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RIP Andy Griffith

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Princeton, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Did anybody ever see "Return to Mayberry", the Andy Griffith reunion from the 80s? Really a very fun, heartfelt movie.
  2. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I almost feel like i lost my dad all over again. Andy was a shiriff and my dad was a cop.
    so ya really sad.
  3. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    TV Land is playing episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, and they just had one that worked really well in honor of him. Rest in peace, Sheriff Taylor.
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Has anyone noticed for some reason, when it comes to old black-and-white shows, TV Land has been playing them in PAL format (they run 4% faster, making everything sound a little sped-up)?
  5. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Are they making time for commercials?
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Probably, considering again I read a while back that half hour shows were being shortened again from 21 minutes to 18 1/2.

    I've noticed when TV Land started playing Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie again for a short time a couple of years ago, they cut out even more than they already had. Hallmark Channel's also REALLY butchered up I Love Lucy as well.

    There is one alternative these networks could try... you know how some DVD players have that rapid play feature, where you can play content at either 0.8% slower or 1.3% faster? I tried watching an un-cut half hour episode of a show on rapid play, and found it runs about 17 minutes: if these networks could figure out a way to air their shows like that, they could still play them uncut, and actually gain some more precious commercial time.
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I think it's worth pointing out that we actually have something rather special here in East Tennessee... y'know how in Vegas (and other places really), they have all those Elvis impersonators? Well, in East Tennessee, we have Mayberry impersonators. Yep, years and years ago, a couple built something of a replica of Mayberry in their backyard, with the courthouse, the diner, Floyd's Barbershop, etc, and we have a Barney, an Aunt Bea, Gomer, Wally, Otis, even Ernest T. Bass. I had a brief encounter with our Barney impersonator once when I was a cameraman at ETPtv (now East Tennessee PBS), he was making a guest appearance on a local show we do that showcases retrospectives of old Western serials, and before we started taping, he snuck up behind me as I was framing the shot, and in his best Barney Fife, asked me, "Is that camera aimed fast?" I got a kick out of that, and during the show, he also did Barney's famous accidental gunfire (trick gun of course). Our Barney has even appeared in a few commercials, usually during the holidays, don't drink and drive kind of things.

    Now if anyone ever decided to start up M*A*S*H impersonators, I nominate myself for Radar O'Reilly, lol.
  8. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Cool...Mayberry impersonators...sounds fun...I think I also read somewhere that in Jamestown, NY (Lucille Ball's hometown), they have I Love Lucy character impersonators.
  9. TheWeirdoGirl

    TheWeirdoGirl Well-Known Member

    What can I really say? He was an amazing person. Its hard to believe that he's gone.
  10. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Heck, i practically live off my dvd rapid play - it's very rare i watch any dvd not on the fast speed - great timesaver! Of course then, when i tune in to watch a show live that i'm used to seeing on the dvd fast speed, it always sounds like everyone's on drugs because i'm not used to hearing them at normal speed.
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Looks like TV Land has waited until the weekend for their special tribute marathon, but this is nice that we get an idea weekend dedicated to some good, clean, wholesome TV (and I'm glad they're only playing the black-and-white episodes, as the show just wasn't the same during the colored years).

    The bad thing is that the episodes are even more butchered than they were before, and what hasn't been cut is played in PAL format (sped up making everybody sound like they've been breathing helium).
  12. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Are you sure they're sped up? They seemed normal to me...or have I been watching too much sped-up TV?
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

  14. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I wondered why that happens. The Frasier re-runs on Hallmark were like that, especially during the credits, while the other channels I'd watch 'em on are fine.
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure it's so they can cram more commercials into the time slot... first it was butchering episodes, then it was shrinking the credits, and now in some cases, it's speeding up certain parts of the program, whether it's the titles (Hallmark started doing the same with M*A*S*H), or the episode itself (like TV Land seems to be doing exclusively with black-and-white programming, because they recently did the same with an I Love Lucy marathon).
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I just found out that Jim Nabors is gay... I never knew that, and I actually wouldn't have suspected him either...

    But anyway, here's an interesting little factoid: have you ever noticed from time to time in discount bins, you'll find off-brand compilation sets of Andy Griffith with the same specific episodes? Well apparently some kind of legal error resulted in those specific episodes being public domain, which is why you can always find them on off-brand DVDs, or even on YouTube, but it wouldn't be illegal to see them that way... the only thing is because the theme song is copyrighted, certain copies of those episodes actually have to replace the theme song during the main and end titles (I have one DVD with three episodes on it, "High Noon in Mayberry", "Barney's First Car", and "The Rivals", and on each of those episodes, the main and end titles instead have that little tune that would play whenever Andy would stroll through town throughout the first season).
  17. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    Agree with all of this. But it should be said that despite the bad writing, Elinor Donahue was an incredible actress. Believe me, I tend to have some feministic views myself, but that was the only arc to the Ellie character. I've always felt that Peggy was the best of Andy's love interests, but realistically they probably had less chemistry.
  18. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Same goes for other Viacom-owned shows, such as South Park. The edited syndicated versions played before 9 pm don't get this treatment, however.
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I read something somewhere that Helen Crump was supposed to be a one-shot character, hence why they gave her such a unpleasant-sounding name, but she ended up becoming Andy's main squeeze.
  20. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    Well, that may be because Aneta Corsaut (the actress who played Helen) was dating Jim Fritzell (one of the main writers).


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