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  1. Hi everybody, Danny "dandaman" Hooley here, with a trip back in time to 1996 -- the year TV Land launched as a 24-hour cable network. Before TV Land, there was Nick at Nite, which then showcased classic family-friendly shows from the '50s to the '70s such as "I Love Lucy," "Taxi," and "Welcome Back, Kotter." What not many people know, and since have forgotten, however, is that between May 4, 1996 and July 6, 1996, a regular feature on Nick at Nite was "TV Land Preview," in which several shows then currently airing on TV Land did double duty on Nick at Nite Saturday nights. Among the rotating shows airing regularly Saturday nights on Nick at Nite included "Green Acres," which also aired 7 nights a week on Nick at Nite from November 5, 1989-October 31, 1992; "Mister Ed," which likewise aired 7 nights a week on Nick at Nite from March 3, 1986-April 2, 1993; "Petticoat Junction," which was a 1960s sitcom set in Hooterville; "St. Elsewhere," the hit 1982-1988 hospital drama starring Ed Flanders, Ed Begley, Jr., Howie Mandel, and William Daniels, among others, and like the '70s basketball drama "The White Shadow" before it, was created by Bruce Paltrow; "Hill Street Blues," the hit 1981-1987 TV cop show starring Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, and Dennis Franz, among others, and served as the first successful series ever created by Steven Bochco.
  2. Dear Nick at Nite Viewer Services, I have a proposal for Nick at Nite: to make a deal with Sony Pictures Television for Nick at Nite to become the exclusive basic cable home of the hit 1992-1998 sitcom "The Larry Sanders Show," which was created by Garry Shandling, who cast himself as Larry Sanders, the host of a fictional late-night talk show (also called "The Larry Sanders Show") broadcast on an unidentified major TV network. Other characters included show producer Artie (played by Rip Torn); Larry's sidekick/announcer, Hank Kingsley (played by Jeffrey Tambor), and head writer Phil (played by Wallace Langham). Each episode was filled with special guest stars, appearing as themselves, ranging from Robert Hays to Catherine O'Hara and Shadoe Stevens to Ellen DeGeneres and Tim Allen. A tentative launch date for Nick at Nite to launch "The Larry Sanders Show" is Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a 5-night, week-long marathon titled "The Larry Sanders Show No Flipping" marathon, showcasing all 90 half-hour episodes (18 per night) of "The Larry Sanders Show" complete, uncut, & unedited, just the way that they originally aired on the HBO Television Network--minus profanity, with broadcast euphemisms, e.g. "screw," "damn," & "crap" replacing the profane language. After the marathon, starting Sunday, August 8, 2010, Nick at Nite shall air "The Larry Sanders Show" regularly weeknights with back-to-back episodes starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT (encoring 6-7 a.m. ET/PT 7 nights a week), and Friday-Saturdays from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT, only on Nick at Nite. Sincerely, Danny "dandaman" Hooley
  3. Dear Nick at Nite Viewer Services, I have a proposal for Nick at Nite: to make a deal with NBC Universal Television Distribution for Nick at Nite to become the exclusive basic cable home of the hit 1990-1996 sitcom "Dream On," which was created by acclaimed film director John Landis. The show focused on Martin Tupper (played by Brian Benben), a 32-year-old recently divorced New York City book editor who shared custody with his ex-wife Judith (played by Wendie Malick) of their 11-year-old son Jeremy (played by Chris Demetral). Other characters included Eddie Charles (played by Dorien Wilson), Martin's best friend of 25 years, whose day job served as a talk-show host; Toby Pedalbee (played by Denny Dillon), Martin's secretary; and Gibby Fiske (played by Michael McKean), Martin's Australian employer. John Landis created "Dream On" when he realized, after his film career started to decline, that he had a library's worth of black-and-white film clips from the Universal Studios Television library. With Universal's permission, Landis decided to use the film clips for the lead character's thoughts. Soon after, Landis hired the eventual producer/creator of "Friends," Marta Kauffman, David Crane, & Kevin Bright (under the banner Bright-Kauffman-Crane Productions) to help him pitch the show to Universal, which greenlit the show and jointly distributed it with HBO Entertainment. Tentatively, Nick at Nite shall showcase repeats of "Dream On" regularly starting Monday, March 1, 2010 with a week-long salute to the show titled "Nick at Nite Dreams On," showcasing all 120 episodes of the show in a 7-night period from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. ET/PT each night (encoring the first 4 Monday-Thursday with 18 episodes each night and 16 episodes from 9 p.m.-7 a.m. ET/PT Friday-Saturday nights, encoring the first 4 in the marathon those nights, and the last 16 on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT, encoring from 4-7 a.m. ET/PT) complete, uncut, & unedited, just the way that they originally aired on the HBO Television Network--minus nudity/profanity, which shall be toned down considerably and/or cut for Nick at Nite purposes (e.g. profanity dubbed with words like "screw," "damn," or "crap"). After the marathon, Nick at Nite shall regularly broadcast "Dream On" weeknights with back-to-back episodes at 8 p.m. ET/PT, encoring from 6-7 a.m. ET/PT every night, and Friday-Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, only on Nick at Nite. Sincerely, Danny "dandaman" Hooley
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