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New Electric Company TV Show and DVD

Discussion in 'Sesame Worlds' started by Kimp the Shrimp, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    TV Guide's latest issue (June 5) has an article about a new version of The Electric Company, which may premiere in 2007. The article also mentions that The Sesame Workshop (AKA Children's Television Workshop) is preparing DVD releases for later this year. We contacted CWT, but weren't able to get any more information but if we can dig something up it'll be posted to the site.
  2. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    I just fetched my new TV guide and read the great news on page 18! Boy that'll be great if they do indeed release DVD sets of the 1971-1977 Electric Company later this year! Hopefully the sales will do really well and some DVD's of classic Sesame Street will follow. :)

    By the way, the last sentence in the tv guide article is interesting:
    "Many parents will recall that before there was a David Letterman, there was a Letterman on "Electric Company." When I first heard the name David Letterman in the 80's I remember Letterman from TEC coming to mind!
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Will the DVD's be older episodes, or will they serve as pilots for the new show?

    It'll be pretty weird to release old school Electric Company. Weird for them, anyway, since they don't release much classic SS DVD's for collectors.
  4. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    I'm happy to say that the DVDs will be from the 70's shows. :)

    Here's a quote from the tv guide article:

    "Equally electrifying is news that DVD sets of the 1971-1977 "Electric Company" featuring Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby, and a pre-stardom Morgan Freeman will be released later this year."
  5. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    probably be the older shows. far as i'm concerned there's nothing wierd about that at all. personally i think it's kind of strange they want to revive it since there's the current reading series on PBS Between The Lions. what's the point of that? what they could do is bring back that math series Square 1 TV. it's format was sort of like TEC's where you didn't have a set but were more like the old prime time variety shows.
  6. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member


    I don't know how I feel about a new Electric Company, but the old EC shows on DVD sounds WONDERFUL!
  7. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    WOW! That'll be great!
    My niece will be just the right age to enjoy TEC in 2007 :)
    (Hopefully she'll take after me with liking to read & enjoying TEC) )
  8. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member

    I found this at tvshowsondvd.com:
    soruce tvshowsondvd.com
  9. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    Yes this is great news. Will be so much fun seeing 4 discs worth of all those half hour classic "Electric Company" shows. Just 6 months from now!
    And I'm really excited about getting the first season of "The Muppet Show" pretty soon.
  10. Ernie101

    Ernie101 Active Member

    I can't think of anything to say.. except wow.. I can only describe how happy I am.
  11. Dantecat

    Dantecat Active Member

    Are Box Seasons of Vintage SS are going to be released too? Because that will be great too. :excited:
  12. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    Interesting that someone on ebay is selling 3 discs of The Electric Company for a total of 12 episodes. It's listed as volumes 1,2 and 3. Didn't think any yet existed. But the price of the high bid right now is over $50. Too much for my blood. :)
  13. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    Here's a new article about the 4 disc, 24 episode set of "The Electric Company" dvds being released on February 7th.


    Some highlights from the article:

    "The 24 episodes will have the most memorable skits, least repetition and best representation of celebrities (including Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby and Rita Moreno), says Heather Hanssen, a spokeswoman for Sesame Workshop."

    - - - - - So it will be like a "best of" set. I can't wait. These ought to be really, really good!


    "Now the company is focusing on the adult nostalgia market." "We're not intending for this to be something that kids can watch, although I'm sure they would enjoy it," Hanssen said. "It's really for ... the person who grew up watching 'The Electric Company' on PBS."

    - - - - - Excellent! And yes, parents who buy this will see that their kids will really enjoy these (as I heard so many adults say was the case with the SS Unpaved shows). But that's awesome that they realize there is a market for adults with nostalgia in itself.


    "Now what about "3-2-1 Contact," another popular PBS show of the era? There are no plans at this time to release it on DVD, Hanssen says."


    - - - - - And I say, what about classic Sesame Street for dvd? Anything would be great, whether it be a "best of" set, a season premiere of years one to twelve set, etc. And as was pointed out by Fozzie Bear regarding "The Muppet Show" season one dvd (that if we all pre-order it in droves it will help ensure the release of the subsequent seasons), let's make sure we likewise make this "TEC" set a big hit. They will get the message and be more likely to issue more of the "TEC" and perhaps other classic PBS shows. And maybe Sesame Street too!
  14. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    The Electric Company dvd is already available for pre-ordering on Amazon!
    It's $34.99 and it's called "Best of the Electric Company". Currently it's ranked #6913 in amazon dvd sales. But I'll bet (and hope) it will eventually be #1 as was "The Muppet Show". :)
  15. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    You know, I have never ever seen this show. I dont even know what it's about..
  16. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    Like Sesame Street, The Electric Company is a PBS children's television show (1971-1977) put out by Children's Television Workshop. It lacked the muppets though. It also didn't quite have the magic or level of brilliance of SS either, in my opinion. However I still enjoyed it a great deal. Like Sesame Street, it taught kids spelling and reading and letters through often humorous and clever skits, both human and animated. A lot of great catchy songs too.
    I just ordered my dvds at Amazon just now (and also The Jeffersons season four, due out October 11th!). Have to wait five months now to get them. I hope a lot of people pre-order this and make it a big hit!
  17. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    not exactly like SS it was supposed to be a reading series such as reading sentences and was aimed at older children around the ages of 7-10.
  18. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    That's true Mike. I was just giving a brief overview of the show to Mrs. Pepper and mentioned the similarities to SS and the difference that it lacked muppets. But there were other little differences as well, such as the emphasis on reading and letters and not numbers, and the aim towards a slightly older child audience like you mention.
    By the way, are you excited about the upcoming TEC dvds and do you think it could very well potentially lead to some vintage SS dvds if it does well? :)
  19. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    well since I don't plan to get any DVD's of any kind I don't think much of it very much but then again at the same time it's good that they thought of it for all those who remember the show.
  20. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Active Member

    I only just found out about this. So cool! I'm really intrigued by the idea of a new show. Very interesting...


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