Last night I watched Double Dare (12.29.76) with a pre-Jeopardy Alec Trebek. Not a quiz show I was familiar with, I was actually impressed with how hard some of the clues were (for example, I'd forgotten Alexander Jackson's assassination attempt).
Later we saw an episode of The $25,000 Pyramid (5.17.78) with John Ritter, from Three's Company wearing a shirt open to the sternum. Between the two gameshows, I watched Rattlers (1978), which didn't disappoint... it was a killer snake movie from the seventies, impossible to screw up. As a matter of fact, it surprised me, beginning with the (off screen) deaths of two kids in the desert at the hands of snakes- you just don't kill kids in Nature Runs Amok horror films. It's not done. So when it is... cool. It was an easy way to pass an hour and a half. Tonight, I started out with an episode of Let's Make a Deal from 1970. What. The. Hell? The costumes. The crazy deals. Not watching much in the way of contemporary television, I didn't know it had been revived. Perry enjoyed it because he was able to say "Hey's that's the car I had, except mine was brown" every time a Vega was offered as a prize. Then I watched some commercials from December 30 1979, which balanced out Let's Make a Deal, since the commercials had been cut out.
Tonight's movie was What's The Matter With Helen? (1971). It's got Debbie Reynolds, Shelly Winters and Agnes Moorehead. Debbie Reynolds doing a tango. A little girl doing Mae West in a musical review. Rabbit slaughter. It's excellent camp, when it was done as an in joke, laughing with rather than at. I'm going to make a point of seeing more of director Curtis Harrington's work, most of which is covered by by 1979 cutoff date.