Weekend Retrospective | The Stunt That Got Elvis Costello Banned From "SNL"

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A new season of "SNL" is set to begin tonight. Season 39 to be exact. In commemoration of this fact, the Daily Guru's Michael Springer came out with a story detailing one of the defining moments in Elvis Costello’s career as well as a notorious incident in one of the first five legendary seasons of "Saturday Night Live." It happened the night of December 17, 1977. Originally slated to appear were The Sex Pistols. When they had to cancel (visa issues), Lorne Michaels tapped a 23-year-old Elvis Costello an his band, The Attraction, to appear instead. Costello's debut album, My...

Weekend Retrospective | Remembering "The Arsenio Hall Show"

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There have been other Johnnys, other Davids, other Jimmys, and we all know who the real Conan is. But there has only been one Arsenio. This fall brings with it the return to late night television "The Arsenio Hall Show." Now while it is easy to look back and knock Arsenio Hall for his acting career as having not amounted to much outside of providing the voice of Winston Zedmore on the animated show "The Real Ghostbusters," what should not be forgotten was how good, and how important, his variety talk show was. From 1989 to mid-1994 "The Arsenio Hall...

Essential Viewing | "The Twilight Zone" - Dealer's Choice

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How much talent can one 22 minute segment of a 1-hour television anthology series contain? Check out this must-see episode of "The Twilight Zone" (the vastly underrated mid-80s reboot of the show) directed by Wes Craven and starring the likes of M. Emmett Walsh, the great Garrett Morris, the always classic Dan Hedaya (in what might be his most overlooked performance ever) and a pre-but-on-the-cusp-of-celebrity Morgan Freeman. The segment is entitled "Dealer's Choice" and it originally aired on the CBS network back in November of 1985. What we have going on here in this episode is a friendly game of...