Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

In Loving Memory – Deanna Lund, Our Valerie in Giantland

25th June 2018

Deanna Lund - Our Valerie in Giantland

It is heartbreaking to have to write the following words and to let you know that on Friday 22nd June 2018, our dear and beautiful friend Deanna Lund passed away. Our hearts go out to all her family and friends at this very sad time. We have promised that we will help to preserve her legacy through her website and beyond and friends and fans around the world are welcome to contribute through the Irwin Allen News Network (IANN) site.

The Land of the Giants cast have all been like family for everyone who has travelled in time with them over the past 50 years. In this 50th Anniversary year of Land of the Giants, this is an even greater loss as we all try to commemorate the show which brought us this inspiring actress, Deanna Lund.

Deanna’s long term fan organisation Friends of Deanna Lund, run by Dr. Fred Eichelman, has prepared a special obituary in Deanna’s memory for her website.

Deanna Lund Obituary

Netflix Lost in Space Official Trailer

7th March 2018

Here is the official trailer for Netflix Lost in Space which premieres on Friday 13th April 2018.

Netflix Lost in Space Teaser and Release Date

22nd February 2018

Netflix’s new version of Lost in Space (10 episodes) will be available to view on the Netflix platform from Friday 13th April 2018. The trailer video is exciting to see and looks of cinematic quality.

Valerie in Giantland

21st February 2018

Valerie in Giantland: Valerie Ames Scott's Diary

Deanna Lund’s fan organisation Friends of Deanna Lund has just updated her 1992 novel Valerie in Giantland: Valerie Ames Scott’s Diary as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Land of the Giants. The revised book features a new colour cover and an epilogue chapter. Copies are available through Friends of Deanna Lund, at signings and through Amazon.

Robert Dowdell

25th January 2018

Robert Dowdell as Lt. Commander Chip Morton in the classic TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

A very, very sad start to the new year with the passing on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 of one of the most popular stars of Irwin Allen’s television productions, Robert Dowdell, who was best known for his role of Lt. Commander Chip Morton in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Much loved around the globe, Chip was often the straight guy to several other comedic characters in the show, and he played the role superbly. Irwin Allen also featured Robert in two of his made for television movies, City Beneath the Sea (1971) and Outrage (1986). He will be sorely missed by his legion of fans and will live on through his work and the love that engendered. Our thoughts at this time are with all of his family, friends, and fans.

Facebook notice from Robert’s cousin

Rare Land of the Giants Zippo Lighter

28th October 2017

Land of the Giants Lighter ClosedA rare Land of the Giants promotional lighter manufactured by Zippo is up for auction on eBay.com (eBay reference 182853932004). These lighters were given to cast and crew during early production of the series. The base is stamped with the official Zippo logo, and features the vertical line 4/3 date code stamp which corresponds with 1967, the first year of the show’s production.

Giant Furniture at the 2017 Ideal Home Show

19th April 2017

On a happier note, a visit to the 2017 Ideal Home Show at London Olympia proved that both giants and little people are catered for when it comes to furniture manufacturers.

Giant furniture at 2017 Ideal Home Show

Rodger E. Maus

19th April 2017

We have learned the very sad news that Emmy award winning and Oscar nominated Art Director and Production Designer Rodger E. Maus, who worked for many of Irwin Allen’s productions, passed away last month (16th March 2017) at the age of 84. You only have to browse around our site to see the results of his work, be it the design of the Lost in Space Space Pod or the sub-orbital spaceship, the Spindrift, from Land of the Giants.
Rodger E. Maus Space Pod and Spindrift blueprints

We were honoured to meet with Rodger Maus in 1992 in Los Angeles and he was a charming gentleman. Below is a photograph of Rodger reading our Land of the Giants 25th Anniversary Special.

Rodger E. Maus in 1992

Rodger Ernest Maus Obituary

Jon Abbott – Naked Pulp

14th April 2017

British author Jon Abbott has produced the first of a new print-on-demand zine called Naked Pulp and the first issue includes a feature on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. The zine is available through the UK Amazon.

Jon Abbott will also have articles in future issues of the returning sci-fi magazine Infinity including a feature on Land of the Giants in the second issue, due out in June.

Francine York Memorial Celebration

29th March 2017

A memorial to celebrate the life of actress Francine York (who passed away in January) is being held on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood LA. If you would like to attend, please click the image below for a PDF flyer containing details of the event.

Francine York Memorial Celebration Flyer

Click here or on image above for PDF of Francine’s Memorial Flyer

Francine York Memorial Celebration