Dynasty High

All through the marvelous '80s of excess, "Dynasty" held court on ABC-TV, chronicling the tumultuous times of wealthy and powerful oil magnate Blake Carrington, his lovely and often-sweet wife Krystle, his ruthless ex-wife Alexis Colby, as well as a cast of Carrington and Colby kids and other connivers. Now you can celebrate those glory days -- whether you're rewatching the episodes on DVD or just reliving the times. "Dynasty High," designed not as a gossipy tell-all but instead as a solid, just-the-facts guide to have at your side, is jam-packed with features on television's two fabulous families of Denver:
  • A meaty description of each and every "Dynasty" and "The Colbys" episode, with title and original airdate
  • A comprehensive cast list
  • An exhaustive character guide that shows the relationships of all the major and minor characters of both shows
  • Full credit list to the people behind the shows
  • "Fun and useless" information about "Dynasty" and "The Colbys" and their stars, including BRBTV interviews with cast members Bo Hopkins, Pamela Sue Martin, Stephanie Beacham, Terri Garber and David Baker, plus stuntwoman Jeannie Epper, and writer Camille Marchetta
  • A feature on the shows' various locations, along with a closer look at the Filoli estate
  • Birthdays of the shows' stars
  • Official websites of the stars
  • A guide to merchandise associated with the shows
  • Plus a delicious cover design by talented artist Dale Cuthbertson!

(Plus, the episode guide includes a special tongue-in-cheek "Catfight Count" of the battles between Alexis and Krystle and the other "Dynasty" femmes!)

Print edition ($15.50; 374 pages) | Kindle edition ($6; 7850 KB)





Destination: Dallas

For 14 seasons, from 1978 to 1991, J.R. Ewing wheeled-and-dealed his way to television-icon status on CBS' primetime soap, "Dallas." Along with his long-suffering wife, Sue Ellen, the patient matriarch Miss Ellie, the stalwart Jock Ewing, the irrepressible young Lucy Ewing, and the level-headed Bobby (who dared to marry a "Barnes woman"), this tall Texan made TV history. Now you can celebrate the days of big oil and big ranching! Designed as a reference guide to have at your side whether you're rewatching the episodes or just reliving the times, "Destination: Dallas" is jam-packed with features on the conniving J.R. Ewing and the rest of the Southfork clan:
  • A meaty description of each and every "Dallas" episode, with title and original airdate
  • A comprehensive cast list
  • An exhaustive character guide that shows the relationships of all the major and minor characters
  • Full credit list to the people behind the show
  • "Fun and useless" information about "Dallas" and its stars, including BRBTV interviews with cast members Sasha Mitchell, Audrey Landers, Art Hindle, Deborah Tranelli, Christopher Coffey, Hunter von Leer, Joan Van Ark, Ken Farmer, Derek McGrath, and writer Camille Marchetta
  • Birthdays of the show's stars
  • Official websites of the stars
  • A guide to merchandise associated with the show
  • New in 2015: a dynamite cover design by talented artist Dale Cuthbertson!
  • SPECIAL FEATURE IN THE KINDLE EDITION ONLY: The full continuity of TNT's 2012 "Dallas" reboot added in to cast list, character guide, episode guide and credits!

Print edition ($15.50; 314 pages) | Kindle edition ($6; 3153 KB)





Them Dukes! Them Dukes!

Hop onto the hood and head out on the backroads to Hazzard County with cousins Bo, Luke and Daisy Duke, their upright Uncle Jesse and crazy ole Cooter -- and watch out for that "short arm of the law," Boss Hogg and Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane! "Them Dukes! Them Dukes!" is jam-packed with features on television's fabulous General Lee and crew:
  • A meaty description of each and every "The Dukes of Hazzard" episode, with title and original airdate
  • A comprehensive cast list
  • An exhaustive character guide that shows the relationships of all the major and minor characters
  • Full credit list to the people behind the show
  • "Fun and useless" information about "The Dukes of Hazzard" and its stars, including BRBTV interviews with cast members Ben Jones, Byron Cherry, Don Pedro Colley and Christopher ("Chip") Mayer (quite possibly the actor's last interview before his 2011 death)
  • Lots of the author's own photos from "Dukes" events of the past several years
  • Birthdays of the show's stars
  • Official websites of the stars
  • A guide to merchandise associated with the show (it's vast!)
  • New in 2014: a hoppin' new cover design by talented artist Dale Cuthbertson!

