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'lance
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posted 29 September 2004 12:08 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Starring actual Barenaked Ladies

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Sept. 29, 2004 | LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fox Broadcasting Co. has ordered a pilot for a variety show starring the Barenaked Ladies that will feature the playful rock group performing music and comedy skits along with guest actors.

The Canadian band, known for writing upbeat songs with quirky lyrics and engaging their audiences with onstage banter, will have plenty of leeway to ad-lib on the show, tentatively titled, "The Barenaked Ladies Variety Show."

All of the band members -- Steven Page, Jim Creeggan, Ed Robertson, Kevin Hearn and Tyler Stewart -- will perform.


I'm no great fan of the band, but it's interesting that some network is attempting to revive the old "variety show" format. (I grew up watching Carol Burnett with the folks every Sunday night). I can't think of another example out there right now, though the late-night talk shows sort of work that side of the street these days.


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 29 September 2004 12:10 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am a fan of the band (and that has nothing to do with the Jack Layton connection). If anyone can pull this off, they can.
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mighty brutus
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posted 29 September 2004 12:28 PM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yah! A revival of the good old variety show is long overdue---maybe once the public tires of the 'reality show' thing, there'll be room for this type of show.
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posted 29 September 2004 12:31 PM      Profile for Hinterland        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm so sickened by what's being offered as new and hot on television that I'd be happy for a revival of "Don's Messer's Jubilee".
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posted 29 September 2004 12:32 PM      Profile for globetrotter     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Looking forward to it.. but Fox?

I just don't know if I could watch the network that cancelled Futurama.


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'lance
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posted 29 September 2004 12:36 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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I'm so sickened by what's being offered as new and hot on television that I'd be happy for a revival of "Don's Messer's Jubilee".

Or the Tommy Hunter show -- both Friday-night staples when I were a wee lad, though Don Messer's show probably went off the air when I was five or six.

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Yes, 1958 to 1969.

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The decision to cancel the show in 1969 in favor of a "younger look" brought such a storm of protest that the CBC Board of Directors decreed that in the future, such popular shows were not to be canceled without justifiable reasons. Attempts were quickly made to revive the show on Hamilton's local television station CHCH; but without its national timeslot it quickly lost its magic. Don Messer passed away three years later on 26 March 1973.

"Without justifiable reasons," indeed. Then explain the cancellation of The Friendly Giant, you smug CBC bastards, you.

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I just don't know if I could watch the network that cancelled Futurama.

But they still have The Simpsons, Sarah...

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Hinterland
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posted 29 September 2004 12:41 PM      Profile for Hinterland        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, I only have vague memories of Don Messer as well. It was a time before we, as a nation, "lost our innocence".

..oops!...I thought this was the "obnoxious expressions" thread.


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Mr. Magoo
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posted 29 September 2004 12:42 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I love BNL, and I wish their show well, but at the same time I have to think that if the very multi-talented Wayne Brady can't pull off Variety, maybe nobody can anymore. Maybe it's just "too 1970's" to be done unironically.
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'lance
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posted 29 September 2004 12:44 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wayne Brady had a variety show? I'm sorry I missed that (though I think I heard about it and had the impression it was a talk show). He's absolutely brilliant.

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..oops!...I thought this was the "obnoxious expressions" thread.

And besides, isn't it Americans who are always losing their innocence?

The other night I watched a documentary on the 1972 Canada-USSR hockey series. I was very pleased that they never once used the phrase "lost innocence."


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Trisha
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posted 29 September 2004 01:02 PM      Profile for Trisha     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I used to enjoy the Canadian Brass show, which was like Monty Python with classical and popular music inserts. Saturday Night Live has lasted a long time, in spite of some very bad members off and on.

A full variety show would be along the lines of the old Ed Sullivan Show but I don't know that that format would work now. At any rate, anything would be better than the so called Reality shows.


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posted 29 September 2004 01:43 PM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hopefully it'll be more successful than Sean Cullen's.
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posted 29 September 2004 01:54 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That shouldn't be difficult. Sean Cullen blows chunks.
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Screaming Lord Byron
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posted 29 September 2004 01:57 PM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Do you have video evidence?


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 29 September 2004 01:58 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Whatever you thought of the rest of the show, the recurring sketch, "Gordon Pinsent derides a cat" was hilarious.
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