History Trivia / UHF

15th Jan '18 8:47:01 AM themisterfree
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* PropRecycling: The producers struck a deal with KOED (OETA/PBS in Tulsa) to build a news set in their studio. The Tulsa network used the set for their own broadcasts for a couple years afterward.

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* PropRecycling: The producers struck a deal with KOED (OETA/PBS (the OETA/PBS station in Tulsa) to build a news set in their studio. The Tulsa network used the set for their own broadcasts for a couple years afterward.



* SocietyMarchesOn: The FCC legalized duopolies (meaning you can own two TV stations in the same market at once) in 2000; this has been utilized by many, most infamously the Sinclair Broadcast Group, a company notorious in broadcasting circles for its' loopholes and exploitation of this rule, amongst its' many other corrupt and right-wing activities (including owning the wrestling promotion ProWrestling/RingOfHonor); ironically, they've acquired the ''actual'' channel 8 in Tulsa (where this movie filmed), KTUL, and are likely far worse owners than R.J. Fletcher could've ever hoped to be.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: The FCC legalized duopolies (meaning you can own two TV stations in the same market at once) in 2000; this has been utilized by many, most infamously the [[BigBad Sinclair Broadcast Group, Group]], a company notorious in broadcasting circles for its' loopholes and exploitation of this rule, amongst its' many other corrupt and right-wing activities (including owning the wrestling promotion ProWrestling/RingOfHonor); ironically, they've acquired the ''actual'' channel 8 in Tulsa (where this movie filmed), KTUL, and are likely far ''far'' worse owners than R.J. Fletcher could've ever hoped to be.



** Also, a lot of gags, while still funny, would seem more random to people born after the 80s who don't know the references. Like the the Town Talk commercial, which pokes fun at specific moments in Geraldo Rivera's career. Or why [[InsaneProprietor Crazy Eddie]] was threatening to club a baby seal.

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** Also, a lot of gags, while still funny, would seem more random to people born after the 80s who don't know the references. Like the the Town Talk commercial, ''Town Talk'' promo, which pokes fun at specific moments in Geraldo Rivera's career. Or why [[InsaneProprietor Crazy Eddie]] Ernie]] was threatening to club a baby seal.seal.
** The "UHF" song/music video is modeled after those 2-to-3 minute long fall promo campaigns the Big 3/Big 4 networks used to make every year throughout the 80s and most of the 90s; these went out of fashion by the 2000s and networks rarely even use a slogan, let along making gigantic promos where practically every actor, commentator, anchor or cartoon character they have interact with each other. (Stanley going "Be there! Huh, yeah." at the end of the U-62 promo is specifically a parody of Creator/{{NBC}}'s 1983 ''Be There'' promo campaign, where stars of their shows would tell you that at the end of promos; this carried on through 1985 as ''Let's All Be There'' and the promo style carried on through 1987.)
13th Jan '18 7:31:03 PM themisterfree
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* SocietyMarchesOn: The FCC legalized duopolies (meaning you can own two TV stations in the same market at once) in 2000; this has been utilized by many, most infamously the Sinclair Broadcast Group, a company notorious in broadcasting circles for its' loopholes and exploitation of this rule, amongst its' many other corrupt and right-wing activities (including owning the wrestling promotion ProWrestling/RingOfHonor); ironically, they've acquired the ''actual'' channel 8 in Tulsa (where this movie filmed), KTUL, and are likely far worse owners than R.J. Fletcher could've ever hoped to be.



** The scene of Bob catching grapes in his mouth came about when David Bowe was showing off his talent to Al while hanging out at the Kraft Services table.

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** The scene of Bob catching grapes in his mouth came about when David Bowe was showing off his talent to Al while hanging out at the Kraft Services craft services table.
13th Jan '18 6:58:09 PM themisterfree
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** To their credit, though, Orion thought it was a good idea to have a parody of trash TV, resulting in the hilarious "Town Talk" promo.
4th Jan '18 6:56:54 PM CheeseDogX
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** Younger viewers probably have no idea what the film's title even means, since things like VHF/UHF are obsolete in this day and age. The closest equivalent in TheNewTens would have the characters running a popular Youtube channel or similar.
** Also, a lot of gags, while still funny, would seem more random to people born after the 80s who don't know the references. Like the the Town Talk commercial, which pokes fun at specific moments in Geraldo Rivera's career. Or why [[InsaneProprietor Crazy Eddie]] was threatening to club a baby seal.
4th Jan '18 6:37:26 PM CheeseDogX
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* RealLifeRelative: In the scene where the boy finds a marble in a sandbox filled with oatmeal, the other two people in the sandbox are Weird Al's parents.
12th Dec '17 12:37:26 AM NWolfman
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* OneBookAuthor: While both Al and Jay Levey's careers as a musician and a manager, respectively, remain in tact to this day, it remains both Al's only staring role in a feature film and Levey's only feature directorial effort.
13th Nov '17 9:39:22 PM Masem
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** They also considered Creator/JoelHodgson as Philo, as at the time of the film, Hodgson had developed a comedy routine about his homemade inventions. Hodgson declined the role, though later would build out his comedy routine into Main/MysteryScienceTheater3000.

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** They also considered Creator/JoelHodgson Joel Hodgson as Philo, as at the time of the film, Hodgson had developed a comedy routine about his homemade inventions. Hodgson declined the role, though later would build out his comedy routine into Main/MysteryScienceTheater3000.''Main/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
13th Nov '17 9:38:34 PM Masem
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** They also considered Creator/JoelHodgson as Philo, as at the time of the film, Hodgson had developed a comedy routine about his homemade inventions. Hodgson declined the role, though later would build out his comedy routine into Main/MysteryScienceTheater3000.
3rd Nov '17 11:19:14 PM NWolfman
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* ThrowItIn: The scene of Bob catching grapes in his mouth came about when David Bowe was showing off his talent to Al while hanging out at the Kraft Services table.

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The scene of Bob catching grapes in his mouth came about when David Bowe was showing off his talent to Al while hanging out at the Kraft Services table.table.
** Al wanted Michael Richards to sing "Helter Skelter" for the scene where Stanley is tied up and driving the goons crazy, but Richards didn't know it well enough, so instead he started belting out the theme song to ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''.


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** Ever wonder where the extremely short, random "Let Me Be Your Hog" came from? It was a last-minute filler song when the production couldn't license "Kung Fu Fighting" for the scene where Uncle Harvey is hanging out in his pool.
30th Oct '17 11:03:20 PM NWolfman
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* OrphanedReference: The reason ''Raul's Wild Kingdom'' randomly shows up on U62 without any input from George or Bob was due to Trinidad Silvia's afore-mentioned death during production. Originally, Raul was the mailman who delivered RJ Fletcher's package to U62, creating a running theme that George would give a TV show to anyone who was nice to him.



* ThrowItIn: The scene of Bob catching grapes in his mouth came about when David Bowe and Al were hanging out at the Kraft Services table and Bowe was showing off his talent.

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* ThrowItIn: The scene of Bob catching grapes in his mouth came about when David Bowe and was showing off his talent to Al were while hanging out at the Kraft Services table and Bowe was showing off his talent.table.
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