George Newman (Yankovic) is a normal man. Problem is, he's also a daydreamer, who can't keep hold of a steady job. His uncle decides George will be the perfect man to manage Channel 62, a station which is losing money and viewers fast. George's imagination is put to good use and he starts thinking up bizarre shows such as "Wheels of Fish" and "Raul's Wild Kingdom". The ratings start to soar again, but not everyone is happy. Written by
George Newman's ('Weird Al' Yankovic) ad for his show "Town Talk", where the show becomes more advanced with more controversial guests, was primarily a parody of Geraldo Rivera's now defunct talk show The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987). Long before Jerry Springer's show, Geraldo's guests would frequently get into fights, which at one point resulted in Geraldo breaking his nose, as referenced by the bandage George wears over his nose at the end of the commercial. Rivera also hosted the notorious two-hour live special, The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults (1986), in which enormous hype was set up that a treasure would be discovered, but in fact almost nothing was found; this is parodied by George's "Inside Al Capone's Glove Compartment" segment. See more »
The way George (as Indiana Jones) holds the sandbag changes before taking the Oscar statue. See more »
Programming for all to enjoy, and it ain't even sweeps
Weird Al Yankovic's only excursion into film making proved to be a solid effort on his part. With an off-beat story such as this, the frizzy haired patron of pop polka proves his acting is adequate enough to carry a film such as this. While I feel there could have been more Weird Al songs, the comedy wasn't lacking. Michael Richards had his best role ever as Stanley Spadowski the janitor. All of the children's show sequences were hilarious. While this film isn't for all, it was certainly a movie which I can enjoy on many occasions. 6.8/10
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