Friday, February 1, 2013

Saturtainment: 100 Deeds For Eddie McDowd (1999)

In some respects, 100 Deeds For Eddie McDowd was ahead of its time.

The Nickelodeon series lasted three seasons, centered on a vain bully who is turned into a dog by a wanderer known only as The Drifter (Richard Moll, ex-Night Court). In order to become human again, Eddie must perform 100 good deeds alongside the last boy he bullied.

Unfortunately, viewers lost interest in the series, and thus when it ended in 2002, Eddie was not finished. Fan fiction fanatics are encouraged to dream up their own ending scenarios. Two actors ended up voicing Eddie during the show's run. Seth Green (Family Guy, Robot Chicken) was the original, but commitments to other projects, I'm assuming, led to his departure, replaced by Jason Hervey (ex-The Wonder Years), who is now a producer. Like it really mattered. To me, it didn't seem as though Eddie was getting the idea, and was more interested in resuming his human form ASAP.  Moll is so unrecognizable as Drifter, you'd forget he was on a hit show a few years earlier.

Here's the opener, "Tagged":

It might've worked better if it started with a backdoor pilot on another Nick series, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, which had stories of a mystical nature.

Rating: C.

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