Win in the Cult TV Awards 2018

Sunday, 09 December 2018 00:01

Voting has just begun in the nominations phase of this year’s Cult TV Awards, in what is now our 25th year of presenting our appreciation of the best in fictional television, to the talent behind the shows that we make time for more than others. As an incentive to cast your votes, we have four prizes on offer - a copy of the entire season 24 Blu-ray Box Set of Northern Exposure, with an RRP of £149.99, the first season of Murder, She Wrote on Blu-ray (6 discs, RRP £39.99), the first season of The Rockford Files on Blu-ray (6 discs, RRP £39.99), and the entire run of Royal Pains on DVD (25 discs, RRP £99.99), all thanks to Fabulous Films/Fremantle Media Enterprises, all for getting your ‘thinking caps’ on and make your nominations. But hurry – nominations close on 23 December 2018.

Later in this article, you can also discover what prizes are on offer for the voting stage, which follows the nominations stage of the process. Continue reading now for the link to the Nominations Form.

The top five nominations in each category from what you suggest will be compiled onto the Voting Form, which is the next stage of finding out this year’s eventual winners! For those of you new to this, there are NO premium rate phone lines to call, or even stamps to buy to put your votes on record! With the process being online, and with each form being individually verified to ensure that block votes are discounted, this is the best system going to ensure that we genuinely take the pulse of the UK’s Cult TV appreciators.

We hope you appreciate that this is a small token of our appreciation for the many minutes it can take to cast your nominations. The categories include our HALL OF FAME – an ever-expanding pantheon of the most deserving from the last 65 years of television.

The Cult TV Awards have gained an excellent reputation by celebrating the entire history of television, not just the latest 'flavours of the month' – every year you help us continue to live up to this billing.

And now, thanks to Cult TV and Fabulous Films/Fremantle Media Enterprises, you have the opportunity to put one of these three prizes on to your mantelpiece, in our prize competition. All you have to do is nominate your favourites in this year’s Cult TV Awards 2015 Nomination phase. The three lucky nominators drawn out of the ‘electronic hat’, with more than a third of the categories on their form filled in, will be the winners of these superb prizes. The competition closes at 11.59pm GMT on 23 December 2018.

 

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE AND PUT YOURSELF IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING

 

Enjoy nominating, and look out for the Voting stage – coming soon!

Competition Rules: The winners will be the four nomination forms at least one-third completed drawn at random from the entries received by 11.59pm GMT on 23 December 2018. One nomination form per person only - multiple entries will be disqualified. The Editor's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Current Cult TV Production Team and employees of Fabulous Films, Fremantle Media Enterprises, and their associated companies are not allowed to enter. No cash equivalent for the prize on offer. All entrants agree to be added to Cult TV’s postal mailing list, and will be sent details of Cult TV’s events - please note our mailing list is NOT used by anyone else. Competition only open to UK postal addresses.

 

 

Awards Nominations Prizes

NORTHERN EXPOSURE – THE COMPLETE SERIES (Blu-ray)

Northern Exposure - Complete on Blu-rayCertificate ‘15’; 5,103 mins, RRP £149.99

This comedy drama was nominated for over fifty Emmy Awards, winning seven, and nominated for ten Golden Globe awards, winning for Best Drama Series in 1992 and 1993, and has since become a cult classic. Now fully restored and in high definition, all 110 episodes, over six seasons, with all the original music just as you remember it, is included in the whopper of a set.

Premiering on CBS in the USA in 1990, Northern Exposure was created by Joshua Brand and John Falsey, the team behind St Elsewhere. Only eight episodes were originally commissioned, but half a season turned into six seasons. David Chase (The Sopranos) was executive producer of the show from 1994-95. He was not enamoured by the series. and went on record saying: “I hated that show. I only did it for the money”. Guest stars included Adam Ant, Jack Black, Peter Bogdanovich, and Joanna Cassidy. Following various contractual disputes, it finished after six seasons in 1995.

Ex-con and DJ Chris Stevens is played by John Corbett, well-known to Sex and the City fans as Carrie’s former flame, Aiden. He is also a country singer having been tour opener for ZZ Top and Lisa Marie Presley.

