Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
In 2001, the twins gained their
third regular television series with the short-lived So Little Time,
as well as their first foray into Saturday morning with Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action! Created
by ex-Groundlings member Robin Riordan, the series
followed Mary-Kate and Ashley as Special Agents Misty and Amber who journeyed
around the globe to battle sinister villains and their plots to conquer the
world. Joining them on missions was field agent Rodney Choy (Terry Chen),
genius technician Ivan Quintero (Michael Monroe) and talking Scottish Terrier
Quincy (Brendan Beiser). Despite being full of action, the show shied away from
violence by using minor physical contact (tackling, tripping, etc.) or schemes
to defeat the opposition. Each adventure was designed to give an educational
moment fulfilling FCC requirements. Donald F. Roberts,
Ph.D. served as the series’ educational consultant.
and Ashley In Action! debuted as part of Disney’s
Saturday Morning on ABC on October 20,
2001. Each episode featured live-action wrap-around segments depicting
Mary-Kate and Ashley arriving to the premier of their new film (or, rather, the
episode) and being stopped by a reporter to say a few words about the upcoming
story. At the end of each episode, the twins would be riding away in their limo
offering a few post-adventure observations. Dualstar Productions and Wunderfilm, Inc. handled
these segments, while DiC
Entertainment supervised the animated portions. The series’ theme was
composed by S. Hoffer and Ginny Smith, while L.A. Piccirillo and Jean-Michel Guirao handled the
incidental episode music.
The book series.
Unfortunately for the Olsen twins,
neither of their series in 2001 lasted beyond their first season, but don’t
feel too bad for them: they would go on to convert Dualstar into a fragrance
company while running their own fashion empire. In Action! was canceled at the conclusion of its season in June of
2002, however Dualstar Books and HarperEntertainment
continued to publish a series of eight
books based on the show well into 2003. Mattel
dual packs of dolls with both girls in different outfits, as well as a playset
of their jet. In 2005, Warner
Home Video released a DVD
collecting 5 episodes, the only release of the series so far. In 2015, Nickelodeon purchased the rights to the twins’ various
television shows and movies and announced plans to re-air In Action! on their network sometime in
5000” (10/20/01) – NO SYNOPSIS AVAILABLE
With Purchase” (10/27/01) – Renee La Rouge uses specially formulated cosmetics
to control anyone who uses them.
Mean Team” (11/3/01) – Misty and Amber attend the Global Games to search for
the evil genius intent on destroying it.
Turned the Music Off?” (11/10/01) – Misty and Amber pose as DJs in order to
find out why Capital D’s music is now the only music.
Evaporation” (11/17/01) – Clive Hedgemorton-Smythe plans to control all of the
Love” (12/22/01) – Misty and Amber investigate why new robotic toys lead pet
owners to neglect their animals.
“Tout Sweet” (12/29/01) – NO SYNOPSIS
Cat’s Meow” (1/19/02) – Quincy goes undercover at a cat show in Cairo to find
out who is stealing cats.
Food” (1/26/02) – Misty and Amber go undercover at a restaurant to find out
who’s trying to take over the world’s dining establishments.
of Her Hair” (2/2/02) – Misty and Amber are framed for a series of art thefts.
Much Fun” (2/9/02) – Misty and Amber have to figure out why a group of talented
teenagers have suddenly lost all their skills.
a Lather” (2/16/02) – Misty and Amber go undercover as trapeze artists in order
to keep Renee La Rouge from altering the humor of the clowns at the
international clown festival.
on Fire” (2/23/02) – Clive Hedgemoroton-Smythe promises to go straight if Misty
and Amber help get him back into shape.
Kidding” (4/6/02) – Misty and Amber are on vacation in New Orleans with Rod and
Jenna when they’re confronted by a series of ghost sightings.
Trouble” (4/13/02) – Misty and Amber investigate the disappearance of zoo
animals around the world.
a Wave” (4/20/02) – On a field trip to the Galapagos Islands, Misty and Amber
get involved with a mystery involving sea monsters, bubble wrap and fruitcake.
in the Air” (4/27/02) – Misty and Amber enter a vintage plane race to
investigate the disappearance of the entrants’ planes.
Stuff” (5/4/02) – Clive Hedgemorton-Smythe kidnaps all of Misty and Ambers’ guy
friends thinking the girls can’t function without them.
Off” (5/11/02) – Clive Hedgemoroton-Smyth kidnaps the host of a popular nature
show and Misty and Amber have to get him back.
Gone” (5/18/02) – Oliver Dickens kidnaps Quincy while posing as a princess.
You Dig It?!” (5/25/02) – Misty and Amber head to a Mexican dig site to
investigate the haunting of a Mayan pyramid by the ghost of King Michu Pachu.
Encounters” (6/1/02) – Oliver Dickens kidnaps Ivan at a sci-fi convention and
Misty and Amber have to rescue him before midnight.
Hair Day” (6/8/02) – Renee La Rouge joins Misty and Amber in stopping Clive
Hedgemoroton-Smythe’s plan to immobilize everyone with bad hair.
Reviews” (6/15/02) – Misty and Amber head to Russia to find a missing all-girl
band and battle villainous music producer CD.
to Trot” (6/22/02) – Clive Hedgemoroton-Smythe attempts to create his pony
collection by shrinking and stealing the world’s horse population.
Traps” (6/29/02) – The Shred Squad creates massive earthquakes to topple the
world’s landmarks in order to create massive skate parks.