I get a lot of e-mails from people asking me about television shows, made-for-TV movies or miniseries they remember from years or decades past. I try to answer each question as best I can. Every now and then I like to dig through my inbox and pull out a few choice e-mails to answer here at Television Obscurities for everyone to read. Keep reading for today’s questions and answers.
I have a question: Do you remember a show from about 15 years ago? I think it was hosted by Steve Allen, and it was called, “The Start of Something Big.” I’d love to be able to watch recordings from that show. It was really good.
The Start of Something Big was an hour-long syndicated series hosted by Steve Allen that explored how famous people and products got their start. It was created by Alfred M. Masini and was his fifth syndicated series after Solid Gold, Entertainment Tonight, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and Star Search. Robin Leach, who hosted Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, was also involved producing the series.
The series premiered in January 1985. According to Allen, “it’s [a] simple and pleasant duty for me and to the extent that I can provide interesting information, it’s philosophically justified” . Tom Shales, reviewing the series for The Washington Post, referred to it as “a tape pastiche of featurettes about how now-famous people got their breaks and how such things as the bikini, ice cream and potato chips were invented. This is back-of-the-book stuff even in The Farmer’s Almanac” .
According to an April 6th, 1986 article in The New York Times, The Start of Something Big “turned a profit [but] failed to create enough interest to allow production for next season” . How many episodes were produced and when the series went off the air is unknown.
I was wondering, there was a Halloween TV show for kids that aired in 1981. It was called the Crown of Bogg and was produced by “ALF” creator Paul Fusco. I was wondering if you’ve heard of it?
The earliest television listing I have found for “The Crown of Bogg” is from October 1982. Some sources refer to it as a cartoon, others as a puppet show. It seems to have been shown during October on a variety of cable channels — including Showtime and Nickelodeon — throughout the 1980s. If anyone has more information about this half-hour special, please speak up. It may have also been shown locally on television stations in some areas.