Print edition ($15.50; 414 pages) | Kindle edition ($6; 24031 KB)





Superchicks

They remain television icons to this day ... Lynda Carter's stunning primetime Wonder Woman and Joanna Cameron's Saturday-morning Isis, inspiring a generation of females growing up in the 1970s by their strength, beauty, smarts and grace. Debuting within two months of each other in 1975, they were the first two female superheroes to have their own live-action American TV shows, captivating millions of viewers with a magical spin and an "Oh, mighty Isis!"

Longtime classic-television analyst BRBTV presents your fun reference guide to both the "Wonder Woman" and "Isis" series in one jam-packed volume, "Superchicks." You'll learn all kinds of zany facts as you relive the moments, go behind the scenes, and even hear from many individuals involved in the shows, such as "WW" story editor Anne Collins-Ludwick and prime stuntgal Jeannie Epper, as well as all three principal stars of "Isis," Cameron, Brian Cutler and Joanna Pang Atkins.

"Superchicks" takes the feature stories and episode synopses of the "Wonder Woman" and "Isis" BRBTV Reports on Kindle and adds a whole lot to them for each show: cast list, character guide, full text of the original BRBTV interviews with cast and crew, notable behind-the-scenes quotes, merchandise guide and more. The volume follows the format of the other books in the BRBTV fact book series to serve as an at-your-side reference guide and analysis of these beloved classic TV shows. Author Billie Rae Bates is an avid fan who watched these shows voraciously when they originally aired in the '70s, and it shows!

From the same place you'll find guides to "Dallas," "Dynasty" and "The Dukes of Hazzard" comes this fact book any fan of "Wonder Woman" or "Isis" will enjoy, complete with a luscious cover design by talented artist and "WW" fan Dale Cuthbertson!

Print edition ($15.50; 312 pages)





The Ultimate Super Friends Companion

They were the very definition of Saturday morning TV for kids – Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog, then the Wonder Twins and Gleek, all wrapped up in a full-color, animated package called the Super Friends. Beginning in 1973 with the original hourlong series, then continuing through the 1980s, these heroes fought for justice, putting evil criminals (and quite a few misguided scientists!) in their place and making the world safe for mankind. What child of the ‘70s and ‘80s didn’t love these adventures on Saturday morning, cereal bowl in hand? And new generations of kids continue to discover the Super Friends through re-airings and DVDs. Now Will Rodgers, a lifelong fan of the Super Friends, writes this ultimate companion to the various incarnations of the series, with lengthy synopses and commentary to each and every one of the 208 episodes and lots of other goodies:
  • A character profile of each hero and villain
  • A guide to each one of the 47 Super Friends comic books
  • A look at the toy lines associated with the series
  • Biographies of the voice cast
  • An index of the episode appearances for each hero and villain
  • Retrospectives of superhero teamups over the years and the history of DC and Warner Bros. classic animation
  • And more!
Will leaves no stone unturned in his heavyweight analysis of the Super Friends in this Kindle release – the equivalent of more than 800 letter-sized pages! Join him at the Hall of Justice for this gigantic journey into geekery.

As a special treat to fans, Shannon Farnon, the original voice of Wonder Woman, writes the foreword, and as with the other BRBTV fact books, talented Baltimore artist Dale Cuthbertson does the cover.

Print edition of Volume 1 ($24; 530 pages)  and Volume 2 ($22, 448 pages)  |  Kindle edition ($8; 13842 KB) 





Let's Roll, Kato

It was the series that presented a beloved radio hero in living color on the small screen – and at the same time introduced a martial arts legend-in-the-making, Bruce Lee. It was “The Green Hornet,” produced by the team that brought you the 1966 “Batman” series and starring Van Williams as the emerald-clad avenger secretly posing as a criminal to bring down the most notorious gangsters, racketeers and wrongdoers.

