Wednesday, October 31, 2007

William Shatner, J.J. Abrams, Star Trek & The Hollywood Standard

William Shatner is upset that he has not been asked to reprise his famous Captain Kirk role for the reimagining of the Star Trek franchise with a new feature film. "I couldn't believe it," the actor said in a recent interview. "Having been in on the creation of it, I was hoping to be in on the recreation."

However, J.J. Abrams (Lost) - the new Trek movie's producer, writer and director - did not see it that way. He saw fit to ask Shatner's original Star co-star Leonard Nimoy to revisit his iconic Mr. Spock character. But not Shatner.

So, what's really going on here?

Unfortunately, it may have to do with Shatner's physical appearance - and the lowly high Hollywood standards of the day.

First and foremost, Shatner is out of shape. He's heavy. He looks bloated, and quite frankly, I'm very concerned about his health.

Secondly, his present brunette hair color and not match the original blonde Kirk of the early years on the original series. Also, too, Shatner's dark contemporary locks certainly do not match the fair hair hue of actor Chris Pine, the young actor who was recently cast by Abrams to play the young Kirk in the new movie.

While I completely endorse and applaud Abrams' decision to cast relative unknowns in the lead roles for the new Trek film (this, along with a great script, of course, is the key to the movie's success), I think I can speak for the rest of the Universe when I say, I am disappointed that Shatner, skinny or plump, will not beam aboard for this new adventure of the Enterprise crew.

The ever-slim Leonard Nimoy, however, will materialize in the movie because, fortunately for him, his looks are timeless. And though Shatner would tell it differently, Nimoy's Spock is ultimately more representative of the original Trek than any of the other characters.

Either way, if Shatner was at least somewhat healthier, something could have been worked out; Abrams might have requested the veteran actor's presence, in one way, shape or form as that of an elder Kirk in the film.

Though such a scenario has not been publically confirmed, it is safe and terribly sad to say that Shatner's historic interpretation of Captain Kirk has been "out-weighed" by a shallow Hollywood standard.

But what other potentially-true Hollywood story could be behind such a gastly and disrepectful decision and oversight?

Monday, October 29, 2007

Be The Light In The Dark

I was always the cutest little boy in my neighborhood. I could sing and dance, and do things that, on the average, the other little boys could not. As a result, all the little girls would want to kiss me - and all the little boys would beat me up.

But one day, I smiled at a bully who was on the attack. And I kept smiling, and he didn't hit me. He didn't call me any names. He didn't beat me up. Instead of running or crying in fear, I continued to smile real big at my young adversary. I somehow understood that, in essence, he was afraid - afraid that I knew something he didn't - or that somehow, my presence in the neighborhood would diminish his.

Ultimately, when I smiled at him, I was laughing in the face of fear...his fear and my own. I was afraid that I was going to be hurt - and he was afraid that my talents would outshine his. So he had to put a stop to that. But I beat him to the punch. Literally.

Moral of the story? We all have talents, and our own particular brand of perspective or life philosophy. One talent or opinion is not better than the other. Each of us has gifts and a Light inside of us that can never diminish the Light inside others.

Instead, we must band together to become a combined Light - and always remember laugh in the dark...and in the face of the biggest bully: fear.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Wisdom & Light Via My Good Friend Rudy at

My friend Rudy (a.k.a. "Rudenski") had an extensive "life-changing" Near-Death Experience over twenty years ago. In my own twenty-years plus experience of self-discovery, and researching various philosophies and religions from around the world, I have never come across - in a personal association - the wisdom and knowledge that one such as Rudy has had access to on a Direct basis. Rudy met and talked with the Father/Mother of LOVE - and, in return, received much wisdom and insight.

So, now - here's Rudy's post from this morning on But I urge you to not only read this particular post, but also each and every post on that Rudy has written. And you can do so by clicking on to the link that follows that passage.

So, here we go:

"I have a general dislike for religion - even if I am a wary participant in it - as I empathize with those who suffer at the hands of believers. But I do see a loving being whom I alternatively call Yah, God, The Father of Lights, Aba Father, The Greatest Most Loving Daddy and Mother of All in the Torah and the New Testament.

