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The golden age of radio, captured on the small screen, and masterfully
Conceived and written by 70s pop-balladeer Rupert Holmes, Remember WENN is a stylish and funny tribute to a lost era. One I was not privileged to actually experience, but that I have become very fond of, via old films on cable television.
The 1930s- and, in WENN's case, specifically the radio industry of the day. With wonderfully crafted, and beautifully acted characters set against the backdrop of a small radio station in Pittsburgh, Remember WENN is poised to bring back memories for those who were there, and serve as a doorway to the past for those who were not.
Remember WENN is a blend of comedy and drama that can't be beat for a savory taste of the long-gone days of radio.
Canceled, by AMC after five seasons, and with several unresolved cliffhangers left hanging, WENN is one show ripe for a reunion movie; maybe even a theatrical venture.
And a video, or DVD release would not be a bad idea. Then all of this wonderful show's adoring fans could fondly Remember WENN...
I imagine that I am of a minority within my age group (early 20s) to say
that I find this show to be one of the best ever broadcast. I was truly
sorry to see it taken off the air, and the television scene is all the
desolate for WENN's absence. The characters created on the show were
timeless and loveable; the writing, while not always stellar, was more
than not witty and enjoyable, without having to resort to the lowest
denominator that the vast majority of today's television does. The
in which Molly Ringwold guest-starred as blind, love-struck "Angela from
Avalon" will always remain one of my favorite television moments.
I have been a huge fan of Rupert Holmes' work since "Hi Honey I'm Home!" and am happy to see that a person who shares my interests in 20th-century entertainment and culture is working to share those interests with audiences. I only wish that there were more of an audience for his great work, because it deserves to be celebrated.
Excellent series, wonderfully acted. It contains some of the wittiest dialogue I have ever heard in a product made directly for television. I was thrilled when AMC created such a surprising gem, and was equally appalled when they cancelled it prematurely. Turner Classic Movies replaced AMC in my house after that fiasco.
I am also in the youth minority when it came to enjoying this series. As a
matter of fact, I WROTE THE PLOT SUMMARY!!! It was one of those shows that I
would come home to after a long night of evening classes at the local
college. The costumes that the characters wore looked very authentic (They
won an Emmy for this) and the cinematography was beautiful.
I would only watch off and on as the years went on since they took some of my favorite characters off, but it was still a favorite of mine. It also proved AMC could make an original program on a limited budget without looking limited. They were always able to get notable named guest stars. My favorites included Henry Rollins, Molly Ringwald, Eddie Bracken, and Betty Buckley (who appeared in the marvelous x-mas episode).
Now, American Movie Classics is a mere image of themselves. Sure rating may be higher, but that had to sacrifice quality to do that. What a shame, because on a a rainy day, I could always could on AMC to comfort me. Remember Ween did that for me as well. Sadly, those days are long gone as the network has tried to modernize itself for the times. And when this show was replaced by The Lot, things began to go downhill. A terrible flaw on AMC's part.
For people who like to slow life down and visit the relaxing innocence of times long gone, "Remember WENN" was a wonderful means to accomplishing this. I always looked eagerly ahead to the weekly visits with my radio friends in Pittsburgh. But, like those days of yore, the visits have ceased and all I have are memories. The best memory I have is one which I relive on tape every year at this time - the episode known as "Christmas in the Airwaves". The cast is at their charming best here and the music is fantastic. Peter Noone does a wonderful rendition of "Winter Wonderland" and Betty Buckley is superb with the two original Christmas songs written by Rupert Holmes. This was a great Christmas present from AMC to the fans of this show but watching it every year makes me miss "Remember WENN" all the more.
I miss this show terribly! It is still my favorite show of all time. No
matter how many other shows I start watching they never beat it. I
watching it in high school at about the age 15 and joined the list online
and made wonderful friends through my interest. Most of them I still talk
I liked how it was not just a drama or a comedy but it was a dramedy. Being a historian and WWII buff especially this show intrigued me from the beginning. Plus we got to see some great stars of the past before they passed away. The great acting done by all the cast brought it to life and made it more real then a television show.
This show was never about dirty comedy or about who's all sleeping with who like many of the comedies on today. It is clean good fun that anyone of any age can enjoy. We never did learn that answer to the one supposedly dirty joke about the queen of hearts and the elephant or something like that.
One of the most unique comedies on TV, Remember WENN is a sentimental journey through pre-WWII Pittsburgh radio. With writing and original music from Rupert Holmes and a cast of stage veterans, the show has class, style and a heart. One-liners zing past faster than flaming arrows, but the show is always character-specific and actually gives the audience a plot. Because the show does not follow the guidelines of typical network sitcoms, it may take awhile for the viewer to adjust. The entire cast has almost too much talent for the cold medium of television (most notable: Christopher Murney and Melinda Mullins). Episodes not to miss: On the Air (premier), World of Tomorrow, Close Quarters, Who's Scott Sherwood, From the Pen of Gertrude Reece (a Casablanca send-up), If I Die Before I Sleep, and All's Quiet on the Pittsburgh Front. (finale).
This was one of the most entertaining shows on TV, not to mention AMC. After it went off the air, I lost interesting in the station. They completely changed their lineups and started having commercials. I wish that they would release the entire collection of this show on DVD. I would buy it and show it to all of my friends that have not seen it. I was disappointed in how they left the show in a cliffhanger. Shame on you AMC for taking away one of the most original and unique shows that ever came on. There will never be another Remember WENN, nor will there ever be characters like those on this show. Each were so different and well acted.
Remember WENN was an unusual show and a very good one. I became a fan
of it while still in the midst of high school. By the time I graduated
from university, it was not only long gone but had left a considerably
more pathetic AMC in its wake. (Not to say that AMC never shows
anything worthwhile anymore--it's just become a situation of "few and
far between"!) If only they'd release Remember WENN on DVD or VHS--I'd
be an instant buyer.
I'd recommend Remember WENN to any fan of old time radio and/or witty television, but I'm not sure where it's even available for viewing anymore.
If AMC ever decides to show reruns, I suggest you take advantage of the opportunity and watch them!
I miss this show. Sadly, I also missed a large portion of the series'
run due to awkward scheduling. But what I remember about it can still
a smile to my face. I won't even try to name all the things I liked about
the show. I loved the way Mr. Foley's every attempt to speak was
thwarted by someone who had something ever-so-important to say right at
moment. Then there was the teddy bear-like Mackie Bloom, always a welcome
sight. And it never hurt to see the pretty face of Betty Roberts, either.
Her sweetness, among other delights in this show, makes me long for a more
innocent time and place. Wow, how profound! So sue me (in the modern
A Halloween episode, for me, stands out as an absolutely hilarious example of what made me look forward to dropping in on these quirky old-time radio players on a regular basis. Mr. Foley, by the way, was the station's sound-effects provider. Ever heard of Foley artists in film and television? Coincidence? I think not!
So, did Mr. Foley ever get his chance to actually verbalise a thought or opinion? I hope to find out someday.
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