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  • The Playboy Club Already Canceled; Pan Am Soars; International Exotic Cocktail Day Almost Here

    Posted on October 5th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    "Two double Martinis, Jimmy...and whatever the lady wants."

    "Two double Martinis, Jimmy...and whatever the lady wants."

    Well, I guess my scathing review of the premier of The Playboy Club was on the mark. After only three episodes, the retro drama is off the air…So far NBC doesn’t even have plans to run off the remaining episodes in another time slot. Poor initial ratings and sharp viewer decline in the last two episodes (along with some squawking from a big-mouthed religious group who thinks Playboy is pornographic, ugh) caused the advertisers to jump ship. And without dough, there’s no show. Shame, since episode two was a thousand times better than episode one. Haven’t seen the third one yet.

    Now…when you swing over to Pan Am, you can’t help but smile. They’ve really captured the era, and give people like us an hour a week to feel like we’re back in the days when you could get a real martini (in a real glass martini glass), complete with olives and pretty, smiling stewardess on an airplane.The story lines are solid and keep us interested, and peaks of vintage Cadillacs and Chryslers remind us of the days when the most elegant, luxurious and powerful cars were built in Detroit.

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    Friday is International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    At the Tiki Bar...

    At the Tiki Bar...

    We’ve been waiting all year for Friday, October 7 just so we could drink a cool rum concoction! Ok, we didn’t wait. But what better way to pledge our allegiance to the Exotic Cocktail than to have a day dedicated to it? This Friday, raise a glass and toast your friends, family, boss, gardener, dog, whatever, wherever you are, whatever time you can make it. Celebrate International Exotic Cocktail Day with me, and show the world you’re a Tiki Drink Lover!

    We’ll be celebrating at the famous Wreck Bar in Fort Lauderdale, watching Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s show through the portholes. Then it’s off to the Mai Kai for a nightcap. Hope to see some of you there!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Tiki Lounge

  • Pan Am Takes Flight Tonight From The Tarmac At ABC

    Posted on September 25th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    The Crew of Pan Am, starring Christina Ricci

    The Crew of Pan Am, starring Christina Ricci

    It’s no coincidence that the new retro-fab TV drama “Pan Am” has taxied into the same time slot that Mad Men should be filling. ABC is hoping to bank off the popularity of Mad Men with this slick, cool-styled show.

    Set in 1963, Pan Am gives us a glimpse into the lives of what have become icons of the jet-set era…the Pan Am stewardesses, those beautiful, sexy goddesses that served our mini-bottle liquor in tight skirts and had a reputation for being easier to make than a toaster waffle. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Review: The Playboy Club…It Ain’t No Mad Men, Baby

    Posted on September 21st, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 7 comments
    A VERY racy image for 1963 - a blonde, a brunnet and a red head all in the same photo.

    A VERY racy image for 1963 - a blonde, a brunette and a redhead all in the same photo.

    True Retro Lovers, you’re in for a let down.

    Now, those of you who read Tiki Lounge Talk regularly know that I don’t usually review a movie or TV show. I generally just present stuff I really dig, hoping you’ll dig it too. I know I sound like I’m slamming this show…in fact, I sort of enjoyed it, and will continue watching it (unless it gets really bad). I’m just disappointed that NBC went all through the trouble of doing a show set in the 1960s and completely missed the point of doing a show set in the 1960s. It’s the ambiance, the over-all look, feel and texture of Mad Men’s style that roped us in to Mad Men. The writing and unorthodox story telling keeps us coming back. Rehashing a good old “oops I killed the gangster, uh oh” plot just doesn’t cut it for me. Read the rest of this entry »