Booze News: Update on Bob and Doug MacKenzie and AFI's Top 10 Top 10

>> Thursday, June 19, 2008


Back on April 28th, I wrote that Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis would be returning to the small screen for an animated Bob and Doug MacKenzie series. However, at that time, no U.S. network had agreed to air the show. Since then, it has been announced in the Hollywood Reporter that Fox is picking up The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie for some unspecified date in 2009. Thirteen episodes have been ordered.

Also, I did my part to promote the American Film Istitute's Top 10 Top 10, which aired Tuesday night. After having seen the show, all I can say is...

Sleepless in Seattle?! Really?! You're kiddin' me; right?!

On the whole, I thought the "Top 10" selections skewed a little too much toward recent fare. That's to be expected, I guess. The members of the American Film Institute are getting younger, and many classics are not as well remembered as they once were. That said, the Romantic Comedy "Top 10" really irked me. Sleepless in Seattle?!

Not a single film by romantic comedy masters Ernst Lubitsch, Leo McCarey, Howard Hawks, Preston Sturges, or Billy Wilder ranked in the "Top 10." Do you really expect me to believe that Sleepless in Seattle is a more essential and iconic romantic comedy than His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, My Man Godfrey, The Awful Truth, Ninotchka, Sullivan's Travels, or Some Like It Hot? Oy!

I realize that any "Top 10" list is bound to encourage debate and voting for such things is more or less a popularity contest. But Sleepless in Seattle?! Geez! Have a little taste.

You can find all of the "Top 10" selections on the AFI's site. To end on a positive note, the inclusion of Cat Ballou and City Lights were welcome surprises.

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