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“Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” To Hit the Big Screen
December 12, 2011  | By About TVWW  | 3 comments
 
(Archive of American Television - December 12th, 2011) George Clooney and Smokehouse Pictures are set to produce a movie about Smothers Brothers Tom and Dick, in an adaptation of David Bianculli’s book, Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The film will follow the controversy surrounding the Smothers Brothers’ short-lived television variety show, which debuted in 1967 and was abruptly canceled by CBS in 1969. The program attracted a young, anti-establishment audience, and often featured anti-war activists and punchlines at the expense of the government — which in turn led to infamous censorship battles between The Smothers Brothers and the network.
 
In their Archive Interview from 2000, Tom and Dick Smothers spoke in depth about the cancellation of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour -- (more)
 
 
 
 
 
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john kramer
hello mr. bianculli,
i just finished your book, dangerously funny, and enjoyed it tremendously. i was just curious, however, why there is no mention whatsoever of jerry/lorenzo music, who was a staff writer for the first two seasons, and of course went on to greater fame in several ways...show creator, theme song writer, voice-over artist as carlton the doorman, garfield, and others?
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deb dugger
Please come to netflix...I miss your humor...Still so timely today...
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Jim Clark
David: I'm from Akron, a fan of the site, and of the Smothers Brothers since the mid-60s, I'm about to turn 57. Was hoping you could shed some light on when season one of the Comedy Hour might become available. Most fans want to see Tom and Dick on the shows, we can find the musically acts anywhere on the internet. Hope you can shed some light.
May 15, 2012   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
Dear Jim -- Hi to Akron! Loved my time there. Season 1, I'm guessing, won't come out until and unless the movie is made based on my book -- so we shouldn't hold our breath, though it's possible. Meanwhile, search for Smothers Brothers on YouTube. There's tons of stuff from the early days.
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now avaialble on Amazon.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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