April 25, 2019: Ice Cream And T.v. Themes!

WHAT is this?  Why, it’s the ice cream truck – courtesy of Block #2 director Sudz Sutherland.  A special treat for the crew on his last day.

April 25, 2019: Ice Cream And T.v. Themes!

Story Editor Sam Godfrey goes twist with a chocolate dip.

Finally started work on the script for the season finale today.  Lots of balls in the air.  The trick, as always, is to dovetail the varied arcs and storylines in dramatic and satisfying fashion – and also leave the door open for a second season.  But once that’s done and I deliver Episode 10, it’s smooooooth sailing!

Hard to believe we’re a little over a third of the way through the season.  The first cuts are coming in, our second to last block starts official prep tomorrow, and discussion has begun on the opening title sequence.  Surprisingly, it looks like we may actually do a full and proper one for this show.   I’ve always been a big fan of those extended sequences with their memorable opening themes that always set the tone for the series.  I mean, can you imagine Stargate’s SG-1 or Atlantis or the Star Treks without their stirring orchestral intros?  Or The Sopranos without Tony’s long drive through Jersey set to Alabama 3’s “Woke Up This Morning”?  Or a roaring dragon in place of Game of Thrones’ sweeping instrumental-backed overview of Westeros and Essos?

Quick!  Name your Top 3 favorite t.v. themes.



30 thoughts on “April 25, 2019: Ice cream and t.v. themes!

  1. Hi Joe
    Were you in Ajax or Oshawa? That Ice Cream truck looks mighty familiar.

  2. Sounds like things are sailing along on UF!

    Top three themes ever? That’s a hard one, so I’ll have to go with whatever immediately comes to mind.

    Star Trek:Voyager
    Magnum P.I.

  3. My 3 faves are all oldies that have remained popular in my grey matter over the years.

    1) Mission: Impossible
    2) Cheers
    3) “Believe it or Not” (The Greatest American Hero)

    I must also register my discontent at only being allowed to pick 3. I’m a rabid TV watcher so something like Top 50 would be more amenable. I mean, let’s be reasonable here.

  4. You named two of my three: SG-1 and Sopranos.

    The “Midsomer Mysteries” theme has been on my mental playlist recently.

  5. My top 3 T.V. themes, in no particular order; Spiderman (the cartoon show version), Looney Toons Intro (it’s my ring tone) and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Yes I am just that damn old.

  6. That’s it! I’m going to get some ice cream out of my freezer. I actually have some (I don’t keep it around). Think I’ll make a small chocolate malt. They say when you crave ice cream you really just need a hug. I agree. Going to make my “hug” right now.

    Top 3 favorite TV themes:

    Miami Vice is number one.

    I Love Lucy
    The Brady Bunch

    There are really so many. Too many to narrow it down. I always thought Stargate Atlantis had a killer theme.

  7. My absolute favorite theme is from Band of Brothers. Love that score. Then followed in no particular order: Doctor Who, JAG, Stargate (all of them) Star Trek (ditto).

    Funny that you talk about themes. One of my favorite movie themes is the soundtrack from Rudy which was composed by Joel Goldsmith’s father Jerry. Between the two Goldsmiths is a long and amazing list of credits. Patton, Rio Lobo, Star Trek etc.

    My family and I just watched Rudy tonight and I kept turning up the volume when the score was playing. They are both missed greatly. I wish I could have a copy of the SGU score. It was so good.

  8. These themea will age me , yet they are awesome. Going old school.1. Bonanza. 2. The Rat Patrol… Very stirring. 3. Toss up between Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Twilight zone…thw original.


  9. Top 3 favorite t.v. themes? Well, you already mentioned two of them: Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, and I love the Star Trek: Enterprise title song (as well as the intro video). Star Trek: Voyager isn’t bad either, but if I have to narrow it down to three, it’s SG-1, SGA and STE.

  10. TV Theme Songs:

    Happy Days
    Mission Impossible
    Big Bang Theory
    House M.D.
    Sanford and Son
    Barney Miller
    Star Trek (TOS/TNG)

    Star Trek Enterprise
    The Flintstones (I know, tons of people actually like this one… I hate it.)

    A good theme song will set the mood for the show, but won’t be annoying… people will be hearing it a lot when they binge watch their favorite show.

  11. “Quick! Name your Top 3 favorite t.v. themes.”

    Star Trek: Enterprise {{Theme and title sequence}}
    The Big Bang Theory

    If we were allowed a 4th, Game of Thrones.

