majored in drama, where she was cast in many productions, becoming known for her talent for improvisation and her ability to play bother comedic and dramatic roles.  She graduated from San Diego State in 1971, after which she held a day job as a typist at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

Julie portrayed Rhoda's younger sister, Brenda Morgenstern, on the hit sitcom Rhoda.  Rhoda, a spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moor Show, followed Mary's best friend, Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) after she left Minneapolis and retuned to her roots in New York.  It ran for five seasons on CBS, from September 9, 1974 to December 9, 1978.  It was Julie's first professional acting role.  She had originally auditioned for a guest role on Mary's show.  Although she made a good impression, she was not considered right for the part.  However, producer Davis Davis, her future romantic partner, recommended the 24-year-old for the role of Rhoda's sister on the MTM spin-off.

Julie's character, Brenda, was employed as a bank teller.  She lived ion her own in a studio apartment in Manhattan.  Brenda was a very insecure person and lacked self-esteem, much of it coming from a weight problem.  As a result, she had constant dating problems.  The part was created with Julie in mind.  

In 1979, Julie won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Brenda.Morgenstern.

Julie Kavner in 1974

During the run of Rhoda, Julie guest-starred in episodes of such television series as Lou Grant (1977) and Petrocelli (1976).  After Rhoda, she appeared in an episode of Taxi (1980).  She also appeared in some TV movies.  She played Janet Michaels in No Other Love (1979), Megan Brady in Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980) and Laura Prescott in A Fine Romance (1983. 

Julie Kavner provides the husky, grating voice of Marge Simpson on The Simpsons.  Since Julie is not seen on the screen of the popular long-lasting animated series, some viewers may not be aware that it Julie's voice behind the blue-haired matriarch of the Simpson family.  She also voices other characters on the show, such as Marge's mother, Jacqueline Bouvier and Jaqueline's chain-spoking sisters, Patty and Selma Bouvier.

In 1987, Kavner was hired by director, producer and screenwriter James L. Brooks to join the stellar ensemble cast of The Tracey Ullman Show, a groundbreaking sketch program on Fox TV.  The show featured 30 and 60-sencod segments highlighting the dysfunctional Simpson family.  

Marge Simpson made her TV debut on the Ullman show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Julie also voiced Marge Simpson in theatrical cartoons. After being featured on The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons, the cartoon Simpson family were given their own series, which debuted on Fox TV on December 17, 1989. It is the longest-running animated television series in history.

Marge Simpson

Julie Kavner is an intensely private person.  She will not allow cameras to film her doing the voices for The Simpsons characters, and she rarely gives interviews.  Part of her contract specifies that she will never be required to promote The Simpsons on video.  In a 1989 Los Angeles Times article, Julie was quoted as saying, "I'm very, very private.  I don't like talking about myself to strangers.  :Particularly strangers with tapes going."  

When the cast of The Simpsons appeared in a 2003 episode of Inside the Actors Studio, Julie's castmates began speaking in character.  Julie, however, did not join them.  Halfway throw the show, she took a bathroom break and never returned.  "If I want to remain anonymous," she declared, "I have to keep my mouth shut."

Julie's long-time partner was TV producer David Davis.  Julie and David met on the set of Rhoda.  They were together for over forty years, from 1975 until his death on November 4, 2022.  He was 86 years old at the time of his passing.

David Davis' obituary in Vanity Fair called him "an architect of modern American television."  Brooklyn-born Davis co-created The Bob Newhart Show and Taxi.  He wrote and produced The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda.

David   Davis


* Julie Kavner is Jewish.  Although she was born and raised in Southern California, both her parents were from New York, and she sounds more like a New Yorker than a Californian.  That's why, according to NNDB (The Notable Names Database), she has a "naturally neurotic Brooklynese voce."  It's also why she fit in so well in New York roles.

In 1992, Julie took up residence in New York.  She may have returned  to California because her partner, David Davis, died in Los Angeles.

