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October 31, 2006





thank you for reminding me of one of the highlights of my childhood - a disintegrating paperback book on my father's shelf, yellow and crumbly pages - a collection of scripts from sgt bilko. reading and rereading them in london, i watched bbc2 religiously for many years until one day, at last, i saw my favourite episode: a monkey is inducted into the army! brilliant.


Looking at how shows of the 60's and 70's often crossed paths... I wonder if season 3 of Prison Break will have Jack Bauer chasing the escapees?

Douglas McEwan

I have now watched the entire Bilko collection twice. The only thing that can keep me from watching it thrice would be a release of another collection, as I'll just bet there are a bunch more almost as good.Part of what makes that monkey episode so great is the way the monkey's unprofessional wandering attention forces Silvers into hysterical ad-libs. Silvers at his best was THE best.And how about the great Paul Ford's dual performance in the last episode? His lecherous fry cook was hysterical.But now I need MORE! I need "Bilko, the Complete First Season"I saw some of "Like a Rolling stone" from that Dylan musical on The Soup this week, and my jaw hit the basement, and I live on the second floor. Clowns bouncing on big balls while some guy who looked like Jason Ritter, only not so dynamic, crooned the song. HORRIBLE!!!

Phil Walton

I see William Shatner has a new game show called "show me the money". I think the contestants have to avoid monkeys flinging poo for 5 minutes in order to win a gift certificate to starbucks. hmmm... Should be good.

Tom Quigley

RE: the Bob Dylan "re-usical": Craig Ferguson showed a clip of it on the Late, Late Show last week and came back with the comment "What the Fuck was THAT?" then added "I mean, there's only one way to say it: What the Fuck was THAT?" (Obviously they bleeped him, but you knew what he said.)Boy, Broadway is really scraping it to get the Boomer Bucks these days. If the John Lennon musical was bad, this is going to be a traffic accident waiting to happen in the middle of Times Square. -- Poor Bob... I didn't expect he needed the money this badly. I hope that his legacy doesn't hinge on people hearing his music being played in accompaniment to flying trapeze artists and fire-eaters...


jugglers and the clowns when they did tricks for you?I saw a whole performance of Times They Are A-Changin'It was so awful, that I felt like Blowin' in the Wind.

The Minstrel Boy

i served under that monkey, quit calling the troops names! he was better than most 2nd louies.

Mr. Hollywood

The Bilko-monkey episode might be the single funniest sitcom episode in the history of television! And just watched the first season of the The Larrry Sanders Show on DVD ... magnificent comedy! Forget the dreck on today ... watch those classic DVD's!


You know you'll miss being able to mock Studio 60. Speaking of that, my comedy troupe is performing a show where we take the God-awful skits of Studio 60, change them to mock the show, and then throw in our own mockumentary-style sketches in between. The script is still being adjusted, but I believe the show ends with a drunk Jordan McDeere screaming "Be my friend!" and then throwing up. Nov. 17, 8pm, The Westside Eclectic in Santa Monica.


Hi I'm one of those who surfed in on the crest of Stadium 60 (we call the current show 60something). My brother found it amusing. I preferred the Grey's Anatomy parody spec script he'd just read me, but then, I was tired of the West Wing two years before it ended (at least).I just wanted to say thanks for Almost Perfect, which I really loved, and Who decided to take a romantic comedy and get rid of the male lead?? I'm betting Les Moonves, who managed, a couple of seasons ago, to cancel two shots on me *in the same time slot* (Enterprise, Joan of Arcadia)The year he cancelled AP, he also ditched Scott Bakula's latest (at the time) series. In November. While saying "we aren't cancelling any of our shows before the end of the year." Can you tell I'm still bitter?Anyway, thanks for AP. I have it on various tapes, sorta mixed in with Mad About You (only had one decent VCR)Pamhttp://www.bakulanews.com


PS--my favorite (aside from the scene where Chip Zien, directing, accidentally said "NOW") was Mike playing an extra. (I love writers more than actors (aside from Scott) and live on the Grey's Writers' blog)Nice to see another writer blogging.

Ken Levine

Pam,Thanks for the nice note on ALMOST PERFECT. To answer yours and others -- NBC passed on our pilot. We had no bonus round built in.


Ken, in case I can't find the Bilko box set, should I just check out the Steve Martin remake instead?(Kidding...kidding. Please don't ban me.)

Jesse Wendel

Having adored Lost in Translation and deeply respected everything about The Virgin Suicides, I looked forward last week to watching Marie Antoinette, directed by Academy Award winner (Best Writing, Original Screenplay) Sofia Coppola.I think Marie Antoinette was a nicely done movie. In my view, Kirsten Dunst carries the movie well, having the on-screen mood of not knowing who she is, which fits well with a young princess unsure of herself, coming to power at eighteen.It isn't the wonder-work of Lost in Translation, but I liked it quite well at first viewing. The cinematography is wonderful, as is to be expected from the wonderful Lance Acord. I'm unsurprised the French press took Sofia out for a walk - she makes human one of their own. How dare an American filmmaker?!Penetrating, insightful work by Sofia - which will grow on me I suspect with each viewing - who knows more than a little about the issues of growing up in a royal household while trying to maintain some sense of a private identity, in a very very public space.I'll happily watch anything she chooses to film. Recommended.

Herb Popsfarter

Good point on Prison Break! I mean how much of a control-freak brother do you have to be not to just TELL your jailed sibling the friggin plan? So evidently he's thinking... "I have this great plan to break out of jail, but I just know my brother will screw the pooch, spare that he is... oh well, guess I'll have to get arrested."The cancelling of Studio 60 will prove there's only room for 5 behind-the-scenes-on-a-network-TV-Show Shows. Solution? How about another cop show? Lawyer show? Wait! I know... A MEDICAL DRAMA!


I said the same thing when Prison Break first came out and people said I was cynical (me, no!).LMAO at the Keith Urban comment ... he had a nice quiet country star life til Life with Nicole.PS Sgt Bilko now officially on the shopping list. Any other recommendations while I'm out?


Since you brought up Almost Perfect...There's one line that was my favorite. When the beauty challenged actor (I can't remember his name - on the IMDB everybody but the leads are mentioned first - but he was married to Lisa Edelstein's' "Patty") worries about all the horrific sexual things that would happen to him if he went to prison, David Clennon casually says "No... you'll be okay". And he's more offended than relieved.

Shimon Perez

What I like most about Prison Break is riding a Harley across the US in 15 minutes with no helmet. Did that guy have AAA?

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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