Fanacek

Fanacek explores all things film and television. We start with a theme and plunge down the IMDB rabbit hole of acting credits, far out locations, crazy posters, interesting guest stars, and obscure and often absurd taglines. Forget about six degrees of Kevin Bacon. There’s six degrees of everything! Joined by a guest each week, we’ll learn, poke fun, try to teach, and ultimately honor the people who have graced our screens over the years. So, stay tuned for another exciting episode of...Fanacek!

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Tuesday Feb 20, 2024

This is it, listeners.  I have completed the most comprehensive search for a new Boof since...well, since ever.  I started with 400+ actors, narrowed it down to about 100, corralled them into categories, and studied each one until I identified the perfect Boof.  It was hard work.  There were times I thought I would quit.  But I persevered.  And now I've reached the finish line.  This is the final episode of my search.  We take a look at categories consisting of Oscar winners, Brat Packers, brunettes, and then the women who are seemingly perfect.  We'll then head into the finalist bracket where the final 16 compete until only one lady is left standing.  She is our new Boof.  Honor her.

Monday Feb 12, 2024

I know what you're thinking.  "Is he really continuing down this road?  Is he nuts?  How do I unsubscribe?"  I don't blame all of you doubters out there, but I am determined to get this thing done.  Who would have been the perfect Boof??  In this episode we will discuss candidates that are scary and possibly bat shit crazy.  We'll opine over some candidates who are "friendly".  We'll wax poetic about some women who would be absolute game changers as Boof.  And we'll even discuss a few candidates plucked right out of the pages of Michael J. Fox's real life.  Stay with me!  Now is not the time to turn your back on Fanacek.

Monday Jan 29, 2024

What's the point of having 24 hours in the day if you can't spend the bulk of them researching actresses who would have elevated the role of Boof in Teen Wolf?  Right?  Who's with me?  Anyone??
This episode explores more women who would have brought some flare prestige to the role.  There's the #teenwolfsowhite category devoted to diversity and inclusion.  How about the "No Wolf, ahh, no part" category aimed at identifying actors who could have played Boof utilizing another iconic character from their resume.  Maybe you'll like the "Show Her The Money" category.  This is a list of women who would haver never even entertained the thought of being in Teen Wolf unless there was serious $$$ involved.  All these and more in this exciting episode of.....Fanacek!

Monday Jan 22, 2024

Yes, I'm back with more Teen Wolf.  Get used to it.  I am convinced that if Boof had been portrayed by anyone other than Susan Ursitti, Teen Wolf's legacy would be held in higher regarded and it would be cemented as one of the great 80s teen flicks.  Taking a scientific approach, I have identified hundreds of potential actresses who could have been cast.  Dr. Fanacek then filtered out women not born between 1955 and 1965.  He also tossed aside any that were not working actors by 1984.  Those left have been sorted into various categories and will be rolled out over the next several episodes.  Part 1 covers actresses in the categories of Blast From The Past, Similar Vibe, But Better, and The Ethan Wayne.  That's right, The Ethan Wayne.  Sit back and enjoy this fun, informative, snarky, colossal waste of time.  I've come too far to turn back now.

S5 E1 Teen Wolf

Tuesday Jan 16, 2024

Tuesday Jan 16, 2024

Season 5 of Fanacek is finally here!  I hope you like the 1985 classic Teen Wolf because I'll be devoting a few episodes to this Michael J. Fox tour de force.  For this episode I am joined by a returning guest to break down the history, story, and cast of Teen Wolf.  I grew up on this movie, he had just seen it for the first time.  I think it deserves a greater place in 80s film history, he thinks I'm nuts.  So sit back, listen to us crack wise, and you can be the judge:  Is Teen Wolf a Masterpiece or a Master Piece of Shit?  Either way, you're gonna win in the end.

Wednesday Jan 03, 2024

That's a wrap on William Devane and that's a wrap on Season 4!  Fanacek shall return with new content in 2024.  In the meantime, check out this episode and dive deep with me as we wade through Mr. Devane's career in the 90s and 2000s.  I'll walk you through his projects while also chit chatting about my time alone with Michael Richards, OJ Simpson's missing knife, the fraud that is the final season of 21 Jumpstreet, Sean Young's nutty antics, and a whole lotta Jesse Stone!  Happy New Year!

S4 E17 William Devane Part 2

Monday Dec 18, 2023

Monday Dec 18, 2023

Yep.  More Fanacek and more Mr. Devane.  We're gonna pick up where we left off in 1978 and take a good hard look at why he never became a bona fide feature film star.  I'll focus mostly on his Knots Landings years (83-93).  While we learn about William Devane's roles, I thought we'd also learn about Tobe Hooper being replaced by the director who once threatened Charles Manson, John "Bud" Carlos.  We can also learn about the real Johnny Fontane, the crappy production company that employed my friend, tricked folks at the videos stores, and ultimately created Sharknado, Danny Pintauro's connection with Ryan White, my grandmother and I obsessively watching A Current Affair, and the lengths I went to to see Shannen Doherty topless.  Happy Holidays!

S4 E16 William Devane Part 1

Monday Dec 11, 2023

Monday Dec 11, 2023

I love William Devane.  I was first introduced to him as Kelly Leak's dad in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training.  I enjoy him at least once a year when I re-watch Rolling Thunder.  He's done tons of Film & Television and I'll explore most of it.  I will also inundate you with useless shit like Christopher Motisanti's knowledge of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Donna Mills being "buoyant", Hitchcock and Al Packinow, and the various revenue bonds issued to build the Astrodome.  This is my Christmas gift to the world.

S4 E15 Bill Bixby Part 2

Monday Nov 27, 2023

Monday Nov 27, 2023

November 21 marked the 30th anniversary of Bill Bixby's passing.  I'm glad I could honor him with these episodes.  In Part 2, I will finally take the deep dive that we all want...The Incredible Hulk!  I'll also discuss his final TV lead, Goodnight, Beantown, and I'll playfully goof on some of the made for TV movies he pumped out in the 80s.  If you're a Bill Bixby fan, you'll love this.  If you're not, then just hang tight because I have stuff for you too, like my thought on incest porn, the 80s classic Sledge Hammer, and why it is so damn hard to commit murder these days.  Take notes.  There will be a quiz.

S4 E14 Bill Bixby Part 1

Monday Nov 20, 2023

Monday Nov 20, 2023

I love Bill Bixby.  He was doin' Marvel shit before doin' Marvel shit was cool.  He had several hit shows of his own...My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Magician, and of course, the one about a scientist...and gamma radiation...and being overly emotional.  Bill (Mr. Bixby if you're nasty) also did tons of film and TV guest spots and I'll discuss them all.  I'm also gonna thrill you with tales of Sascha Baron Cohen trading an iPad for a baby, the similarities between Alan Hale Jr and "Grandpa" Al Lewis, and the Russian submarine that was lost at sea in 2000.  I encourage you to listen and enjoy and please remember to not make me angry.  You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.

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