"But some of what is written in those texts is not going to make it to the other side. Only Love will (survive). But...I have met a few Christians and Jews.. Muslims too...Hindus... Zoroastrians...Rastafarian's...and even some Atheists who I have admired thus far. And one thing I am certain about from my visit to the other side is that every act of Love they experience (all of them) - and every...Loving intention from everyone is immortal. Love will never die.

"I know there are laws like gravity...look twice before crossing a road... and a bunch of "don't do" this laws. But the "do" laws are the ones that stand out to me as what have the greatest possibility of making it to the other side. These "do" laws came to me as I was contemplating the other side.

"There is a huge artistic endeavor called Love. Do add your part to the bigger picture of who and what Love is. And while those acts of Love you do may be chiseled out of the hard rock of a hard life, with tremendous energy and effort - they don't have to be.

"A gentle look...a kind word...and every little bit of joyful laughter you experience will find itself in the grand masterpiece called Love.

"So while you are dodging traffic and building things that crumble into dust, do look twice at the natural beauty of this world...and do stop and smell the wild roses along the way.

"This sad and dying world will one day go up in flames - and anything less than Love in it will be forgotten. But a new earth is being formed in timelessness. Do your part of sculpting Love in your little corner of your perceptions, I will do mine and we can meet each other on the other side and admire the artwork we the greatest Love story ever told."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

How To Save The Bewitched Feature Franchise


ISABEL, asleep, dreaming, confused.

She awakens in shock, panting...and calls for "DARRIN!!!!!"

MALE runs into shot, with his back to the camera.

What is it, Sweetheart? What's the matter?"

Oh, Darling. It was horrible. I dreamed I was some kind of
actress in a television remake of our lives. Apparently, I was
this other witch playing me in a TV show. But it wasn't me.
Aunt Clara was there...and so was Uncle Arthur...and yet, it
wasn't them. They didn't look like themselves. And neither
did YOU. You didn't look like YOU!! It's just all so confusing...!

Hey, hey, hey. It's okay.
Now look at me... do I look like me now?

We see JIM CARREY, where we may have expected Will Ferrell.

(whom we now realize IS really SAMANTHA)
Yes, of course.

She embraces him with tears of joy.

It's okay, Sam. It's all over now.

Oh, thank goodness it wasn't real.

Sweetheart - THIS is real. WE are real.The real story of how we met and fell in love isone for the ages. Do you remember?

Of course, I remember....

We then cut to my script.

Monday, October 22, 2007

HJ On KSAV California Radio On Tuesday Night

Herbie J will appear on KSAV radio
to talk in-depth about his new books:




Give a listen:

October 23
11 PM EST.

Click on the link below for more information.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Mid-Fall Season 2007 Old-New TV Round-Up


60 Minutes (7:00 PM, CBS): Still as awesome as ever. The granddaddy of TV magazines treks on.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (7/8 PM, ABC): Above and beyond what a reality TV show should be (though the "tear" promos for reruns on TV Land should be presented with a little more sensitivity - as those families involved clearly go through life and death challenges).

Murder, She Wrote (7/8PM): The classic Angela Lansbury series marks a return to its original Sunday night slot, as the Hallmark Channel knows a good thing when it reruns one.

Paster Joel Osteen (8 PM, TBN): I loved this guy BEFORE he became a phenom - just as I was one of the first to love Star Trek - BEFORE it became cool to do so.

Desperate Housewives (9 PM, ABC): Game over.

Cold Case (9 PM, CBS): The chick still needs to comb her hair.

Shark (10 PM, CBS): Jimmy Woods is astounding in this very bright and tight show.

Sisters and Brothers (10 PM, ABC): You go Gidget!


How I Met Your Mother (8 PM, CBS): I have absolutely no idea why this dreadful show is on the air. Beyond Doogie Howser's regular role, this unfunny sitcom absolutely sucks. I sit there every week trying to laugh - trying to like it. But it's the Yes, Dear of its generation. The people involved should be ashamed of themselves.

Dancing with the Stars (8 PM, ABC): Every time I've seen it, I never not enjoy it.

Chuck (8 PM, NBC): Haven't seen it yet.

Prison Break (8 PM, FOX): I don't watch it.

