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Monday, August 19, 2013

Deep Dish celebrates five years of groovy gay pop culture

On August 19, 2008, Deep Dish was born. And now here we are five years later.

I want to thank all of my fabulous readers for their support and feedback during this blogging adventure. It's been fun - and I hope you will continue to enjoy spending time with the Dish (and the Dishes). Whenever a blogoversary rolls around, I always like to take a walk down memory lane, so today I'm looking back at what I was writing about during the first two weeks of Deep Dish (click on a title to read the post):

What's It All About, Deep Dish? (8/19/08)
"Well, I'll tell you what it's all about. It's about me - Marc Harshbarger, the author of two novels (so far). I live in Chicago in a very old house with my partner and our two spoiled fat cats, Shubert and Mr. Grant."

That's how it all began - and I blame my deep devotion to the Dish for no novel #3 as of yet (but my first book will be reprinted with a new cover in the near future). Also, Shubert sadly left us in July 2010, and I featured him as one of the 16 Groovy Cats in Pop Culture History.

Battle of the Beefcake #1 (8/19/08)
My second post was a precursor to the Dish of the Day with Mr. Shortshorts vs. Mr. Shirtup (the former won).

I Love Bonnie Hunt! (8/22/08)
I still adore this actress, whose syndicated talk show began on September 8, 2008, and ran for two seasons.

Will "Swingtown" Boogie On? (8/25/08)
Unfortunately, this entertaining 1970s soap opera did not continue to shake its groove thing beyond its 13-episode summer run on CBS.

Jungle Red #1: Abby vs. Alexis (8/25/08)
Two of TV's best bitches battled it out, and Dynasty's Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan beat Knots Landing's Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner.

Michelle Obama: "This is why I love this country." (8/26/08)
America's next First Lady hit it out of the ballpark with her beautiful speech at the Democratic Convention.

Hillary: "No way. No how. No McCain." (8/26/08)
Senator Clinton helped to unite the Democratic party with her passionate and eloquent speech at the convention.

Dancing With Cloris Leachman (8/27/08)
I was upset that someone named Kim Kardashian didn't know who actress Cloris Leachman was when they met for the first time before competing on ABC's Dancing With the Stars. The 27-year-old reality TV star was later eliminated during Week 2 of the show, while the 82-year-old Academy Award winner survived until Week 6. And in September 2011, I had the great pleasure of chatting with Ms. Leachman for 31 hilarious minutes of pure bliss (click here to read the interview).

Will the real Tina Fey please stand up? (8/29/08)
"Pure bliss" also describes the first 10 days of Deep Dish. And then this happened:

"Yes, it's a bold, surprising choice for the Republicans, but it just might backfire on them. I don't think many Hillary Clinton supporters are going to embrace Sarah Palin - the woman is a conservative Republican. Her selection makes this election about whether you want a woman VP or a VP - and President - who support women's issues."

I will never forgive John McCain for inflicting this woman and her family upon the world.

My Fall TV Picks: What's New to View (9/1/08)
I selected the following five shows:

The CW's 90210, which ran for five seasons - but I tuned out by the second season (and the marvelous Jessica Walter left the series after the first 13 episodes).

NBC's Kath & Kim starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair as mother and daughter (even though there's only an eight-year age difference between the actresses). I only watched one episode of the 17 that were produced.

CBS's Worst Week was deservedly canceled after only 16 episodes.

The CW's Easy Money was a drama starring the wonderful Laurie Metcalf and the handsome Jeff Hephner (who has since appeared on The CW's Hellcats and Starz's Boss - and was replaced by Eddie Cibrian as the lead in NBC's short-lived The Playboy Club). The series only lasted four episodes against its stiff Sunday night competition, Desperate Housewives.

And HBO's True Blood - which I've thoroughly enjoyed watching - was renewed last month for a seventh season.


dmappin said...

Happy anniversary, Marc!!! Five years of fun! Thanks for all your work!

Jon said...

Heavens! I must have been following you a long time - I remember some of these posts... Congratulations, sweetie! Jx

Glenn Gaylord said...

Big groovy congrats to you and your wonderful blog. I STILL read it every day!

Marc said...

Thank you, Doug, Jon & Glenn, for your kind words and for reading DEEP DISH!

Mike R said...

Happy anniversary, Marc! I am not sure when I started following you, but it's been at least six years. You think you're only five.

Congrats! It's been a blast so far!!

Marc said...

Thanks, Mike! If it's been six years, we were probably friends on MySpace before I began DEEP DISH.

Ian said...

Happy Anniversary Marc! I thought you had been doing this longer than five years! That means I think I've been following you from almost the beginning too. Here's to at least five more years of tasty dishes.

Marc said...

Thanks, Ian! Five more years of DEEP DISH probably means around 1,300 more Dishes - YIKES! :)