Let’s start with the happy news first. I’ve been wanting to post this for a couple of weeks but haven’t had much of a chance with the holidays looming around the corner, but it’s a cool bit of trivia that proves our little made for television movies are still quite relevant.
On December 4th, 2008 Ugly Betty aired a very special episode titled Bad Amanda. There are at least two Bad Ronald references! And the episode also features John Putch who you all may remember as Barbara’s lovelorn nerd pal, Bob on One Day at a Time. Wow, it’s like the 70s never ended!
You can read a fun little recap of the episode on After Elton. It’s also currently streaming Hulu and ABC’s website.
Also, you better run out and get the latest issue of Horror Hound Magazine (featuring The Exorcist on the cover) because there is a great interview with J.D. Feigelson, the writer of Dark Night of the Scarecrow! Lots of great photos too! It’s really happening, kids. The DVD is due sometime next year! I am doing a dance right now! It's hard to do that and type!
Finally, it saddens me to write here that Sam Bottoms passed away this week. He was only 53 years old. The Bottoms were the Baldwins before the Baldwins were even twinkles in our eyes. Timothy, Joseph and Sam hit their prime in the 70s, with Sam appearing in the classic flicks The Last Picture Show (along with his bro Timothy) and Apocalypse Now. I know Sam best for his work in a little TV movie called Savages (1974) which is The Most Dangerous Game in the desert featuring a villainous Andy Griffith chasing down Bottoms. It’s a fantastic film and Bottoms was forever imprinted in my head afterwards. I don’t normally write notices when someone passes. It’s not because I don’t think it’s important, because I do. It’s just that with so much tragedy in the world, who wants to look at a blog full of more bad news. But Bottoms was a young, vibrant person who seemed like a great family man. I thought I’d like to honor him a bit. Rest in peace, Sam.