Daily Archives: May 6, 2014

Rare TV: T.H.E. Cat

T.H.E. Cat

The show was dark and moody, fitting the character, and was one of the first to use martial arts in a realistic way. (The other was The Green Hornet, which premiered on ABC the same year.) This was unknown on TV at that time and rarely seen even in films (an exception was The Manchurian Candidate, the first Hollywood movie to show martial arts in realistic fashion instead of the ‘judo chops’ usually depicted). The series also featured a number of highly gifted guest stars and relied heavily on the film noir school to set the tone of the series.

This is a very difficult TV series to search for on YouTube due to the periods in its title. I managed to trip across an episode there and it was even better than my dim memories of it.

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More About TV’s “He & She”

The Twelve Best Episodes of HE & SHE

I’ve mentioned He & She several times over this past year. Simply, it’s one of the greatest single season sitcoms ever produced. Shot with multiple cameras in front of a live audience, television historians often cite the smartly written He & She as the missing link between The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966, CBS) and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977, CBS). At a time when most sitcoms were shot with a single camera and centered around the silly, rural, or supernatural, the realistic He & She featured a sophisticated (and childless) working couple, played by real life marrieds Benjamin and Prentiss, as they went about their quirky lives amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City. Though a critical darling, He & She was an anachronism in the 1967 TV landscape, and unfortunately never found a sizable audience. Shortly after its cancelation, the series was nominated for five Emmy Awards: Best Leading Actor (Benjamin), Best Leading Actress (Prentiss), Best Supporting Actor (Cassidy), and two for Best Writing. The series won in the latter category. Following the ratings war of early 1970 that resulted in a shift towards programming that targeted the hip, young, metropolitan demographic, CBS realized what a blunder they’d made in canceling He & She, and aired reruns as a summer replacement, where it found a new and appreciative audience. The series was truly ahead of its time.

I’ve written about He & She before. Why hasn’t Hulu picked up this series?

Quick, before a DMCA has the account deleted, go see several episodes — as well as other very rare 1960s TV — at this YouTube account.

Same-day update: Even more He & She episodes at this YouTube account. And they’re not sliced into parts!

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HP Slate 7 3G

It also mimics the design of the HTC One:

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Surface Mini: May 20th

All around the world — I’m not kidding about that, either — people are saying Microsoft’s May 20th press event in NYC (which I won’t be attending even if I was invited) will finally unveil the Surface Mini that’s been rumored for nearly a year.

Microsoft CEO Nadella expected to preside over New York City Surface Mini rollout

As for it being the Nook RT I expected, forget that. This will be a Microsoft Surface-brand product. I’d be surprised if they even wasted storage space including the Nook app. Nook Media is too far gone now to be saved. That the event is taking place in NYC might cause some people to think there’s a connection to Barnes & Noble, but I say No.

I don’t see any room in the market for a Surface Mini. Lenovo and Dell have eight-inch tablets, so why another one? Plus, a wave of Chinese Android tablets that will get Windows 8 downloads for free will enter the market in the next few months. I don’t know why anyone would want a Surface Mini over an Onda V819i with Windows, even if the Mini has a stylus.

Previously here:

October: Eight-Inch Microsoft Surface Mini
An Eight-Inch Surface RT Tablet In June?

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