‘WILD CHICAGO’: The saga of “Punkin’ Donuts”

The Dunkin’ Donuts that used to be at the northwest corner of Belmont and Clark earned its nickname in the 80s and 90s.

In 1987, Ben Hollis and John Davies pitched Chicago PBS station WTTW on a program that would capture the city’s obscure corners, unusual characters, and fringe phenomena. To show the station what they had in mind, they’d shot a “guerilla demo” at a spot Hollis already knew: the Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner of Belmont and Clark in Lakeview. He’d often driven past it late at night and seen groups of young people hanging out in the parking lot, and he figured it’d be worth investigating. What were they doing there? Why that spot, not somewhere else? And what was the appeal?

3 faulty ‘Fawlty Towers’ remakes…

The John Cleese/Connie Booth UK original classic, 1975

Below, are bad-to-horrible US remakes of this wonderful television show. Too bad such great talent was wasted on these projects.

Harvey Korman and Betty White in ‘Snavely’ or ‘Chateau Snavely’, 1978

Bea Arthur in ‘Amanda’s’ or ‘Amanda’s by the Sea’, 1983

John Larroquette in ‘Payne’, 1999

HOME MOVIES: Cast and Creators Talk the Show’s 20th Anniversary

It wouldn’t take much more than a few moments with the relentlessly squiggly, jarringly dry Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, which premiered on Comedy Central in 1995, to understand that it was a different beast entirely than most other animated series of the era. While perhaps too challenging in aesthetic and humor to ever reach the status of The Simpsons or any of Mike Judge’s projects, Dr. Katz carried enough esteem to win producer Loren Bouchard and star H. Jon Benjamin to develop a like-minded (and like-styled) animated series with up-and-comer Brendon Small. The fruit of this team’s labors would turn out to be Home Movies.