Grammy award winning band Bon Iver was named whilst watching Northern Exposure. Lead singer Justin Vernon wrote the majority of the first album whilst isolated in a cabin in north western Wisconsin, at the same time as watching the show on DVD. Bon Hiver (French for ‘good winter’) is used as a greeting in one episode which Vernon transcribed as Bon Iver. Vernon also named his record label Chigliak Records, as a tribute to character Ed Chigliak.

The format centres on Joel Fleischman, a Jewish doctor from New York City, and a fresh faced medical school graduate. He’s about to begin the four year service contract he promised to the state of Alaska, who financed his education. He forgot to read some of the stipulations of his contract, which assigns him to the small post of Cicely, Alaska – a town of 215 people which welcomes its newest resident with open arms. As he contends with the daily lives and rituals of these all-too-normal and trusting folk, Joel just might realise that Cicely's quieter ways are probably more civilised than the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.

Made up of Cicely's various residents, patients and friends of Fleischman include wealthy former astronaut Maurice J Minnifield (Barry Corbin); feisty pilot Maggie O'Connell (Janine Turner); mayor and saloon owner Holling Vincoeur (John Cullum); his sweet, naive waitress girlfriend Shelly Tambo, who's old enough to be his daughter (Cynthia Geary); Joel's far wiser and very quiet receptionist Marilyn Whirlwind (Elaine Miles); kindly store owner Ruth-Anne Miller (Peg Phillips), and avid film buff Ed Chigliak (Darren E Burrows).

Extras on the set include four and a half hours of bonus content including Deleted Scenes, Gag Reels, Promo Reels, and ‘Unexposed Footage’!

 

MURDER SHE WROTE – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Blu-ray)

Murder, She Wrote - Season One on Blu-rayCertificate ‘PG’, 1,108 mins, RRP £39.99.

Season One of TV’s most popular and widely acclaimed detective series comes to Blu-ray for the first time ever, fully restored and in high definition. Angela Lansbury stars in the role that earned her 12 consecutive Emmy nominations and ten Golden Globe nominations as super-sleuth Jessica Fletcher, a famous mystery writer who has a knack for solving murders on and off the page.

Along with the quirky residents of Cabot Cove, Jessica is joined in her deliciously suspicious tales of mystery and mayhem by some of the most celebrated guest stars of screen and stage, including Leslie Nielsen, Joaquin Phoenix, Andy Garcia, Martin Landau and Milton Berle.

This Blu-ray set delivers all 22 Season One episodes including the original pilot movie, “The Murder of Sherlock Holmes”.

Murder ran for 12 seasons and turned Lansbury into a global star, although she was actually the fourth choice to play Jessica Fletcher (both Jean Stapleton and Doris Day turned the part down before her). At its peak in the USA it regularly drew in 40 million viewers per episode.

Lansbury was nominated for an Oscar in 1944 for her first ever film role in “Gaslight” aged 17. She has received an honorary Oscar, has won five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes, and an Olivier Award. She has also been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress on three occasions. In 2014, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

 

THE ROCKFORD FILES – SEASON ONE (BLU-RAY)

The Rockford Files - Season One on Blu-rayCertificate ‘PG’; 1,228 mins approx, RRP £39.99

This series ran for six seasons, and was one of the highest rated cop shows of the 1970s. Now fully restored and in high definition, this Season One set contains all 22 episodes starring James Garner and Noah Beery Jr. p produced by TV legend Stephen J Cannell (The A Team).

James Garner was nominated for 15 Emmy Awards during his television career. His depiction of Jim Rockford won him the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1977.

In the early 1980s Universal sued Garner for walking out of the show during the sixth season. Garner countersued, claiming the studio had cheated him out of his share of profits from the series. The lawsuit lasted nearly eight years, finally settled out of court. Garner won, having asked for $22.5 million, although the actual figure was never disclosed.

James Garner’s real name is James Bumgarner. When he had his first break as an actor in 1956, the studio credited him as James Garner without his permission, leading Garner to change his name.

Rockford’s phone number in the opening credits became the “Ghostbusters” phone number a decade later.

The theme song was composed by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter (Law & Order, The A-Team). It won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Segment in 1975, and was released as a single reaching number ten in the American charts, where it stayed for four months.

Tranmere Rovers have run out to The Rockford Files theme tune since 1979. Then chairman Bill Bothwell bemoaned the poor attendance at Prenton Park on Friday nights saying “I can only conclude that the people of Wirral prefer to watch The Rockford Files on TV on a cold Friday night than support their local football team.”

