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Baseball Players on SNL with Helen Hunt
Does anyone remember why all of the MLB players were on SNL? What was sketch they were in? I'm a big fan of many of these players, and of Helen Hunt, so I'm sure I watched this episode but am drawing a blank as to why the players were on here.
I saw Jack Nicholson is listed too, so it must have been around the time "As good as it gets" was out in theaters and around the time that Helen won her Oscar...(What is she up to these days, anyway?)
This isn't the one where some of the players played Baseball Player's wives is it?
If someone knows, please clue me in...
Return to Green Acres (1990)
While it was a treat to see the old cast back together, the film suffered from "Reunion" fever that plagued many of the reunion movies of the era. Hatching a silly plot involving spies and trying to stretch it into a two hour movie was a huge mistake.
If they had bothered to watch the old series they would have known that the deviation from the original was killing what they were making before they even filmed it!
The old show consisted of wacky characters that the audience cared about, not some crazy plot that drags the characters out of the places we like to see them in. I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure it didn't even show the interiors of the characters homes, and in the case of "Green Acres," the old Haney Place (the Douglas's farm) and Druker's Store were practically characters in themselves.
Besides that, in updating us on the town of Hooterville they forgot to include anyone from "Petticoat Junction," or even the Shady Rest Hotel, for that matter! This was a cookie-cutter production designed to cash in on nostalgia for the series. The actors were great, the script a shambles, and sadly the last time we got to see Pat Buttram, Alvey Moore and Eva Gabor act together.
They should have left the good work that was the original series..alone.
Green Acres (1965)
Best Television series ever?
I once heard "Green Acres" described as being "Twin Peaks:the sitcom," which isn't too far off base if you take away the darker elements of "Peaks."
I'm not sure it's the best television series either, but it certainly my favorite, and the best thing about it is that it was funny when I was four years old, still funny when I was a teenager, and even funnier now that I'm in my late 30's and can sit and watch the show with my young sons.
Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor should have won multiple emmy's. The writers stand alone as some of the funniest sitcom writers of all time. Jay Somers and Paul Henning are geniuses. The amazing thing about this show is at a time when most shows were star driven, this show gives all of the actors great lines and showcases for their talent.
Of course, Oliver and Lisa are my favorite denizens of Hooterville, but I have a lot of fondness for Eb (who is endlessly funny), Mr. Haney (who my kids think is the funniest person ever!) and Mr. Kimble (who ALWAYS cracks me up!).
"Green Acres" really is the place to be. It's funny, it's family friendly and it is one of the best shows of all time!
The DVD is great too, but I would have loved some extra commentaries from some of the surviving cast members!
David Cox Independence Missouri