* Julie has frequently appeared in Woody Allen movies.  After watching her on Rhoda, Woody offered her a role in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).  She then appeared in Radio Days (1987), New York Stories (1989), Alice (1990),  Shadows and Fog (1991) and Deconstructing Harry (1997).  She also co-starred in Don't Drink the Water, a 1994, made-for-television comedy film directed by Allen, and Deconstructing Harry, a 1997 black comedy, written, directed by, and co-starring Woody Allen.  Julie's appearance in Hannah and Her Sisters, boosted her career, which was on a downturn at the time.

Julie and Woody Allen

* When voicing Marge Simpson, Julie raises her voice an octave or two, and roughens it up a bit.  To play Marge's sisters, she lowers her voice an octave, and roughens it up quite a lot.  In addition to The Simpsons, Julie has performed voice-over work in films such as Dr. Dolittle (1998) and The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004).

* In 1992, Julie won a second Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for voicing Marge in the season three episode of The Simpsons entitled "I Married Marge."

* Julie portrayed the mother of Adam Sandler's character in the 2006 comedy Click.

SOURCES Los Angeles Times, "Julie Kavner: a Private Person in Many Roles,"by Diane Haithman, June 15, 1989; Vanity Fair, "David Davis, Writer-Producer of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, and Oher Clasiics," Dies at Age 86," by Jordan Hoffman, November 6, 2022;  NNDB (The Notable Names Database): Julie Kavner; Wikipedia; Internet Movie Database (IMDb)

- Joanne

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Canadians rock on Jeopardy!


Mattea Roach

Earlier this year, Mattea Roach, a 23-year-old Toronto-based legal tutor, originally from Nova Scotia, appeared on Jeopardy!  Mattea won 23 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in the popular quiz show's history.  She won more games than any other Canadian contestant, and she also collected winnings of  US$560,983, the equivalent of more than 750,000 in Canadian dollars.  Her run ended on May 6, 2022, when she was defeated in her 24th match by only $1,

In September of 2022, Mattea was chosen as the new host of The Backbench, a biweekly political interview podcast from the Canadaland network.  On October 26th, she celebrated her 24th birthday.  

Mattea competed in Jeopardy!'s tournament of champions, which aired in November 2022.  She lost in the semi-finals, after defeating fellow champions Matt Amodio and Amy Schneider in a warm-up exhibition contest. On The Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, Mattea was introduced as a writer, rather than a tutor.

As of this writing, another Canadian, Ray Lalonde, is the current Jeopardy! champion.  He won his tenth consecutive match in the episode that aired yesterday.  Ray was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  He is a scenic artist in IATSE {The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees)  He has worked on many art department sets, including those of the hit series The Handmaid's Tale, which is filmed in Toronto.  He told host Ken Jennings that he has an identical twin brother who has also auditioned for the show.  

Ray Lalonde has already secured a spot in the next Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions  It will be interesting to see how far his win streak will last.  I'm cheering for him.

- Joanne

Monday, December 19, 2022

Whatever happened to the cast of Green Acres?

During the 1960s and early 1970s, CBS featured three successful rural-based comedies: The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971), Petticoat Junction (1963-1970) and Green Acres.   American TV producer and screenwriter, Paul Henning created The Beverly Hillbillies.  He and his wife, Ruth, created Petticoat Junction, and Henning was the executive producer of Green Acres.  The rural comedies were so intertwined that some of the characters crossed over from one to another.

Green Acres, starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, aired on the network for six seasons, from September 15, 1965 to April 27, 1971.  The show received good ratings, but it was cancelled due to CBS's decision to  purge its rural shows in favour of urban based shows such as All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

On Green Acres, Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor starred as a couple from New York City who move from their penthouse to a dilapidated country farm in Hooterville.  It was the reverse of The Beverly Hillbillies.          

Eddie and Eva were both singers, and they sang the catchy opening theme song on Green Acres.



Eddie Albert was born Edward Albert Heimberger in Rock Island, Illinois on April 22, 1906,  He was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, where he majored in business.

When the stock market crashed in 1929, Eddie  abandoned his business career.  During the Depression, he was forced to take odd jobs.  He worked as a circus trapeze flier, an insurance salesman and a nightclub singer before becoming a stage and radio actor.  He changed his last name because he was often introduced as "Eddie Hamburger."