  12. Fave themes :1)The Love Boat 2)Magnum P.i 3)Stargate, special place goes to Neon Genesis Evangelion, X-men cartoon, The Pink Panther, Mysterious Cities of Gold.

  13. Yep.
    ST Voyager and Cheers title themes most definitely wonderful and memorable .

    Others I’ve always enjoyed:

    Get Smart (the original version)
    Addams Family

    Honorable mentions:
    SpiderMan (1960s version)
    Twilight zone (original w/ Rod Serling)

  14. My top three TV themes:

    Game of Thrones – The music is outstanding. On occasion I’ll listen to the 12 hour loop on YouTube. The ever-changing visuals seal the deal.
    Star Trek the Next Generation – Once the orchestra kicks in, I still get chills to this day.
    Stargate SG-1 – It”s at once regal, adventurous and hopeful. And I’ve always gotten a kick at how it softens a bit when Amanda’s credit appears.

  15. Mmm… Ice cream..
    Whatever happened to your ice cream making?

    Tv themes.
    Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors
    Ally McBeal

    Not necessarily my favourite shows, but definitely my favourite theme tunes.

  16. I don’t know if I would call it my favorite, but the opening title sequence from Andromeda I always liked. But only season 1, they changed it for later seasons and it just wasn’t as good. How do you feel about shows that change their title sequence for different seasons? And I don’t just mean showing the newer actors like Stargate did.

  17. Glad someone picked Pink Panther. I loved that one.
    Com’on now, someone mention Gilligan’s Island, eh!
    I dare ya! 😀

    I disagree with David about opening themes.
    Sometimes an opening theme song being fun but annoying
    is precisely what makes it brilliant, truly memorable and worthy of a Favorites list.

    How many of us can remember getting The Talking Mr Ed theme song
    stuck in our heads on replay back in the day? Or how ’bout
    Mister Rogers Neighborhood?
    You will never ever forget these tv shows because of their fun, annoying,
    opening themes.

    A memorable opening theme can be the very thing that makes a tv show span generations.
    If you recall the opening theme, you are much more likely to introduce that show to your offspring,
    than a show you might have enjoyed in childhood but cannot recall its opening theme. (Save for those rare ones that proved to be your top 2-3 favorite tv shows of all time).

    Green Acres has never made my top 10 most brilliant comedies of all time.
    Ever just the same, I will never forget this tv show because of its opening theme.
    I used to have a blast getting this fun, somewhat annoying,
    song stuck in peoples heads whenever I needed to defuse an over heated group debate.

  18. The Adam’s family
    The Andy Griffith show

    Only three… 🙁 One of us will whistle the Andy Griffith theme at the oddest times. It’s very catchy. 🙂

    Ice Cream!!! I had a scoop of the best Pralines and cream in Panama City. Plus, we brought back salted caramel fudge but it’s all gone. 🙁 I ate like a hobbit on this trip. 🙂

  19. Hmm…
    3. Cheers theme
    2. Stargate SG-1 theme (I know the lyrics by heart)
    1. Battlestar Galactica theme

  20. I’ll stick to regular TV shows:

    Secret Agent aka Danger Man in the U.K. (Secret Agent Man by Johnny Rivers)
    Monk (It’s a Jungle Out There by Randy Newman)

    I love TV themes in general and I’m glad your show is going to get one!

  21. Oh wow! Bomb pops. I want one now.

    Top three TV themes not Stargate related or Star Trek related:

    Game of Thrones

    The Monkees (I’ve been watching reruns lately)

    Theme song from Courtship of Eddie’s Father

  22. Only three?

    Top all-time favorite theme:

    Hawaii Five-O (1968) – This one stands alone. I love it.

    Top 3 old school themes:

    Mission Impossible
    Sanford and Son
    Addams Family

    (Honorable Mentions: All in the Family, MASH)

    Top 3 kids’ shows themes:

    Banana Splits
    Danger Island
    George of the Jungle

    (Honorable Mention: Speed Racer)

    Top 3 80’s shows themes:

    Miami Vice
    Magnum P.I.
    21 Jump Street

    (Honorable Mention: Hill Street Blues)

    Top 3 Sci Fi themes:

    Doctor Who (All)
    Stargate Atlantis
    Star Trek (TOS)

    Top 3 recent themes:

    Murdoch Mysteries
    Midsomer Murders

    There are more, of course, but these stand out for various reasons. Oddly enough, some memorable comedy show themes (like Cheers, et al) often leave me feeling melancholy when I hear them now.


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