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Saturday Night Live - Albert Brooks - "Fall Preview" (1979)

Ok, this one doesn't have any local material in it but it's still worthy. It's a hilarious send-up of Television previews for some shows that certainly wouldn't have gotten the green light: Medical Season, The Three of Us, and Black Vet.

(cut a bit at the beginning because the guy taping thought at first it was a real commercial break promo!)

Albert Brooks is awesome. 8-)

(Also, sorry if this is officially released on DVD already - I just came across this original recording of a re-run of this episode (no commercials though) and couldn't resist) :-)

This most likely aired on local Chicago TV Saturday, March 3rd 1979.

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The voice over announcer is Dick Tufeld, the voice of the Lost in Space Robot.
Comment posted by Erniebaud on Sunday, January 6th 2008 at 8:03am.

Cool - sounds like him. :-) Hey, does anyone know if this sketch is available on DVD yet?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, January 6th 2008 at 10:39pm.

You know, Albert Brooks is one of those people that I only find funny about 40% of the time, but this was pretty good. Granted, given how wretched network TV was back then, he had plenty of material to work with. And I wonder how many people were fooled into thinking that these were real NBC shows?
Comment posted by TVsTim on Sunday, January 6th 2008 at 11:10pm.

I love that NBC jingle they used,which was "Super Season on NBC" (1975-76).I wonder if the NBC brass got a tad bit upset.The next season on "SNL",they used another NBC jingle ("All The Best on NBC" 1976-77),and had Chevy Chase on "Mobile Shrink" (a Dr. Phil on the go,if you will).Got that jingle by some chance?
Comment posted by SoxOnTV44 on Monday, January 7th 2008 at 9:18am.

Is that airing date correct, Rick? 'Cause bummer if so. I just went through that episode on DVD and that wasn't there. Do you have the whole ep. or just that clip? Guest host Oct 23, 1976 was Steve Martin w/ musical guest Kinky Freidman.
Comment posted by kietdoke on Wednesday, January 9th 2008 at 8:02pm.

kietdoke - Strange. According to the SNL Transcripts website, this sketch originally aired on the Candice Bergen / Esther Phillips episode, which was #4 from the 1975 season and aired on 11-8-75. However - the episode I pulled this sketch from was definitely the 10-23-76 episode because I have most of the episode recorded and the sketches in it match what was on that night (also you can see the Steve Martin bumper at the beginning of this clip, proving he was the host). Perhaps it was a rebroadcast of the 10-23-76 episode, at a later date, and for whatever reason they decided to recycle this sketch from the previous season (and perhaps remove something else?) Anyway - confusing, I know. Tell me, is this sketch at least included in the Season 1 DVD set on the 11-8-75 episode, where it originally aired?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, January 9th 2008 at 9:08pm.

It would've made sense that this was originally aired in the first season, as Albert Brooks wasn't with "SNL" beyond then. Furthermore, they did recycle certain pre-filmed or pre-taped bits (ad parodies and so on) for airing in later shows. The "Triple-Trac" ad takeoff, for example, originated in the first season - and then aired as the "ad break" for the Oct. 16, 1976 "Weekend Update."
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, January 9th 2008 at 10:38pm.

B.T.W., this "Fall Preview" bit did indeed originate from Nov. 8, 1975, and was in the first season DVD set. On the other hand, the second season DVD set did not have this sketch in their Oct. 23, 1976 show, which suggests that this was: a) a repeat later showing of same, and b) indeed inserted as a possible replacement for some other bit. I suggest getting the second season DVD set to see which bits on that show were missing from the tape of the episode as presented here.
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, January 10th 2008 at 12:46am.

Rick & W.B.-- I've posted a list of the contents from the DVD of the 10/23/76 episode in the Channel 5 WMAQ forum. BTW, I like that The Three of Us predates Three's Company!
Comment posted by kietdoke on Thursday, January 10th 2008 at 11:22am.

Much obliged. I've posed a pertinent question in the aforementioned forum post.
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, January 10th 2008 at 6:36pm.

You know, any time I see Albert Brooks on something like WEEDS(despite it being a good show), I wonder if he's wasting time on doing this instead of continuing on with his more satirical work. But I guess at his age, he wants to slow down and utilize more than his other abilities he acquired. As for the clip, it was great! I'm amazing about how close THREE'S COMPANY came to his "The Three of Us" and saw some familiar faces(like Rene Auberjonois in "Medical Season" and Kay Lenz in "Three of Us").
Comment posted by OddsMkr711 on Sunday, September 21st 2008 at 12:22pm.

I love Albert Brooks. Check out his movie "Real Life" if you haven't already. :-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, September 21st 2008 at 12:36pm.

The other hint that this was a repeat from circa 1978 or so: The audio here is the crystal-clear 50 Hz-15 kHz variety. Whereas both the Nov. 8, 1975 and Oct. 23, 1976 shows, when first aired over WMAQ, would have been transmitted with the old "boxy, compressed" 100 Hz-5 kHz telco audio as evidenced on pre-January 1978 clips of network feeds on this site. The next challenge is to find out when this show was repeated.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, March 26th 2011 at 3:39am.

P.S. I may have the answer: This show was repeated on Saturday, July 31st, 1981.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, March 26th 2011 at 3:20pm.

There was also a repeat on Saturday March 3, 1979.
Comment posted by Phantom on Saturday, March 26th 2011 at 4:21pm.

If the red-and-blue 'N' sans peacock was on network promos on that tape, then the 1979 repeat date checks out.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, March 26th 2011 at 5:54pm.

Dear God, he predicted the network's 2012 fall season! :P
Comment posted by Matt on Wednesday, August 22nd 2012 at 10:31am.

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