In six hours and counting, Thrilling Days of Yesteryear will kick off its first-ever blogathon in honor of this October 3rd being the 50th anniversary of the television premiere of The Dick Van Dyke Show. Longtime TDOY devotees already know this, but DVD (as I sometimes refer to it, because I’m a notoriously lazy typist) is my favorite sitcom of all time. Don’t get me wrong—I have a lengthy list of faves: Andy Griffith, Phil Silvers, The Honeymooners, Green Acres, Get Smart, etc. but if I ever find myself stranded on that deserted island people always speculate about with just one show to watch for the rest of my life, Rob, Laura, Buddy and Sally are going to be my boon companions.
Rick29 at the Classic Film and TV Café gave me a heads up on Twitter that the once proud TV Land will try to recapture some of its former glory by having a marathon of Van Dyke episodes this week from beginning tomorrow (Monday, October 3). They’ll also feature classic DVD repeats on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 from 12 noon to 9 pm…and then afterward, the show returns to the channel to be scheduled at various times. Now, I fully admit that my devotion to Me-TV has sort of driven a wedge between me and TV Land so if I’m talking out of turn here I apologize fully…but I’ve not seen the show on the channel in quite some time and if celebrating a golden anniversary is what it takes to get it back on a regular basis I’m glad to see it happen. (I don’t know what Extreme Makeover: Home Edition fans are going to do in the meantime, but that’s not my department.) It’s a shame that TV Land couldn’t roll out a similar red carpet for Ben Casey or Dr. Kildare—it’s a promotional dream to call it “TV Land's Paradox” (get it? Pair of…hoo boy…)
I have a post scheduled for that will essentially be a place setter for all the blogathon entries just in case you’re skittish about giving me your e-mail and would rather just post in the comments the URLs of your posts. This post will be updated periodically throughout the day tomorrow…and on the off chance that you weren’t able to get things assembled in time, I won’t punish latecomers (but the rest of us will make fun of you when you make tracks for the punch bowl). Once again, let me thank everybody in advance who wanted to be a part of this…as a certain cartoon gopher Indian once observed: “Hoopy doopy, we have fun!”