Happy Birthday to Bea Arthur

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Bea Arthur would have turned 93 today. A great day to remember the legacy. A great way to do so is by pulling out those Golden Girls and Maude DVDs, reading through fan stories, watching the ever growing YouTube playlist or taking a look at this article that was posted about Bea’s school days at Susquehanna Valley. So many great ways to remember Bea today and everyday!

Maude: Season 2 — August 11

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Maude_S2Shout! Factory, who recently released Maude: The Complete Series, will be releasing Maude: Season Two on DVD August 11! If the complete series is a little too big of chunk to take at once, we will soon have the option to grab the long awaited season two in a few months.

This is also a good move on Shout! Factory’s part, as Maude: Season Two has been specifically requested ever since season one was released back in 2007.

Read more over at tvshowsondvd.com.

Although I rarely play media on discs any longer, as most media is now available up in a cloud of your choice, Maude is one of the tangible must haves of this century :)

Kev!

 

Bea a Lego

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I usually don’t post about Golden Girls as a collective, however this story is just too good to pass up! Apparently, many other people think so too, as it was a trending topic on Facebook and news throughout the medias yesterday.

Golden Girls fan, Samuel Hatmaker, hit it off when his LEGO ideas hit the 10,000 votes within 8 hours to be considered for official review. I assume the rights would need to be obtained, but with this much fanfare and attention, I have a good feeling they will give the green light.

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Read more over at Vocativ and keep a watch on the developments to this fun bit of news.

Kev!

P.S. Did you obtain the newly released Maude DVD set? Leave a comment on what you think of it!

Maude: The Complete Series

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product_images_modal_MaudeTCS.PS72dpi__7Bcccb8ea2-cb71-e411-bad0-d4ae527c3b65_7DI wanted to wait a few days before posting this to make sure it was legit. It was back in 2007 when Maude Season 1 was released on DVD from Sony Entertainment, which was received very well by Bea’s fans. Since then Maude has appeared on various streaming sites and finally iTunes and Amazon for digital purchase. Season two, which seemed right around the corner off the success of season 1, never appeared. So, a few days ago when the complete series, all 6 seasons, 141 shows started to spring up on Shout! Factory’s webpage seven years later, I was and still am hesitant to it’s existence. Meanwhile, fans seem pretty happy about it and I have been receiving messages with no mention of any reserves about this specific release.

Shout! Factory seems to be the reincarnation of Rhino, which I am very familiar with. You can read more about their history here via their about page. After learning this, I feel more comfortable with this release. That being said, I doubt it will be available on Amazon, iTunes and the like anytime soon, if ever at all due to it’s unique commercial licensing. I also just found out from our contributor Alex, that this is now listed on the creditable site TVShowsOnDVD.com.

It looks like this is the time to get your long awaited box set of Maude: The Complete Series!

If you do order this, please send photos in of your unboxing, embracing, absolute joy-ing to share this momentous occasion starting on March 17, 2015!

Television history has given us many memorable, amazing women… and then there’s Maude. Bea Arthur (The Golden Girls) stars as the feisty and funny title character in Maude: The Complete Series, finally available on DVD from Shout! Factory.

Created by Norman Lear (All In The Family), Maude pushed the boundaries for network television during its six-year network run from 1972 to 1978. Often controversial and always refreshingly honest, the series never shied away from tackling the topical issues of the day, yet its depth of character and humor left audiences laughing all the way.

Decades after its initial broadcast, Maude remains a benchmark in television for its sharp, intelligent writing, impressive supporting cast (including Bill Macy, Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain and Rue McClanahan) – and of course, the amazing Ms. Arthur. In a role that earned her a well-deserved Emmy® award, Bea Arthur created an indelible portrait of a fiercely liberated woman, paving the way for other noteworthy, female-driven sitcoms from Roseanne and Murphy Brown to 30 Rock.

Right on, Maude!

Until next time,

Kev!

