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Dreams aired from October 3rd until October 31st, 1984 on CBS.
Gino Minnelli ( John Stamos), was a welder by day and a rock musician by night. He and the other young members of his group " Dreams" hoped that their music would be the ticket out of their blue-collar Philadelphia neighborhood. Gino was lead singer, lead guitarist, and resident ladykiller. Martha ( Jami Gertz), sang backup, Phil ( Cain Devore), wrote most of their songs and also played guitar, and Weiner ( Albert Macklin), was the flaky keyboard player. The newest member of " Dreams" was Lisa ( Valerie Stevenson), who's father was a wealthy U.S Senator, and who had been recruited mostly for her money. The pleasant surprise for all was that Lisa could really belt out a song. While they worked for their big break, " Dreams" performed regularly at a small neighborhood club owned by Gino's uncle Frank ( Ron Karabatsos). Music video segments were incorporated into each episode of Dreams in an attempt to merge a traditional situation comedy with the hot new fad for music videos. A "soundtrack" LP from the band was released after the show had left the air.
10 fascinating flops from the 1984 television schedule
We bet you do not remember George Clooney in 'E/R.' No, a totally different one.
Thanks to George Orwell, the year 1984 will always be associated with dystopia. But in reality, the year did give birth to the Apple Macintosh, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Air Jordans. On televisions, beloved shows like Moonlighting, Who's the Boss?, Murder, She Wrote, Kate & Allie and Night Court made their debut that year.
Of course, not all new shows were hits. Some were outright duds. But these flops perhaps do not deserve their reputation. They gave us hit pop songs, rising Hollywood stars and interesting premises. Let's take a deep dive into those unsuccessful series of 1984. Did you watch any of them?
Clearly, some television executive saw Tron with his kid and thought, "Let's make a show around those awesome glowing costumes." Certainly, some action series have been built upon flimsier premises, especially in the 1980s. Here, Desi Arnaz, Jr. played a computer programming cop who builds a holographic man, "Automan," who springs forth from the digital world to fight crime at night. A dozen episodes aired before the plug was pulled on poor Automan.
John Stamos has rock chops, but shortly before he was drumming with the Beach Boys, the dashing actor was playing frontman for the fictional pop band Dreams in Dreams. Jami Gertz's hairspray budget equaled the money spent on songwriting. Two of the tracks penned for the series, the theme song "Kiss Me Red" and "Alone," became notable cuts for some big acts. Both Cheap Trick and ELO covered the former, while Heart took "Alone" to No. 1 in 1987.
3. The Duck Factory
A 22-year-old Jim Carrey scored his first lead role in this MTM Enterprises production, about a cartoonist on The Dippy Duck Show. The mid-season replacement scored a sweet time slot after Cheers in the spring, but was dead by summer.
No, not that ER. Though, believe it or not, this E/R also featured George Clooney and took place in a Chicago hospital. However, this E/R had a comedic approach to surgery. Elliott Gould was the star, alongside Mary McDonnell, who — yep — also appeared on NBC's hit drama ER years later. With its concept, comparisons to M*A*S*H were inevitable, especially considering it was slotted after AfterMASH on CBS. The A-Team put the show on a gurney, sadly.
5. Finder of Lost Loves
As with Dreams, the most notable thing about this schmaltzy detective romance was its music. The titular theme song, penned by veteran pop powerhouses Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, became an Adult Contemporary hit for Dionne Warwick. This Aaron Spelling production featured his typical formula of weekly guest stars, making it a sort of mish-mash of The Love Boat and Columbo.
Indeed, not everything Aaron Spelling touched turned to gold. Again, weekly guest stars drifted in and out of this light drama set in the world of magazine publishing. After a mere three episodes, the series was yanked from the schedule, though the remain episodes were eventually burned off by ABC, including some airings in late night. Laugh-In fans take note — this was one of Arte Johnson's last recurring roles on the small screen. That's him up top in the middle with the glasses.
7. Hot Pursuit
In everything but name, Hot Pursuit was essentially a reboot of The Fugitive, with added neon, pleats and sex appeal. Kerrie Keane starred as Kate Wyler, a woman framed for murdering her boss. Her hubby springs her from the joint, and the two go on the run as — you guessed it — fugitives. All along, the true killer was the victim's wife, played by billionaire heiress Dina Merrill, the woman who sold Mar-a-Lago to Donald Trump.
8. The Master
Lee Van Cleef as a ninja master? Sure, why not. It was 1984. The veteran Western actor played the mentor to fledgling martial arts man-of-action Timothy Van Patten. In The Master, he too traveled around in a van, as if Kung Fu had joined The A-Team.
9. The New Show
Saturday Night Live mastermind Lorne Michaels attempted to double his success, albeit during one of the sketch comedy show's true low points. Remember, this was just as Eddie Murphy was leaving SNL, sending the show into its dark age with Robert Downey, Jr. and Anthony Michael Hall. The New Show for all intents and purposes was simply "Friday Night Live." Steve Martin hosted the premiere, with New Edition as musical guests. Both solid bookings, for sure. Loads of talent was here — John Candy, Jeff Goldblum, Catherine O'Hara, Buck Henry, Dave Thomas — but parodies of "Billie Jean" could not help this sketch show from becoming the lowest rated series on network television.
