Tune In, Turn On, Get Cancelled
May 6, 2010 3:26 PM Subscribe
posted by jonp72 (43 comments total)
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In 1969, George Schlatter
was riding high as the producer of the high ratings blockbuster, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
. So when Schlatter pitched a show to ABC that was like Laugh In only more so (with faster jokes, faster editing, and even more outrageous topical humor), ABC was willing to let Schlatter have free rein. The result was Turn-On
, a show that bombed so badly it was cancelled the very night it aired.
Unfortunately, for the curious, the show is completely unavailable in any format, except for a brief YouTube clip
from the unaired second episode. George Schlatter
and Tim Conway
both offer their take on the show. One commenter on IMDB even recalls how the show was yanked off the air in the middle of the show
by one TV station, but the other comments
on IMDB about the show are also historically interesting.