[ UPDATE – JAN 09 2015 ]

More detailed information has been announced on the contents of the box set from our contributor Alex, below:

“And then there’s Maude. Bea Arthur (The Golden Girls) stars as the feisty and funny title character in Maude: The Complete Series, finally available on DVD from Shout! Factory on March 17, 2015.
The box set contains all 141 episodes on 19 DVDs, as well as a 40-page collector’s book containing an essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Tom Shales, and several bonus features.

Maude: The Complete Series Bonus Features:
Original All In The Family episode “Cousin Maude’s Visit”
Original All In The Family episode “Maude – Pilot”
Unaired episode 115 “The Double Standard”
Unaired episode 316 “Maude’s New Friends”
Syndication Sales Presentation (Hosted by Norman Lear)
Featurettes:
And Then There’s Maude: Television’s First Feminist
Everything but Hemorrhoids: Maude Speaks to America
Memories of Maude – featuring new interviews with Adrienne Barbeau and Bill Macy”
Source: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Maude-The-Complete-Series/20631

*The two unaired episodes of Maude share titles and story elements that eventually did air. “The Double Standard” was originally shot for Season One as episode 15 and did not air. However, the same script was reshot for Season Two with cast changes and aired on 10/30/73. “Arthur’s Friends” (a.k.a. “Maude’s New Friends”) was originally shot for Season Three as episode 16. This version also did not air, but the script was reshot in Season Five with cast changes and aired 11/29/76. Tapes for both episodes were recently found in the Sony vault and have never been seen by the public until now.
Source: https://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/maude-the-complete-series

My Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan clips

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I ran across some videos from 2005 and 2007 recently of when I took a hand full of clips on my still camera back at that time (spoiled on the quality of phone cameras of today). I combined the small, raw clips, into one video and threw it up on YouTube. Good memories, hopefully they bring some back to you, too.

The Bea Arthur clips are from her April 19, 2005 Mount Pleasant, MI show. After the show, my friend and I met with Bea for a short time where I caught a clip of Bea giving her flowers to my friend. The clips of Rue McClanahan were from her May 17, 2007 book signing at Borders on Michigan Avenue at the time, in Chicago.

UPDATE: I also uploaded a higher quality version of my footage from Bea’s appearance at Sidetrack bar here in Chicago back in 2001.

Happy Bea-Day

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Wishing all the Bea fans a happy Bea-Day today! Bea would have been 92 today and many of her fans are remembering and reflecting on her performances. Other fans are pulling out their photos and stories of when they were
fortunate enough in meeting her, primarily during her one woman show. Either way, a great time of the year!

Still haven’t shared your story? Like and post to the Facebook page that coincides with this fan site here!

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Bea thrilled to see so many fans after her Chicago show

Cheers,
Kev!

The Golden Girls gracefully arrives on iTunes

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iTunes, Apple’s digital media ecosystem, thriving for years now, is finally delivering all 7 seasons of The Golden Girls digitally. Each episode cost $1.99, as it is only available in standard definition resolution. Season 2-7 can be purchased for $19.99 each, while with season one, each individual episode has to be purchased. I, personally, was hoping for the episodes to be remastered in high definition in which I would have gladly re-bought all of the seasons. I remember seeing at one time a network was airing it in true high definition, so they must exist! Either way, it is nice to finally see The Golden Girls in the iTunes network. Still waiting on those further seasons of Maude. Hint hint distribution companies.

Here are the direct links below :

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Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

Busy Bea now on iOS

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Creativity is the key.

Based from the off and on defunct Flappy Bird iOS game, Michael Denison from #BeaADay and Brian Kokernak from Headrush team up to unveil today, Busy Bea. It is just as painfully addicting as Flappy Bird has been. You will be throwing your phone in no time, but this time it will be with the playful FakeBit rendering of Bea and the Golden Girls (simplified MIDI background Golden Girls theme music).

I find it to be a fun medium to keep Bea’s memory alive and kicking, check it out. Free on iOS, Android coming soon.