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Nick at Nite Request: "Dream On"

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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.

Danny "dandaman" Hooley

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