In 1933, Eddie moved to New York City, where he co-hosted a radio show for three years.   He made his Broadway debut in O Evening Star, and was later offered a film contract by Warner Brothers.  The up-and-coming actor launched his film career in the 1938 Hollywood version of Brother Rat with Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman.  During the course of his film career, Eddie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Gregory Peck's photographer in the 1953 Audrey Hepburn film, Roman Holiday.  He also received an Academy Award nomination for his part in The Heartbreak Kid, a 1972 Neil Simon comedy.

Eddie Albert was one of the earliest performers on television.  In June of 1936, he even appeared in RCA/NBC's private live performance in New York City of their experimental all electronic television system 

In 1952, Eddie starred in his own CBS sitcom, Leave it to Larry, which was cancelled after 11 episodes. By 1953, he had his own daytime variety program, The Eddie Albert Show, on the same network.  Eddie was very active on TV during the 1950s and 1960s, appearing in episodes of many shows, including The Loretta Young Show (3 episodes from 1954-1958) ss well as Dr. Kildare (1963), Mr. Novak (1964) and Rawhide (1964). In 1968, Eddie delivered a dramatic reading on the Ed Sullivan Show.   

Nevertheless, Eddie Albert is best remembered for his role on Green Acres, in which he portrayed Oliver Wendell Douglas, a city slicker attorney from New York City.  Oliver yearned for the countryside and  farm living, much to the dismay of his wife, Lisa, played by Eva Gabor.  The couple moved to Hooterville, a fictional backwater town, where Oliver became a well-dressed gentleman farmer.  

Eddie Albert played the role of Oliver Wendell Doughs in all 170 episodes of Green Acres from 1965 to 1971, as well as 12 episodes of Petticoat Junction (1965-1968) and a 1968 episode of The Beverly Hillbillies.

In the 1970s, after Green Acres, Eddie appeared in episodes of Columbo (1971), Here's Lucy (1973), and Kung Fu (1974}.  From 1975 to 1978, he starred as ex-cop Frank MacBride, alongside Robert Wagner, in the crime/drama Switch.  In the 1980s, Eddie guest-starred on Highway to Heaven (1986), Falcon Crest (1987), Murder, She Wrote (1988) and Thirtysomething (1989).  In 1983, he had a two-episode stint as Jack Boland on the daytime soap General Hospital.

In 1995, Eddie was diagnosed with Alzheimer's diseases.  He died of pneumonia on May 26, 2005 at the age of 99.  He passed away in his home in Pacific Palisades, California.

Eddie and his wife, Margo, a Mexican-American actress and dancer, were married on December 5, 1945.  Margo Albert died of brain cancer on July 17, 1985.

Eddie and Margo had a son, Edward Laurance Albert (born February 20, 1951), who also became an actor.  The couple also adopted a daughter, Maria, who was her father's business manager.  Their son, known professionally as Edward Albert, starred opposite Goldie Hawn in the 1972 film Butterflies Are Free, for which he was awarded a Golden Globe.  The younger Albert died of lung cancer on September 22, 2006 at the age of 55.  He had cared for his ailing father before his own death.  

Eddie Albert was a committed environmentalist and philanthropist.


Eva Gabor was the youngest of the three famous Hungarian-born Gabor sisters.  She and her sisters, Magda and Zsa Zsa were actresses and socialites.  
Eva was also a successful businesswoman.  She marketed clothing, beauty products and wigs.

During the 1950s, Eva had small parts n feature films such as The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954), starring Elizabeth Taylor

In the 1950s, Eva had TV roles in The Philco Television Playhouse, Kraft Theatre and The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen. In 1953, she was given her own television talk show, The Eva Gabor Show, which lasted only one season.  She appeared in two episodes of The Ann Sothern Show, one episode in 1959 and the other in 1960.

In the 1960s, Eva guest-starred in episodes of The Defenders (1961), The Dick Powell Thaeatre (1961) and Burke's Law (1963).  In 1965, she won the leading female role on Green Acres, a hit television show,  Eva played Lisa Douglas, a pampered woman who "adored her penthouse view" in Manhattan.  She loved Park Avenue and Times Square.  She did not want to leave New York and was a fish out of water in Hooterville.  From 1965 to 1971, Eva appeared in all 170 episodes of the series. 

