Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tom Snyder, Harlan Ellison - The Tomorrow Show

"Why don't you put in some Mayans?"

This collects a ton of my favorites in one clip. The great Tom Snyder, who passed away on Sunday, and the great Harlan Ellison on Snyder's The Tomorrow Show. Apparently first broadcast on February 4th, 1976, this is a Star Trek-themed show including James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, and Walter Koenig, although Harlan dominates this segment.

I liked Snyder's one-on-one interviews on The Tomorrow Show, which aired during a period of my life where I tended to go to bed late and rise even later, but I loved the round-tables even more. Having a intelligent, articulate group of people do nothing except talk in a round table format was already a quirky concept for television in the `70s, even during the graveyard shift. You can't imagine anyone buying the idea today... and the poorer we are for it. If you're not familiar with Snyder past Dan
Aykroyd 's spot-on imitation, take 9 minutes out of your day and watch this clip.

I always thought Snyder and The Tomorrow Show format would have been a natural for podcasting, especially now with video podcasting so easy to create and distribute. Unfortunately, leukemia curtailed his public career two years ago, or we might have seen yet another version of The Tomorrow Show.

You're missed, Tom.

1 comment:

Maudie said...

I've had my head in the sand too long. Didn't know Snyder had died. I missed him & the Tomorrow Show the minute he went off the air. One of the last of his calibre, imho.