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I’m watching through the third season of Kojak, made in 1975 and Edward James Olmos popped up in one of his first credited TV roles.

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The whole show jumped the shark somewhere a few episodes back. I’m trying to stay positive about it. It happens to all TV series’ and it doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be any good stories come up again. Actually it’s a real Greek-fest. I’d say it was pretty unusual for it’s time because there’s whole episodes that centre on the greek community in NY, alludes to Greek culture or have Greek incidental characters. I know it’s about Telly Savalas but it’s not as if he wrote all the shows.

The other week I was wasting time before work and found that there’s a few episodes of the old Australian quiz show Sale of the Century on youtoob. It was an absolute trip watching a couple of episodes. Sale was always on around dinnertime in the loungeroom at my family house. I know Victoria Nichols was the first giftshop lady but the one I remember the best is Delvene Delaney. What a fucken great name that is – Delvene. It’s extremely unlikely of ever happening but if I ever have children, and the child is a girl, you know I’ll be lobbying hard for the name Delvene.

Anyway, I hope the whole ten years or whatever it was of Sale makes it across the digital divide because it’s cool to see all these awesome things that they had in the giftshop, and the contestants’ hair styles and Tony Barber’s energy, which reminds me just a little of william Shatner’s.

3 Comments

  1. Telly’s finest moment was Kelly’s Heroes, one of my favourite films, and Delvene Delaney a class act all the way – her finest bikini hour was in the Filth Wars skit of the Hogan variety show.
    if PH had not abandoned the mother of his children, and just moved to Byron with Strop, the 2 of them would be idolised.

    Comment by Ann ODyne — July 23, 2012 @ 6:42 pm
  2. Wow, my first encounter with EJO was on Miami Vice—he was SO intense to watch as a kid! Been a fan ever since. BTW, if you ever catch a contestant named “Ben Allanson” on SOTC, he went to my high school, was extremely racist as a teenager, and informed me outside a techno club last year that he was really high on a few episodes—strange but true.

    Comment by Joe — July 25, 2012 @ 2:59 am
  3. Yeah. I watched, or rewatched Miami Vice a couple of years ago. And EJO was great in Battlestar Galactica too.
    There must’ve been hundreds of episodes of Sale, but there’s only a few on youtube unfortunately.

    Ann, it’s amazing how many hits this page has got for “delvene delaney” since I wrote the blog post. I didn’t realise she had a carrer before Sale. It’ seems like she must have been (still is) something of a sexy legend.

    Comment by YS — July 27, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

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