In 1968, Eva guest-starred on The Beverly Hillbillies as Lisa an episode called "The Thanksgiving Spirit" (Season 7, Episode 10, Air Date: November 27, 1968).  In the episode, the Clampetts spend Thanksgiving in Hooterville.  Eva also had a guest spot in a 1968 episode of Here's Lucy, starring Lucille Ball.

In 1971, Eva Gabor appeared on The Red Skelton Hour in an episode entitled "Freddie's Country Home" (Season 20, Episode 18, Air Date: February 1, 1971).  She also played a role in two episodes of Fantasy Island (1978-1981) and three episodes of The Love Boat (1977-1986).

In the 1980s, Eva, appeared on fourth season episode of Hart to Hart, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers.  Eva played the role of Aunt Renee. in an episode is entitled "With this Hart I Thee Wed." (Season 4, Episode 2, Air Date: October 12, 1982).  Eva was also a guess star in a 1984 episode of Hotel.  In 1992, Eva reprised her Lisa Douglas role in an episode of the comedy "Honey, I'm Home."  

Eva did voice-over work for Disney animated classics.  She provided the voice for Duchess and Miss Bianca in The Aristocats, The Rescuers (1977) and The Rescuers Down Under.(1990.   Eva was a panelist on Match Game, hosted by Gen Rayburn.  From 1983 to 1984, she appeared on The Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour, starring Rayburn and Jon Bauman

Eva was married and divorced five times.  She had no biological children, but was stepmother to two daughters, Mary and Joanne, from her marriage to Dick Brown, her fourth husband.  She had an on-off relationship with actor Glenn Ford between marriages.  According to IMDb, Eva "resided platonically" with  television host Merv Griffin for several years until her death.  She was a frequent guest on his talk show.

Eva Gabor passed away on July 4, 1995 at the age of 76.  She died in Los Angeles of respiratory failure and pneumonia, following a fall in a bathtub while vacationing in Mexico.   


Tom Lester Eb Dawson, the farmhand of Oliver Wendell Douglas on Green Acres.  At one point, Tom appeared in all three rural shows on CBS.

Thomas William Lester was born in Laurel, 1938.  He grew up on his grandfather's farm.

Tom graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in chemistry,  He taught science and technology at a school in Purrcell, Oklahoma before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.  In Hollywood, he befriended radio and character actress Lurene Tuttle.  She became his acting coach and suggested that he work with Little Theater.  He took her advice and began acting in productions at the North Hollywood Playhouse.

In the early 1960s, Tom appeared in a play with Petticoat Junction star Linda Kaye Henning, daughter of CBS producer Paul Henning.  This led to his auditioning for the role of Eb Dawson, and he beat out about 400 other actors for the part.

After Green Acres, Tom guess-starred in episodes of such series as Love, American Style, Marcus Welby, M.D. (1974)., Little House on the Prairie (1981) and Knight Rider (1982).  He also reprised his role as Eb Dawson on Return to Green Acres, a 1990 TV movie that reunited most of the cast of the series, including Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Alvy Moore, Sid Melton, Pat Buttram, and Frank Cady.

On April 20, 2020, Tom died of complications from Parkinson's disease in the Nashville home of his fiancée and long-term caregiver.  He was 81 years old at the time of his passing.


Elmer Calvin "Hank" Peterson was born in Springville, Alabama on October 9, 1888.  He was a musician and an actor.  He originally intended to be a serious pianist, but ended up as a vaudeville piano player.

As the 1920s drew to a close, Hank moved to California.  In the 1930s, he began a career as an actor.  He found minor roles and character parts in Republic Pictures westerns.  He also appeared in popular TV westerns such as The Cisco Kid, The Adventures of Kit Carson, The Lone Ranger and Annie Oakley. Aside from his Frad Ziffel character on Green Acres, Hank Patterson's most notable recurring role was his portrayal of Hank Miller in 33 episodes of Gunsmoke from 1962 to 1973. 

