Me-TV to honor fallen TV stars

Weigel’s local outlet for classic TV, WWME-TV (or Me-TV for short) is honoring three individuals who passed away in the last week.

Suzanne Pleshette, Allan Melvin, and Lois Nettleton will be honored by Me-TV this weekend with marathons of the programs they appeared in. All three lost their battle with cancer.

– Pleshette will honored Saturday Night from 7-10 pm, with The Wild, Wild, West, Route 66, and the show that made her famous, The Bob Newhart Show.

– Melvin will be remembered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday with The Brady Bunch, All in the Family, and The Phil Silvers Show, among others.

– Nettleton will be remembered Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., with Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the “Midnight Sun” episode of The Twilight Zone, and Night Gallery.

Among other credits, Nettleton had guest roles on Studio One, Bonanza, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She regularly appeared on You Can’t Take It With You, In The Heat of the Night, and General Hospital, among other series. The Oak Park native studied acting at the Goodman Theater and landed the role of Blanche in the 1973 production of A Streetcar Named Desire. She also provided the voice of Maleficent on Disney’s animated series House of Mouse.

Wonderful move by Me-TV, giving the fact that most local TV outlets barely mentioned these passings (thank goodness for the Internet.) Now, how about Boomerang – or better yet Cartoon Network – set aside airing Scooby-Doo fifteen times a day so they can honor Allan Melvin’s work on Magilla Gorilla and The Banana Splits in a special marathon? How about it, Cartoon Network?