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The New Monkees - 1987 Sitcom Flop The original sitcom The Monkees aired on NBC for two seasons (1966 to 1968). Along with winning an Emmy for best sitcom of 1966, the original Monkees were responsible for several top 40 hit songs, including I'm a Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, and Pleasant Valley Sunday. A very successful nostalgic twentieth anniversary reunion tour by the group in 1986 wrongly convinced some folks in the syndicated TV world that the time was ripe for a second Monkees series to be produced for a new generation. It was a spectacular failure. Like the first Monkees series, extensive tryouts were held to find four actors to play the roles. Unlike the first series, only actors with proven musical abilities were considered. In the end the four main cast members of The New Monkees were Marty Ross, Dino Kovas, Larry Saltis, and Jared Chandler. On the show, the band lived in a large mansion with a butler named Manford (played by Gordon Oas-Heim). The mansion had numerous unexplored rooms and was the main source of the lads' adventures. Instead of a normal kitchen and dining room, the house featured a full diner with a waitress named Rita (played by former exercise instructor Bess Motta of 20 Minute Workout fame). Also present in the mansion was a talking computer called Helen (voiced by Lynnie Godfrey) who used to work for the Defense Department but found that she preferred rock music over missiles. The plots routinely forced the audience to suspend reality. One episode had Larry falling asleep on a copy machine--resulting in numerous Larry clones creating chaos throughout the mansion. Neither sitcom nor music fans ever took to the show nor to the lone album the group produced. Disappointing ratings caused the show to be cancelled after just 13 episodes even though 22 episodes were scheduled to be produced for the first season. Mickey Dolenz, the drummer in the original group, said he wasn't at all surprised The New Monkees bombed. Invoking a Star Trek analogy, Dolenz likened it to "giving another actor pointy ears and expecting viewers to accept him as Mr. Spock." Moreover, the four original Monkees sued Columbia Television Pictures for using the group's name. The case was settled out of court. Bit of trivia: Russell Johnson (most famous for playing the role of the Professor on Gilligan's Island) was the only person to appear on both Monkees series. The New Monkees has never been made available on DVD.
Tags: New  Monkees  sitcom  flop 
Added: 9th November 2015
Views: 640
Posted By: Lava1964
Turn Your Clocks Back Tags: Turn  Your  Clocks  Back  Turn  Back  Time  Cher  80's  music  daylight  savings  time 
Added: 31st October 2015
Views: 397
Posted By: Music Maiden
Family Feud - Mutual Friends Answer One of the first clips I ever posted on this website was the famous 'September' answer from a 1982 episode of Family Feud--and host Richard Dawson's uncontrollable reaction to it. Here's another answer that renders Richard equally helpless.
Tags: Family  Feud  Richard  Dawson  Mutual  Friends 
Added: 26th October 2015
Views: 667
Posted By: Lava1964
Pac Man Pasta Tags: Pac  Man  Pasta  Chef  Boyardee 
Added: 16th October 2015
Views: 336
Posted By: BigBoy Bob
Spectacular Knockout Cardona-Avelar 1982 This may be the most devastating knockout ever suffered by a boxing champion defending his title. On March 20, 1982 Mexico's Antonio Avelar was making the second defense of his WBC world flyweight championship. His opponent was Colombia's Prudencio Cardona. Cardona, age 30, had competed in the 1972 Olympics and was thought to be past his prime. Nevertheless, Cardona delivered a knockout for the ages in the very first round to win the crown. This is Spanish commentary of the short fight. Skip to about 2:10 to get to the surprising and sudden finish.
Tags: flyweight  boxing  Prudencio  Cardona  Antonio  Avelar 
Added: 5th October 2015
Views: 586
Posted By: Lava1964
Little River Band - Cool Change Live 1981!
Tags: Little  River  Band  -  Cool  Change  70s  Music  80's  Music  Classic  Soft  Rock  Adult  Contemporary  Wayne  Nelson  Greg  Hind  Chris  Marion  Rich  Herring  Ryan  Ricks 
Added: 29th September 2015
Views: 503
Posted By: Music Maiden
Heinz Homestyle Gravy Tags: Heinz  Homestyle  Gravy  No  Lumps  1980s  1986  80's  TV  husband  wife  cooking 
Added: 25th September 2015
Views: 371
Posted By: BigBoy Bob
Joe Theismann Injury - 1985 Definitely not for the faint of heart: Washington Redskins' quarterback Joe Theismann's famous career-ending leg injury. It occurred during a Monday Night Football telecast on November 18, 1985 when a trick play went awry and two New York Giants (Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor) tackled him in the backfield. Described medically as a "comminuted compound fracture," the play was voted by ESPN viewers as the most memorable injury of all time. (By the way, "comminuted" means "pulverized"--which is a fairly accurate description of the horrible injury.) Theismann, age 36, never played another down in the NFL. His right leg never healed quite properly; it's slightly shorter than his left leg. Frank Gifford, O.J. Simpson and Fran Tarkenton were in the ABC broadcast booth that night.
Tags: NFL  Joe  Theismann  injury  broken  leg 
Added: 13th September 2015
Views: 634
Posted By: Lava1964
Trumbull CT Wins 1989 LLWS In 1989, Trumbull, Connecticut--population 32,000--won the Little League World series in a spectacular upset, defeating the team from Kaohsiung, Taiwan 5-2 in a thrilling game. Teams from the Far East had dominated the LLWS since international play had widened in the late 1960s. Things got so bad for American teams that foreign teams were excluded from the 1975 tournament. Teams from the Far East demolished all opposition from 1984 through 1988. In 1987 a Taiwanese team crushed the American champs from Irvine, CA so badly (21-1) that a mercy rule was adopted for the 1988 tourney. Thus few people thought much of Trumbull's chances two years later. Here is a seven-minute documentary about how the 1989 upset unfolded. Chris Drury, a pitcher on the Trumbull team, eventually became an NHL hockey player.
Tags: baseball  Little  League  World  Series  Trumbull  CT 
Added: 22nd August 2015
Views: 537
Posted By: Lava1964

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