Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Saturtainment: The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show (1974)

CBS wanted to do something different with their Saturday morning lineup, just to prove they weren't resting on their ratings laurels. That "something different" was adding some live-action programming to the schedule. Granted, they already had the CBS Children's Film Festival, hosted by Kukla, Fran, & Ollie, at the bottom of the lineup, but ever since Captain Kangaroo had left Saturdays a few years prior, the network had a mostly animated slate. One experiment was a half-hour variety show featuring the Hudson Brothers. Here's the open to their show, courtesy of Muttley16 and YouTube:

Series regulars Ted Ziegler & Billy Van had also been in the employ of producers Alan Blye & Chris Bearde on Sonny & Cher's prime time show, and Van also starred in the syndicated Hilarious House of Frightenstein, another Bearde production. Murray Langston is better known to most as the Unknown Comic, a frequent visitor on The Gong Show, which Bearde initially co-produced with host Chuck Barris. Freeman King, another member of the Sonny & Cher repertory company, would later serve as announcer-DJ on Merv Griffin's Dance Fever. The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show is available on DVD, so if you want to show your kids what you watched when you were their age, here's a great example.

Rating: B.

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