CBS attempted to change its image as “the old persons’ network” in 1991 when it greenlit Stephen King’s Golden Years, a series about a top secret lab experiment that rapidly de-ages an elderly janitor. Can the 8 episodes of this prematurely cancelled TV drama find new life edited down into a four hour movie? And why is Felicity Huffman footing the bill for this afflicted man’s flight from justice, particularly when he no longer qualifies for senior citizen discounts? Get nostalgic for King’s “novel for television” with Now Playing. Listen now!
Johnny Depp has trouble telling fact from fiction after hayseed stalker John Turturro shows up on his porch, and accuses the New England writer of stealing his short story Secret Window. But is Stephen King the real plagiarist by presenting another tale of a tortured author using plot points cribbed from The Dark Half? And can Depp flip the script on his bitter divorce once bad things start happening to his cheating ex-wife (Maria Bello, not Amber Heard)? Find out if the seeds planted early in this narrative bear fruit or corn at the twist ending when you Listen Now!
Cancelled TV stars Bronson Pinchot (Perfect Strangers), David Morse (St. Elsewhere), and Patricia Wettig (thirtysomething) fight becoming a thing of the past after traveling through a rip in time in The Langoliers. Is this 1995 ABC miniseries a ticket back to prime time relevance? Or are the has-beens fated to a future forever flying coach and going unnoticed in the Bangor airport? And is 80s icon Pac-Man also angling for a comeback as he photobombs the finale? Feast on the next crazy Stephen King installment with Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie now!
Novelist Timothy Hutton starts to go a little cuckoo when The Dark Half of his creative mind - the part responsible for writing all of his salacious bestsellers - takes physical form and strikes out at the family and friends that push the author to be more wholesome. Is this latest Stephen King story just a thinly veiled tell-all of the horror writer's struggles with alcohol and alter ego Richard Bachman? Or should we consider this more like a new chapter in director George Romero's Living Dead saga? See if Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie are on the same page when you Listen Now!Novelist Timothy Hutton starts to go a little cuckoo when The Dark Half of his creative mind - the part responsible for writing all of his salacious bestsellers - takes physical form and strikes out at the family and friends that push the author to be more wholesome. Is this latest Stephen King story just a thinly veiled tell-all of the horror writer's struggles with alcohol and alter ego Richard Bachman? Or should we consider this more like a new chapter in director George Romero's Living Dead saga? See if Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie are on the same page when you Listen Now!
Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart continue to dig into Stephen King’s extensive filmography, this week reaching the much-maligned adaptation of Tommyknockers. Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and Jimmy Smitts (LA Law) cause a meltdown in their little Maine town when they excavate a UFO in their backyard. Were fans too quick to bury this ABC-TV miniseries? Why would anyone want E.T. to go home when the aliens make such ingenious modifications to lipstick, magic shows, and Coke machines? Answer that knockin’ at the door by downloading and listening now!
Now Playing has one last podcast for 2019, dedicated to all those dirty birdies who love the oogy mind of Stephen King. Writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan) finds himself in Misery after he’s pulled from a car crash in snowy Colorado, and tortured by a demented fan who demands a new chapter for the romance novel heroine he retired. Did Kathy Bates deserve the Oscar for her tough love bedside manner? And how many pages from the book did director Rob Reiner have to eat in order to bring this very literate story to the screen? Listen and find out!
Little Danny barely escaped Jack Nicholson and the ghosts of the Overlook Hotel back in 1980. Now grown-up Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) - nicknamed Doctor Sleep - is fighting the demon of alcoholism, as well as a pack of vampiric gypsies hoping to eat the soul of a powerful child clairvoyant. Will this Shining sequel leave Kubrick fans steaming? Or can new director Mike Flanagan honor the classic movie while bringing the story back to Stephen King’s original intentions? Join the hosts as they pick up bats and axes and come to play forever and ever!
It’s 2016, and The Losers Club is all grown up and ready for a rematch with It. Chapter II finds Pennywise waking from his 27 year nap hangry, homicidal, and hot to dance with old Derry foes Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader. Can arcade tokens, yearbook pages, a bunch of shower caps, and other artifacts from an ‘80s childhood be used to complete a Native American ritual that will ‘eighty-six’ this shape-shifting space clown for good? Listen and Find Out!
30 years after massacring trees and dominating bookshelf space everywhere, Stephen King’s monster novel It transformed into the biggest horror movie of all-time! Chapter One focuses on The Losers Club - a group of misfit kids investigating the stranger things occurring in their cursed small town. Will stuttering leader Bill (Jaeden Martell) find his missing brother alive in the city’s waterworks? Can new kid on the block Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) woo crush Beverly (Sophia Lillis) while fighting off bullies with switchblades? Get down with the clown when you listen now!
Were executives at the ABC network Pennywise or pound foolish for thinking Stephen King’s gory, gigantic novel IT could float on 1990s prime time television alongside family-oriented hits Who’s The Boss and The Wonder Years? Tim Curry’s dancing clown did his best to lure the censors into the sewer as he terrorizes the children of Derry, Maine in a highly rated two-part miniseries. Make a pact to join podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they stare into the deadlights (and take shots at those special effects). Listen Now!