Morning Call Sheet: 'The Wonder Years' Returns, Nimoy Retires, and 'Prohibition'

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LEONARD NIMOY RETIRES… AGAIN

Though I despise being manipulated, I know the difference between someone like a Stephen King who tries to get attention by announcing a phony retirement and a Leonard Nimoy who really is facing that reality. And so, when it comes to a Leonard Nimoy scenario, I don’t mind when actors/singers/athletes un-retire.

As I get older, I better understand the urge not to surrender to the indignities of time. That doesn’t mean I’m going to buy a red sports car, sport a toupée and cheat on my wife. I just now know that giving in to age and saying goodbye to what defined you (career, lifestyle, hobby) is a helluva line to cross in your life, and the urge to make a comeback and reclaim it has to be so strong that it removes any peace you might have otherwise had in retirement.

Nimoy is 79 years-old, has been a major part of my life for all of my life, and if this really is goodbye, I thank him for all the pleasure he’s given to so many. And if this isn’t, it will always be good to have him back.

‘THE WONDER YEARS’ NOW AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX STREAMING

Such a great show, so well-written and beautifully acted, but it’s never been released on DVD.

In truth, a few episodes were released on DVD. I know because I have them. They were special three or four-episode collections that were thematically connected in some way, like all the Christmas shows.

From what I’ve heard, what held the DVD release up was the issue of music rights. If you remember the original series, every episode contained a number of well-known pop songs that were always used so perfectly they became as much a part of the series as anything else. The problem, of course, is that music rights are always tricky and very expensive, and what likely happened is that when the rights were originally secured they didn’t extend to home video, or at least not to DVD.

This leaves producers with the horrible choice of paying an arm and leg to renew the music rights or to do what “WKRP In Cincinnati” and “The Greatest American Hero” did: replace those great tunes with generic-sounding music that’s supposed to deliver the same feel but never does. Hopefully, “The Wonder Years” will stream with the original music intact. I’ll find out soon enough.

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SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINK-TACULAR

AND THE FIRST CANCELLATION OF THE TV SEASON IS…

MARVEL UNVEILING ‘AVENGERS’ FOOTAGE AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

RUMORS: JASON STATHAM MAY JOIN ‘FAST FIVE’ SEQUEL, NEXT TWO INSTALLMENTS TO SHOOT BACK-TO-BACK

DAVID CRONENBERG SAYS ‘THE FLY’ AND ‘EASTERN PROMISES’ SEQUELS ARE POSSIBILITIES

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE IV’ FINALLY RELEASES DECENT POSTER

IDRIS ELBA ADDRESSES JAMES BOND RUMORS

TRUTV PICKS UP EXTREME SINGING REALITY SERIES KILLER ‘KARAOKE

SYFY CHANNEL DEVELOPING TV SERIES BASED ON ‘THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

DETAILS EMERGE ON CHARLIE KAUFMAN’S NEXT FILM, STARRING KEVIN KLINE

‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ MOVIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED

WHAT IF THIS YEAR’S MOVIE POSTERS TOLD THE TRUTH?

THE FUTURE OF INDIE FILM PROBABLY ISN’T AT YOUR LOCAL THEATER

HOW SUPERHERO MOVIES CAN ESCAPE THE PROBLEM OF TOO MANY VILLAINS (SPOILERS)

TRIBUTE TO THE CROWDED STATEROOM SCENE IN “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

ORIGINAL “RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES” ENDING REVEALED

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LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING

Part One of “Prohibition“: Ken Burns might be a left-wing loon, but other than the dreadful mishap that was “The War,” he tells the most compelling stories of most any documentary filmmaker out there. Thus far, this has been no different.

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CLASSIC PICK FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5

TCM:

12:30 AM EST: Rio Bravo (1959) — A sheriff enlists a drunk, a kid and an old man to help him fight off a ruthless cattle baron. Dir: Howard Hawks. Cast: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson. C-141 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

The movie that made me a lifelong John Wayne fan. Been over thirty years now and I haven’t looked back or been disappointed yet.

Furthermore, the scene where Dean Martin and Rick Nelson break the tension and forget about all the coming violence and death with a song is the first time I consciously understood and appreciated the power of movie magic. Hawks takes you into the jailhouse and makes you a part of that moment. What a gift to have the ability to create such a thing — to make people feel that way.

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