The Boob Tube #55: TV Shows for Sale
It's a bit unsettling to look through television trade magazines and find our beloved shows on sale like cattle. But TV is a business, especially when shows make it to syndication and they're auctioned off to the highest bidder. It's a topic we've covered before on Retrospace, but deserves another look...
To see Small Wonder standing side by side with Vega$, Dynasty, Fantasy Island and Charlie's Angels is more than a little troubling.
Note that all of the ads featured in this post range from 1986-1988
I can't bear to look at Toni Tennille any more... her and The Captain were the perfect couple - why'd she have to divorce him? It's not right I tell you.
Looking forward to seeing the all-female remake of Ghostbusters coming to theaters soon.... said no one ever.
Don't remember Skyways; but the Harlequin romance style artwork is awesome.
An interesting ad for Heathcliff, M.A.S.K., Inspector Gadget and Superfriends.
Television in the late 1970s and 80s is strewn with McLean Stevenson failures; too numerous to count.
I was in love with Terry Copely back then, but We Got It Made was a really bad show. Really bad.
Defenders of the Earth, A Ticket to the World, Hangin' In, Spiral Zone, Viddies... I don't remember any of these shows.
Ted Lange's decision to shave his moustache was a big mistake - you might say the show failed without its mojo.
I'm in - this looks freaking awesome.
One of the many shows I regularly watched in the 1980s - not because it was any good, but because it was the only thing on in a world without Netflix.
The New Leave It To Beaver was awful... yet, we watched it.... and we can never get those hours back.
The dawning of the Lifetime network, and Linda Dano is unleashed upon cable subscribers the world over. It was a dark time.
Ugh. The New Monkees, The New Leave It To Beaver, That's My Momma Now... their repeated attempts at bringing back old shows was an abysmal failure.
A pretty damn impressive three page advertisement for a horrible, poorly animated show.
And you wonder why I concentrate on the 1970s here at Retrospace.
Of course, TV shows aren't the only thing sold to networks; movies are also marketed to fill those weekend afternoon hours.
Check out who's on the episode featured on the bottom right: Shadow Stevens, Sarah Purcell, the girl group Expose, and the omnipresent in the 80s, Richard Simmons.
As much derision Three's Company endured from critics while it was on air, it's certainly interesting to note how successful it was for years onward as a reliable cash cow in the land of reruns. People will still be laughing at this show in the decades to come, and those prudish, snobbish critics will (and are already) long forgotten.
Being a child of the 70s, perhaps I'm biased - but 70s cartoons were way, way better than 80s cartoons. Am I right?
I love this. It's interesting to see some great VHS B-movies get marketed to the mainstream.
A pre-Spongebob Nickelodeon
This makes it look like we're finally getting a real Death Race, Hunger Games or Running Man. Alas, it's just a UK show like Treasure Hunt. One day, though, we'll have a true 'Battle Royale' - mark my words.