Saying Goodbye: 20 of the Greatest Television Show Finales of All-Time (You will need tissues)

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Television has become such a pivotal part of our lives that we often take it for granted instead of acknowledging its parental power as it shapes our perceptions and decisions. Many shows and characters are a mirror image of ourselves and in these characters we see who we are and who we want to be. We develop relationships and emotional ties to these men and women that come to us each week with a story.

When that moment comes to say goodbye, millions of us come together to not only say farewell to those that have become a part of us, but look back and reflect on how important they have become.

I thought I would take a moment and glimpse into the past and focus on some of the greatest series farewells. It is not hard to remember where you were when you said goodbye to Sam, Hawkeye, Jack, Bob, Kevin Arnold, Mr. Feeny, Felicity, Ross and Rachel, Mary and Frasier.

They are a part of us and though not invited into our homes each week any longer, they remain in our memories as we look back on our own lives.

Enjoy this journey on the boat of television memories.

Boy Meets World (1993-2000)

Newhart (1982-1990)

ER (1994-2009)

The Wonder Years (1988-1993)

Scrubs (2001-2010)

The Middle (2009 – 2018)

West Wing (1999-2006)

Mary Tyler Moore (1970-1977)

Six Feet Under (2001-2005)

Frasier (1993-2004)

Lost (2004-2010)

Felicity (1998-2002)

Golden Girls (1985-1992)

Entourage (2004-2011)

The Fugitive (1963-1967)

Cheers (1982-1993)

M.A.S.H. (1972-1983)

24 (2001-2010)

Friends (1994 – 2004)

Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

35 Years Ago, Bill Murray Schooled Sarah Jessica Parker on “Square Pegs”

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Some of you may remember a quirky little high school show from the 1980’s with Jami Gertz, Tracy Nelson and Sarah Jessica Parker by the name of Square Pegs created by Anne Beatts.? The show aired from 1982 to 1983.

Of course you do and for those that don’t, it was like Saved by the Bell,?but with a heavier focus on the female experience in high school.? Before we had Smartphones, Instagram, Facebook, Blackberries or chat rooms, we faced life’s challenges up front.? From popularity, to high school torture, to just fitting in, high school was an experience we will never forget. For many, it was those inspirational teachers that shaped who we have become and got us through the daily trials.

On February 14, 1983, the episode “No Substitutions” aired with a special appearance by Bill Murray as Mr. McNulty.? He plays a substitute teacher that turns the school upside down with his crazy antics.? This was prime Bill with all his weirdness and flamboyant energy.

Sit back for the next 24 minutes and 48 seconds and enjoy early and rarely seen Bill Murray in “Square Pegs” and watch how he goes toe to toe with a young Sarah Jessica Parker

Television Rewind: Bill Murray Appears on Very First Airing of Late Night with David Letterman (February 1, 1982)

By Mark A. Leon

Most big fans know, but many do not, when David Letterman aired his first episode of the Late Show, he had a guest that is quite familiar to all of us:? Bill Murray.? We wanted to share this important television moment and have found an archive of the entire 43 minute episode (minus commercials).

Place careful attention to the 9:50 mark of the episode when David introduces his first ever guest, Bill Murray and ushers in a new era of Late Night that has changed the landscape forever.? It is fitting that a pioneer such as Bill Murray would have the honor of sharing the stage with David Letterman during this premiere event on February 1, 1982.

Enjoy this step back in time, 37 years ago, when the comedy forces of Bill and David came together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPjMCzFb1AY

70’s and 80’s Television Stars we Lost in 2016 (Some you may not even realize)

We lost a number of celebrities in 2016 that had an impact on my of our childhoods.? Some were on the forefront of the news while others passed quietly.? Here is a gallery of some of the key foundations of the 70’s and 80’s TV landscape that passed on in 2016.

Alan Thicke – Known for Growing Pains (69 Years Old)

Michu Meszaros – Played ALF (76 Years Old)

George Gaynes – Adopted Father of Punky Brewster (98 Years Old)

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Ron Glass – Known for Barney Miller and Firefly (71 Years Old)

Steven Hill – Known for Law and Order (94 Years Old)

Pat Harrington Jr. – Known for One Day At A Time (86 Years Old)

Abe Vigoda – Known for Barney Miller (94 Years Old)

Garry Shandling – Known for Larry Sanders Show / Garry Shandling Show (66 Years Old)

Doris Roberts – Known for Everybody Loves Raymond (90 Years Old)

Morley Safer – Known for 60 Minutes (84 Years Old)

Theresa Saldana – Known for The Commish and Raging Bull (61 Years Old)

Garry Marshall – Known for Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley (81 Years Old)

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Youree Dell Harris – Known as Miss Cleo – TV Psychic (53 Years Old)

Sagen Lewis – Known for St. Elsewhere (63 Years Old)

John Saunders – Known for ESPN (61 Years Old)

John McLaughlin – Known for The McLaughlin Group (89 Years Old)

Gwen Ifill – Known for PBS NewsHour (61 Years Old)

Florence Henderson – Known for The Brady Bunch (82 Years Old)

Remember them well.

