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SCTV - Early Years Press Release

Posted by Gord Lacey


Three Disc Set, Showcasing the Comic Genius of John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Rick Moranis, Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas, Debuts October 24, 2006 from Shout! Factory Extensive Bonus Material Includes Three New Featurettes and Running Commentaries

LOS ANGELES, CA - The trailblazing sketch comedy SCTV began in the '70s with a low-to-no-budget half-hour show airing monthly on Canada's Global Television network but it didn't take long for the exceptional cast and writers to make their mark on the comedy-loving counterculture. These early episodes, starring John Candy (Spaceballs), Catherine O'Hara (Best In Show), and a fledgling all-star cast, arrive on DVD for the very first time as SCTV: The Best Of The Early Years, a three disc box set, debuts on disc this October 24th from Shout! Factory. These early years gave rise to many of the show's signature characters who would eventually become household names: Guy Caballero, Edith Prickley and The McKenzie Brothers, as well as Earl Camembert, Floyd Robertson, Johnny LaRue, Sammy Maudlin and Bobby Bittman. SCTV: The Best Of The Early Years is a collection of the show's best half-hour episodes and a tribute to the raw talent and limitless creativity of the people who built the SCTV network. The three-disc DVD box set arrives packed with bonus content, including three newly edited featurettes and running commentaries, all for the suggested list price of $39.98.

Now celebrating it's 30th anniversary, SCTV (an acronym for Second City Television), began in 1976 as a simple show featuring comedic performers from the famed, improvisational Second City Theatre in Toronto. The series was the first television show based entirely upon the concept of satirizing the medium of television itself, which enabled the writers and performers - whose on-screen ranks included at various points Harold Ramis (Ghost Busters), Eugene Levy (American Pie), Robin Duke (Groundhog Day), Tony Rosato ("Saturday Night Live"), Andrea Martin (The Producers), Dave Thomas (Strange Brew) and Rick Moranis (Honey, I Shrunk The Kids) - to skewer everything from feature films, promos and commercials to such familiar local television staples as late-night horror movie hosts and the backstage goings-on at the fictional SCTV station itself. Originally created for Canadian television, SCTV was picked-up by NBC after three seasons and ran for two years on the network, eventually moving to Cinemax for a final season.

*1982 - Emmy, Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program; Shared by John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara, Dave Thomas, Dick Blasucci, Paul Flaherty, Bob Dolman, John McAndrew, Doug Steckler, Mert Rich, Jeffrey Barron, Michael Short, Chris Cluess, Stu Kreisman, Brian McConnachie; 1983 - Emmy, Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program; Shared by John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Martin Short, Dick Blasucci, Paul Flaherty, John McAndrew, Doug Steckler, Bob Dolman, Michael Short, Jeffrey Barron, Mary Charlotte Wilcox.

DVD Contents:

Disc One (Episodes):

  1. "Municipal Election"/Airdate: October 21, 1978 - SCTV's first election episode with Johnny LaRue (John Candy) running for City Council.

  2. "SCTV'S 30th Anniversary Special"/Airdate: November 25, 1978 - SCTV celebrates its "30th Anniversary" with tributes to '50s television, including a parody of the 1952 McCarthy Hearings.

  3. "On The Waterfront Again"/Airdate: January 20, 1979 - Bobby Bittman and Lola Heatherton show clips of their new film on "The Sammy Maudlin Show."

  4. "Thursday Night Live"/Airdate: September 26, 1980 - "Live from Edmonton, it's Thursday Night," SCTV's hip new comedy series takes direct aim at their friends in New York!

  5. "My Factory, My Self"/Airdate: October 10, 1980 - Dolly (Andrea Martin) goes from victim to victor in this spoof of the overly earnest women's lib films of the '70s.
Disc One (Special Features):
  • Commentaries by executive producer Andrew Alexander, Robin Duke and Joe Flaherty

  • Looking Back with Andrea Martin - It's a long way from Portland, ME to Broadway but in this exclusive interview, Tony® and Emmy® award-winner Andrea Martin looks back on her theater roots, SCTV, and the wonderful characters it spawned.
Disc Two (Episodes):
  1. "Death Motel"/Airdate: October 17, 1980 - From "Sunrise Semester" to Count Floyd's "Monster Chiller Horror Theater," to Bob and Doug, this episode has it all.

  2. "Play It Again, Bob"/Airdate: October 31, 1980 - Woody Allen (Rick Moranis) gets writing help from Bob Hope (Dave Thomas) and Bing Crosby (Joe Flaherty).

  3. "Gaslight"/Airdate: November 7, 1980 - Tony Rosato is "Chick Monk: Roadie Marriage Counselor," Dick Cavett (Moranis) interviews Dick Cavett (Moranis), and Cecil (Flaherty) and the low-class maid Tessie (Robin Duke) drive Cynthia (Andrea Martin) crazy in a parody of a suspense classic.

  4. "The Sammy Maudlin Show"/Airdate: November 28, 1980 - Bob Hope (Thomas) appears on "The Sammy Maudlin Show" to promote his new special, "I Owe Peking 2000 Dollars." The miracle of "back bacon" is discussed by Bob and Doug.

  5. "Hollywood Salutes Its Extras"/Airdate: December 19, 1980 - "Bill Needle's Mailbag" takes a beating, Bob and Doug discuss exercise, and Kirk Douglas (Flaherty) hosts a special look at the Hollywood extra.
Disc Two (Special Features):
  • The Mackenzie Brothers - Take Off, Eh - From deep within the archives of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), comes this 1982 look at how Hoser-mania swept Canada. Taken from the CBC news magazine "The Journal," this is the first time this story has been seen in its entirety in over 20 years.
Disc Three (Episodes):
  1. "The Irwin Allen Show"/Airdate: December 26, 1980 - Former station manager Moe Green is being held by radical Lutonians and Guy wont pay the ransom. Irwin Allen's classic '70s disaster movies sink lower with Shelley Winters (Duke), Charlton Heston (Flaherty) and Red Buttons (Thomas).

  2. "1984 - Big Brother"/Airdate: January 2, 1981 - On New Year's Eve, Guy Caballero dreams of the network's future (1984!) with programming like "Komrade Kangaroo" and the "Doublethink Game Show." Dr. Sid Dithers (Eugene Levy) discusses stress.

  3. "Two Way TV/Pit Bulls"/Airdate: January 9, 1981 - Mr. Kessler (Moranis) demonstrates a way to use your TV for banking and medical services - even to choose the programs you watch! Earl Camembert covers a dog fight.

  4. "Midnight Express Special"/Airdate: January 23, 1981 - A combination of the film Midnight Express and the rock performance TV series, The Midnight Special, hosted by none other than Abbott & Costello, with a special appearance by Wolf Man Jack (Moranis) and Randy Newman (Thomas).

  5. "Dick Cavett"/Airdate: February 27, 1981 - "Monster Chiller Horror Theater" presents Dick Cavett! Cavett (Moranis) interviews Bobby Bittman (Levy). Bob and Doug, on the lam, discuss cops.
Disc Three (Special Features):
  • SCTV At The Firehall - For over 20 years the historic "Old Firehall" was the home of Toronto's famous Second City Theatre. Second City/SCTV Executive Producer Andrew Alexander gives a personal behind the scenes tour explaining how it became an incubator for SCTV and Gilda's Club.
Catalog: 826663101461
Price (SLP): $39.98
Release Date: October 24, 2006
Rating (US): TV PG
Running Time: -/- 7 hours

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