Overtoke TV News for 03-02-2018

The Smothers Brothers Show / Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ wasn’t expected to be a hit when it debuted in February, 1967 – scheduled on CBS as a mid-season replacement variety hour against the unbeatable Bonanza on NBC. It was a last-ditch effort on the part of the network – they had run out of ideas. A short-lived CBS sitcom called The Smothers Brothers Show hardly made a dent with audiences or critics in 1965. When ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ returned for a second season, the show began to develop more of an edge, tackling comedy subjects other television shows never dared to – religion, recreational drugs, sex and political unrest. As you may know the Smothers Brothers inherited Judy Garland’s old stage and the ramp the Smothers used that extended out over the audience was originally built for Judy since it was reminiscent of a theatrical stage, unlike most television stages which are audience level. A lot has been written about ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’, and its unique place in TV history. George Harrison from the opening of a 1968 Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. At the end of the third season, because of numerous censorship battles and a constant beating in the conservative press – and the fact that Tommy Smothers was turning in the shows too late to be edited before broadcast – CBS demanded that the Comedy Hour episodes be completed and reviewed by censors by Wednesday of each week. Even after they had renewed the show for another season, CBS cancelled the Comedy Hour in 1969 – sending the Smothers Brothers and the network into court, and squelching Tommy Smothers’ idea of filming season four from counter-culture ground zero – San Francisco. The Smothers offered the censored episode on a syndicated basis, hoping that stations would sign on for a new ninety-minute Smothers special with new material added. Instead, NBC aired a 60-minute special starring the Smothers brothers and Peter Fonda which led to another weekly variety series – on ABC.PART II: THE ROCKY SEVENTIES The Smothers break up, then land another series.

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Source: http://www.tvparty.com/smothers.html

Today’s News: Our Take

Netflix’s new series Disjointed is almost exactly what you’d expect from a multi-camera Chuck Lorre sitcom about employees who work at a pot dispensary. Being a Lorre show, there’s still room for penis humor. What makes Disjointed unique is its frequent use of totally out there cutaway gags, which break the mold of the multi-camera format and fill out the episode lengths to nearly 30 minutes, as opposed to the traditional 22 minutes for broadcast television. These would never be seen on network TV, not just because of their content, but because of rigid rules associated with the multi-camera format… rules that are being broken on Netflix. There are about four of these per episode and they’re easily the best part of the show, not necessarily for being funny but for being WTF-y. Also interspersed in each episode are nonsensical transitions between scenes, kind of like those in That ’70s Show featuring Kelso floating in slow motion, but in Disjointed, they’re someone raking in poker chips or a woman rolling a wheel down a path, for some reason. Even if the cutaways are there just to be like totally trippy, man, they do set the show apart from the worst of what it could be. They break up the monotony of what is otherwise an unspectacular show, and while not always funny, they’re at least bizarre. It’s an experiment that’s mostly there for the sake of being an experiment, and shows off how multi-camera comedies – built for commercial breaks and network TV – are transforming under the looser rules of streaming services. One Day at a Time similarly takes advantage of being a multi-camera comedy on Netflix, using the extra time to let stories breathe for maximum emotional impact, resulting in incredibly effective storytelling beyond setup-setup-punchline. Multi-camera comedies are often considered antiques in the television world, but it turns out the same high-tech that’s transforming how we watch TV is also making them feel brand new in different ways.

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Source: http://www.tvguide.com/news/disjointed-multicamera-comedy-netflix

Veterans Administration Docs Can Now Talk To Patients About Marijuana

Veterans Administration Docs Can Now Talk To Patients About Marijuana : Shots – Health News Officials want health care providers to discuss how medical marijuana could interact with other medications or care, but doctors still can’t point vets to state-approved marijuana programs. The new guidance directs VA clinical staff and pharmacists to discuss with veterans how their use of medical marijuana could interact with other medications or aspects of their care, including treatment for pain management or post-traumatic stress disorder. The directive leaves in place a key prohibition: VA providers are still not permitted to refer veterans to state-approved medical marijuana programs, since the drug is illegal under federal law, with no accepted medical use. Such actions are usually misunderstandings that can be corrected, he says, but he suggests that the Veterans Health Administration provide clear guidance to its staff about the new directive so veterans aren’t harmed if they admit using marijuana. Although the new guidance encourages communication about veterans’ use of marijuana, the agency’s position on the drug hasn’t changed, says Curtis Cashour, a VA spokesman. Under federal law, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Instead, in states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana, doctors may refer patients to state-approved programs that allow marijuana use in certain circumstances. Patients who have a disease or condition that’s approved for treatment with marijuana under the law are generally registered with the state and receive marijuana through state-regulated dispensaries or other facilities. Moves by states to legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use have created a confusing landscape for patients to navigate. The accelerating trend of states approving marijuana for medical and recreational purposes may be getting ahead of the science to support it, they say.

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Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/01/09/576577596/va…