 Hank had roles in  15 episodes of Death Valley Days (1952-1967), 10 episodes of Have Gun-Will Travel (1958-1962), 7 episodes of Tales of Wells Fargo (1957-1962), 4 episodes of Cheyenne (1956-1961), 3 episodes of Wagon Train (1958-1961), three episodes of Daniel Boone (1965-1968) and two episodes of The Virginian (1964-1967).

Hank first appeared as farmer Fred Ziffel on Petticoat Junction in 1963 (He appeared as Ziffel in 11 episodes of Petticoat Junction from 1963 to 1966).  In 1965, CBS added Green Acres to its lineup of rural comedies.  Both series were set in the fictional town of Hooterville and Hank's character appeared in both of them.

Hank Patterson married Daisy Marguerite Sheeler, a native of Kentucky, on May 18, 1915.  Hank passed away on August 23, 1975 of bronchial pneumonia.  He was 86 years old at the time of his passing.  His wife, Daisy, died on February 2, 1979.  She was also 86 at the time of her death.


Barbara Pepper was born on May 31, 1915 in New York City.  Her father, David Mitchell "Dave" Pepper was an actor.  She began her life in show business as one of the Goldwyn Girls, a musical stock company, where she became friends with Lucille Ball.

In 1943, Barbara married actor Craig Reynolds, and they had two sones.  In 1949, her husband died in  motorcycle accident in California.  She never remarried.

A prolific actress, Barbara appeared in over 40 films from 1937 to 1943.  After a weight gain, her parts were generally limited to minor character roles on television.  She made appearances on I Love Lucy, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The Jack Benny Program and Perry Mason and Petticoat Junction.  Prior to her role on Green Acres, she appeared in three 1964 episodes of Petticoat Junction (as Ruth and then later Doris Ziffel).  Barbara also appeared in episodes of Mister Ed (1965), My Three Sons (1966), Daniel Bone (1966) and My Mother the Car (1966).

On Green Acres, Barbara portrayed Doris Ziffel, the wife of farmer Fred Ziffel.  She played the role of Doris from 1965 until 1968, when health issues forced her to leave the show.  She was replaced by  character actress Fran Ryan for the duration of the series. 

Barbara Pepper died of coronary thrombosis in Panama City, California on July 18, 1969.  She was 54 years old at the time of her passing. Just before her death, Barbara appeared in 1969 episodes of The Doris Day Show and Mayberry R.F.D.

FRAN RYAN, the second Doris Ziffel, passed away on June 15, 2000 at the age of 83.  She appeared in just seven episodes of Green Acres from 1969 to 1971.


Maxwell Emmett "Pat" Buttram was born in Addison, Alabama on June 19, 1915, the son of a Methodist minister.  In 1933, he left Alabama to attend the Chicago World's Fair, where he impressed a radio announcer with his comic observations on the fair.  He was subsequently  offered a job with Chicago radio station WLS, where he became a regular on the popular National Barn Dance program.

In the 1940s, Pat went to Hollywood and began working with Gene Autry  He appeared as Autrey's sidekick in numerous films and on Autrey's radio show Melody Ranch, and his television program, The Gene Autrey Show (1950-1956).

On Green Acres, Pat Buttram portrayed Mr. Haney, a local farmer turned salesman. and con man in the rural community of Hooter.  The character's name has been used aa a euphemism for a swindling salesman. or a con artist.  Haney first appeared on Green Acres in the episode "Lisa's First Day on the Farm" (September 22, 1965).

Pat married Dorothy McFadden in 1936.  They adopted a daughter, Gayle, but the marriage ended in divorce.  In 1952, Pat married actress Sheila Ryan.  The couple me on the set of the film Mule Train (1950), in which Pat played Gene Autry's comic sidekick.  Pat and Sheila had a daughter, Kerry Bettram-Galgano.

Patt Buttram's wife, Sheila, died in Los Angeles of a lung ailment on November 5, 1975.  She was 54.

Pat died of kidney failure on January 8, 1994.  He passed  away at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.  He was 78 at the time of his passing.


Sid Melton was born Sidney Melzer in Brooklyn, New York on May 22, 1917.  His father, Isidor Melzer, was a Yiddish theatre comedian.  His brother, Lewis Melzer,, was a Hollywood screenplay writer (The Man with the Golden Arm, 1955, starring Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker and Kim Novak)..

