Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the Internet...
...DVR Alert: The latest BBC production of Jane Austen's EMMA comes to the United States on MASTERPIECE beginning tonight. It will be released on DVD on February 9, 2010 -- just in time for Valentine's Day gift giving.
...DVR Alert #2: Huell Howser's CALIFORNIA'S GOLD, a public TV institution in this state for many years, has a new episode on the history of In-N-Out Burger which will first air on Los Angeles station KCET on January 31st. The episode will air on several other California public TV stations beginning February 4th. Details and a 30-second preview are at the CALIFORNIA'S GOLD website.
...Deep Discount is overhauling its website. I've noticed over the last couple weeks that they didn't have listings for releases coming out over the next couple months, but those titles now seem to be in the system. There's a discussion thread at Home Theater Forum assessing the changes.
...The BEST OF THE LORETTA YOUNG SHOW SEASONS 3 AND 4, authorized by the Loretta Young Estate, will be released on February 16th. The set will have 31 episodes. Seasons 1 and 2 were released in their entirety; I'm curious what's behind the change for Seasons 3 and 4.
...Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly, who recently returned from maternity leave, will have her own show starting February 1st.
...A challenging expedition is planned to try cleaning up decades' worth of litter from atop Mount Everest. And it's interesting, though not surprising, to learn that predictions by global warming alarmists that Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 were based on next to nothing. Indeed, many Himalayan glaciers are growing! (Update: The scientist who made the "melting glaciers" claim has now admitted it was not based on peer-reviewed scientific research and was made purely for political purposes.)
...The newest cookbook from America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Illustrated is THE BEST SIMPLE RECIPES, due in bookstores on March 1st.
...Ayla Brown, a daughter of new Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, has a lovely singing voice, as demonstrated in a YouTube video where she sings the National Anthem with the Boston Pops. As some are aware, she was at one point a contestant on AMERICAN IDOL.
...Disneyland looks pretty in the rain...my oldest son was there with friends on his rainy day off from school last Monday, taking advantage of the small crowds on such days.
...And speaking of Disneyland, here's a wonderful photo of the interior of Walt Disney's apartment atop the fire station on Main Street U.S.A.
...Season 3 of THIRTYSOMETHING comes to DVD on May 11, 2010. Season 2 was released last week.
...Columbia Classics has updated its DVD website.
...Susan King of the L.A. Times recently interviewed Julie Andrews.
...There's a new "on demand" DVD series from Universal, being sold exclusively through Amazon. Details from 50 Westerns From the '50s and TV Shows on DVD.
...Glenn Erickson reviews a new Warner Archive release, THE UNSUSPECTED (1947), at DVD Savant. My daughter enjoyed this on TCM. It has a great cast including Claude Rains, Audrey Totter, and Constance Bennett.
...Don't miss Mark Steyn, Daniel Henninger, Michael Barone, Matthew Continetti, and Victor Davis Hanson on last week's election results.
...Here's a great-looking recipe for Molasses Spice Cookies, which includes black pepper among the spices! (Hat tip: Too Many Dirty Dishes.)
Have a great week!