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Old 04-12-2011, 10:55 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Valerie / The Hogan Family Chosen As The WORST Case Of Retooling A Show

1. Valerie / Valerie’s Family: The Hogans / The Hogan Family (1986-91)

A long-term relationship with a TV show can be like a long relationship with any public institution. Sometimes the shows adapt to the needs of their patrons, evolving in tone, style, and purpose over time. Sometimes there’s turnover in personnel. And sometimes even the name changes. Rhoda star Valerie Harper returned to TV in 1986 with the sitcom Valerie, playing a working mother trying to balance the demands of her job and the rambunctiousness of three growing boys, including a teenage Jason Bateman. The show was often issue-driven, discussing teen sex, condom use, drunk driving, and AIDS. Then Harper quarreled with her producers, presuming (wrongly, as it turns out) that a show called Valerie couldn’t afford to lose its star. The next season, Valerie became Valerie’s Family: The Hogans (and later just The Hogan Family), and Harper’s character was killed off and replaced by her sister-in-law, played by Sandy Duncan. The topical subject matter gradually faded too, and the show became more about everyone in the household—including a crochety old grandpa added during thefinal season—trying to find romance. Before it was cancelled for good, the show even jumped from NBC to CBS. Anyone who stuck with it through all that was devoted. (But to what?)

http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-c...etoolin,25099/



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Actually it was one of the best cases of retooling a show. lol
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I agree, Sonny. Though I wonder why they kept using Valerie's name once she was no longer on it. They should've called it The Hogan Family as soon as Valerie Harper was off the program.
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And it had one of TV's best theme songs too!!
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Yup, the song was sung by Roberta Flack and written by Charles Gimbel/Norman Fox, the team who gave us "Killing Me Softly With His Song".
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Worst Case of Re-Tooling? I don't think so! I actually loved the show with both Valerie and Sandy in the lead. It dealt with a lot of topics such as racism and AIDS. Why it isn't on DVD, I'll never know, but at least the episodes are on YouTube to watch.
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I agree, Sonny. Though I wonder why they kept using Valerie's name once she was no longer on it. They should've called it The Hogan Family as soon as Valerie Harper was off the program.
That first year it was called Valerie's Family but on the opening credits it said Valeries Family and then it said The Hogans. lol I guess they wanted people to know it was the same show.
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Reminds me of the Dynasty spin-off series The Colbys: when it premiered the opening credits said:

Dynasty II: The Colbys, just so the audience knew it was a sequel to Dynasty. "Dynasty II" was soon dropped and it became known just as, The Colbys.


Getting back on subject, I might have thought Chico & the Man, might have been the worst case of re-tooling.
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I like the theme where Roberta Flack sang the song.

Here's a good mash-up between Hulk Hogan and The Hogan Family....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt1QNn-N1w8
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Personally, I'm glad it obtained that position as the worst case of a retool, as, in my opinion, it helps ward off greedy producers from doing something to hurt a show, such as ignoring the good advice that an actor gives out. Indeed, if I was the judge in the case, not only would Ms. Harper would have received the settlement that she certainly deserved, but I also would have ordered her to be written back onto the show, and I would have ordered Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett, the producers responsible for Ms. Harper's dismissal, as well as the executives at Lorimar-Telepictures and NBC donate their entire salaries from the show to actor's groups for a 6 year period.

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That first year it was called Valerie's Family but on the opening credits it said Valeries Family and then it said The Hogans. lol I guess they wanted people to know it was the same show.
Just always struck me as weird.
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To me the worst case of retooling a show was Gimme a Break! After the death of Chief Kiniski his daughters were dropped from the show and Nell and Joey and a few assorted friends moved to New York. It became a completely different show. Gimme a Break!!!!
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Definitely disagree.

One of the worst show retoolings was Buck Rogers. They went from being on Earth to the spaceship, and added the lame robot Crichton.

Another one was Welcome Back, Kotter when they had the Sweat Hogs working for the school.
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OK, I've got the worst retooling to end all worst retooling...

The original "Battlestar Galactica" was retooled after being cancelled in 1979. The new show was called "Galactica: 1980" and it was a disaster. Even to my very uncritical 15 year old eyes, it was obviously a failure. It aired at 6 CST, so they had to make it much more family friendly, i.e. very little violence or intense situations. Almost the entire cast was gone, with only Lorne Greene and Herb Jefferson Jr returning, as the characters had moved about twenty years into the future. They didn't even bother saying what had happened to most of the characters that were gone! Robbie Rist, Nazis, kids on flying ten speeds all figured into the plots...need I say more??
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OK, I've got the worst retooling to end all worst retooling...

The original "Battlestar Galactica" was retooled after being cancelled in 1979. The new show was called "Galactica: 1980" and it was a disaster. Even to my very uncritical 15 year old eyes, it was obviously a failure. It aired at 6 CST, so they had to make it much more family friendly, i.e. very little violence or intense situations. Almost the entire cast was gone, with only Lorne Greene and Herb Jefferson Jr returning, as the characters had moved about twenty years into the future. They didn't even bother saying what had happened to most of the characters that were gone! Robbie Rist, Nazis, kids on flying ten speeds all figured into the plots...need I say more??

That was awful, but I did love that episode about Starbuck and the Cylon stranded on the planet together, I assume it was an unaired episode not used in the original.
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