Television Parts ft. Spitting Image

Michael Nesmith, of The Monkees fame, had a TV show on NBC in 1985 called Television Parts. It was a variety show featuring music videos and comedy sketches, all shot on film, and gave rise to, among other things, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (see more here).

Here, he introduces a segment that was directed by his former band-mate Micky Dolenz, who was then living in the UK and directing comedy shows. You might recognise this one.

Clearly shot specially for the US show, it’s on film, and has a laugh track. The puppets look especially good on film, don’t they?

Behind The Scenes Of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show

Not sure that title could be any longer, even if it wanted to be. I cracked open season one of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show last night (a Christmas present to myself), and every time I re-watch it, it’s still brilliant.

Here’s a short behind the scenes report from who knows where.

Check out all the stuff strapped to Garry’s headboard.

If you’ve not seen the show, you should.You’ll be in for a treat.

Born from a sketch written for the Michael Nesmith In Television Parts NBC show, Garry and co-creator Alan Zweibel went away and wrote a pilot.

Here’s Al Jean talking about his experience writing it.


Teddy Bear In Peril

One of the things that most makes me scared, sad, nervous all at once is seeing a Teddy Bear that is lost, or in peril.

Probably because I was so attached to my own teddy as a child, the thought or sight of one fallen to the pavement, or left on a train seat, just puts me on the thinnest of edges. There was an advert for a car, I forget which one, where a kid puts his bear on the roof of the car, before he is strapped into his safety seat. Then we see shots of the car driving along with the bear teetering on the roof.

It’s one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen.

Anyone remember which advert that was?