Dancing with THE Lando

IMG_20140318_160712_276On last night’s Dancing with the stars (Monday March 17) Billy Dee Williams arrived on the scene in full Lando regalia, R2-D2 and a couple of Stormtroopers and a gold toned Princess Leia inspired partner cha cha cha-ing to Meco’s disco infused Star Wars theme (the Ewoks could have stayed home). Electric is a good word. Amazing is an even better one. The best word of course has to be FUN! Thank you Billy Dee for making ABC’s Prime Time enjoyable again, at least for 1 minute and 52 seconds.

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So, how’d he do? His steps were there, his timing was spot on, his eyes and smile lit up the floor. Honestly though it was a little low energy but cut the man some slack, he’s 77 years old, had two hip replacements and is still cooler than you and I and pretty much everyone else all together. Plus he is THE Billy Dee Williams!

It was an incredibly fun piece of prime time to watch. In fact it’s the first time I’ve ever watched the show in all of its 18 seasons and will most likely be the last time as well. Come to think of it, there’s nothing in ABC’s current line up that I’ve watched… in years. The only exception to the not watching again note being next Monday to see if he gets the boot. I’m pretty sure he will but then again the Star Wars fans of the world may have tipped him over. In that case I’ll keep flipping over to catch his next bit.

Imagine how much fun we could have with more dances themed around Billy Dee’s career:

620x350.20111122.brianssong-460x260The emotion that could come from a “Brian’s Song” tribute already has me tearing up. Seriously this movie is a classic for so many reasons.


downloadA comedic romp could be found from inspiration from his one episode stint on “The Jeffersons”. He was so good in that episode he was nominated for a TV Land award in 2003 as Most Memorable Male Guest Star in a comedy. Show some respect.

2766698_origThe hopeful exposition could be derived from his role as Bingo Long in “The Bingo Long Traveling All Stars & Motor Kings” motion picture. Picked up an Image Award for that one in ’76, thank you very much AND worked with pre Darth Vader’s voice, James Earl Jones. And of course  Richard &$W%#^@ Pryor!

Batman-1989-batman-2686743-1024-576Shoot, we might even see a heroic overture in the Gothic style if he decided to reprise his role from the ’89 Tim Burton classic “Batman”. Harvey Dent crossed the racial stereotyping long before everyone got all pissed off about Samuel L. Jackson becoming Nick Fury. Oh, you forgot about that. Seriously, the man was a trend setter. In fact I don’t recall any fanboy rage at that casting choice. Why?

Because he’s Billy Dee Williams!


IMG_20140318_160733_559I’m sure you can see that I am speaking in jest but then again not too much. I truly appreciate the fact that Billy Dee is getting the respect and love he deserves for such a wonderful career and legacy.

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Even more importantly today’s producers and decision makers are also seeing his worth once again as a big name draw. Be honest, who else on that show comes within a mile of this man’s resume let alone his charm and charisma? Cody Simpson? (Who the hell is he?) I think not. But then again even Lando couldn’t help ABC beat NBC’s “The Voice” in the Nielsen Ratings.

IMG_20140318_160843_461So what say you? Should Billy Dee get a pass even though he and his partner were the lowest scorers of the night or should America just drop the bomb on the guy who blew up the second Death Star when Han Solo refused to take on the gig even though he was experienced with such a mission? I for one say let him ride this cloud and enjoy the love that folks still have for him. Besides do we really need more from Cody Simpson (again, who the hell is he?). I think not.

Now, Go Play!
Jim 03/18/14


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