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July 10th, 2020    

Piece of the Action #3: The Expendables

In the latest episode of Piece Of The Action, Matt welcomes Scott Criscuolo to the podcast to watch The Expendables! Listen to Matt and Scott talk about Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke’s unique look in this movie, Vilena, bad plastic surgery, cauliflower ears, and so much more on episode three of Piece Of The Action!

July 9th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #27 - Back To The Future With Lee Elias

In the twenty-seventh episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Lee Elias (Geeks Who Like Sports) to do a live watch of the 1985 comedy, Back To Future. The guys discuss the many Easter eggs throughout the movie; Pizza Hut outfits; peanut brittle; The DeLorean; time-travel movies; costumes for dogs; driving safety tips; purple underwear; Frankenstein; Biff’s running buddies; rhythmic ceremonial rituals; building models to scale; spiked punch; and guitar solos. So remember, it you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.

July 8th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #71-72): Herb Abrams’ UWF (Director’s Cut) and Go

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This week Mike, Chico and Greg bust out the Baby Oil and Funko POP's for today's two topics.

First, back in May on the PTBN Wrestling feed, the gang looked at the Herb Abrams' Dark Side of the Ring episode on Herb Abrams. In the first episode, they go deeper into Herb's feeble attempt to topple the WWE empire with the Universal Wrestling Federation.

Following that we look at a short lived NBC word game from Late 1983-Early 1984 called "Go". Go was in the death slot of Noon and had a very short life, despite being an exciting, action packed game. All three of us look at how the game was played with the assistance of Funko POP dolls. (You wish this episode was a video podcast.) Also bad impersonations of Johnny Olson.

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July 7th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Marvin Freeman

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes former Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies pitcher, Marvin Freeman. With an awesome look back to players of the 80s, Marvin Freeman talks some of his most memorable pitching moments, players he had the most success against and his first MLB win vs. the Mets in 1986. We also discuss his Freeman Baseball academy and the Marvin Freeman Youth Foundation.

July 2nd, 2020    

The Year In Pop #1983

In the twelfth episode of The Year In Pop, co-hosts Andy Atherton and Scott Criscuolo are joined by J Arsenio D’Amato and George Ribellino to discuss all of the goings on in the news, sports, TV, music and movies for the year 1983. The guys talk in depth about Mario Bros.; Cabbage Patch Kids; the introduction of the McNugget; the QB Class of ’83; The “Pine Tar Game”; Jimmy V.; very special episodes; Fraggle Rock; The Moonwalk; legendary albums like Thriller, An Innocent Man & Pyromania; WarGames & Trading Places.

July 1st, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #69-70): When Things Were Rotten & The Nutt House

This Week on It Was A Thing on TV, the gang pays tribute to a legend by looking at his two not so well known TV creations.
First, When Things Were Rotten. Mel Brooks is a legend, both for his work in film and on television.  He had something in Fall 1975 with When Things Were Rotten, but it had rotten luck and a rotten time slot versus two powerhouse shows plus it might have been a little ahead of its time.
Then, 14 years after When Things Were Rotten, Mel Brooks returned to TV with The Nutt House.  It had Mel Brooks behind it.  It had Cloris Leachman.  It had Harvey Korman.  Yet it lasted all of 5 episodes.
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June 30th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Mark Leiter

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes former MLB pitcher, Mark Leiter. A veteran of over 330 Major League baseball games, Mark Leiter could do it all from starting to relieving and learning countless lessons on life in the big leagues. Hear the harrowing story of how Mark stepped away from the game only to be met with his biggest career break and how joining the New York Yankees reignited his career and led to his many years of baseball after. Also find out what he's up to these days in teaching the next generation of pitchers as well as updates on both his son (Mark Leiter Jr.) and nephew (Jack Leiter) who is a highly touted college baseball player.

June 26th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Nelson Figueroa

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes former New York Mets pitcher, MLB Veteran and TV analyst, Nelson Figueroa. Nelson joins the podcast to discuss his MLB career, the upcoming 2020 baseball seasons and his plans to possibly explore becoming a pitching coach for a Major League club. Also relive some of Nelson's finest career moments and who he had surprising success against while on the mound. 

