MoJoe Retro

VIDEO: Ed McMahon on His TV Legacy

The passing of Ed McMahon has cast a pall over TV land, as one of the medium’s true icons has moved on. McMahon was part of a generation of TV performers prized for their versatility and work ethic. It didn’t…

Don’t Like This Post? Kiss My Grits!

Would you believe NBC is preparing to air a two-hour special counting down the 50 funniest catch phrases in TV history? You bet your sweet bippy it is. The network today announced plans to air a Paley Center for Media…

Ernie Barnes: Ain’t We Lucky We Had Him

I had never heard of Ernie Barnes until today. A former football star turned artist, Barnes died Monday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to wire service reports. While Barnes was unfamiliar to me, one of his…

Five Lessons From the Career of Bea Arthur

Bea Arthur’s passing was one of the most talked about topics on Twitter over the weekend. Think about that for a minute. Arthur was an 86-year-old woman who hadn’t been part of the primetime landscape since the early 1990s. She…

An Online TV Treasure Trove

As the first entry in MoJoe TV indicates, I’m a pretty obsessive fan of classic TV marketing. When YouTube launched, I spent hours and hours watching old network image campaigns—from “Still the One” (ABC) to “Let’s All Be There” (NBC)….