Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000)

The success of the movie "Toy Story" led to one of its central characters being spun off into his own TV series. Unfortunately, all it proved was that Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, despite being in a setting more to his liking, wasn't a hit without Woody, Mr. Potato Head, and the rest of the toys in Andy's room.

The series spent just 1 year on ABC, 2 on UPN, as it aired concurrently on both networks for the first year. While Tim Allen (most recently on ABC's Last Man Standing) reprised his role from "Toy Story" as Buzz in the opening pilot movie, he gave way to Patrick Warburton (currently on Rules of Engagement) for the rest of the series. Otherwise, Disney filled the cast with plenty of star power, including the likes of Jon Favreau, John O'Hurley, and Wayne Knight. Even though ABC was available in more homes than UPN, they opted not to renew Buzz, who now languishes in the Disney vaults.

Here's the open, with narration by Gary Owens:

Co-producers Bob Schooley & Mark MacCorkindale would bounce back a couple of years later with Kim Possible, and we all know how well that turned out.

Rating: None. Didn't watch the show enough to merit a rating.

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