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June 9th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 167 & 168 - Now You See It/Thunder in Paradise

This week on It Was a Thing on TV every answer to every question is right here before your eyes brother.
First, Now You See It is another beloved Goodson-Todman classic that doesn't get enough credit, partially due to a year run, then a 15-week return fourteen years later.  But OMG, those sets, those hosts, and that music.  We also talk about the 1985 pilot hosted by Jack Clark.
Then, put Hulkamania in a Baywatch setting with a boat like KITT but also like the TARDIS and it will bring the viewers!  But it didn't.  Thunder in Paradise lasted one season, but it ran long enough or was popular enough to justify a CD-i game.  If you listen to nothing else, listen to the last 15 minutes  about what happened to the boat.
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June 5th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Live Shows 5 & 6 - Press Your Luck (3rd Season Premiere) & The Cube (US) Sneak Peek

It Was a Thing on TV brings you a special pair of live shows here on the PTBN Pop Experience.
First, Press Your Luck is back for another season and just like last year we're doing a special live show for the start of Season 3. Enjoy as we finally learn just what the heck a Flokati Rug is, what we'd do with a hot dog cart and figure out why Dan O'Toole did an awkward run-in on our live show thanks to Greg hitting the wrong button on his phone.
Then, a week and a half before the official series premiere of The Cube, all three of us watched a sneak peek episode after TNT's coverage of the NBA playoffs.  Going in, at least one of us had high expectations for this much anticipated series.  Were we left fulfilled after the show?  Enjoy the first episode of this long-running UK series.

June 2nd, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 165 & 166 - The Return of the Shaggy Dog/Counterstrike (1990)

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we have a man who turns into a dog and Simon MacCorkindale and no it does not involve Manimal!
First, Greg uses his Money in the Bank pick on this sequel to The Shaggy Dog, which aired on ABC in 1987 as part of The Disney Sunday Movie. In this sequel to the Disney classic we learn some things like can dogs wear pajamas?
Then, usually we do not cover shows that ran as long as this one.  (Hello, Charles Stiles Mystery Diners.)  We could not avoid this show because of its two leads--the legendary Christopher Plummer and It Was a Thing on TV favorite Simon MacCorkindale.
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May 26th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader: Episodes 163 & 164 + Minisode 8 - Rollergames/Family Channel Interactive Games/Wheel of Fortune (1950’s Version)

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we are bringing you a variety of games from the roller rink to your touchtone phone at $4.95 a call.
First, it's the late 80s and action sports are big, like wrestling and American Gladiators.  Take roller derby and combine it with certain aspects of wrestling, then add a dash of rock and roll flair.  The result is 13 glorious episodes of the late 80s favorite RollerGames
Next, the mid-90s were a big period for game shows on cable, between Game Show Network's start, a possible Game Show Channel, and a foundation for that Game Show Channel--interactive game shows from Wink Martindale et al.  We look at the quartet of games which could be played at home on a telephone keypad.  Mike also shares his story about how he almost won some big prizes from one of those games.
Finally, everybody knows about the timeless Wheel of Fortune, but there was a show with that same title in the early 50s which had to do with rewarding good samaritans.
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May 19th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 161 & 162: Doctor Who (1996 FOX TV Movie)/At Last the 1948 Show

This Week on It Was a Thing on TV the gang goes across the pond to look at a pair of topics related to two staples of British TV.
First, in 1996 Whovians got some closure seven years after the end of the original series in the form of the Seventh Doctor regenerating into the Eighth Doctor, whose lifespan was, more or less, this movie (minus Big Finish Productions).  The ratings weren't that great, a revival was passed upon, and the franchise would be dormant for another nine years.
After that, we're going way back with this one, but it's a goodie.  At Last the 1948 Show only ran for two series, but it was a primitive version of one of television's classic comedy sketch shows, one Monty Python's Flying Circus.
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May 12th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader: Episodes 159 & 160 + Minisode 7 - High School USA (1984 Pilot)/Coneheads (1983 Animated Pilot)/The Exploding Oregon Whale