Sid'a acting career spanned more than 70 years.  In 1939, he made his stage debut in a touring production of See My Lawyer.  In the 1940s, Sid had comical bit parts in films.  He began appearing on television in 1954, with a recurring role on the children's show Captain  Midnight" as chief mechanic Ichabod "Ikky Mudd.  He had minor roles and bit parts in episodes of several TV series during the 1950s, including Our Miss Brooks (1954), Topper (1955), The Adventures of Superman 1956, as a thug), The NBC Comedy Hour (1956), The Jack Benny Program (1957), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958, as a cab driver).

From 1959 to 1964, Sid appeared The Danny Thomas Show as Charley Halper, proprietor of the Copa Club, the nightclub  where Danny Williams (Danny Thomas) performed.  Sid's  TV wife on the show was comedian Pat Carroll.  

During the the 1960s, Sid guest-starred on episodes of Bachelor Father (four episodes 1960-1961), The Joey Bishop Show (1961), The Munsters (1964), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1964), The Andy Griffith Show (1965), The Danny Thomas Hour (1967), That Girl (1968), Petticoat Junction (1968) and I Dream of Jeannie (1969).

From 1965 to 1969, Sid had a recurring role on Green Acres.  He portrayed incompetent carpenter Alf Monroe in 32 episodes of the series.  The hapless Alf continually argued with his sister, played by Mary Grace Canfield, who was his partner in the carpentry business.

From 1970 to 1971, Sid reprised his Charley Halper role in 11 episodes of Make Room for Granddaddy, a short-lived revival of The Danny Thomas Show, with much of the cast.

Sid was still quite active in the 1980s and 1990s.  Between 1982 to 1995, he appeared on The Golden Girls in flashbacks and dreams as Sophia's deceased husband.  He also appeared in five episodes of Empty Nest (1993-1995), two episodes of  Blossom (1994-1995) an episode of The John Larroquette Show (1995) and Dave's World (1997).

According to his obituary in the New York Times, Sid was married in the 1940s, but the marriage was annulled.  According to IMDb, Sid married "Jody Lee Myers  August 10, 1952?"

Sid Melton died of pneumonia on November 2, 2011 in Burbank, California.  He was 94 years old at the time of his passing.  


Jack Alvin "Alvy" Moore was born in Vincennes, Indiana on December 5, 1921,  He attended Indiana State Teachers College (now Indiana State University) before and after serving with the United States Marine Corps during World War II.  

Alvy honed his acting skills at the Pasadena Playhouse.  He played the role of Ensign Pulver opposite Henry Fonda in a Broadway production of Mr. Roberts, and toured with the play.  He made motion picture debut as the quartermaster in the in Okinawa, a 1952 war film starring Pat O'Brien.

Through the years, Alvy was cast in supporting and guest roles in numerous movie and television shows.  His 1950s and 1969s TV appearances include My Little Margie (2 episodes 1952-1954), The Mickey Mouse Club (9 episodes in 1955), Dragnet (1957), The Donna Reed Show (1958), Bachelor Father (1960), The Joey Bishop Show (1962), Perry Mason (1964), The Beverly Hillbillies (1964), The Virginian (3 episodes 1963-1964), Death Valley Days (4 episodes 1962-1965), The Munsters (1965) and The Dick Van Dyke Show (1965).

Alvy Moore's big break came in 1965 when he was cast as Hank Kimball,  the scatterbrained county agricultural agent on Green Acres.  Alvy amused viewers with his  comical parody of a local bureaucrat.  He appeared in 142 of the show's 170 episodes, from 1965 to 1971.

In the 1970s, after the cancellation of Green Acres, Alvy did not have as many TV roles.  He guest starred in two episodes of Love, American Style (1970-1972), Lotsa Luck (1973) and three episodes of How the West Was Won (1978).

