As the wind roars outside my window, I’m contemplating a discovery… two fun TV channels – GetTV and Cozi TV.
For a Baby Boomer, they’re golden, as in specializing in the Golden Age of Television.
As I sit at my computer desk, I have on Cozi. I’m watching Hart To Hart. For all you folks thirty years old and younger, that’s a TV series that ran on ABC from 1979 to 1984. The show featured Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers who played Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who led a glamorous jet-set lifestyle as they worked as amateur detectives solving crimes that they invariably become embroiled in.
Back in the day when I watched first-run episodes of Hart To Hart, I enjoyed the lovey-dovey dialogue built around the mystery plots. As I watch it now, thirty-two years after the show debuted, the dialogue is as flirty today as it was decades ago. The plots, though, are pretty lame. Maybe I wasn’t as critical back then. As I type, I see that Hart To Hart has ended and Murder She Wrote is about to start – another show that featured an amateur detective, this one a mystery genre author played by actress Angela Lansbury. The CBS series ran from 1984 to 1996. Lansbury’s character, retired schoolteacher Jessica Fletcher, solved murders that took place in her hometown, Cabot Cove, Maine, the murder capital of the world (hey, I’m kidding).
Sometimes, when I get skin-crawly sick from watching all the ridiculous Reality TV shows dominating Cable and Satellite, I am more than glad to slip back into a time when I was in my twenties and thirties and could play fierce games of tennis and racquetball. These time-travel shows can open all kinds of memories of loved ones no longer with us.
While Cozi TV is an American digital multicast TV network owned by NBCUniversal, GetTV is a TV network from Sony Pictures Entertainment. It specializes in old movies, but in recent months expanded its fare to variety shows from the 1960s and 1970s. I’ve tuned in and watched the Merv Griffin, the Judy Garland and the Andy Williams shows, all staples from childhood. When my family lived in Southern California in the 1960s, I’d watch the Merv Griffin Show in the late afternoon after getting home from school. I have to admit I actually looked forward to the Andy Williams Show. I guess I’m a sucker for a good musical variety show.
The TV fare has sure changed over the last few decades. In fact, nowadays the classic network seven-day lineup may perhaps be in its death throes. So many shows are appearing on subscription services like Hulu and Netflix. Welcome to the Digital Age.
Let me end this blog post with two words: Forever Young.
I’m the author of a fantasy genre trilogy, Larenia’s Shadow, available on the websites of Amazon and Barnes And Noble. I’m writing a Civil War novel, Blessed Shadows Dark And Deep. The novel have been published through Wings ePress, an ebook publisher that has been in operation for nearly fifteen years.