Sunday, February 04, 2018

The "lost" CHEERS scene

In all likelihood I will be live tweeting during the Super Bowl.  So if you're not following me ... please do at @KenLevine.  Warning:  There might be one or two snarky ones.  Who can say?  

Now then... A yearly tradition...

For several years I had been talking about the "Lost" CHEERS scene. David and I wrote it for the 1983 Super Bowl Pre-game show to promote our fledgling series. They ran it just before game time and it was seen by 80,000,000 people. Nothing we've ever written before or since has been seen by that many eyeballs at one time. But the scene was never repeated. It never appeared on any DVD's. It just disappeared.

Until a few years ago.

Sportswriter supreme, Joe Resnick had taped every Super Bowl including that one. And since the scene aired so close to the game, it was on the tape.  Sadly, Joe passed away two years ago.   You can read my tribute to him here.

Thanks to friend of the blog, Howard Hoffman, he was able to digitize it and post it on YouTube.  Here's the text of the scene.

So here it is. The Super Bowl is next (ironically, again on NBC)


Peter said...

Lana Wood says she's glad Robert Wagner has been named a person of interest and says he's refused to cooperate with police...

John H said...

Thanks for posting this Ken. Gems such as this as well as bloopers, alternate takes and deleted scenes would be wonderful to see. I've stated on here before how frustrating it is that several Cheers episodes are not presented in the same way they originally aired. The DVD's, syndication and streaming have edits for time and changes to music due to licensing rights.

Karen said...

DGA awards update :

1. Nolan lost.

2. Was very surprised that Sorkin lost the debut film award. Was expecting him to win it easily.

3. One of the best movies of the year's director Martin McDonagh nominated for DGA but not Oscars. Oscars simply has become a joke.

Mike Bloodworth said...

Speaking of snarky, it took TWO of you to write that?!

Barry Traylor said...

Thanks for sharing this with us.