December 22, 2006 - 1:29pm
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December 21, 2006 - 3:07pm
ON HOT DOG
- Kevin S. Butler offers some details on Hot Dog:
Hot Dog is Woody Allen's only stint on a network series on a regular basis and his only involvement with a kid's TV show. The series was first seen on NBC's mini-series of kid's specials American Rainbow on a Saturday morning in 1970.
The show was sponsored by Howard Johnson's family restaurants and hotels and the commercial spokesman for HJ's was the late Bob McAllister, the fifth and last adult host/performer of WNEW channel 5 in NYC's Sunday morning comedy/variety kid's program Wonderama.
Tommy Smothers appeared on the pilot with Mr. Winters and Joanne Worley (of Rowan And Martin's Laugh In fame), the show was picked up by NBC for their fall schedule. For whatever the reason, Mr. Smothers was dropped from the show and was replaced by Woody Allen.
Hot Dog lasted one season on NBC Saturday mornings.
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Here's a brief tease from a tape sent by Pete Delaney. He has written a wonderful article on the TV career of Woody Allen which will run on TVparty in a few days and will contain rare clips, including a longer segment from Hot Dog. Need more now? Here's the theme song. The video quality's not great as it's filmed from a 16mm projection.
Hot Dog was produced for NBC by Lee Mendelson (one of the guys behind the Charlie Brown specials) and Frank Buxton who hosted Discovery on Saturdays in the early-sixties.
December 14, 2006 - 8:03am
Here is the end theme from Funny Face, a short-lived series starring Sandy Duncan that followed All In The Family in 1972. It was an old-school style sitcom with Sandy interacting with her kooky co-workers and her zany neighbors. The show was a huge hit - mostly because of the massive lead-in audience All in the Family afforded. Sandy quit the show to undergo an eye operation. The production was revamped and renamed The Sandy Duncan Show after Sandy recovered. That show flopped on a different night and time.
A few years later, Sandy Duncan was a guest on Van Dyke & Company, Dick Van Dyke's failed variety series in 1975. Here's a minute from that.
One of the 1970's finest westerns, Dirty Sally, was an amusing half-hour comedy-drama spinoff from Gunsmoke starring Jeanette Nolan as drunken, irascible old Sally Fergus and Dack Rambo as her long-suffering sidekick. The couple were traveling west to the gold fields, think Route 66 with a mule wagon. Lasted a few brief weeks in 1974.
Make Room For Daddy - or The Danny Thomas Show - left the air in 1965 but was revived in 1970 as Make Room for Granddaddy for one full season. By that point the old-fashioned family sitcom was as dead as Danny Thomas' chance for a TV comeback. How Corny was it? One episode had Here's Lucy's Lucy Carter guest starring as a friend of the family.
Here's the impossibly boisterous theme song for The Bob Crane Show, a lame attempt to fit Crane into the Mary Tyler Moore mold. The theme starts out with heavy percussion (Crane was a drummer after all) then gets so lofty you'd swear it was the second coming of Christ.
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