The ABC series lasted only one TV season, 1966-67, but a wealth of information still exists on it. Now, in this guide released just as the show turns 50, BRBTV chronicles it all, from the planning of the series in the mid-‘60s, as shepherded by character co-creator George W. Trendle and executive producer William Dozier, through each and every episode, to the fandom beyond. Author and journalist Billie Rae Bates talked with series star Van Williams and other members of the cast and crew, as well as writers and other industry professionals who have been involved with the show’s lore over the decades.

In “Let’s Roll, Kato: A Guide to TV’s Green Hornet,” you’ll find lots of facts and fun surrounding this classic TV show:

  • A history of the development of the series, as well as background on each of the principal stars
  • Cast list and character guide
  • Episode synopses, as well as background on the storylines and scripts
  • A look at the Black Beauty car, with input from owners of both screen-used and replica vehicles
  • A listing of the many gadgets used by the Hornet, both inside the car and out
  • An in-depth look at the books and comics that sprung from the series, with input from the writers and artists who helped produce them
  • Detailed guide to the vast and varied merchandise celebrating the series, with plenty of photos (color in this Kindle edition!)

The sixth big book in the BRBTV fact book series, with beautiful cover art by Baltimore artist Dale Cuthbertson, “Let’s Roll, Kato” is jam-packed -- this Kindle edition clocks in at the equivalent of 435 letter-sized pages!

Print edition ($17.50; 482 pages) | Kindle edition ($6; 65249 KB)





Archie's Weird Mysteries: A BRBTV Report

"Things are getting weird in Riverdale!"

Archie Comics are an American cultural icon. Who hasn't loved the teenaged, freckle-faced Archie Andrews and his pals? This BRBTV Report takes a look at the 1999-2000 animated TV incarnation, "Archie's Weird Mysteries," a fun twist on the classic lore, with Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica and the rest of the gang solving spooky mysteries in Riverdale!

This Kindle report includes a magazine-length feature story on the show, with input from a variety of folks including executive producer Robby London; onetime Archie Comic Publications chairman and publisher Michael Silberkleit; and the writer of the accompanying comic book series, Paul Castiglia. You'll also find full episode synopses, credits, and a cast and character guide. With its 2011 update, the report includes photos, which appear in color where available.

Kindle edition ($1.50; length in regular letter-size pages: 36)





The (animated) Dukes: A BRBTV Report

Discovering "The Dukes" cartoon is like finding buried treasure for any fan of the live-action series "The Dukes of Hazzard." Airing in 1983 on CBS, the Saturday-morning series featured everyone's favorite fast-drivin', fun-lovin' country cousins (initially Coy, Vance and Daisy Duke; later Bo, Luke and Daisy) jumpin' their blazing-orange 1969 Dodge Charger, the General Lee, on a race around the world for prize money. As with the live-action show, Uncle Jesse is there to shepherd them, and Boss Hogg and Rosco are there to race 'em! Though this Hanna-Barbera gem was short-lived, it still remains an important part of the fans' love of them Dukes!

This Kindle report includes a magazine-length feature story on the show, full episode synopses, credits, and a cast and character guide. With its 2011 update, the report also includes photos, which appear in color where available.

Kindle edition ($1.50; length in regular letter-size pages: 20)





Batman: The Animated Series, A BRBTV Report

Warner Bros. created a whole new Bat-phenomenon when they launched "Batman: The Animated Series" in September 1992. Riding the wave of the popularity of the 1989 Michael Keaton big-screen movie, the animated series gave us a Batman who was dark, brooding and strong, always remembering the pain that created him. This was a Batman we could truly believe in. This was a Gotham City that was always night. And this was a Rogues Gallery of villains who found new life on the small screen: Besides colorful mainstays like Joker and Penguin, there were demented dames like Poison Ivy, springing from moderate obscurity in the comics realm, and Harley Quinn, crafted just for this series, then crossing over to the comics realm.

