Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Forgotten TV: Stand Up & Cheer (1971)

Today, we're debuting a new feature. I call it, "Forgotten TV", and, yes, it spins out of the "What Might've Been" file because a lot of entries there actually should've been filed as "forgotten", at least to most folks.

Our first entry is Stand Up & Cheer, a comedy-variety series from Pierre Cossette, which lasted 2 1/2 seasons in syndication (Sept. 1971-January 1974).

Studio singer Johnny Mann and his vocal group are the stars of this show. You were expecting maybe Up With People? Anyway, it was a standard half-hour show of the genre for the period. Mann and his troupe not only sing, but perform carefully choreographed dance numbers.

In this clip, Mann finds the time to do some teaching to the audience, bringing out the show's choreographer, Howard Parker. Oh, by the way, the announcer is singer-voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft, better known as the original voice of Tony The Tiger.

To my knowledge, this might've been Ravenscroft's only gig as an announcer. Selling breakfast cereal did more for his career, anyway.

No rating. Didn't see enough of the show to merit a rating.

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