It Was a Thing on TV: Episodes 469 & 470 – The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin/The Virtual Ed Sullivan Show (Pilot Month 2024)

This week on It Was a Thing on TV we begin our annual Pilot Month!

First, one of the amazing technological marvels of the mid-1980s was the story telling teddy bear Teddy Ruxpin.  A cartoon was later created around the world of Teddy Ruxpin but before that, a live-action pilot was created.  Coincidentally, this pilot aired in two parts in late 1985, just in time to purchase Teddy Ruxpin as a holiday gift.

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Then, in 1998, the variety show as we know it had been a dead format for close to 20 years.  However, what if you could revive one of the greatest variety shows ever with a host who had been deceased for nearly a quarter century?  That was attempted by UPN with a virtual Ed Sullivan, voiced by John Byner.  The result was this one-off pilot which was reminiscent of a more recent format, and with star power packing arenas to this day.

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0:36 – The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin

40:44 – Intermission

41:51 – The Virtual Ed Sullivan Show

1:36:47 – This Week in Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour History (5-7-84/5-11-84)