First TV Show To Use “Shaking” Shoulder Camera. Pop Culture Television History.

I’m not the biggest fan of the way TV and movies are primarily shot these days. There’s way too much jiggling of the camera – up, down and sideways. That’s because, thanks to MTV – it seems our attention span is much less. So, when we see a simple shot like standing in one place,talking – we see the camera jerking – left – right, right-left, up-down, sideways – you name it. YIKESSS!!!

And, it’s everywhere now. TV, movies, commercials. Separately – another trend – I especially “love” the sideshot of somebody talking into another camera.
That’s another great effect – to keep our attention. You know what it really is? Fill. Just fill. A boring commercial or interview – but it needs this.

My-my what has it all come to.

Back to the subject – the first TV show to use this type of jiggling shoulder-camera effect (thank goodness it quickly went away) was the 1970′s ABC-TV series “Kolchak The Night Stalker” starring Darren McGavin. Yes, the 1970′s – way before MTV. But, on Kolchak, it was used for effect – not because its audience needed a constant moving camera to keep their attention.

Gary West –  Thank you Robert Neill.

TV Rip-Off Of The Movie “Ghostbusters.” Do You Remember? Pop Culture History Question From The 1980′s.

Mr. Pop History – Someone wanted to know about a TV show that ripped-off “Ghostbusters.” It’s common to take a successful movie idea and try to adapt it to TV. Afterall, TV always needs content and fresh ideas.

Such was the case for “Shadow Chasers” – which debuted in November 1985 on ABC-TV. It didn’t last long.

When Dick Clark Went Up Against Ryan Seacrest – Different Specials. Pop Culture Trivia.

Q: Ryan Seacrest has been in the Dick Clark camp for sometime – especially with Clark’s ABC-TV New Year’s Eve specials. Didn’t Seacrest compete with this very same show?

Mr. Pop History – Yes. Let’s go back to the year 2004 – New Year’s Eve. Clark had just had his stroke – and would you believe – Regis Philbin was asked to take his place that year? Actually – ol’ Rege did pretty well. But – look over at Fox-TV where Ryan Seacrest was doing the same type of show.  Here are those listings, plus other competition that night:

Dick Clark prime time – Regis Philbin fills-in for ailing Dick Clark with Catherine McCord and Mike Richards. Ashlee Simpson is the West Coast host.

Carson Daily – Conan O’Brien, Brian Williams, Tina Fey, Amy Phehler, Jill Hennessy, Dule Hill, Kathy Griffin and Donald Trump. With performances by Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne and Duran Duran.

Fox-TV – Ryan Seacrest (New Year’s Eve Live From Times Square)– Hoobastank, Evanescence.

MTV New Year’s Bash – hosted by Damien Fahey, La La Vasquez, Quddus, Hilarie Burton and Vanessa Minnillo. With Green Day, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Jimmy eat World, Ryan Cabrera, Lindsay Logan, Destiny’s Child, Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Fabolous, Ludacris, Ying Yank Twins, Simple Plan.

Walking Off ABC’s “The View.” Pop. Culture. History.

From Tim C – Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off their show, “The View” because they didn’t agree with guest Bill O’Reilly after he said the Muslims took out the World Trade Center. I found this behavior totally unprofessional. Any thoughts?

Mr. Pop History – I agree. It looked more like Jerry Springer then “The View” – even producer Babara Walters was ticked-off. It looked like a circus – and to me, put the show down two notches.

“The View” is about to have major competition and sometimes – it’s not about what you think and your biases. They were extremely rude to Bill O’Reilly – period.

This is what happens when you get so full of yourself – you think you can do anything. And let’s face it, Joy Behar can be a big blow-bag and she knows it. As far as Whoopi, she’ll never hide her biases. Love her as an actress, but if she’s going to do the talk maven stuff, she should learn to cool it. She hasn’t – yet.

But, in the PR game, the show got a lot of publicity – and you can’t rule that out. In other words – part of this was calculated. So much of the media is… believe me.

TV Show Being Plugged By Newscast… Pop. Culture. History.

From Asheene K – Our local “Eyewitness News” in Los Angeles features “Dancing With The Stars” updates on its morning and evening newscasts. As a story. All the time. Everyday. Why?

Mr. Pop History – Who knows? It’s not news, but a concise plug for the show. Why this show? I have no idea, but someone, somewhere wants it on the news. Makes you wonder and it must tick-off the producers of other ABC-TV shows. This one is getting quite a ride – and in the news, no less.

This Week In Pop Culture History And Much More.

From Frank B – ABC had a show that ripped off Fox’ “Cops.” What was the name of this show?

Mr. Pop History – It was 1991′s “American Detective.” It was a broader interpretation of Cops, I suppose, as it focused on jobs, actions and private existences of the men and women who protect the public.

Mr. Pop Culture Report – June 19

Radio news - Jhani Kaye breaks a radio industry record. Kaye now programs two top-5 rated music radio stations in a major market – Los Angeles. His oldies K-Earth and “The Wave” are now in the top 5 – an amazing feat for any program director. It’s said that Mr. Kaye makes $1million plus a year – and we’re sure he’s well worth it. Kaye must eat, sleep and shower with radio on his mind. Just the people meter analysis for both stations must keep him plenty busy.

Not A Prickly Experience - Miley Cyrus discussed her “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with Bret Michaels, Friday morning. “[Bret] still makes albums that he loves and is proud of and he has those kind of fans like my dad has, like I hope I have one day, those ones that have been there for 30 years and still try to go to every show,” Miley said. “He’s the greatest guy.”Though Bret’s been in the news for his health woes recently, Miley – who recorded the track “Nothin’ To Lose” with him before he got sick – said she was proud to not be a fair-weather fan.

From Nicki A – Mr. Pop – So many reality shows are pitched, but many don’t get on the air. Can you share any crazy “reality” TV ideas?

Mr. Pop History – Anything that gets on the air – well, that’s not bad – that is, if you’re the producer.

But – I love this one. ABC-TV actually ordered a script and five episode outlines for “America’s Next Muppet.” OMG!

In it, viewers would have chosen the newest member of the Muppets. My warped mind says – “gotta love it.”