Heroes (9 PM, NBC): Over-rated rip-off of X-Men. I like my superheroes in costume, thank you very much.

The Big Bang Theory (8:30 PM): I RUN to watch this show. HILARIOUS! LOVE IT! AWESOME!

Two And A Half Men (9 PM, CBS): I was much too hard on this show when it debuted. All I know now is that I laugh out-loud every time I watch it.

Journeyman (10 PM, NBC): Awe, come on - if you're gonna' do a time travel show, then friggin ' go WAY back in time - like they did on Time Tunnel in the '60s. None of this traveling back to 1996 crap. What's THAT all about?!


Beauty and the Geek (8 PM, The CW): How much do I love this show? Let me count the ways. Bottom line: this reality show has heart!

NCIS (8 PM, CBS): A fine hour of old-fashioned TV entertainment with a slight 21st Century edge.

Cavemen (8 PM, ABC): There was potential with this. But it's not ABOUT anything. I credit it only for attempting to address the issue of prejudice. But there is no story - or created mythology. Should be off the air and retooled after the producers purchase a copy of Bewitched creator Sol Sak's pristine book, The Craft of Comedy Writing.

The Unit (9 PM, CBS): Are they really serious about that title?

Cane (10 PM, CBS): It's good to see Jimmy Smits back on TV - and acting along icon Rita Morena? Very cool.


Kid Nation (8 PM, CBS): It's very scary how smart kids are today - and it's very scary that this is turning into a real-life Lord of the Flies.

Back to You (8 PM, FOX): Kind of a cross between The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Murphy Brown and Goodnight Beantown (which did the whole anchor-love-story first, years ago with Bill Bixy and Mariette Hartley (James Garner's married Poloroid wife from those classic TV-commercials).

Til' Death (8:30 PM, FOX): Just fine.

Pushisng Daisies (8 PM, ABC): Brilliant - in colors - and in execution.

America's Next Top Model (8 PM, The CW): Please remove Tyra Banks from all television.

Bionic Woman (8 PM, NBC): Get rid of the evil Bionic Woman; concentrate more on ONE cybernetic female at a time, namely the lead Jaime Sommers, and start respecting the mythology of the original series.

Private Practice (9 PM, ABC): I never watch Grey's Anatomy - so I don't care.

Dirty Sexy Money (10 PM): I heard somebody call this a Dynasty for the 21st Century. So, I guess that's okay.

Life (1o PM, NBC): Hope it runs 12 years.


Survivor (8 PM, CBS): Should be off the air, as it ignited the whole "mean-spirited" reality invasion (along with American Idol).

My Name Is Earl (8 PM, NBC): They didn't CREATE the "filmed-WITHOUT-an-audience" sitcom idea, you know....

Smallville (8 PM, The CW): The people from the new Bionic Woman series need to take a lesson from these guys in properly reimagining a classic superhero premise.

30 Rock (8:30 PM, NBC): Funny and great.

The Office (9 PM, NBC): Too mean.

ER (10 PM, NBC): Let's retire this puppy, with a DNR order, shall we?


Ghost Whisperer (8 PM, CBS): What a silly, silly delivery of such a potentially-great premise. Watch Medium (if you can find it) instead.

20/20 (8 PM, ABC): It belongs back at 10 PM.

The Next Great American Band (8 PM, FOX): The brilliant British Beatles would have never made the cut.

Moonlight (9 PM, CBS): What do you get when you cross Moonlighting with Angel? Apparently, this very mediocre series.

Friday Night Lights (9 PM, NBC): It took them HOW LONG to start airing this excellent series on Friday nights?

Women's Murder Club (9 PM, ABC): Perfect.

Men In Trees (10 PM, ABC): Find a replacement for Ann Heche - and everything will be alright.


The Lawrence Welk Show (7 PM, PBS): Sorry - LOVE it! The camp-appeal is irresistible.

Other than that, the networks change their Saturday night schedule every week, so who the heck knows?

Also, other than that - please cancel those violent CSI and Law & Order shows, all of which are too ghastly and goesh.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Herbie J Talks "Bionics" and "Life Goes On" With Ace, Marti & Bob

talks about his new books,
93.3 Fickle Random Radio.
Monday, October 22nd, 2007
7:30 AM
Click on the link below for more information.