10. Three's A Crowd
Sequel fatique was in full effect already in 1984. Weeks after Three's Company ended its run, John Ritter returned as Jack Tripper in this spin-off. The big difference here was that ladies man Jack had settled down with the love of his life, Vicky, played by Mary Cadorette. A new landlord (Robert Mandan) was no Mr. Roper nor Mr. Furley.
A Review from The New York Times
CBS Airs Sitcom
By JOHN J. O'CONNOR
Published: October 3, 1984
''Dreams'' takes another character from that old series and updates him in the ''Flashdance'' mode. Gino Minnelli, the lead singer in a struggling Philadelphia rock-and-roll band, is a straightforward resurrection of Fonzie, returned to the tender age of 22. Gino is played by John Stamos with the kind of tough-guy egotism that made Henry Winkler a television superstar for nearly a decade. Unfortunately, without a nice-guy Richie for a foil, Gino comes across less irresistible than obnoxious. Mr. Stamos seems to be doing a kind of young Robert Blake, off-putting belligerence and all.
The show is designed as a kind of extended music-video punctuated with dopey dialogue. Gino and his friends need $1,000 to replace a stolen amplifying system. Gino, the devastating ladies' man, is sent to talk a beautiful rich young woman (Valerie Stevenson) into giving the group a loan. She agrees only on condition that she be given a chance to sing with them. An audition is arranged reluctantly and, needless to say, the benefactor turns out to be a most excellent talent. When she's finished singing about ''Mah whole body's achin'/With every move ahm makin','' all present are awestruck. So, in a different sense, was this reviewer.
Ads for ''Dreams'' emphasize that the show comes from the executive producers of ''Flashdance.'' For the record, the executive producers of this first episode are Jon Peters and Peter Guber. The creator/writer is Andy Borowitz, the producer Ronald E. Frazier, and the director Bill Bixby. When not lifting weights in his factory clothes, Gino walks around in what look like rejects from a wardrobe for a Richard Gere movie. If a series can survive on little more than images, ''Dreams'' might have a chance. The prospect is depressing.
The Dreams Episode Guide:
1)-John Stamos plays Gino Minnelli, the lead singer of a Philadelphia rock band. In the opener the group's prospects of getting a regular club gig vanish with their stolen equipment , but an aspiring singer ( Valerie Stevenson) from a prominent family could be their ticket to stardom. ( aired Oct. 3, 1984)
2)-A magazine article crediting Phil ( Cain Devore) with making the band tick threatens his friendship with Gino ( John Stamos); and Weiner ( Albert Macklin) unwittingly becomes the missing link in a councilman's kickback scheme. ( aired Oct. 10, 1984)
3)-When Martha loses her apartment, Lisa offers her a place to stay in hopes of making peace between them.( aired Oct. 17, 1984)
4)-Martha ( Jami Gertz) is paralysed with fear and refuses to perform at the club after receiving letters and phone calls she thinks came from a demented fan. ( aired Oct. 24, 1984)
5)-Can Phil hold onto the dream...and get a hold on his future? featuring the song " Fortune And Fame." ( aired Oct. 31, 1984) Last episode of the series.
Here is Valerie Stevenson's Obituary from The Hollywood Reporter
Singer and Actress Valerie Stevenson Dies at 52
1:30 PM PST 2/3/2015 by Mike Barnes
She starred in the short-lived 1980s CBS musical series 'Dreams' alongside John Stamos and Jami Gertz.
Valerie Stevenson, a singer and actress who starred on the short-lived 1980s CBS musical series Dreams, has died. She was 52.
Stevenson died Jan. 10 of liver disease at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, her family announced.
Stevenson starred alongside John Stamos (then coming off a successful turn on the ABC soap opera General Hospital) and Jami Gertz as drummer-singer Lisa Copley in Dreams, a show about a rock band looking for a record contract.
It was quickly canceled in 1984 after a handful of episodes, but Stevenson later landed a CBS recording contract.
A native of Philadelphia, Stevenson moved at age 16 to Nashville, where she worked at the Grand Ole Opry and as a background vocalist for Louise Mandrell. She also had her own show on The Nashville Network.
Stevenson later appeared on The A-Team, Our Family Honor, The Ellen Burstyn Show and Guiding Light. She most recently lived in Miami.
Survivors include her husband, Lance; daughter, Samantha; sisters, Sharon and Virginia; and brother, William.
In lieu of flowers, Stevenson requested that donations be made to the University of Maryland School of Medicine Liver Transplant Research & Education Fund.
To read some articles about Dreams go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bOJLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=x4sDAAAAIBAJ&dq=dreams%20john%20stamos&pg=4198%2C241446 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2xEdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IJYEAAAAIBAJ&dq=john%20stamos&pg=3205%2C661634
For more on Dreams go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreams_(TV_series)
For a John Stamos website go to http://www.angelfire.com/ny3/johnstamos/
For the theme song of Dreams go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0fMA675oHU and to see John Stamos sing "Alone" from Dreams go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dec_vnZkQE
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