March 29, 2020
March 28, 2020
|High shot of the contestant moving up the game board.|
The show was similar to Heatter-Quigley’s earlier Video Village Junior in that it was like a living board game. Two children contestants moved around a giant game board by a number of spaces (1-4) determined by a set of flashing lights stopped when two other children, known as “The Pressers”, pressed a button. The children then had to either answer a question correctly or successfully perform a stunt to earn “Shenaniganzas”; in-game money used to exchange for prizes in the Top Value Stamps Catalog. “Shenaniganzas” would also be awarded whenever a contestant landed on specific spots on the board. Other spots included “Lose a Turn”, “Free Turn”, or “Go to the Dog House”, which acted like a time-out jail for a contestant until they pressed an unmarked button that played a specifically requested sound.
|Kenny the Cop puts a contestant in the dog house.|
Many of the stunts were inspired by Milton Bradley’s games, such as having to play Operation on a life-sized dummy. To determine which kid started the game, the two of them played a game of Time Bomb (essentially “Hot Potato” with a toy bomb). There was also an assortment of carnival games, such as a test of strength, balloon popping, and a haunted house where a mystery prize could be retrieved from the “Shenanighoul” that lived inside. The first one across the finish line or farthest ahead when time ran out won the game. The runner-up got whatever “Shenaniganzas” they accumulated and an assortment of consolation prizes like fishing rods or bikes, as well as a copy of the Shenanigans board game. The winner also won the board game and a slightly better assortment of prizes, such as a record player. The Pressers were also given an assortment of Milton Bradley games for their participation.
|Confronting the Shenanighoul for a prize.|
Shenanigans originally aired locally on New York City’s WPIX in 1952 with Bob Quigley serving as the host. It only lasted 6 months. For the retooled ABC version, Stubby Kaye was enlisted as “The Mayor of Shenanigans” and also sang the theme song written by Barry DeVorzon (as DeVorshon) and Kelly Gordon. Kenny Williams served as the announcer and Kenny the Cop, similar to the roles he performed on Video Village. Along with standard commercial breaks, a loud Morse code-like signal would tell Williams to head over to a wall of Milton Bradley games and do an in-show commercial for one of them. Kaye and Williams would also perform various goofy comedy routines to open and close out each episode. The show’s music was composed by Arlo and costumes were done by Deryk Brian.
|The Shenanigans board game.|
March 26, 2020
March 21, 2020
|Itchy Brother model sheet.|
|Odie Colognie character art.|
|Itchy, Biggy and Professor Messer.|
|Tooter Turtles protecting the highways.|
|The Hunter is on the case.|
|Officer Flim Flannigan congratulates The Hunter in capturing The Fox.|
|One of the album releases showcasing all of the series' characters.|
March 18, 2020
(September 13, 1937-January 30, 2020)
Notable Roles: Television network executive, producer
Silverman landed his first job at WGN-TV in Chicago due to his 406-page master’s thesis that analyzed 10 years of ABC network programming. He soon returned to his native New York at WPIX, and then at CBS where he was put in charge of the network’s daytime programming. Part of his efforts was to put some focus on the Saturday morning schedule and make it as strong as any weekday one. He gave Filmation their first series job, commissioning The New Adventures of Superman, and filled up the morning schedule with action-oriented cartoons in the hopes of mirroring the popularity of ABC’s live-action Batman. It proved equally successful, and soon the other networks were copying CBS in the following seasons. Unfortunately, that success drew the attention that lead to the creation of Action for Children’s Television, a grassroots group dedicated to “cleaning up” content geared towards children and providing more educational fare. Silverman adapted and shifted the schedule to a comedy-oriented format. The unbridled success of Filmation’s The Archie Show led Silverman to seek similar programming, and steered Hanna-Barbera towards the production of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! For the rest of CBS, Silverman eliminated all of their country-oriented programs (known as the “rural purge”) and commissioned hits such as All in the Family, M*A*S*H, Cannon, Barnaby Jones and others. He also had the network abandon the practice of video tape wiping, preserving all of their productions. In 1975, Silverman was named president of ABC Entertainment and proceeded to work his magic on that network; propelling them from last to first place in the ratings with shows such as The Bionic Woman, Charlie’s Angels, Three’s Company, Soap, Fantasy Island, Roots and helping to breathe new life into their failing soap operas. He also had to help save Happy Days from the brink of cancellation where he had put it while at CBS. Once CBS’ option for Scooby-Doo ran out, he commissioned new shows over on his new network while further nurturing a long relationship with Hanna-Barbera. Unfortunately, one of his few failures was Filmation’s Uncle Croc’s Block, which bombed so spectacularly that Silverman ended his association with the studio and gave more work to Hanna-Barbera. Ironically, all that extra work left Silverman feeling that Hanna-Barbera was being stretched too thin creatively, so he encouraged former Hanna-Barbera employees Joe Ruby and Ken Spears to form their own production company to offer some competition and alleviate that workload with the hopes that Hanna-Barbera would return to form. Looking for a new challenge, Silverman left ABC in 1978 to become President and CEO of NBC, earning him the rare distinction of being the head of all three major networks. Unfortunately, his brief tenure there proved to be disastrous as his failures largely outnumbered his successes. The drama Supertrain, the most expensive TV series produced at the time, nearly bankrupted the network when it flopped. In contrast, The Smurfs ended up becoming a massive success and running and impressive 9 seasons; long after Silverman left the network. In 1981, Silverman formed his own production company, The Fred Silverman Company, and produced the hit series Matlock, Jake and the Fatman, In the Heat of the Night, Father Dowling Mysteries, Diagnosis Murder and the Perry Mason TV movies. They also produced the cartoons Pandamonium, Meatballs and Spaghetti, The Mighty Orbots and Piggsburg Pigs. Following ABC’s success with Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Silverman executive produced a revival of the quiz show Twenty One for NBC, and produced a series of murder mystery telepics. In 1995, he was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award for enhancing the perception of women through television and was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1999. Silverman spent his later years teaching courses on television at USC. Silverman died at the start of 2020 from cancer.
Saturday Morning Credits:
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Meatballs and Spaghetti
The Mighty Orbots