Monday, October 08, 2007

A Row of White Stones

Every good thing that has happened in my career, has happened because of The Bewitched Book, which was first published in 1992.

After 75 rejections, and two cancellations, and following years of research and writing, I was just so appreciative of its publication - so much so, that I wanted to somehow "give back to the Universe" in kind.

One of the ways I did that was by planting flowers in the front of St. Anthony of Padua's Church. I had attended St. Anthony's School following a turbulent year at St. Augustine's and seven long happy years at St. Peter and Paul's.

St. Anthony's was special for many reasons. My eighth grade class was small (16 or 17, I believe) - and we bonded more closely because of it. St. Anthony's was close to the original location of Martucello's Bakery, which use to sell awesome personal pizza's for 50 cents. St. Anthony's was the church that my family attended after St. Pete's had closed, and which had also cojoined with St. Patrick's, our original parish (boy - we sure made our way 'round the saints, uh?). St. Anthony's was also located across from Jones Park, a mini-Lost Horizon amidst the city bounds, and also close by was Al's Stand (and their awesome lengthy and rectangular hamburgers). In essence, St. Anthony's was in the "old neighborhood."

So, I planted those flowers in the front...and cleared a path around the front of the walk-way and contoured a line of white stones.

I sacrificed much for that Bewitched Book, leaving LA and returning to Rochester to complete it. Upon that return, I didn't even have a car. So, when I planted those flowers in front of St. Athony's, I promised myself that I would water them. At the time, that meant taking a bus 12 miles down Lake Avenue from where I once again lived with my parents in Greece, NY, and then walking another mile-and-a-half to St. Anthony's.

Certain days, my father would take me - or I would bum a ride from a friend. But most days, in that glorious summer of 1992 - I took the bus.

I was just so happy to water those flowers, and I took so much pride in the path of those white stones.

Statues of St. Anthony, Jesus and the Blessed Mother surrounded the exterior of the church. And I would pray in front of each one as I tended to my new adopted garden.

Down deep, on some subconscious level, I knew that I had planted more than just a few flowers and sprinkled more than just a row of white stones.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

How To Order "Bionic" and "Life Goes On" Books


New Books Are Now Available.

Order yours today!

The Six Million Dollar Man
The Bionic Woman



TV's First And Best Family Show Of Challenge

The price for each book is $35.00 or both for $60.00 (all of which include shipping and handling). For orders outside USA, please add $7.50 for each book, and use international money order.

Please make your check or money order made payable to "Herbie J Pilato", and mail to:

Herbie J Pilato
2515 Culver Road
Unit 120-Nort Village
Rochester, NY 14609
Or save $5.00, and order your books for $30.00 each via PayPay and

Either way, be sure to relay how and to whom you would like your book signed - and on what date. “Happy Birthday"? "Happy Valentine's Day"? 10/9/07? 1/25/08? etc.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Herbie J Talks "Bionics," "Life Goes On" and "Bewitched" On "Stu's Show"

Herbie J Pilato will make a guest-appearance on Stu Shostak's radio show, Stu's Show, Wednesday, October 3rd - live from 4:00 to 6:00 PM (PST) on Shokus Internet Radio (

Stu's Show is the signature program on Shokus Internet Radio, and features interviews with top celebrities both in front of and behind the scenes in television. Previous guests have included Dwayne Hickman (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis), Pat Harrington (One Day At A Time), Larry Mathews (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Stan and Barry Livingston (My Three Sons), and many others.


The emphasis of this edition of Stu's Show will be on the history and success of Bewitched, and its stars and production team.

Listeners are encouraged to call in with questions on the toll-free number:

(888. 746.5875)

The program will be rebroadcast at the same daily (except Sunday) through Tuesday, October 9th (which just so happens to be Herbie J's birthday).

Shokus Internet Radio is a service of Shokus Video, a company that has been supplying classic 1950s television to the home video market since 1979. Shokus Internet Radio brands itself as "TV on the Radio for Baby Boomers", and sports a 24/7 schedule featuring talk shows, interactive game shows, comedy shows, vintage radio broadcasts, and music ranging from big band to easy listening, all geared to those who grew up watching TV in the '60s and '70s.