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"SCTV is on the air!" (Well, on DVD soon)
Topic by: manfarang
Posted: March 3, 2004 - 3:47 PM PST
Last Reply: March 26, 2004 - 7:53 AM PST

author topic: "SCTV is on the air!" (Well, on DVD soon)
manfarang
post #1  on March 3, 2004 - 3:47 PM PST  
SCTV DVD is Here! (almost)

Many of the members on this board were probably still in diapers (or not yet born) when the SCTV 90-minute programs used to air on NBC on Friday nights. I bought my first VCR (a BetaMax, of course) specifically to record those programs. Alas, my last beta machine bit the dust long ago, although I have hung on to the old tapes. Now I can toss those babies this June when SCTV Network/90 Volume 1 hits the shelves. John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Rick Moranis, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Dave Thomas and, of course, Eugene Levy - did a comedy show ever have a greater cast? Gerry Todd would be proud.

Cinenaut
post #2  on March 3, 2004 - 4:35 PM PST  
It was great to see Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy perform on the Oscars.

Wow, SCTV on DVD would be fantastic.
dwhudson
post #3  on March 4, 2004 - 6:03 AM PST  

> Many of the members on this board were probably still in diapers (or not yet born) when the SCTV 90-minute programs used to air on NBC on Friday nights.

What's the approximate era here? Mid-70s? Late 70s, early 80s? I remember staying up to catch SCTV and liking it much more than SNL, though you had to catch that, too, because it was event everyone would be talking about the following week.

Great news!
manfarang
post #4  on March 4, 2004 - 6:59 AM PST  
The NBC 90-minute shows were on from 1981 to 1983. I think the show came on after Johnny Carson, so it's slot was 1:00-2:30am EST. It was supposed to be the Friday night companion piece to SNL and attracted good reviews and a fanatical if not very large following, but in the long run it was probably too expensive a production for the time slot. It will be great to see Guy Caballero, Edith Prickley, Dr. Tongue and Bruno, Lola Heatherton, Bobby Bittman, Jake the Guy with the Snake on his Face, Tex and Edna Boil ("That's right, Edna"), Johnny LaRue, Count Floyd and the brothers Schmenge and MacKenzie again.

Now the question is, when is Maniac Mansion gonna come out on DVD?
Brockton
post #5  on March 4, 2004 - 1:09 PM PST  
I remember the original series as half-hour episodes, starting back in '76 or '77. I recall something about them having to do the series in Canada because of a writers strike in the U.S.

I am looking forward to Monster Horror Chiller Theater.
DLeonard
post #6  on March 4, 2004 - 4:03 PM PST  
During the Oscar show's tribute to Gregory Peck, I kept remembering SCTV's "Taxi Driver starring Gregory Peck". It was wrong because this was the somber moment and here I was chuckling to myself "I'll blast you to smithereenees...You cheap punk."

underdog
post #7  on March 4, 2004 - 9:54 PM PST  
Great news!!

I'll never forget "Battle of the PBS Network Stars" -- with Mr. Rogers in a boxing ring, and Carl Sagan (Dave Thomas)...

And the McKenzie Brothers, eh.

It deserves to live forever.
manfarang
post #8  on March 5, 2004 - 7:07 AM PST  
> ---------------------------------
> I remember the original series as half-hour episodes, starting back in '76 or '77. I recall something about them having to do the series in Canada because of a writers strike in the U.S.
> ---------------------------------

I think the show was always produced and filmed in Toronto - the writers' strike may have helped initially with the show's being picked up by American television to fill the void of new programming. I saw the older half-hour episodes in reruns and personally think the Network/90 shows were much much better. After NBC dumped the show, Cinemax picked up about a dozen new 45-minute episodes, but by then half the cast had moved on to Hollywood and most of the magic was gone.
underdog
post #9  on March 5, 2004 - 12:08 PM PST  
The writers strike may have had something to do with it, but all of the performers *were* Canadian and that was where the show was originally conceived. Whereas Second City is equated with its Chicago incarnation (which also spawned some fine comic TV performers), the Toronto version stood pretty well on its own.


And what could be more (stereotypically) Canadian than the MacKenzie brothers? (later of Strange Brew fame)

artifex
post #10  on March 5, 2004 - 1:09 PM PST  
> And the McKenzie Brothers, eh.

Their show was cooler than Wayne's World...
sinisterguffaw
post #11  on March 5, 2004 - 4:32 PM PST  
> On March 5, 2004 - 12:08 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> And what could be more (stereotypically) Canadian than the MacKenzie brothers? (later of Strange Brew fame)
>
> ---------------------------------

And then reprised for that disney flick nobody saw, Brother Bear.
yoyodyne
post #12  on March 23, 2004 - 3:52 PM PST  
I used to stay up waaay too late for SCTV, it came on after Letterman and after Live at the Improv at like 2AM. I slept through first and second period the next morning but it was worth it. I had the biggest crush on Ms. O'Hara! I liked Monster Chiller Horror Theater ("Ooh, it's really scary kids.. "), and of course the Farm Film Report ("It blowed up real good!") What a great show! One of the best was the 1984 episode, with all Big Brother programming. Anybody remember that one?
RHorsman
post #13  on March 24, 2004 - 2:16 PM PST  
Does anyone know whether these include the really early bits with Harold Ramis as station manager Moe Green? Or were those culled from the Network 90 packaging?
RHorsman
post #14  on March 24, 2004 - 2:21 PM PST  
Google is my friend. Short answer: no.
manfarang
post #15  on March 25, 2004 - 1:15 PM PST  
> On March 24, 2004 - 2:16 PM PST RHorsman wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>Or were those culled from the Network 90 packaging?
> ---------------------------------

Not to be (too much of) a smartass, but the DVD's title, SCTV Network/90, Volume 1, which I provided in the initial post in this thread , was a bit of a giveaway ...

;-)
RHorsman
post #16  on March 26, 2004 - 7:09 AM PST  
> On March 25, 2004 - 1:15 PM PST manfarang wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On March 24, 2004 - 2:16 PM PST RHorsman wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> >Or were those culled from the Network 90 packaging?
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Not to be (too much of) a smartass, but the DVD's title, SCTV Network/90, Volume 1, which I provided in the initial post in this thread , was a bit of a giveaway ...
>
> ;-)
>
> ---------------------------------
Only if one knows going into the thread what the Network 90 episodes consisted of (i.e. mostly new material, some select sketches recycled from the earlier half hour seasons). Which I didn't. ;-)

At any rate, I'm buying this set for the My Fair Lady parody alone: "Tha ran ih Spahn fah mawnly on th plahn!" Oh, and Polynesiantown (which was also my introduction to Dr. John).
manfarang
post #17  on March 26, 2004 - 7:44 AM PST  
I did appreciate the link that you found which provided very detailed info as to the actual contents of Volume 1. It looks like I'll have to wait until Volume 2 for the CCCP-1 ("Uzbeks!"), Godfather and Zontar episodes.
RHorsman
post #18  on March 26, 2004 - 7:53 AM PST  
> On March 26, 2004 - 7:44 AM PST manfarang wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I did appreciate the link that you found which provided very detailed info as to the actual contents of Volume 1. It looks like I'll have to wait until Volume 2 for the CCCP-1 ("Uzbeks!"), Godfather and Zontar episodes.
>
> ---------------------------------

"yorgi, those Uzbeks drank my battery fluid!"

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