In the series, Jim Rockford is a private investigator who lives and works out of a house trailer at the beach in Malibu, Los Angeles. Charging $200 per day plus expenses, he’s not the cheapest detective available, but he’s the best. Jim relies on his brain not brawn to solve a case, and frequently his charm. An ex-convict, once imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, Jim has a penchant for taking cases that are closed by the LAPD – those the police were sure had been resolved.

 

ROYAL PAINS – COMPLETE COLLECTION – SEASONS 1-8 (DVD)

Royal Pains - The Complete 8 Season Collection on DVDCertificate ‘15’; 4,434 mins approx, RRP £99.99

This show was broadcast on ITV2 in the UK for many years, gaining a firm fan base and now fans can own the complete and definitive collection. You can now enjoy all 104 episodes from all eight seasons of this smart and original comedy that Entertainment Weekly hailed as ‘whimsical fun’.

In 2014, Hayden Christensen, the actor best known for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” saga, won a lawsuit in which he claimed that the idea for the show was his, having previously pitched to the USA Network an idea for a new television series, which involved a concierge doctor who made house calls to the rich and famous.

Special guest stars include Henry Winkler (Happy Days), Julie Benz (Dexter), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Peter Jacobson (House MD), Michael Rapaport (True Romance), Khloe Kardashian and Bill Bellamy (The Brothers).

The format follows Hank, a rising star in the New York City medical community, until he loses everything fighting for the life of a patient. With his career stalled and his personal life in shambles, Hank is in need of a new beginning. That's where his younger brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) steps in. Fed up with Hank’s personal pity party, he convinces Hank to join him on a last-minute trip to the Hamptons for Memorial Day weekend. When the brothers crash a party at the home of a Hamptons’ billionaire and a guest falls critically ill, Hank saves the day. His dramatic medical rescue draws attention from the crowd. Inadvertently, Hank becomes the hot new ‘concierge doctor’ in town.

With encouragement from Evan and an ambitious young woman who volunteers to be his physician assistant, he decides to stay in town solving medical crises and helping those in need. Hank is back to doing what he does best. And now he's reinventing himself as the Hampton's hottest new "doctor-in-demand."

Extras on the set include commentaries with the cast and crew, deleted scenes, gag reels, plus details of guest stars and locations.

 

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Awards Voting Prizes

The next stage of deciding our winners – coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled as these are the four grand prizes on offer to our lucky winners…

 

QUANTUM LEAP – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (Blu-ray)

Quantum Leap - The Complete Collection on Blu-rayCertificate ‘15’; 4,572 mins approx, RRP £149.99

Get ready to journey back in time with Dr Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula – Star Trek: Enterprise) and his holographic guide Al (Dean Stockwell) in this five-time Emmy® Award-Winning Series. All 97 episodes of this SF adventure series are now fully restored and in high definition, across 22 discs and with all the original music (previously missing in the DVD release).

Scott Bakula received four Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award for his role as a time traveller, helping people out of sticky situations by taking over their bodies.

In 1988 Dean Stockwell was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for “Married to the Mob”. Dennis Hopper advised him not to take on a television role so soon after being nominated, but Stockwell didn’t listen. He went on to be nominated for four Emmys, and four Golden Globes, winning in 1990. Stockwell received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 29 February, 1992. Fans of Quantum Leap organized this ‘Leap Day’ ceremony.

Throughout the series, Sam Beckett often encountered implied younger versions of various celebrities, and other figures including Buddy Holly, Woody Allen, Michael Jackson, Stephen King, Sylvester Stallone and Bill Clinton.

Creator Donald P Bellisario (Magnum PI, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Airwolf, NCIS) wrote the Season Five episodes "Lee Harvey Oswald Parts 1 and 2", after his children came home from watching the film “JFK” discussing conspiracy theories. Bellisario had met Lee Harvey Oswald when they were both in the Marines in the late 1950s and, from the conversation they had, believed Oswald was the lone gunman. The meeting was included in the second episode with Matthew Charles Nelson playing Bellisario.

In October 2017, during a panel discussion at a Comic Con event in LA, Bellisario announced “I just finished writing a Quantum Leap feature… I don’t know what’s going to happen with it, but I did write it.”

Extras on the set include “A Kiss with History: Remembering Quantum Leap” - Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, along with creator Bellisario, share stories about creating their ground-breaking series. There are also episode introductions from Scott Bakula, and him talking about the show’s fans.

