Friday, May 30, 2008

It took me forever to discover this, but somebody posted a list of changes that were made to the WKRP episodes on the season one DVD set. Here they are:

“Queen of the Forest" by Ted Nugent replaced with generic music.

Pilot Part 2“That Old Time Rock n’ Roll” by Bob Seger replaced with generic music.

Les on a Ledge
Song at the beginning replaced.

Hoodlum Rock
The songs (by the band Detective) are intact, but the episode is a cut 22-minute syndication version. The original full-length version is available at the Museum of Television and Radio.

All songs replaced.

Bailey’s Show
All but one song replaced. Footage is cut from two scenes.

Turkeys Away“Dogs” by Pink Floyd replaced. Much of the scene has been cut out entirely.

Love Returns
Rock songs replaced. Part of a scene has been cut.

Mama’s Review
The clip of Venus in the booth, which was the only "cutaway" clip taped especially for this episode (this is a clip show) is cut and replaced with a clip from the pilot.

A Date With Jennifer
“Hot Blooded” by Foreigner replaced. 22-minute cut syndication version.

The Contest Nobody Could Win
All songs replaced. Someone has re-dubbed the people calling in about the song identification contest, so that they're now identifying fake songs and groups.

Elvis Costello song "Goon Squad" replaced. Some footage cut.

Goodbye, Johnny
“Surfin’ U.S.A.” by the Beach Boys replaced.

Johnny Comes Back
All songs replaced with generic music.

Never Leave Me, Lucille
“Everybody Rock n’ Roll the Place” by Eddie Money replaced, with some dialogue cut. The episode originally started with Les singing “Heartbreak Hotel”; that scene has been cut.

I Want to Keep My Baby
All songs replaced except one Bob Marley song. Some footage cut from several scenes.

A Commercial Break
All rock songs replaced. Johnny singing "So Long for a While" has been cut.

Who is Gordon Sims?
One song replaced.

I Do… I Do… For Now
Jennifer’s doorbell, which played “Fly Me to the Moon,” is replaced with a public-domain song.

Young Master Carlson
All songs replaced, even the theme from Patton, a Fox film. Some footage cut from one scene.

Fish Story
All songs replaced. A scene of Venus singing is cut.

All songs replaced.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Awright, folks, how long is it going to take before season two is available on DVD? I suspect that we'll have a long wait ahead.

Oh, and here's a semi-random thought. While Loni Anderson may have rocked the airwaves as receptionist Jennifer, it occured to me today that I would rather have a receptionist like TV's Robin from Donald Trump's TV show, The Apprentice. She's beautiful, but more coquettish rather than an outright bombshell like Jennifer Marlowe.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

There's a Family Feud All Stars DVD set that features an appearance by the WKRP cast. Gary Sandy and Jan Smithers were not included among the contestants, though.

No, I wasn't strongly tempted to buy the set. If it's ever offered on Netflix, I might decide to rent it instead.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

There's a dubious news report that's been spread around which alleges that Jan Smithers was involved in some bizarre nude car accident. I don't place any credence in this claim, though. It was reported by a tabloid, and the news spread. I have yet to see it reported in any credible outlets, though.

The Wikipedia editors apparently agree. Somebody added this report to Ms. Smithers' entry, but it was removed due to a lack of credibility. Good for them!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Remember how TV audiences were all agog over the voluptuous Julie Newmar as Catwoman? I always thought that Lee Meriwether was much more appealing, possibly due to her classic beauty and felinesque appeal.

Somehow, both ladies make me think of Jennifer Marlowe. If they had to choose between Julie and Lee for this role, I suspect that most of America would have picked Julie. Personally though, my money would be on Ms. Meriwether.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Saw some relatively recent photographs of Wendy Benson (now known as Wendy Landes) on the web. Wow. If these photos are any indications, she still looks incredible.

So what does she have to do with WKRP? I know, this will sound like a pointless rambling, and it is. I think she's kinda of Bailey-esque in her beauty, insofar as she's trim, willowy, and has a clean sort of beauty. Wendy also has a similar kind of sex appeal. The problem is that she doesn't exude that same sense of innocence and wholesomeness that Jan Smithers did.

Both of them have a truly impossible kind of beauty, though. Darn. Either one of them would reduce me to a stuttering fool.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

It's the big guy's son!

Remember the episode, Young Master Carlson? The actor Sparky Marcus, who played Arthur Carlson Jr., also appeared in an old Nancy Drew episode. His distinctive eyes kinda give him away.

This was a Christmas-themed episode with a typical 1970's Santa-styled ending. Sometimes I think that network TV was pretty much required to have this particular plot twist every December, way back then.

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