All in all, "Batman: The Animated Series" has had a huge, fabulous impact in the Bat-world, and this Kindle report examines that, with a magazine-length feature story on the show, full episode synopses and cast list. With its 2011 update, the report also includes photos, which appear in color where available.

Kindle edition ($1.50; length in regular letter-size pages: 45)





The New Batman Adventures: A BRBTV Report

In 1996, a change was on the horizon for the immensely popular TV show, "Batman: The Animated Series." The show moved from the Fox Kids network to the Kids WB!, and the characters were given a new, sleeker look. The show was renamed "The New Batman Adventures" and reflected a greater emphasis on the whole Bat-team, which now included not only the flame-tressed Batgirl, but also Nightwing (who evolved from the Robin of the previous series, in fitting with the comics) and a new, younger Robin.

This BRBTV Report is essentially "part 2" of the "Batman: The Animated Series" BRBTV Report, continuing the story of Warner Bros.' wonderful 1990s interpretation of the Batman lore. A show for children? Sure -- but us adults watched and loved this stuff, too! This report examines that appeal, with a feature story on the show, full episode synopses and cast list. With its 2011 update, the report also includes photos, which appear in color where available.

Kindle edition ($1.50; length in regular letter-size pages: 28)





Batman Beyond: A BRBTV Report

Still basking in the glow of their smash hit "Batman: The Animated Series" in the late '90s, the creative crew of Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett and Glen Murakami went back to the drawing board, so to speak, for a fresh TV take on the Caped Crusader. Hmmm ... Something new ... something decidedly "young" ... something that moves this wildly popular animated franchise "forward" ...

The result? "Batman Beyond," which sets our hero 50 years beyond his "B:TAS" days. Bruce Wayne is now old and alone, living in Wayne Manor with only Ace the hound as his companion. Along comes Terry McGinnis, a teen with a troubled past but a deep-down desire to do good. Donning the new high-tech Batsuit emblazoned in red and black, Terry is the next generation of the cape and cowl.

Informed by an interview with Dini when the show first hit the small screen in 1999, this BRBTV Report discusses this futuristic Bat-take, with an overview of the series and the continuing legacy of its predecessor, "B:TAS." The report also includes full episode synopses and cast list. With its 2011 update, the report includes photos, which appear in color where available.

Kindle edition ($1.50; length in regular letter-size pages: 35)





Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! A BRBTV Report

Since his TV debut in 1969, Scooby-Doo has been loved the world over. The comical, cowardly Great Dane and his human pals, Freddy, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy, have been riding around in their Mystery Machine, bringing in the ghosts and monsters and all-around crooks, for decades.

This BRBTV Report is a magazine-length feature story examining the genesis of the original series, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!", with input directly from the creators, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. The Kindle report includes full episode synopses, credits, and a cast and character guide. With its 2011 update, the report also includes photos, which will appear in color where available.

Kindle edition ($1.50; length in regular letter-size pages: 35)





The Secrets of Isis: A BRBTV Report

"Oh, mighty Isis!"

With those three powerful words, actress Joanna Cameron stepped into television history in 1975 to portray the first female superhero to have her own weekly live-action TV show, debuting just months before Lynda Carter's "Wonder Woman." Donning a little white dress with sweet Egyptian touches, as this brand-new hero Cameron captured the hearts and minds of little girls everywhere on Saturday mornings, taking her place next to the popular "Shazam!"

Though the show originally aired only a few years, the legacy of Isis lives on, remembered so well by her fans and still referenced heartily in pop culture. For this report, BRBTV talked to all three of the show's lead stars: Joanna Cameron, Brian Cutler and Joanna Pang, who reminisce about their time on the ground-breaking Filmation series. Beyond a magazine-length feature story, which examines not only the "Isis" series but also the heyday of Saturday-morning kids' television that it so squarely rested in, this BRBTV Report includes fun episode synopses. It's all in a convenient, portable, Kindle format with photos appearing in color where available.

Kindle edition ($1.50; length in regular letter-size pages: 43)





Wonder Woman: A BRBTV Report

The theme song ... the costume ... the actress who was cast in the role ... they all live on in our pop culture, decades after this iconic TV show originally aired. For many fans, there's only been one "Wonder Woman" of the large or small screen. That was the ABC / CBS live-action show launched in 1975. And that was -- most certainly -- Lynda Carter.

