Daily Archives: 2010/09/17

Gut Yontiff, Jews

In honor of the high holidays, and the impending arrival of the holiest of holies, we present the opening to Bridget Loves Bernie, a short-lived, high-rated CBS sitcom from 1972 that was canceled by CBS execs in response to complaints from viewers about the interfaith relationship between a gentile and a gentleman that serves as the show’s core.  We must thank the A.V. Club’s Primer of 70s sitcoms, which brought this forgotten program to our attention just yesterday.

What is especially interesting about this is that after the show was canceled, stars Meredith Baxter and David Birney (not a Jew) wed.  And what’s especially interesting about that is that 35 years and one husband later Meredith Baxter came out as a lesbian.  Now imagine what that show would have been like!  Too soon, America?  Too real?

Alright, the sun will soon set so get in that last slice of pizza.  Let’s have an easy fast, guys.  A lot of hustle, a lot of focus.  And we’ll meet to break the fast tomorrow night.  I’ll bring the bagels, you bring the napkins.

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Muppet Friday: If You Didn’t Love Jim Henson Already Then You Will Now

And, come to think of it, if you didn’t love Jim Henson already then you probably hate this blog (and we hate you).

Everyone’s favorite PBS affiliate, Iowa Public Television, has unearthed a charming video from 1969 featuring Jim Henson teaching local Ioawans how to craft their own homemade Muppets.  Watching this little gem, it’s no wonder that the Muppets just years later make Henson a household name.  I’d like to attempt one of these little guys, but I think there’s just something special about Henson that brings the creatures to life.  Just as soon as he slips his hand in they seem to become living, breathing entities.  Also, eyes really help.

This reminds me, if you’re still looking for a birthday gift for me (only 2 months left!), I’m still hoping for one of these.

Vulture via BoingBoing

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