June 25th, 2020    

Blockbuster Rewind #1 - Jaws And Its Sequels

A brand-new show joins the PTBN Pop Feed, Blockbuster Rewind. On each episode, co-hosts Andy Atherton, Scott Shifflett & Eric Eells will cover and discuss the best and worst of Hollywood Blockbusters, Summer Tent Poles and Popcorn Movies. On their maiden voyage, they welcome guest Tim Capel to discuss the first Hollywood Blockbuster: Jaws and its subsequent sequels. They go through the franchise and talk about their favorite scenes, best characters, behind the scenes stories, rate the shark kills and question some of the ridiculousness that permeates the series. And remember, you’re gonna need a bigger boat.

June 24th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #67-68): Break The Bank & the Game Show Finales of 6/20/80 + The David Letterman Show

This week on It Was A Thing on TV we're calling the Smithsonian and asking them to put this collection into the vault!

Mike, Chico and Greg first discuss the various game shows called "Break The Bank" Three completely different shows, one was good, one was basic and one was a mess. And how does one Mrs. Mickey Kennedy Branson play a role in this?

Also this past week marked 40 years since we saw the temporary end of three game shows, each of which would all return to the airwaves by 1987. It also saw the birth of a legend, though he would make his mark in late night. We look at the three NBC game show finales of June 20, 1980 and their replacement, The David Letterman Show in this timely installment of the podcast.

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June 23rd, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Jeff Frye

The newest Diamond Conversations features former MLB star and now #CertifiedHittingGuru, Jeff Frye. Jeff has become a social media player the last few months as his battle with the new age "pros" teaching kids how to play the game have finally set off the REAL veterans of baseball. Jeff's baseball career included stops in Texas, Boston, Colorado and Toronto and he also went on to be a very successful player agent after his MLB career. So join the SHE GONE movement and step up to the plate.

June 20th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater Special #7 - Scary Movie

In a "special isolation edition" episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Jennifer Smith & James Gruenberg to do a live watch of the 2000 comedy, Scary Movie. The gang discusses movie parodies; landscaping; impoverished Skeet Ulrich; granny panties; the greatness of Cheri Oteri; the many uses of vacuum cleaners; The Spice Girls; role playing, sneaking food into movies & whether or not you need to see the source material to enjoy a parody movie. So, do you like scary movies and don’t disturb me when I’m cleaning my room!

June 19th, 2020    

Piece of the Action #2: Demolition Man

In the latest episode of Piece of the Action, Matt welcomes Shawn Kidd to the podcast to watch the 1993 classic Demolition Man! Listen to Matt and Shawn discuss Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Sly’s o-face, and much more! Come for the witty banter, stay for the Stallone impressions! So be well and enjoy the new episode of Piece of the Action!

June 18th, 2020    

The Great Debate #11

In the latest episode of The Great Debate, host Andy Atherton is joined by Shawn Kidd, Matt Souza & Scott Shifflet. The gang discusses and debates a variety of pop culture topics including: how the movie, television and music industries will come back after the Coronavirus Pandemic; movies and television shows they watched during the isolation that they wouldn’t have otherwise; guilty pleasure video games; the best and worst recent commercials they’ve seen; which actor has been the best on-screen Incredible Hulk; Julia Roberts vs. Sandra Bullock; musical acts they love but in the minority on; how they would program a night of classic sitcoms; cast reunions they’d like to see & collectibles they’d like to own that haven’t been made yet. And as always, the show closes with a fun rapid fire round that runs the gamut.

June 17th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Tripleheader (Episodes #65-66 & Live Show #2): Supermarket Sweep, We Got It Made & Press Your Luck

This week on It Was A Thing on TV the gang heads out to the supermarket and then follows it up by living the high life in a fancy NYC apartment while trying to avoid the Whammy.

First, everybody loves the action and fun on Supermarket Sweep. The show we know and love was quite different in its first season, a bare bones version with some odd additions that didn't last long. Come for the caviar, stay for Mr. Yuk.

Next, We Got It Made was a dog of a show in 1983-84 that NBC tried to get people to watch by having the cast show up on NBC broadcasts. Yet, it got a second season for the Primetime Starts at 7:30 block in 1987.

Finally, we present to you our second live show as we cover the second season premiere of Press Your Luck with Elizabeth Banks on ABC.

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