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Sunday, April 10, 2011

SOS for PBS: My favorite TV critic, Aaron Barnhart of K.C. Star, does a postmortem of PBS's past & future in his review of new 'Upstairs, Downstairs'

ABBA - SOS (1975)


SOS for PBS!

My favorite TV critic, Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star does a skillful postmortem on PBS' recent past and bleak drama programming future in his Sunday review of the new incarnation of 'Upstairs, Downstairs'; he's 100% right!

Aaron uses the scalpel adroitly and knows how to get to the heart of the matter in a way that's both amusing and logical for readers, while also sharing lots of useful historical context to better illustrate his prescient comments.

That, of course, explains why he's so popular and why his blog,
TV Barn, has been one of the leading entertainment blogs for years, as I've mentioned here in the past.


It's why TV Barn has been on my blog roll ever since I started this blog over four years ago.
That's not by accident.

The Kansas City Star
PBS is going nowhere with ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’
By Aaron Barnhart
Posted on Sat, Apr. 09, 2011 10:15 PM

After a 34-year hiatus, “Upstairs, Downstairs” is returning to PBS and, perhaps unintentionally, serving as a reminder of what public television used to be and the kind of trouble it’s in today.

If you are past a certain age, you will likely remember the original “Upstairs, Downstairs.” It was dreamed up by Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, two actresses in their 40s who were inspired by “The Forsyte Saga,” the popular adaptation of John Galsworthy’s novels of upper-crust life that aired on the BBC in 1967.
Read the rest of the article at: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/04/09/2784536/pbs-is-going-nowhere-with-upstairs.html

His killer ending:
In a few months, when NPR steers out of these troubled waters — as it surely will, under new leadership — it will be the little tugboat with an aging cruise ship in tow, a vessel too weak to power itself anymore, the good ship PBS.
The backstory on Aaron Barnhart is here, if you're curious:


? Bad news!
Great news!

ABBA - SOS (As seen on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert; taped in Los Angeles, November 1975)

is one of the world's greatest ABBA fans and nobody-but-nobody sweats the details on the history and music of ABBA and Agnetha Fältskog like he does.

YouTube Channel
for ABBA, with an emphasis on HQ picture and sound quality: http://www.youtube.com/user/2Shaymcn

His non-ABBA music YouTubeChannel:

Meanwhile, over at the official ABBA Vevo Channel, they've got lots of the hits.
En español? Si, claro!

See also:
Sara Russell's ABBA ON TV website: http://www.abbaontv.com/index.html

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