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Would you rather have The Nanny or Mr. Nanny?

You either loved Fran Drescher or absolutely hated her. She had a certain sex appeal about her that would attract men and a whiny high pitched voice that would repeal them at the same time. She was funny though. Funny enough to get 6 seasons and a movie! (Abed would be proud) She got six season as the star of the somewhat popular CBS sitcom The Nanny, and at the height of it’s popularity starred in a feature film where she played a similar (but not the same) character in The Beautician and the Beast. I never really watched the Nanny when it was on in the mid 1990s. I might have been too young to enjoy it at the time, or perhaps I didn’t relate to it’s humor which skewed towards females. The show took a little bit to pick up momentum and was nearly cancelled early on due to poor ratings. Apparently Jeff Sagansky (CBS president at the time) had to constantly say during affiliate meetings “Stick by The Nanny!” He knew it …

Failed pilot of Justice League of America

Do you love Superman? How about Batman? and Wonder Woman? Well then you would HATE this (let’s say comedy?) version of The Justice League of America. You can read a much more in depth article here at splitsider, but basically back in 1997 CBS created one of the worst attempts of a superhero based television show. Ever. While the show did have recognizable characters such as The Flash and Green Lantern, they filled out the rest of the cast with a whose-who of superhero shit, with names like Fire, The Atom and Ice. It is claimed that the producers wanted to avoid big superhero names so not to draw too much of an “audience” that would point out all the flaws in the show. Yeah, cause that’s how you make a TV show popular CBS, by avoiding drawing audiences. I guess they had confidence in drawing healthy numbers to the show with the greatest super villain ever, The Weatherman – who was just an evil weatherman… …Sorry, my brain stopped working for a second there. Anyway, …

Game Show Fad at the Turn of the Century

At the end of the 1990’s and continuing into the 2000s, there was a boom in the game show genre on television. At the Forefront was the Regis Philbin hosted “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” which achieved enormous prime time ratings. The show was dramatic, suspenseful and at times, hilarious. Take a look at a classic clip: http://www.movieweb.com/tv/TEu3hCwvyXzQyw/im-a-fat-man-regis-my-heart-cant-take-this. “Hollywood Squares” was another favourite game show of mine. I hated the host Tom Bergeron, but the celebrity panel members such as Whoopi Goldberg, Caroline Rhea and Bruce Vilanch made for some entertainment. It ran from 1998-2004. Next there was “Win Ben Stein’s Money.” I used to watch this show all the time with my fake dad. The concept is relatively preposterous to be honest. Random contestants try to answer more questions than the ridiculously smart Ben Stein for a chance to win a measly $5000. FIVE GRAND? That’s It! And of course, Jimmy Kimmel was the host. Kimmel is the man by the way. This clip actually contains a contestant named Curtis Warren, who would …

The Weird Al Show = Awesome

Somewhere in a pile of boxes in my parent’s basement are blank VHS tapes with every episode of CBS’s The Weird Al Show. I loved Weird Al as a kid and still do as an adult. So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that he had his very own show! But even as a kid I realized it didn’t hit its full potential. CBS wanted an educational children’s series, but Yankovic’s humour style was more adult-oriented. The show was cancelled after one season due to creative differences between Al and the network. It was said that CBS was constantly trying to re-write episodes and wanted to reinforce each episode’s lesson (or as Al put it, make them suck a little less). They were also sticklers on removing any “imitable behaviour” from the scripts that children might want to mimic. It could be me but the show reminded me very much of Pee Wee’s Playhouse, just not as good.

Who ate David Byrne’s pie?

Remember After School Specials? First coined by ABC (American Broadcasting Company) in 1972, they were a series of made-for-television movies, usually dealing with controversial or socially relevant issues, that were generally broadcast in the late afternoon and meant to be viewed by school age children, particularly teenagers. In the 1980’s, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) came out with a series of their own called “Trying Times.” This half-hour anthology was about people struggling with the daily routines of life and starred a who’s who of 80’s actors: Rosanna Arquette, Candice Bergen, Stockyard Channing, Corey Feldman and even Talking Heads front man David Byrne. In this episode Rosanna Arquette is visiting her new in-laws for the first time, and sneaks a piece of pie from a neurotic relative played by David Byrne. Directed by Jonathan Demme. Byrne’s acting chops at 1:30 are perhaps the best of anything ever seen!