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Trackdown Trading Cards – 1958 Topps TV Westerns Set

If being featured on a bubblegum trading card is a sign of success, Robert Culp hit pay dirt when Trackdown was included in the 1958 Topps TV Westerns trading card set.  The set featured several TV westerns including Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Wagon Train and several others. A total of 71 cards were in the set with most shows having five or six cards a piece (Gunsmoke had a whopping 15!). The set was very popular and the cards continue to circulate among collectors today.

Trackdown had five cards in the set and is the second show featured (after Gunsmoke) in the set.

Robert Culp as Hoby Gilman in TRACKDOWN Robert Culp as Hoby Gilman in TRACKDOWN

 TRACKDOWN: Search for Clues TRACKDOWN: Search for Clues

TRACKDOWN: Surprise Visit TRACKDOWN: Surprise Visit

TRACKDOWN: Fierce Battle TRACKDOWN: Fierce Battle

TRACKDOWN: The Pursuit   TRACKDOWN: The Pursuit

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FOX Flies on a Wing and a Prayer with “Greatest American Hero” Reboot

Greatest American HeroIt’s been talked about for years, as either a feature film or a new TV series, but FOX appears to be the latest player in the attempt to bring back Stephen Cannell’s GREATEST AMERICAN HERO. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who wrote and directed THE LEGO MOVIE and also directed a big screen version of Cannell’s 21 JUMP STREET, have apparently been given the green light to film a pilot for a new series. Based on the brief description provided by Deadline.com, it sounds like the characters will be all new and will not be reboots of Ralph, Pam and Bill respectively.

Despite the rather dismal track record for TV reboots, Hollywood keeps trying. We’ll reserve judgment on this one until the pilot episode actually sees the light of a TV screen.

We’ll be watching this one closely. Stay tuned…GREATEST_AMERICAN_HERO_S2_D2-69

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I Spy Programming Note

What channel is I SPY on? I love that show! With the recent posts over on Facebook regarding CoziTV’s schedule for I SPY airings, I’ve learned it comes down to basically two things: The first being if your satellite or cable provider offers CoziTV, RetroTV or ASPIRE in their packages and the second being if the affiliate that broadcasts the channel follows the parent channel’s schedule (and doesn’t, say, run paid programming in place of a show, usually at the wee hours of the morning.)

In other words, you need a score card to keep track of where to find I SPY on TV these days!

So where can you watch I SPY on TV or online now? Well, as of May 8, 2014, here’s where you can find I SPY. As always, check the listings for you area to see if these channels are available and for time and schedule.

Television:

RetroTV: http://www.myretrotv.com/i-spy.html

Aspire: http://www.aspire.tv/shows/i-spy

CoziTV: http://www.cozitv.com/shows/weekday/I-Spy-251473811.html

Online:

Hulu.com – http://www.hulu.com/i-spy

I SPY was available via Netflix but has since been removed.

Is there any channel or online location I missed? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Robinson and Scott Biographies

Robert Culp and Bill Cosby as Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott in I SPYUsing information mentioned or otherwise inferred in the episodes and from the 1994 I Spy Returns TV movie, Barbara K. Emanuele has compiled comprehensive character bios for Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott. Given the fact that the show ran for three seasons and accounting for continuity issues and conflicting tidbits, Barbara has managed to pull together information that brings further depth to these characters.  TheConsummateCulp.com is pleased to showcase these character bios! 

Kelly Robinson Jr. 

Alexander Scott

“They were partners in the truest sense of the word.  Ideally matched in wit, charm, looks, and strength, at no point was one far superior to the other.  Mission after mission, locked room after opened room, they were equals who never let the obvious difference in race be anything more than a physical difference.  Their work and their cover allowed them to function above the racial turmoil of the late sixties.”

 

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Operation Breadbasket Restoration – Update

Robert Culp with Jesse Jackson on the cover of JET magazine, 1968Previously back in 2011 I posted that Robert Culp’s documentary “Operation Breadbasket” was awarded a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to be preserved in a project being spearheaded by his son, Joseph Culp. I recently learned from Joseph that the restoration of the film is nearly complete and that they were working on getting funding to make a new documentary to follow up on the original. Possibly a Kickstarter campaign but more details to come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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