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ALF's Hit Talk Show Debuts

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Luke, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Hi Puppet Fans,

    Just a quick reminder that the pilot episode of ALF's Hit Talk Show premieres tonight in the USA on TV Land, followed by a marathon of episodes of the original 80's sitcom. It all starts tonight at 10pm (et/pt) and is repeated on Saturday morning at 9am (et/pt)

    You can find the official show website with clips, interviews and a cool animatronic cat promo by clicking here and my own ALF forum is discussing the new show here.

    Things are looking great for a full series soon so miss it or miss out !!!
  2. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Great news Luke! I'll have to check this out.

    How is your Alf site coming along? You've been working on it here and there since 1999 or so, right? Even if it wasn't finished this would be a great time to see something launch since Alf interest will obvioulsy be at a highpoint with the new show.
  3. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Thanks Phillip. Yeah i have been compiling information and writing stuff for the site since about that time although the graphics and things have always been the main problem. I will definitely be looking to launch it within the next couple of months to capitalise on the new show and also the sitcom DVD releases. I'll keep ya informed !
  4. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I think it's great the way you and others have helped keep Alf fandom alive Luke. If you ever meet Paul Fusco he should definately buy you a drink!

    I posted links to some of the news stories about the pilot here.

    It's also worth mentioning that TV Land Canada doesn't seem to have plans to air this year. Canadians (or anyone who wants to help us) can use this form to send a polite note to TV Land Canada to get us some Alf up here pronto!
  5. Iokitek

    Iokitek New Member

    Aspereges, aspereges... heh
    Sorry that's the last ALF episode I saw and that song is sometimes stuck in my head.

    Anyway... are you a collector Luke? Or just a fan? I believe I have a Dutch first issue of the ALF comic lying around somewhere. I could look it up and send it to you if you'd like that.

    Just drop me an email then with your addy and I'll see if I can dig it up, if I still have it.

    Oh btw, those ALF handpuppets you see everywhere don't even look that bad. I think I'll get some from eBay. they're really cheap. I believe they are from Burger King or something.
  6. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Thanks for posting the links on your site Buck, yeah i do try to help as much as i can, actually suggested a guest to Paul if the series gets picked up. I'll be sending a note to TV Land Canada. Cool about the ALF Comic Iokitek, appreciate it, i'll be in touch.

    So anyway i hope people like the show. I've seen clips and i think there are some gold moments. There has been some criticism but hey, it's a pilot and it always takes a while to smooth formats out with any show. Haven't actually seen the full thing yet - if anybody records it (especially if it's in some kind of digital media) i'd love to work something out to get hold of a copy.
  7. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I'd be interested in a copy too.
  8. Iokitek

    Iokitek New Member

    Found the comic!

    It turns out that it's issue #7 though instead of issue #1. :o But if you still want it I'll send it to you. I could also check fleamarkets for ALF comics. I see them lying around sometimes for like 10cent each or something.
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Way cool show! I'm SO proud to see ALF come back and be used again. Ed McMahon did a great job of introducing the show, but didn't do much else.


  10. T-Bird Chick

    T-Bird Chick New Member

    Who does the voice of Alf :confused:
  11. McFraggle

    McFraggle Active Member

    You mean Alf's not real. :eek:

    But seriously, the IMDB says this:

    Paul Fusco .... Gordon 'ALF' Shumway (voice) (uncredited)
    Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros .... Gordon 'ALF' Shumway (1986) (uncredited)
    Abraham Verduzco Gordon 'ALF' Shumway (uncredited)
  12. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    As far as I know, Paul Fusco (the creator of ALF) is the voice and puppeteer for the character. I don't know who those other people are, but my best guess would be that they are people who were inside of the full-body ALF costume when full-body shots were needed.

    I thought the ALF talk show was pretty good, but I think if they turned it into a regular series they would need to sharpen the writing a bit to set it apart from all the other similar talk shows. There needs to be more about it that makes it a uniquely "ALF" show besides just having ALF host it. I remember that when they were first proposing this series, the idea was that ALF would be interviewing people who (in real life) claimed to have all sorts of paranormal experiences--abductees and the like. I wonder what ever happened to that idea?
  13. Iokitek

    Iokitek New Member


    So when are the DVD's coming out exactly? And is it going to be the whole show? Or just some highlights?
  14. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    The 4 Disc DVD box set will come out on August 10th. It contains all of the episodes from Season One, an unaired Pilot and the first seasons gag reel. Amazon have it on pre-order for about $27
  15. Iokitek

    Iokitek New Member

    Thanks Luke!

    That's a fair price. I'm concidering it...
  16. Muppetsdownunder

    Muppetsdownunder New Member

    Sounds great, I love Alf, havent seen him on TV for ages.
  17. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I did notice that nowadays his "laugh" sounds more like he's yelling "aaaahH!" When's the second show supposed to air?
  18. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    The second show depends on the pilot being commisioned into a series.

    Yeah the DVD is good value - 26 season one episodes plus the 1 unaired pilot. That's only a dollar an episode !
  19. Iokitek

    Iokitek New Member

    Alf talkshow

    Yeah that's really really cheap.

    Anyway I saw the talk show last night. Downloaded it. I thought it was ok. It needs a lot of work though if they want to continue with it. I didn't find it enjoyable enough to faithfully watch every episode if it becomes an ongoing thing. It was ok but I didn't exactly roll across the floor from laughing.

    I think it got canceled though. According to some people I know, TV Guide didn't mention a 2nd episode. Too bad because I do think it had potential if they were given a chance to tweak the show some more.
  20. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Most shows start out slow until the niche is gathered and incorporated into the show. Alf seemed a little unsure about things, but I think given the chance it could be successful.

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