In the 1980s, Alvy appeared in cult horror films such as Scream (1981), Mortuary (1983), They're Playing With Fire (1984), Intruder (1989), and The Horror Show (1989). In 1980 he appeared in three episodes of Little House on the Prairie.  In 1981, he portrayed John Purcell in two episodes of the daytime drama Days of Our Lives.  Alvy also guest-starred in episodes of The Waltons (1981), Fantasy Island (1982) and Hill Street Blues (1983).  In 1989, he played a delivery man on Newhart.

One of Alvy's last television appearances was a guest spot in a 1994 episode of the sitcom Frasier entitled "Flour Child" (Season 2, Episode 4, Air Date: October 11, 1994).

Alvy met his future wife, Carolyn, when they were both actors at the Pasadena Playhouse.  The couple married in 1950 and had three children: Janet, Alyson and Barry.  On May 4, 1997, Alvy Moore died of heart failure at his home in Palm Desert, California.  He was 75 years old at the time of his passing, and his former Green Acres colleague Tom Lester was with him.

In 2009, Carolyn Moore died at the age of 79.


 Frank is best known for his role as shopkeeper Sam Drucker on all three CBS rural comedies during the 1960s.  He also played Doc Williams on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

Frank Randolph Cady was born in Susanville California on September 8, 1915.  His family later moved to Wilsonville, Oregon.  Frank studied journalism and drama at Stanford University.  

In 1940, Frank married Shirley Katherine Jones.  The couple met in 1939, when Frank returned to Stanford University for graduate studies and a position as a teaching assistant.  Shirley, also a Stanford graduate, had several callings.  She was a professional singer, a teacher and a legal secretary.

After leaving academia, Frank worked as an announcer and broadcaster at various California radio stations.  In 1943, Frank joined the United States Army.  He served in England, France and Germany during World War II.  After the war,. he appeared in a series of plays in Los Angeles that led to minor film roles.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Frank Cady was a familiar face on television, although he never had a leading role.  From 1953 to 1964, Frank portrayed Doc Williams in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.  He played Sam Drucker for the entire run of Petticoat Junction from 1963 to 1970, appearing in 152 of the show's 222 episodes.  He also appeared in 142 of the 170 episodes of Green Acres during its six seasons.  From 1968 to 1970, Frank played Sam in ten episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies.  From 1968 to 1969, Frank portrayed Sam Drucker three series.

Drucker's store was a local hub in Hooterville and Uncle Joe Carson (Edgar Buchanan from Petticoat Junction) could often be found there playing checkers with Sam.  Sam's phone was widely used by Joe and the Bradley clan of Petticoat Junction's Shady Rest Hotel.  In addition to his shopkeeping duties, Sam also served as the town's postmaster.

Frank's final acting role was in the 1990 TV movie, Return to Green Acres.  In a 1995 interview with the The Portland Oregonian, reflected on his television career.  He stated, "You get typecast.  I'm remembered for those shows and not for some pretty good acting jobs I did other times.  I suppose I ought to be grateful for that because otherwise I wouldn't be remembered at all.  I've got to be one of the luckiest guys in the world."

Frank and Shirley Cady were married for 68 years, until Shirley's death in 2008.  They had two children, a daughter named Catherine, and a son, Steven.  Frank Cady died on June 8, 2012 at his home in Wilsonville, Oregon.  He was 96 years old at the time of his passing.

ARNOLD THE PIG (also known as Arnold Ziffel): was the pig owned by farmer Fred Ziffel. and his wife, Doris,  The Ziffel's were childless and they treated Arnold as their offspring.

Arnold was actually played by four different pigs during the course of Green Acres' six seasons.  As each pig grew in size, it became necessary to replace them with smaller animals.  All of them were trained by renowned animal trainer Frank Inn.

The original Arnold died at Frank Inn's Sylmar, California training facility.  Frank kept an urn with Arnold's ashes.

SOURCES: Television Academy, Eddie Albert 1906-2005: Amiable Actor, best known for Green Acres, was also devoted environmentalist," May 23, 2005; Forbes, "'Green Acres' Star Tom Lester Dies at 81," by Marc Berman, April 20, 2020; The New York Times, Sid Melton, Comic Actor of Film and TV, Dies at 94,"by Paul Vitello, November 6, 2011; "Wikipedia; Internet Movie Database (IMDb)

- Joanne