 

BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25th CENTURY – THE COMPLETE SERIES (Blu-ray)

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - The Complete Series on Blu-rayCertificate ‘15’, 1,896 mins, RRP £59.99

Enjoy the two seasons and all 33 episodes of this SF classic, fully restored and in High Definition.

Following the success of “Star Wars” and Battlestar Galactica, Glen A Larson developed Buck Rogers for television. Props, costumes, effects shots and sets from the 1978 Galactica, still in production at the time, were recycled for the series.

The series ran Stateside from 1979 to 1981. ITV began showing it from 30th August 1980, in the same Saturday slot that the BBC began screening season 18 of Doctor Who. Due to the popularity of Buck, Who’s ratings fell from a series high of 16.1 million to a low of 3.7 million - the lowest ratings in the programme's original history. This prompted Auntie Beeb to move Who to a weekday evening slot. Ironically, the BBC began airing repeats of Buck Rogers on BBC Two in 1989 and again in 1995-96.

In the show, the year is 1987 and NASA launches the last of America's deep space probes. Aboard this small starship is a lone astronaut, Captain William Buck Rogers. In a freak mishap Ranger 3 is blown off its trajectory into an orbit which freezes Buck’s life support systems and returns him back to Earth 500 years later. He is forced to readjust to a new world and its people - who blame his generation for a nuclear holocaust which left the earth a radioactive wasteland. Buck is soon enlisted to help save the Earth from an alien threat, working with Colonel Wilma Deering (Erin Gray – also Kate in Silver Spoons) and a robot-droid known as Twiki (voice by Mel Blanc, occupied by Felix Silla). They roam space and planets to welcome back the lost and dispossessed.

Add in Pamela Hensley (Princess Ardala in Season 1 – CJ Parsons in Matt Houston), Tim O'Connor (Dr Huer in Season 1 – DA Evans in The Defenders), Eric Server (Dr Theopolis in Season 1 – Jim Steiger in BJ and The Bear), Thom Christopher (Hawk in Season 2 – Carlo Hesser in One Life to Live), Jay Garner (Admiral Asimov in Season 2, Harvey Dunsmore in The Dukes of Hazzard), and the iconic Wilfrid Hyde-White (Dr Goodfellow in Season 2).

Extras on the release include the theatrical version of the pilot episode “Awakening”, the feature Length version of “Flight of the War Witch”, and a syndicated two-part version in High Definition of “Journey to Oasis”.

 

COLUMBO – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Blu-Ray)

Columbo - The Complete First Season on Blu-rayCertificate ‘PG’, 724 mins, RRP £29.99

It’s the landmark series that inspired an entire genre. Now Columbo, television’s greatest detective comes to Blu-ray for the first time, fully restored and in high definition.

Starring Peter Falk in his four-time Emmy-winning role as the cigar-chomping, trench coat-wearing police lieutenant. This three-disc collection includes every episode from the series’ first season, as well as the two original Columbo TV Pilot movies: “Prescription: Murder” and “Ransom For A Dead Man”.

Columbo’s first season features legendary guest stars such as Leslie Nielsen, Robert Culp, Ray Milland, Eddie Albert, Suzanne Pleshette, Don Ameche and Roddy McDowall.

Columbo ran for 13 seasons and was one of the highest rated shows of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Season one, episode one, "Murder by the Book", was directed by Steven Spielberg at the tender age of 25 years old. Spielberg used the rough cut of the series premiere to land the director’s job on cult classic “Duel”.

The original series of Columbo was so popular in Romania that it was broadcast twice a week. When production stopped in 1977, the Romanian government feared riots so they asked the US State Department if Peter Falk could make a public service announcement to the country. Falk obliged recording a message which he read phonetically in Romanian.

When Emperor Hirohito visited the USA in the mid-1970s, he was asked whether there were any famous Americans he wanted to meet; he requested John Wayne and Columbo.

Once whilst trying to leave East Berlin, Peter Falk was detained due to an irregularity with his passport by a border guard. The guard didn’t recognize Falk and ordered another guard to strip-search him. After the search, the second guard asked for an autograph.

