Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Saturtainment: Krofft Superstar Hour (1978)

After 2 seasons on ABC, The Krofft Supershow was no more. Undaunted, the Kroffts retooled the concept once more and moved to NBC with the Krofft Superstar Hour. The Bay City Rollers, a hot pop act of the period, would be the show's hosts/house band, replacing Kaptain Kool & the Kongs. The Kongs were essentially breaking up, with Debra Clinger (Super Chick) moving to primetime on CBS' American Girls, which also aired on Saturdays. Michael Lembeck (Kaptain Kool) would join another CBS series, One Day at a Time, leaving Mickey McMeel (Turkey) & impressionist Louise DuArt (Nashville) as part of the repertory company supporting the Rollers. The Kongs would be the special guests on the opener, and we previously showcased a performance clip of "Crazy Girl" from this episode.

Here's the opening episode, from September 9, 1978:



Two months later, NBC overhauled their lineup, and Krofft Superstar Hour was trimmed to 30 minutes and rebranded as The Bay City Rollers Show. Unfortunately, such retooling only postponed the inevitable, as the Rollers played out the string, with the series cancelled the following fall. The Kroffts, however, would produce a couple of primetime variety shows for NBC that had varying degrees of success. The Japanese pop duo, Pink Lady, lasted less than a full year, paired with comic Jeff Altman. Country star Barbara Mandrell, however, would be a hit with viewers, but walked away after just a couple of seasons despite high ratings. When Mandrell and her sisters ended their show, it ended the Kroffts' association with NBC after nearly 15 years.

Rating: None. I never saw the show.

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