Pilot Month concludes this week on It Was a Thing on TV as Mike, Chico and Greg also take a look at a beached whale in Oregon.
First, you heard about the TV movie in the previous episode.  The powers that be at NBC felt it was so successful that a pilot was made a year later.  It had its moments but alas, no Michael J. Fox, no Todd Bridges, and no Nancy McKeon only got High School U.S.A. to pilot stage, one which aired.
Next, The Coneheads was a staple of the early days of SNL and it was later a cinematic release, but there was an animated pilot in 1983 which was a one and done.  Get your sensor rings at the ready as we look at the wacky adventures of Beldar, Prymaat, and Connie Conehead.
Finally, in November of 1970, a story aired on KATU news in Oregon about a beached whale being exploded with dynamite to dispose of it. It ended up being one of the most unusual and memorable local news reports of all-time.
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May 5th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader: Episodes 157 & 158 + Minisode 6 - Mockingbird Lane (2012)/High School U.S.A. (1983) (Director’s Cut)/KXAS’ Live Coverage of Nolan Ryan’s 1991 No-Hitter

This week we have a loaded edition of It Was a Thing on TV for you. We have it all from Herman Munster to Michael J. Fox to Bob Denver to Nolan Ryan to a dancing robot.
First, Around Halloween 2012, a pilot to a rebooted version of The Munsters aired.  If you were expecting campy humor that worked in the 1960s, you're solely mistaken.  Mockingbird Lane was a very dark comedy which was not your Munsters from 50 years ago.
Then, NBC's young stars came out to shine in this NBC TV movie, which also acted as a reunion of sorts for two other much older TV shows.  It was had star power, it was funny, it had too many plots, and most importantly, it has a connection to our pilot month.  Stay tuned...(Note this is best enjoyed while watching the movie on YouTube, starting at about the 74:55 mark in the drop.  We give about an hour of commentary while watching the movie.)
Finally, May 1st marked the anniversary of Nolan Ryan's final no-hitter for the Texas Rangers. On that night for some odd reason the game wasn't carried locally in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, however the local NBC station in Dallas thought it would be a good idea to carry the 9th inning live on-air to start the 10 O'Clock News. Enjoy as we listen in on this strange simulcast and explain the strange story as to why this occurred which wasn't revealed until recently.
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April 28th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 155 & 156 - K-9 and Company/1978 Science Fiction Film Awards

This week It Was a Thing on TV is taking a trip to Saturn in the TARDIS because we're going on a Sci-Fi theme because it's lonely out in space.
First, we continue Pilot Month 2021 with a look at K-9 and Company. Doctor Who has had its fair share of successful spinoffs.  One whose pilot aired but didn't get picked up was K-9 and Company in 1981 at the Beeb.  It looked good and they brought back Elizabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith for it, but something happened...
Then, with the Oscars having passed we look at an award show from years past. 1977 was a big year in science fiction movies, thanks to two little movies called Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Those films might have been the big winners that night, but The 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards also gave us one of the most memorable performances in history.
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And I think it's gonna be a long, long time.

April 21st, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 153 & 154 - TKO (1989 Pilot)/S.O.S. Titanic

This Week on It Was a Thing on TV, the gang looks at an unsold pilot with a familiar name in the game show world along with looking at a TV movie about the Titanic.
First, does this remind you of anything?  Does this remind you of many things?  Mark Goodson's last original format, TKO was a little bit of a number of shows, from Jeopardy! to Blockbusters to Couch Potatoes.
Then, with the anniversary of it's sinking having just passed, we take a look at S.O.S. Titanic. A made-for-TV movie that aired on ABC in 1979 which until it's Blu-ray/DVD release last year hadn't been seen by many in it's original broadcast length.
It's a star-studded TV movie featuring David Warner, Ian Holm, Helen Mirren, Cloris Leachman, David Janssen and Susan St. James (UH-OH!).
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April 14th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 151 & 152: The Nerd (1989)/The Amazing Screw-On Head (2006)

Pilot Month 2021 continues on It Was a Thing on TV as the gang looks at two very weird pilots that will have you saying WTF?
First, we start with a show submitted just based on its ridiculous open.  It may have been the most entertaining part of The Nerd, a pilot for NBC done in 1989 which aired on the network.  It didn't air in 1989, though.
Then, it's time for some revisionist history on a sci-fi channel with The Amazing Screw-On Head.  A star-studded cast couldn't get this out of pilot stage.  Maybe it was ahead of its time?
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We're coming for you America!

