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August 3rd, 2002

The Rerun Show

When I heard there was a show that was recreating old sitcoms with different actors, I was intrigued. After all, most new TV sucks, so why don’t go to some tried-and-true scripts and give them a new twist? Especially when two of those shows are Saved by the Bell and What’s Happening!! (that really gives credence to the name The Rerun Show, eh?).

The show takes a half-hour sitcom, cuts the script down to 15 minutes, and then adds a few of its own touches (mainly exaggeration). But, apparently, the original scripts and dialogue are followed pretty closely.

I checked out the premiere, which featured episodes of Diff’rent Strokes and The Partridge Family (featuring Danny Bonaduce!). I have to say: it’s pretty good. The man who played Mrs. Garrett was outstanding (and will get to reprise his role when the cast does a Facts of Life episode) and there were enough nods to the original show and the real-life actors’ tribulations to keep things fresh. The humorous exagerrations weren’t over-the-top and the sets were relatively true to the original.

This will be a show to keep an eye on… it’s better than 95% of the shows that NBC has debuted in the last two years and deserves at least a chance to shine.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday August 3, 2002 -- 9:30:09 am
Old Navy has already spoofed this show in a commerical featuring The Rugby Bunch, 3 boys, 3 girls, 2 parents and a housekeeper all wearing Old Navy Rugby's. It's quite funny.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday August 3, 2002 -- 8:06:39 pm
The scary thing about that commerical is that the dorky rugby shirts I have packed away somewhere are coming back in style...

FROM: jk
DATE: Saturday August 3, 2002 -- 8:11:32 pm
Suddenly it's 1983 again at Old Navy! I wonder what kind of permission they needed to get to use the music and pseudo-set? Is Magic in the ad? I haven't noticed. He could play Tiger!

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday August 4, 2002 -- 9:04:55 pm
Someone somewhere must know that quote about how a civilization is in decline when it begins to repeat itself. Anyway, that sentiment applies here.

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday August 4, 2002 -- 10:12:23 pm
...wait, if we don't learn from history, we are destined to repeat it!

FROM: Tina
DATE: Thursday August 15, 2002 -- 9:53:26 pm
They are doing a "Saved by the Bell in Outer Space" episode right now. It's hilarious!!!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday August 16, 2002 -- 12:24:55 am
I am happy to have caught both SBtB episodes on the show (there was another one Tuesday night), but I'm seriously bummed I missed the What's Happening!! episode last week.

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday August 16, 2002 -- 8:30:51 am
This show is pretty good.

VH1 is showing reruns (reruns of reruns of reruns), and this week we caught the ep with Danny Bonaduce as himself on The Partridge Family. Not bad. I think I'd like to see the SBtB and Bewitched eps, though.

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