The weekly, hourlong, primetime series ran three seasons, turning a former beauty queen into a megastar virtually overnight as it paid tribute to the DC Comics superheroine created by William Moulton Marston in the 1940s. Spending its initial season in the World War II era then bringing the action up to the '70s, the show took Diana Prince and her Amazon alter ego through storylines and action that included a host of intriguing guest stars: Roddy McDowall, Joan Van Ark, Rick Springfield and many more.

This BRBTV Report delivers up a magazine-length feature story examining the history and impact of this groundbreaking TV show. BRBTV talks to writers Anne Collins Ludwick and Alan Brennert, as well as cast member S. Pearl (Saundra) Sharp, stuntwoman Jeannie Epper, and others about their work and about the enduring legacy of the series. In addition to the feature story, you'll see fun, original BRBTV episode synopses. It's all in a convenient, portable, Kindle format with photos appearing in color where available.

Kindle edition ($1.50; length in regular letter-size pages: 75 -- a superduper value for a low price!)





Superman: The Animated Series, A BRBTV Report

With “Batman: The Animated Series” striking such success among fans in the early ‘90s, it seemed only natural that Warner Bros. Animation – in particular Bruce Timm and Co. – would follow it with a focus on the other huge, iconic figure in the DC Comics stable, Superman.

“Superman: The Animated Series” proved faithful to the famous Superman mythos originally created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and so well-explored in many pop culture media over the decades, from other animated series to live-action TV series and theatrical movies, to newspaper and radio and of course, the printed comic-book page. This new series took Superman / Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Lex Luthor, Perry White and many, many more of the well-known characters and gave them a fresh look and fresh appeal, all keeping to the style of “B:TAS.”

The half-hour animated series encompassed three seasons on the Kids WB! from 1996 to 2000, contributing a few of its own unique elements to the enduring Superman mythos along the way. Introducing new BRBTV writer Will (“The Voice Man”) Rodgers, this Report delivers up a magazine-length feature story examining the history and impact of this TV series. In addition to the feature story, you’ll see Will's own fun, original episode synopses, along with a cast list for the show. It's all in a convenient, portable, Kindle format with photos appearing in color where available.

Kindle edition ($3; length in regular letter-size pages: 87)





Batman: The Animated Series, The BRBTV Interviews

“Batman: The Animated Series” and the show that it evolved into, “The New Batman Adventures,” reflected the work of a whole lot of writers, artists, directors, producers and voice actors. Beyond the core names that so many people recognize, such as Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Glen Murakami, Jean MacCurdy, Paul Dini and Kevin Conroy, there were many others who contributed to the groundbreaking 1990s animated TV series’ massive success at creating a unique take on DC Comics’ beloved hero Batman.

In a companion volume to the BRBTV Reports on “B:TAS” and “TNBA,” BRBTV brings you a set of original interviews of several folks whose talent has touched the series:

  • Joe R. Lansdale, the “Mojo storyteller” who loved the Dark Knight as a kid.
  • Randy Rogel, an Emmy-Award-winning writer who is no stranger to ‘toons.
  • Scott Beatty, author of “Batman: The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight,” who addresses the influence of the series on the overall Bat-realm.
  • Ty Templeton, artist of the popular comic books accompanying the series.
  • Robert N. Skir, a writer who has taken on several other small-screen favorites, too.
  • Michael Horse, the “Twin Peaks” veteran who voiced Ubu.
  • Dorian Harewood, the actor with a heart for music who did a variety of voices here.
  • Corey Burton, a voice artist with a diverse resume, including several of these interesting characters.

It's all in a convenient, portable, Kindle format with photos appearing in color where available.

Kindle edition ($1.50; length in regular letter-size pages: 32)





Superman: The Animated Series, The BRBTV Interviews

Like its precursor, “Batman: The Animated Series,” the 1990s “Superman: The Animated Series” reflected the work of a whole lot of writers, artists, directors, producers and voice actors. Beyond the core names that so many people recognize, such as Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Glen Murakami, Jean MacCurdy, Paul Dini and Tim Daly, there were many others who contributed to the animated TV show’s success at portraying DC Comics’ beloved hero Superman in a unique way.