What the Charleston Lady Was Doing While Her Other Half Watched the Epic Finale of the 2016 World Series

By, Minta Pavliscsak
  • Enjoying the crisp fall evening on the patio while sipping a glass of wine and sneaking a few pieces of the kid’s Halloween candy.
  • Hanging out with her man because she is after all a true Southern Bell, and supporting his interests is just part of what we do. {…even if there may be texts exchanged with the bestie about how cute that one player’s butt looks in his uniform.}
  • Sleeping – hopefully not interrupting any important plays with the occasional, adorable snore.
  • Finally catching up on her DVR shows on the smaller T.V.
  • Using her man’s credit card to buy those shoes she has been eyeing for quite some time now. -How that matching belt made its way into the shopping bag is a mystery to her!-
  • Constantly refilling the chip bowl and mixed nuts while making countless pigs in blankets, all while keeping the coffee table her honey and his friends are huddled around clear of empty beer cans and bottle caps.
  • Taking advantage of an empty house to sit around in her favorite baggy, ripped sweats and bleached stained hoodie for once…crazy hair and all.
  • Getting hit on at Mac’s Place -unbeknownst to her significant other- by some guy rooting for the opposing team, despite the fact that her and her man have been sharing a plate of nachos since the second inning and he keeps drinking her beer because he refuses to take his eyes off of the screen.
  • Pretending to show interest in the game but instead, plotting her moment when she gets to use the line that starts with, “Honey remember that time when I sat up with you after midnight watching the World Series?”
  • Cheering right along by her love’s side because she has always been a Cubs fan.

 

World Series 2016 Video

Is Charleston the New Teletown? – Television and Film Invade Charleston

By David McNamara
By David McNamara

As a film and television graduate with a strong international background in media production I’m always mindful of a city’s character in the lexicon of filmlore when I travel. While I tend to favor the solitude and shinrin-yoko of mountains and forests these days, cities are fertile ground for escapist forays while ambling through mutable streets of strange faces.

My mind makes a game of it ? conjuring classic films from the concrete jungle then putting myself in the sequel of my own creation. Call it an indulgent folly of imaginative minds. Although I was immediately struck by the immense beauty of historic Charleston when I first visited, I was surprised that it didn’t evoke an emblematic film, which showcased the city like so many other cinematic cities along the east coast of the USA.

I asked around and got uncertain answers such as The Patriot and Forrest Gump, but I was after a counterpart to Ferris Bueller’s Chicago or the Ghostbusters’ New York. When I recently put the question to Studio Charleston founder, Harald Galinski, he explained that film incentives along with the versatility of abundant filming locations all in close proximity is what makes the Charleston region a desirable filming destination with an extensive filmography.

“The Charleston region and South Carolina offer an incredibly diverse canvas for filmmakers. Dear John is a perfect example where an amazing production designer was able to recreate Afghanistan, Africa, Germany and an Eastern European village all in Charleston – which otherwise would have been shot in Morocco.”

Galinski would know since he was part of the team who brought Relavity Media’s Dear John to Charleston, the last big budget feature to truly spotlight Charleston which was released in 2010.? In a story many newcomers would appreciate, Galinski fell in love with the city during eight months of filming. After deciding to call Charleston home he founded Studio Charleston, the state’s first turn-key creative and functional production space.

I’ve noticed in the past three years living in Charleston the once rare sight of a film crew now seems common. With shows like Army Wives, Southern Charm and Reckless it appears Charleston has suddenly exploded as a television hotspot. I asked Galinski if this was an indication of the growing popularity of the city ? was Charleston and the South suddenly cool?

“Reckless was one show written for Charleston, but the producers made it clear that if the new incentives were not passed they may have not shot the show in South Carolina. I can honestly say that since 2006, most of the projects, both film and TV came to SC because of the incentives.”

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Galinski helped successfully lobby for the new film incentives after they were dropped in 2012. Along with starting the South Carolina Film Council, which currently has over 1000 members, in a short time Galinski’s efforts have markedly helped stimulate local production.

This growth is evident with shows like South from Hell starting production in Charleston. Meanwhile Walking Dead creators are about to commence filming a pilot outside Columbia. Not to be overlooked in the bright lights of location filmmaking is Moondog Animation Studio.

Moondog didn’t overlook Charleston when deciding on a location with incentives to establish their animation studio last year. Founder/CEO Bryan Ransom said it was Charleston’s international charm, with a mix of low-cost living and high-quality coastal lifestyle that won them over. But since the magic behind animation storytelling isn’t tethered to the reality of location filming I asked Ransom if the city is important where he films.

“Digital animation is a unique medium that blends art and technology and Charleston is a unique area that does the same. Its history of art and design has continued to evolve while in the background you can find a growing tech community. This creates an atmosphere that indirectly affects the film. Charleston let us imagine great things and create beautiful stories with no creative or technological limits. What more could you ask from a town?”

Given the recent spate of local and regional productions I was curious what Ransom thought about the improvement in the local film and television industry.

“Never settle! The SC film industry is in a small season of growth, but this can disappear as quickly as it appeared. Incentives are one piece of the puzzle. We need to avoid becoming complacent and continue to push for competitive incentives. There are literally billions of dollars in filming that can be taken away from Georgia and Louisiana. South Carolina has taken steps in the right direction but they are not there yet. “

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While Galinski cites additional production infrastructure is needed to increase the level of local media productions, he says there are more immediate concerns critical to the state’s film and television industry.

“We still need to push for a new SC Film Commissioner as soon as possible, which we have not had since 2010. I am also trying to work with local and regional authorities to create a Charleston Area Film Office.”

The dynamic success of the Charleston International Film Festival, which recently concluded its 7th festival year only adds to the bounty of the local film and television cultural landscape. With increased support from state legislators, along with the tireless and creative efforts of industry leaders there is every reason Charleston should continue to emulate the successful film and television growth in neighboring states.

South Carolina Film Commission