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The Last SCTV: A Few More Things

I just wanted to share a few items that were referenced in my last post, The Last SCTV, where I wrote about my last unseen episode of the Canadian comedy series, which I’d finally watched a week or so prior to posting the article. The following images relate to moments I’d mentioned in the article, but didn’t have room to include, and which centered more on the final NBC episode than the one that aired on Cinemax.

First off is the TV Guide listing I’d seen on that fateful day in 1983, for the last NBC show, and the closing line of the synopsis that nearly gave me a coronary:


And because it was 1983, and the Internet was not yet available for me to reference SCTV and its episodes and skits, and because I naturally assumed I’d never see that episode again, I quickly grabbed a scrap sheet of paper at home that night before the show started, and for history’s sake jotted down—sloppily—every sketch that appeared in that final NBC episode as I watched:


Edith Prickley: Live from the Melonville Baths
Whatever Happened to Baby Ed?
Farm Film Celebrity Blowup with guest Neil Sedaka
The Fishin’ Musician with musical guest Joe Walsh
3-D Firing Line with Count Floyd (Topic: Midnight Cowboy II in 3-D)
The Days of the Week
Mel’s Rock Pile: Tribute to punk rock with The Queen Haters
Commercial: ‘The Snake Channel’
Stars in One with Brock Linahan

And finally, in the previous post I also mentioned cast member Dave Thomas’s book SCTV Behind the Scenes, and thought you might like to take a look at its cover. It’s available from Amazon at a decent price, and if you’re a fan of the series I’d say it’s a must-have.



4 comments on “The Last SCTV: A Few More Things

  1. Dracula

    Funny to see the TV Guide from 1983 and the three cable channels. When did the P join ESN?


    • Todd B

      Yeah, a simpler TV lineup back in ’83. I just checked the full page from that TV Guide…every station was limited to either two numbers or three letters for its programming entry, so it may have just been space restrictions (or a need for consistency) that kept the ‘P’ out.


  2. dracula

    You mean there wasn’t a thousand channels to choose from back in 83? Did we have to turn the knob for a channel change?


    • Todd B

      Remember how thin the TV Guide was back then? When we lived in Ramona we only had SIX channels, and there was definitely no such thing as a remote…we had to have one of our butlers stand by the TV and change channels for us.


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