29 May 2005 | blanche-2
from one who appeared on the show
I don't know why I'm not listed as a "regular guest." I did seven of the things! Mysteries and Scandals was a great idea on the part of E! - because they dealt with celebrities who were already dead, the series can be revived at any time, no updates needed. Whenever it is recycled, my parents get calls from Canada, Florida, you name it - people they haven't heard from in years.
M&S was the tough guy version of A&E's Biography and a step up from a dreadful, albeit similar series hosted by Tony Curtis a little earlier. The name escapes me. Truth to tell, some of the dramatizations look like the dramatizations that were on this previous show, which covered a few of the same subjects.
I like the show because E! has a young demographic who were fans of the show, and it introduced them to celebrities with whom they had no familiarity - such as Nazimova! Narrated by A.J. Benza, who stood, nearly engulfed in dry ice, on a wet sidewalk in the dark, the show had a real noir feeling. It covered not only film and TV stars, but famous murder cases and famous scandals, such as the shooting on Hearst's yacht. Watch for this show to be trotted out again.