 

THE INCREDIBLE HULK TV MOVIE COLLECTION (DVD)

The Incredible Hulk TV Movie Collection on DVDThree DVD set, Certificate '12'. 272 mins approx, RRP £29.99

For the first time ever, all 3 Incredible Hulk TV movies in one collector’s edition box set. See Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby back in action in The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk and The Death of the Incredible Hulk. Filmed in 1988,1989 and 1990, the films were directed by David Banner himself aka Bill Bixby. All three films are also being released individually.

“The Incredible Hulk Returns” (‘PG’, 90 mins, RRP £9.99 on its own) - Six years after the hit series ended, Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno and Jack Colvin (as cynical reporter Jack McGee) returned for this top-rated television movie. Tim Thomerson, Charles Napier and Steve Levitt co-star in this action-packed adventure.

This was intended to serve as a pilot for a proposed ‘Thor’ TV series which never came to fruition. However, Thor was re-teamed with The Incredible Hulk on the big screen as members of “The Avengers” in 2012. Lou Ferrigno’s voice was mixed with that of Mark Ruffalo (who plays Dr Bruce Banner) for “The Avengers”, to create the Hulk’s roar.

A new wig was necessary for this TV movie as Lou Ferrigno’s hearing problems had deteriorated. The new wig was required to hide his new hearing aid.

In the story, it’s been two years since his last transformation, and Dr David Banner (Bill Bixby) has developed a new ‘Gamma Transponder’ that he hopes will cure him of his inner monster forever. But when a former colleague unearths the frozen tomb of an ancient Norse warrior king, The Mighty Thor (Eric Allan Kramer) is unleashed upon 20th Century society. Can The Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) end the rampage of this mead-crazed barbarian, or will the two raging beasts become allies to save both the transponder and the woman Banner loves?

Extras on the DVD are “Muscling in on the Movies” (an interview with Lou Ferrigno), and “The Marvellous World of Stan Lee” (an interview with the late, great Stan Lee).

 

“The Trial of The Incredible Hulk” (‘12’.91 mins, £9.99 on its own) - John Rhys-Davies (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “The Lord of the Rings”) co-stars as The Kingpin in this 1989 television movie directed by Bill Bixby. It features Daredevil, plus one of the all-time great Hulk rampage scenes, as well as a cameo appearance from Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee.

This was intended to serve as a pilot for a proposed Daredevil TV series which never came to fruition. It sees the first ever live-action appearances of Daredevil and The Kingpin.

It was Stan Lee’s first ever cameo in a Marvel Comics adaptation, which would become a tradition. The scene also sees the Hulk wearing his signature purple pants, the only time the Bixby/Ferrigno Hulk did so.

Daredevil dresses in black in the film, despite his dark-red costume in the comics.

The producers decided to change the colour because they thought an all-red suit would not translate well. Soon after the film was released, the comics gave Daredevil a black costume as well, though it later reverted back to red. Stan Lee was openly critical of the black costume as he felt it made the bad guys aware of Daredevil’s blindness.

Jack Colvin could not reprise his role as investigative reporter and nemesis Jack McGee for this movie. He was forced to retire from acting after suffering a minor stroke just after the release of “The Incredible Hulk Returns”.

In  the plot, while trying to stop a subway mugging linked to The Kingpin, David Banner is arrested for assault and is defended by blind attorney Matt Murdock (Rex Smith). When the Hulk goes berserk and breaks out of jail, Murdock reveals his own secret to Banner. Blinded by toxic radiation, he stalks the night as the super-sensory acrobatic crime fighter known as Daredevil. Can two men with uncommon powers now join forces to defeat an international crime syndicate or will their raging inner demons destroy whatever stands in their way?

 

“The Death of The Incredible Hulk” (‘12’, 91 mins, £9.99) – this is the finale of the entire series. After appearances by Thor and Daredevil in the two previous Hulk TV movies, Iron Man was initially intended to appear in the film although this never transpired.

Another movie was planned where David is brought back to life. However, low ratings and ultimately Bill Bixby's death put an end to The Hulk TV movies.

In this story, desperately trying to rid himself of his monster-like alter ego once and for all, Banner sneaks into a government research lab run by Dr Ronald Pratt (Philip Sterling), hoping to find a solution. When Pratt discovers Banner’s plight, he offers to help. But a beautiful spy (Barbara Tarbuck), who’s out to steal Pratt’s ideas for terrorists, forces Banner to choose between love and loyalty, good and evil, and ultimately, life and death.

Elizabeth Gracen and Andreas Katsulas also guest star.

 

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