Thursday, October 13, 2016

What Might've Been: The Cracker Brothers (1984)

After Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters ended its run in 1982, Sid & Marty Krofft had gone back to producing Saturday morning fare. But while they'd sell one more series to CBS (Pryor's Place), they gave NBC one more try with a different kind of variety show.

The Cracker Brothers was meant to be a pre-fabricated parody of variety shows in that the titular brothers were, well, novices when it came to the big time. Only one of the three actors involved was actually known to audiences, and that was Derek McGrath, who had appeared  on Cheers, and would later co-star with a young Jerry O'Connell on My Secret Identity.

Until recently, I didn't even know this existed. Harvey Korman not only appears, but shared directorial duties with long time Krofft director Art Fisher. There won't be a rating, so judge this for yourselves.

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