Here are five vintage television shows that are now available on DVD:
v “Naked City: 20 Star-Filled Episodes”: Gritty black-and-white cop saga is circa-’60 New York City time capsule, featuring new-to-DVD outings with young Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Morse, Peter Falk and Doris Roberts; $25, Image.
v “Ghost Story”: Cult fave, aka “Circle of Fear,” features anthology gems (writers Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson) with 1972 stars galore: Jason Robards, Carolyn Jones, Janet Leigh, Martin Sheen, Patty Duke, John Astin and a young Jodie Foster; $55, Sony manufactured on-demand (buy at Amazon.com).
v “Bridget Loves Bernie”: Well-remembered New York City-set ’72 sitcom has Jewish guy (David Birney) romancing Catholic girl (Meredith Baxter), leading to stars’ real-life marriage; $40, Sony on-demand (Amazon.com).
v “Stoney Burke”: “Hawaii Five-0” honcho Jack Lord’s previous ’60s rodeo series co-starred Warren Oates and Bruce Dern; $40, Timeless.
v “Return of the Beverly Hillbillies”: Looking for the worst movie ever made? This may be it. Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas and Nancy Kulp return in 1981 TV movie reunion, “updated” with the energy crisis and CB radio; $15, MPI.
“Duck Dynasty” (10 p.m., A&E): Big, bearded Kahunas? On the season finale of “Duck Dynasty,” the Robertsons head off on a Hawaiian vacation. Just the thought of those dudes in swimwear makes us giggle.
“Breakout” (10 p.m. National Geographic): Two prisoners bust out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in the Season 2 kickoff.
“My Crazy Obsession” (10 p.m., TLC): This guy has collected more than 5,000 mustard containers. Pardon me, but does he have any Grey Poupon?
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Puppy Bowl, here come the kittens
It’s a Super Bowl matchup for the ages: cats vs. dogs.
The Puppy Bowl, a fixture on Animal Planet during the Super Bowl for nearly a decade, will have new competition next year from the Kitten Bowl, the Hallmark Channel announced this month.
“We would like to own the day,” said Bill Abbott, president and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, which is home to the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.
“Copycats,” chided Animal Planet in a statement.
Win or lose in the ratings, all of the animals stand to benefit. Hallmark will use between 50 and 100 kittens from animal shelters around the country, and Abbott vowed to place each one in a home.
Animal Planet placed every dog and cat on this year’s show — 63 puppies and 21 kittens. (Cats serve as halftime entertainment for the two-hour Puppy Bowl.)
The annual Puppy Bowl has a football theme, with the dogs scoring “touchdowns” if they cross a goal line with a chew toy.
Kittens in the Kitten Bowl will compete on an agility course. Judges will look at each kitten’s ability to cuddle and win the hearts of viewers.