In a companion volume to the BRBTV Reports on “Superman: The Animated Series,” BRBTV brings you a set of original interviews of several folks whose talent has touched the series:

  • Robert N. Skir, a writer who has taken on several other small-screen favorites, too.
  • Dorian Harewood, the actor with a heart for music who did a variety of voices here.
  • Corey Burton, the voice artist who brought Brainiac to life.
  • Mark Evanier, a writer with a varied resume who tackled the Darkseid storylines.

And, as a bonus feature, author Will Rodgers offers a fun glimpse at his own collection of action figures from the show’s line. It's all in a convenient, portable, Kindle format with photos appearing in color where available.

Kindle edition ($1.50; length in regular letter-size pages: 35)





Justice League: A BRBTV Report

When Bruce Timm and the rest of the creative crew at Warner Bros. Animation created their smash hit "Batman: The Animated Series" in the early '90s, then followed it up with "The New Batman Adventures," "Superman: The Animated Series" and "Batman Beyond," they weren't through yet. They adapted that same animated style to yet another series sprung from the pages of DC Comics: "Justice League."

Debuting in 2001 and featuring, of course, the Big Three -- Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman -- along with Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl, "Justice League" introduced a whole new set of action to the WB animated realm, taking these heroes places they had not gone on the small screen. After the first couple well-received seasons, the show evolved to "Justice League Unlimited," blowing the door open wide and including many more heroes from the DC Universe -- both well-known and obscure -- to battle a diverse array of villains.

Will Rodgers examines all five seasons of this animated series in colorful, living detail, reporting on the show's genesis and describing the action of each and every episode. Rodgers is known on the web for his analysis of the classic "Super Friends" cartoon, and he enriches his commentary of "JL/U" with the essential background and the explanations of the influence of shows like "Super Friends" to this more-modern take. Clocking in at the equivalent of 300 letter-sized pages, this Kindle doc is the biggest so far in the BRBTV Reports series!

Kindle edition ($3; length in regular letter-size pages: 298)





Shazam! A BRBTV Report

He seemed a perfect fit for Saturday morning, a superhero sprung from the comics, having awesome powers yet the alter ego of a young boy. But for this TV adaption of the "World's Mightiest Mortal" aka Captain Marvel, Filmation Studios -- known by then for its animated shows for kids -- went the live-action route instead. And so, a new television hero was born with the premiere of "Shazam!" in September 1974.

In No. 13 of the BRBTV Reports series, author Billie Rae Bates delivers up a magazine-length feature story examining the history and impact of this half-hour Saturday-morning TV show she herself enjoyed in its original airing. The analysis includes input from series star Jackson Bostwick and guest star Butch Patrick, as well as plenty of fun facts and an exploration of the enduring legacy of the series and the character. In addition to the feature story, you’ll see original BRBTV episode synopses as in the other BRBTV Reports, along with a cast list. It's all in a convenient, portable, searchable (and clickable!) Kindle format with photos appearing in color where available.

Kindle edition ($1.50; length in regular letter-size pages: 44)





Billie Rae Bates earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and English from Michigan State University. She spent 10 years in daily newspapers in Michigan and Wisconsin before transitioning to the corporate world, where she's spent additional years covering many aspects of communication: marketing, public relations, graphic design, advertising, web writing and management, photography direction, TV reporting and more.

Hailing from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Will "The Voice Man" Rodgers is a radio host by day, but in his off-hours he's a talented voice artist with the ability to impersonate everyone from Batman to Bo Duke to J.R. Ewing and Archie Bunker (even Edith!). He has done MC-ing duties at events such as the Professional Stuntman Invitational in Concord, North Carolina in 2009 and DukesFest in Atlanta in 2008. You'll see his expertise on "The Ultimate Super Friends Companion" and the BRBTV Reports on "Superman: The Animated Series" and "Justice League / Unlimited."