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The Electric Company Reunion Show - 10/29

Discussion in 'Sesame Worlds' started by jeffkjoe, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. jeffkjoe

    jeffkjoe Well-Known Member


    Did anyone catch this special "THE ELECTRIC COMPANY GREATEST HITS AND BITS"

    on PBS this past weekend? It was on at 5:00 on the local San Francisco PBS station (GROVER was on it, that's how this qualifies for this forum section), but:

    They had interviews from all the actors from the 1970's TV show: Jim Boyd (Crank), Skip Hinnant (Fargo North), Judy Graubart (Jennifer of the Jungle), and Rita Moreno (Carmela).

    Lemme tell ya: They have all aged fairly well, except that Judy Graubart (Jennifer of the Jungle)...I'm sorry, but she looks old!

    I guess all of them were about Morgan Freeman's age (born circa 1936)? That puts them at around 70 years old each. On par with Bob McGrath.

  2. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Well-Known Member

    I didn't catch it, but I understand it will be included on the upcoming Volume 2 set. Here's what told me so ...
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    My PBS stations have a horrible time airing new specials, especially during pledge month, when they do nothing but run the same specials over and over. They are:

    • Reba McIntire and Alec Baldwin massacre South Passific
    • Andre Reu minces around and slaughters classical music
    • Rich Dad and "Dr." Wayne Dyer with impossibly straight faces, pledging they aren't actually doing a thinly veiled infomercial
    • The Austrailian Pink Floyd (which isn't bad... but seriously... a special for a cover band?!?

    They had the concert for Bangladesh, but only aired it 2 in a week where the first three I mentioned are rerun 5 times a day on both stations.

    I'm STILL waiting for some Dr. Who special I heard about in May to actually be aired.

    BTW... so, Bill Cosby wasn't present?
  4. BillKal

    BillKal Well-Known Member

    Doesn't look like he had. At least on the DVD set, I don't know about the Special.
  5. Ziffel

    Ziffel Well-Known Member

    Yeah I recently watched some of my TEC volume 2 dvds that came recently and I noticed that about Judy. But I also thought the others like Jim Boyd, Luis Avalos, and Skip Hinnant also looked considerably older (not surprisingly since we're talking 30 plus years ago, yet still gave me a little bit of a "Wow, how they've aged" surprise). Our lives really are short here and time really goes by fast. Make the most of the time while you can! :)
  6. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    I kind of want to see that special.
  7. sesameguy

    sesameguy Well-Known Member

    A very short review

    The Electric Company hits & bits show recently aired in my area. I've written a brief review of it at my blog site for November 26:


    Short version: Great fun for us grown-up fans of the show, with great interview moments and some classic clips. Only complaint: Please show more clips!
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Okay, reread my first post on this subject. You'll appreciate the irony.

    Let's just say, Saturday, 3PM I never heard the song "Is it love" and by 11:10pm, sunday, I pretty much memorised the song. It was on at least 4 times in 24 hours. First time I actually WON'T complain about them relentlessly rerun specials a million times. But I STILL wish they'd air the Dr.Who thing, though.

    Anyway, I do agree. It was too short, clearly edited to shove in the pledge drive. It felt like so much was cut out, and indeed it was. I really wish they trew in something about Spiderman in there. But all and all, I was a little on the fence about spending 30-40 bucks on a DVD box set, money I don't really have for something I haven't really seen. But now, once I can rustle up the cash, I'm so going for it. Hillarious stuff. I also liked how Gene Wilder said "i'm letter man." in such a quiet voice.

    With that said, what ever happened to plans for the "New Electric Company" they announced like last year? I think it could work. Just need to update a few things. Get a new cast, stuff like that. Spiderman still works. I mean, 2 hit movies and one more on the way? And as For Letter man, hey! Get Mathew Broderick and Nathan Lane to voice it over. Maybe have Bruce Timm redesign them to look more superheroic, but still playful.
  9. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    May not happen. There's already a reading series on PBS at the present time. BTW I'm watching the special right now.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually I didn't think it so much an issue of there already having a reading based program. I mean, I don't think Between the Lions is still in production, and just ended it. I'm think more of the likes of SW not having enough money, or PBS not willing to invest in many new shows just yet.
  11. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict Well-Known Member

    Maybe so and if they want to revive the series that's fine. But still it doesn't sense to do that considering BTL is still being shown.

    Anyway the speical could of been better. But I don't think anything was cut out. They probably made it with the purpose for stations to break to their pledge drives. It's too bad not everybody was interviewed. None of the EC kids were at all. Well I guess it's beeter than nothing at all.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It was cut, and for one simple reason... well, two, but they're both related. The Pledge breaks. Firstly, they had to cut for time to have those breaks in there, and secondly, what better way to get pledges then to offer the same special with "Added interviews and clips."

    I wish I had the cash to pledge PBS. I'd as for the $350 2 box and special DVD set.
  13. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    By the way even though the Electric Company Volume 2 box set includes interviews, this is a new special not included on either of the two box sets. Maybe if there is a Volume 3 it would be featured there.

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