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Tuning In

Dear Friends,

We are writing today about a wonderful TV news program, which “tells it like it is,” The Rachel Maddow Show.

What we love about her is the fact that she really researches her topics fully and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.  In this day and age where the news is hard to get, Rachel is a refreshing source of information.

In an article on PoliticusUSA, Jason Easley writes:

As the American people get more engaged and look for factual news and information, they are increasingly turning to MSNBC as the Rachel Maddow led network is growing three times faster in total viewers than Fox News in primetime.”

Click here for the full article:
Rachel Maddow
Of course, we think it would be great if she’d throw her hat in the political arena!  In the meantime, we’ll just continue tuning in to her show weeknights at 9pm ET/6pm PT on MSNBC.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Classic Movies on the Small Screen

Dear Friends,

Today we want to write to you about a lovely happening brought to us by our daughter.

I am speaking about the films that are available every day on Turner Classic Movies (here in New York, it’s Channel 82).

We have been going about our business for years, only really watching PBS and a handful of news stations, but we never seem to branch out and explore other channels.  Finally, our daughter “made us” turn to Channel 82 and we have been extremely enthusiastic ever since!

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The best thing about TCM is that they play movies you’d never get to see normally and when you watch them, you realize that you are getting to watch the best movies that were made between 1930-1950!

Many of these films are absolutely wonderful!  In analyzing them, we find that they are very much like Broadway plays.  Back then, movies had not gone into space or battled aliens or imaginary characters—they simply had the feel of the stage, however, you were just viewing them on the big (and now small) screen!

It is so interesting to watch great stars like Bette Davis or Joan Crawford just by changing the channel.  We love this era of movies, where everyone spoke so passionately about life!

The next time you find yourself in front of the television, do turn it on to Turner Classic Movies—you never know what you’re going to find! For example, last night’s line-up was The Good Earth (1933), a wonderful film adaptation of the novel by Pearl S. Buck.  That was followed by the entertaining musical Gold Diggers (1933) starring Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell.  After that was a favorite of ours, Holiday, starring Carey Grant and Katharine Hepburn.  All around, it was an entertaining evening!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

PS—speaking of Bette and Joan, the FX series Feuds: Bette and Joan, starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, only has only weeks left—don’t miss out!  Sundays at 10pm (Eastern Standard Time) on the FX channel.

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Live “Theatre”

Dear Friends,

We are writing you today about a most interesting television event that took place last night—the musical Hairspray Live on NBC at 8pm (New York time).

It was so interesting to watch this musical, which instead of being rehearsed and running on Broadway for years, one could tune in for one night only on your television screen.

So here are our thoughts about the evening:

It was certainly interesting to see a full-scale musical, with all the actors/singers/dancers/choreography that one could possibly want.

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It was not like seeing a Broadway musical.  One of its disadvantages was the fact that there must have been at least 30 commercial interruptions throughout the evening.   These interruptions made it very disruptive and this was more tedious than seeing it all at one time.  In this regard, it was very much like a television show, where the commercials were inserted into any—and all—parts of the show.

So we said to ourselves “this is certainly not like seeing Hairspray on Broadway, but on the other hand we do not have to pay for it and do not have to leave our house.  However, the interrupts caused choppiness AND we have to see it on a 3’x4’ television screen, which is nothing like having 40 actors on a Broadway stage.”

Our final summary: “it’s a very good television show, but nothing like the play.”

If you’d like to read the USA Today Review, click here.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

 

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