April 7th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 149 & 150 - Legends of the Superheroes/Not Another High School Show

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we have a very star-studded drop for you here on Place to be Nation.
First, in honor of Zack Snyder's Justice League dropping on HBO Max we look at the 1979 DC/Hanna-Barbara offering Legends of the Superheroes. It was like Superfriends became a live action show with a horrible laugh track.  If you thought the laugh track was bad, wait until you hear about the production values.
Then, we begin Pilot Month 2021 in our 150th Episode. A favorite movie of ours from 2001 was Not Another Teen Movie.  So what happened when Comedy Central tried bringing it to the small screen six years later?  It was an unorganized mess which was nowhere as entertaining as the movie.  One plus is it had numerous stars, in 2007 and in the future.
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March 24th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Tripleheader: Episodes 144, 145 & 146 - Alabama Leprechaun/Coupling (US)/Married for Life

This Week on It Was a Thing on TV, the gang discussed a pair of adaptations of famous TV shows that got lost in translation while taking a visit to Alabama.
First, this leprechaun story was one of the first viral YouTube videos, from back in 2006.  This story got significant media attention and was soon spoofed on shows including Key and Peele and South Park.  Was it really a leprechaun?
Next, we look at the import from the UK, Coupling, which was to be the next big thing after Friends, but was off the NBC schedule after just 4 episodes.
Finally, Married with Children lasted over 10 years and 259 episodes in the United States.  When it was exported to the UK as Married for Life, it lasted 7 episodes, utilizing the same scripts as the original version, modified with British references.  Talk about another show which got lost in translation.
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March 17th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 142 & 143 - The Super Mario Bros. Super Show/The Golden Palace

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we've got you covered from Mario to Betty White to Rowdy Roddy Piper to Don Cheadle.
First, in honor of Mario Day last week, we pay our respects to this non-holiday by looking at the unforgettable Super Mario Bros. Super Show!  One of us never watched this on Fridays for reasons.
Then, we look at the short-lived sequel to The Golden Girls in The Golden Palace. It looked good on paper.  Minus Dorothy, it was, for the most part, its predecessor.  But hoo boy, Urkel roflstomped The Golden Palace into foreclosure.
Just a note the following episodes might have a hiccup here and there with hot mics while we were recording these episodes.
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March 10th, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 140 & 141 - Ace Crawford…Private Eye/You Don’t Know Jack

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we look at two short-lived flops from two different comedy legends.
First, Tim Conway is a legend but it seems he's only best known for The Carol Burnett Show and Dorf on Golf.  One of his post-Burnett flops is Ace Crawford...Private Eye, a detective show in a similar vein to Police Squad!, but with a horrible laugh track.
Then, it was to be Paul Reubens' bounce back role after Pee Wee's Playhouse was cancelled.  You Don't Know Jack is but a blip in TV history, a deviation from what TV audiences were used to seeing.  Mike used his Money in the Bank on this and by the end of this episode, he regrets selecting this show.
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March 3rd, 2021    

It Was a Thing on TV Twin Pack: Episodes 138 & 139 - The Powers of Matthew Star/To Tell The Truth ‘80

This week's drop on It Was a Thing on TV has it all from Dick Clark to Louis Gossett Jr. to Larry King and to ..... Tommy Heinsohn? WHAT? We explain it all as we discuss this week's topics of Obscure TV.
First, we start with the short lived NBC Sci-Fi show "The Powers of Matthew Star" This show tried to be something at first, but then the format changed halfway through its only season.  Apparently the only power Matthew Star had was to become a footnote in history. But hey, at least we got Louis Gossett Jr. on this show.
Then, To Tell the Truth is seemingly eternal, having been on television every decade since the 1950s.  We look at the 80s version, which didn't last long despite some quality central characters and visits from numerous old friends on the panel.  We also make a plea for Betty White to get on a game show before she turns 100.
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