Fridays (TV Series 1980–1982) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Live late-night comedy sketch show similar to "Saturday Night Live."

  • Essentially, this was the show that everyone was tuning into after The Not-Ready-For-Primetime-Players left Saturday Night Live. SNL's new cast was bombing badly, with only two cast members gaining any recognition (Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo). Fridays was doing well, until reality intruded in the form of Nightline with Ted Koppel. Originally, Koppel's news show was simply an update to the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Each night ABC would begin a summation of the days events in Iran immediately after the local news. Koppel's show became a permanent fixture, and was expanded to a full hour. Rather than start the show on Fridays at 12:30am, ABC tried to move the show to primetime, at 8pm, and on a different day of the week, no less! The last latenight episode featured Melanie Chartoff and Brian Mahler remaining in character but going off script and complaining about going to primetime. And they were right. The latenight audience did not find them, and the show was cancelled shortly thereafter.

  • "Fridays" was a live comedy program themed after "Saturday Night Live," but it did not run in "prime time," it aired after the local nightly news, usually at midnight EST. The comedy sketches were often quite bizzare, especially those involving Richards or David. Also, it did indeed have musical performances, with a much stronger new-wave/punk focus than SNL. Musical guests included the Boomtown Rats (Bob Geldof sang "I Don't Like Mondays"), Split Enz (the Finn brothers sang "I Got You"), and The Clash (Joe Strummer howled-out "London Calling").


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