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OPB cancels Lawrence Welk

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  1. I know this post might make a lot of you smirk, but I'm a boomer and I really liked Lawrence Welk. His show was on OPB for 26 years.
    http://www.opb.org/television/programs/the-lawrence-welk-show/episodes/1352/

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 06:12 PM #
  2. paulwalker

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    I will preface this with I liked his shows too, in a measured amount of time. 10-15 minutes was about it for me and I'm 54.

    But the truth must be told, most of his audience is now dead, or knock knock knocking on heavens door.

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 06:42 PM #
  3. NoParty

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    They're on Netflix

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 07:51 PM #
  4. edselehr

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    I'll miss Lawrence Welk on OPB. It was like an acid trip back to the early '70s, without the acid.

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 09:02 PM #
  5. itsvern

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    If i really try i can make my indoor antenna receive channel Ten, but i prefer to watch Pbs on http://www.filmon.com You sign up for a free account, their system will ask you where do you live, i said New York, i get ten network locals from New York, including Wnet, PbsWorld, and Pbs Kids! Use Firefox with Ad Block Plus and you don't see filmon's 30 second video ad when you change channels. OPB not needed. That browser trick works with the You Tbe on screen banners.

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 09:05 PM #
  6. edselehr

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    I'll miss Lawrence Welk on OPB. It was like an acid trip back to the early '70s, without the acid.

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 09:06 PM #
  7. Flashback city, man.

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 09:16 PM #
  8. NoParty

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    Ed, are you on acid now?

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 09:20 PM #
  9. edselehr

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    Wow! A-one an' a-two duplicate posts! Sorry about that - cranky internet tonight at my house.

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 09:21 PM #
  10. paulwalker

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    Evidently...3X over! That is loyalty.

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 09:36 PM #
  11. Friend of mine used to be one of the singers on the show. Fun to see him as a younger man. He had nothing but praise for Welk and his 2:30 song stylings.

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 09:53 PM #
  12. I guess there's new meaning to: "Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen."

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 09:56 PM #
  13. semoochie

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    ABC cancelled the show in 1971, due to demographics. Think about it!

    Posted on August 31, 2013 - 11:31 PM #
  14. Yes, ABC cancelled the show in 1971...after 27-and-a-half years! If demographics forced Mr. Welk off ABC, they had no effect on his commercial success; Welk simply created his own television network and continued his show until 1982. The only thing that stopped the show was Welk's age; the show ended when Welk retired in 1982, at age 79.

    Thanks to NoParty and itsvern for alternative ways to catch Welk's musical family.

    Posted on September 1, 2013 - 02:38 PM #
  15. semoochie

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    I'm going with 16 years, 1955-71.

    Posted on September 1, 2013 - 03:22 PM #
  16. paulwalker

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    This thread is one of the funniest in awhile. I'm chuckling at every response! And no I'm not on dope. However, that is highly recommended while watching Welk.

    Posted on September 1, 2013 - 03:33 PM #
  17. (The Welk War continues!)

    Whoops! Got my facts confused, and semoochie's right. The Lawrence Welk Show was cancelled by ABC after 16 years.

    Sixteen years on national network TV. Not a bad run.

    Posted on September 1, 2013 - 04:23 PM #
  18. I doubt Mary Lou Metzger will be inclined to participate in future OPB Beg-a-thons...

    Posted on September 1, 2013 - 04:40 PM #
  19. semoochie

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    In clicking on the cast names, I was surprised to learn that the vast majority are still alive, even the middle aged ones!

    Posted on September 1, 2013 - 06:25 PM #
  20. Uncle Mort

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    So there was the joke about an accordion player who goes to dinner with friends one night... But never mind i'm sure you've heard it.

    Posted on September 1, 2013 - 07:40 PM #
  21. From the book "The Complete Directory To Prime Time Network TV Shows" by Tim Brooks & Earle Marsh:

    Lawrence Welk's Champagne Music was first heard on network television as a summer replacement program in 1955. The critics were not impressed. Reviewing the program at the end of the summer, TV Guide remarked smugly: "The program lacks the necessary sparkle and verve to give it a chance against any really strong competition. But it has been a satisfactory summertime entry...." That proved to be the misjudgment of the year. Welk went on to a phenomenal 16-year network run on Saturday nights, and became one of the major musical success stories in all of TV history.

    Posted on September 1, 2013 - 08:36 PM #
  22. "If demographics forced Mr. Welk off ABC, they had no effect on his commercial success; Welk simply created his own television network..."

    However, sets and backdrops were clearly lower budget during the syndicated years.

    "I'm not on dope. However, that is highly recommended while watching Welk."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxzg_iM-T4E

    Posted on September 2, 2013 - 12:22 AM #
  23. "Wannaful, Wannaful"

    Posted on September 2, 2013 - 12:42 AM #
  24. superhet

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    OPB is horrible. I guess they'll want to replace this show with constant reruns of Rick Steves Traipsing across Denmark in Christmas 1985 with that Shiteating Grin on His Face.

    Posted on September 2, 2013 - 01:46 AM #
  25. Czarcasm

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    My favorite Welk Moment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8tdmaEhMHE

    Posted on September 2, 2013 - 07:05 AM #
  26. I'm surprised that nobody has referenced this classic Stan Freberg bit yet... So, allow me:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0TSDcPW2Kk

    Semoochie said: "ABC cancelled the show in 1971, due to demographics. Think about it!" In 1971, my grandmother (age 66 at the time) was pretty upset when the show left ABC. "I just love that Welk show", she'd say. "And now they've taken it off TV." She did eventually find it on "Channel 10", and watched it regularly, until her passing in 2004. She was 98 at that time.

    Posted on September 2, 2013 - 08:23 AM #
  27. Alfredo_T

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    They turned off the bubble machine!

    Posted on September 5, 2013 - 01:40 PM #
  28. Just as well, since Kristin Wiig left SNL they haven't been able to do a "Doonese" sketch as regularly. But yeah - one of those shows I'd always stop at watch when flipping through because it still boggles my mind. People want to know who the "silent majority" were when Nixon was around, they were dancing and singing on the Welk show. There actually were "squares" in the 60s and 70s.
    Always thought the show would have been ripe for a Christopher Guest mockumentary.

    Posted on September 5, 2013 - 04:04 PM #
  29. Another delightful spinoff from the Lawrence Welk Show is the band from the Bay area "Those Darn Accordians". The band plays covers of anything and everything with about six accordians, drums, bass, and a few singers.

    Posted on September 5, 2013 - 05:15 PM #
  30. What will OPB replace it with? reruns of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood?

    Posted on September 11, 2013 - 10:38 AM #
  31. The new "old fogey" music will be from their pledge drives.

    Posted on September 11, 2013 - 09:26 PM #
  32. I'm surprised this Lawrence Welk thread is still alive.

    I must respond to Randy_in_Eugene's Sept. 2 post:
    " 'If demographics forced Mr. Welk off ABC, they had no effect on his commercial success; Welk simply created his own television network...'

    However, sets and backdrops were clearly lower budget during the syndicated years."

    So, the resources of a single businessman in Southern California should be enough to equal or upstage the resources of the national television network ABC? Piffle!

    Lawrence Welk's record speaks for itself.

    Posted on September 11, 2013 - 10:53 PM #
  33. "What will OPB replace it with?"

    According to OPB TV schedule. The PBS Newshour Weekend will take it place. Another popular PBS program that proceed Lawrence Welk for many years. Is This Old House, now in it's 33rd Season. Lawrence Welk has also been dropped by KCTS as well.

    Posted on September 11, 2013 - 11:39 PM #

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