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WLS Channel 7 - Bizarre with Richard Dawson (Opening & Break, 1979)

Here's something pretty...odd. The opening sketch and first break for the Richard Dawson hosted version of Bizarre - the same show that would eventually be aired here in the States on Showtime, with host John Byner.

This was a failed pilot which ABC passed on. Includes:

Ending of a WLS Eyewitness Newsbrief with Joel Daly

Opening of Bizarre

Commercial: Datsun 210 Hatchback

Commercial: Purina Fit & Trim dog food - "Before your dog loses his shape."

Return from commercial break for more Bizarre

This aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday, March 20th 1979 at 9:30pm.

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WGBO (when it was WFBN) Channel 66 reran the Showtime series in the mid '80s.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Monday, October 26th 2015 at 10:48am.

I have the Bizarre DVD box set (the Showtime uncensored episodes), and the exact same bit in this video was redone except with John Byner. The same actress that plays the housewife and I think the kid were the only original players. Looks like ABC passed this up in favor of Fridays; another lost classic. Too bad you don't see shows like this anymore.
Comment posted by ArmitageNLowell on Tuesday, October 27th 2015 at 11:23am.

The Byner Bizarre aired in the mid-to-late '80's on WOR Channel 9 in New York City / Secaucus, NJ, often back-to-back with half-hour edit repeats of The Benny Hill Show.

I suppose in one respect, given what was written and documented about Dawson's original run as Family Feud host (1976-85), it was probably just as well this Bizarre didn't fly . . . (but then, you have to remember, he juggled FF and his panelist's role on Match Game '7# for two years before he left the latter show).

Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, October 27th 2015 at 2:52pm.

I don't know if that is Jackson Beck doing the voiceover for the Datsun 210 Hatchback TV commercial.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Friday, October 30th 2015 at 4:07pm.

I liked that sketch. A shame Dawson didn't get a chance to shine in Prime Time because I think he would've knocked it out of the park on a show like this. The man was a very good comic talent.
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Saturday, October 31st 2015 at 8:03pm.

The early to mid 1980's Bizarre series aired on Showtime in the USA was produced in Canada (The 1979 Bizarre pilot Richard Dawson hosted was produced in the USA). One of the Bizarre stars - Super Dave Osborne, later got his own Showtime series in the mid to late 1980's.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Sunday, November 1st 2015 at 8:48pm.

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