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You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye.

If there is such a thing as a one hit wonder of television, The Weakest Link would be it. Premiering in 2001 on NBC, this show was an instant hit with a catchphrase that became immortalized in pop-culture. “You are the weakest link….goodbye!” The NBC version (American version) was adapted from the British version which was highly successful and ran for over a decade. The NBC show only lasted for 2 years (3 seasons). Ratings were solid off the get go, but quickly started to drop. I think that’s the case with most game shows really. NBC tried to entice viewers to tune-in with celebrity versions but ratings were even worse on those episodes. Soon after the show was cancelled. I guess it was the weakest link of game shows….goodbye.

Why did the Fresh Prince have 2 Aunt Vivians?

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was perhaps one of the best sitcoms of the 90s. People still know the lyrics off by heart to it’s theme song…. Did you ever notice how mid way through the show, they replace Aunt Vivian? The first actress was Janet Hubert-Whitten, who placed the role from 1990 – 1993. She was the strong black woman who taught the boys about the importance of culture and family. She had a real-life pregnancy in 1993 which was written into the script, this explains why Baby Nicky was added to the show. But after the pregnancy she was replaced by Daphne Reid. Daphne’s Aunt Vivian was more a enhancement role and took a backseat often to other characters. In this scene, the show breaks the fourth wall to make reference to the change. The official explanation for the change was that Janet had gained 60 pounds and had become “hormonally difficult”…whatever that means. But stories say that she was incredible hard to work with even before. Will Smith stated  “I can say …

Claymation TV of the 90s

Cartoons have always been a dominate force in the annals of Prime-Time television, especially in the 90’s when shows like The Simpsons and King of the Hill would pull in big ratings for FOX. In 1998 a new form of cartoon was catching wave and thought to be the next big thing. I’m not talking about Seth MacFarlane, he was still a year away before releasing Family Guy. I’m talking about claymation. You mean like Rudolf and the California Raisins? Yes, exactly like Rudolf and the California Raisins…only a little more adult skewed sprinkled with repetitive plot lines and cheap pops. UPN banked a lot on this trend picking up. I’ll be the first to admit that I was very excited for their Friday line-up of Gary and Mike, followed by Celebrity Deathmatch. And being totally honest, I enjoy Gary and Mike; the story of two friends traveling across the country on a road trip, accomplishing nothing of importance, and unwittingly destroying hopes, dreams, and personal property.And  it featured the voices of Harland Williams and …

Pro Wrestling Secrets Exposed

It’s easy to see looking through the archives of The Nostalgia Blog that we are all pro wrestling fans. Some of us prefer the glory-days of Hulkamania, or the Attitude era with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Myself, I enjoy everything from the 1980s to today. When I was a kid I was told by many that “wrestling was fake”. Of course being a die-hard fan I would deny, scream and usually run off crying. Still to this day I won’t admit that it’s fake. Why? Because it’s not. It’s choreographed and staged, but not fake. Wrestling is like an art form. It takes great storytelling, cheesy acting and extremely precise physicality. It’s like a macho form of ballroom dancing. They know who is going to win and how, but people get hurt. During it’s peak of popularity in the late 90’s, everyone was trying to cash in on the fame of the WWF and WCW. After the success of TV specials like Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed, NBC aired Exposed! Pro Wrestling’s Greatest Secrets. This …

Seinfeld: A show about nothing

Seinfeld is arguably the most best and most successful sitcom in the history of television. The show “about nothing” ran for almost 10 years and drew humongous ratings for NBC and is still in heavy syndication today. We still wonder how Jerry turned down $110 million to do a tenth season of the show?!?! Even though the show was said to be about “nothing”, truthfully it was about a group of friends with a standup comedian at the helm. Which begs the question, how do you make the show about nothing, really be about nothing? Well, you get rid of anyone and everyone who’s in it, that’s how! Editor LJ Frezza (who clearly has too much time on his hands) has created the first and only show about Nothing! How contemplative!