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As the story goes, in 1980 Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady (Mitsuyo "Mie" Nemoto and Keiko "Kei" Masuda), who were superstars in their native country with a string of million-selling singles stretching back to 1976, and had hit the American Top 40 in 1979 with a phonetically-sung English-language disco tune called "Kiss in the Dark". [[note]](They also hosted ''The Chance!'', a Japanese version of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. Clips can be seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDuA-jyUZ3g here]] and [[ here]].)[[/note]] Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them), Silverman, not unreasonably, thought that importing a couple of gorgeous, intriguingly exotic young pop stars would be a '''huge''' success in the United States.

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As the story goes, in 1980 Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady (Mitsuyo "Mie" Nemoto and Keiko "Kei" Masuda), who were superstars in their native country with a string of million-selling singles stretching back to 1976, and had hit the American Top 40 in 1979 with a phonetically-sung English-language disco tune called "Kiss in the Dark". [[note]](They also hosted ''The Chance!'', a Japanese version of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. Clips can be seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDuA-jyUZ3g here]] and [[ [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQhMyQxmbrU here]].)[[/note]] Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them), Silverman, not unreasonably, thought that importing a couple of gorgeous, intriguingly exotic young pop stars would be a '''huge''' success in the United States.


[-[[caption-width-right:350: [[SarcasmMode At least they got the 'pink' part right...]]]]-]

Ah, the VarietyShow. A quirky, wide-ranging mish-mash of celebrity star power, musical acts and comedy sketches. Definitely the highlight of television entertainment in TheSeventies.

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[-[[caption-width-right:350: [[SarcasmMode At least they got the 'pink' "pink" part right...]]]]-]

Ah, the VarietyShow. A quirky, wide-ranging mish-mash of celebrity star power, musical acts acts, and comedy sketches. Definitely the highlight of television entertainment in TheSeventies.



As the story goes, in 1980, Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady, who were superstars in their native country with a string of million-selling singles stretching back to 1976, and had hit the American Top 40 in 1979 with a phonetically-sung English-language disco tune called "Kiss in the Dark." Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them) Silverman, not-unreasonably, thought that importing a couple of gorgeous, intriguingly exotic young pop stars would be a HUGE success in the United States.

He was so sure of it, in fact, that he went right ahead and gave Pink Lady--Mitsuyo "Mie" Nemoto and Keiko "Kei" Masuda--their very own eponymous variety show. It would be helmed by [[Creator/SidAndMartyKrofftProductions Sid and Marty Krofft]], featuring Creator/MarkEvanier as head writer and seasoned variety show veteran Art Fisher as director.

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As the story goes, in 1980, 1980 Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady, Lady (Mitsuyo "Mie" Nemoto and Keiko "Kei" Masuda), who were superstars in their native country with a string of million-selling singles stretching back to 1976, and had hit the American Top 40 in 1979 with a phonetically-sung English-language disco tune called "Kiss in the Dark." Dark". [[note]](They also hosted ''The Chance!'', a Japanese version of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. Clips can be seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDuA-jyUZ3g here]] and [[ here]].)[[/note]] Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them) them), Silverman, not-unreasonably, not unreasonably, thought that importing a couple of gorgeous, intriguingly exotic young pop stars would be a HUGE '''huge''' success in the United States.

States.

He was so sure of it, in fact, that he went right ahead and gave Pink Lady--Mitsuyo "Mie" Nemoto and Keiko "Kei" Masuda--their Lady their very own eponymous variety show. It would be helmed by [[Creator/SidAndMartyKrofftProductions Sid and Marty Krofft]], featuring Creator/MarkEvanier as head writer and seasoned variety show veteran Art Fisher as director.



Well... just for starters, somehow Silverman had managed to book a Japanese pop group for prime-time American television ''without bothering to inquire if they knew any English whatsoever''. Which--surprise!--it turned out they didn't. So the producers brought in then-unknown comedian Jeff Altman (who was under contract to NBC) as a co-host, based on the fact that, hey, he was under contract.

Mie and Kei were assigned cliched American-style "personalities" (basically, one was cute and sassy, the other cute and shy) and learned their few English lines phonetically, making improvisation or even much interaction with Jeff impossible. Plus, the girls weren't allowed to sing the songs that made them popular in Japan; instead they were forced to sing covers of American disco hits. Which, if you recall your music history, [[DeaderThanDisco wasn't exactly a guaranteed ratings-booster in 1980.]]

And wouldn't you know it, the show died after five episodes, [[GenreKiller taking the already-dying variety show genre with it.]] It gained a reputation as one of the worst TV shows ever. As if failing in the States weren't enough, Mie and Kei went home to Japan to find their record sales in free-fall due to their lack of visibility there while doing the American show, and ended up disbanding less than a year later (though they have reunited a few times in the years since).

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Well... just for starters, somehow Silverman had managed to book a Japanese pop group for prime-time primetime American television ''without bothering to inquire if they knew any English whatsoever''. Which--surprise!--it Which - surprise! - it turned out they didn't. So the producers brought in then-unknown comedian Jeff Altman (who was under contract to NBC) as a co-host, co-host based on the fact that, hey, he was under contract.

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Mie and Kei were assigned cliched clichéd American-style "personalities" (basically, one was cute and sassy, the other cute and shy) and learned their few English lines phonetically, making improvisation or even much interaction with Jeff impossible. Plus, the girls weren't allowed to sing the songs that made them popular in Japan; Japan, instead they were being forced to sing covers of American disco hits. Which, if you recall your music history, [[DeaderThanDisco wasn't exactly a guaranteed ratings-booster in 1980.]]

And wouldn't you know it, the show died after five episodes, [[GenreKiller taking the already-dying variety show genre with it.]] It gained a reputation as one of the worst TV shows ever. As if failing in the States weren't wasn't enough, Mie and Kei went home to Japan to find their record sales in free-fall due to their lack of visibility there while doing the American show, and ended up disbanding less than a year later (though they have reunited a few times in the years since).






!!''Pink Lady And Jeff'' contains examples of:

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* HotterAndSexier: The show was a spicier take on the VarietyShow format to make it palatable for the more jaded tastes of the post-Watergate era. It would become a key example why the first wave of {{Jiggle Show}}s didn't get past 1980.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The show was actually called ''Pink Lady'', since the girls' manager demanded that the show be Pink Lady's and Pink Lady's ONLY. Except you wouldn't know it [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads5.html from the adverts at the time]], which billed it as ''Pink Lady And Jeff'', and which pissed off the band's manager to the point where he threatened to sue ([[ShortRunner which was a moot point anyway]]). At the same time, Jeff Altman's manager demanded the show be named ''Pink Lady and Jeff'', since he was, for all intents and purposes, the anchor of the show. In the public consciousness, the show is still referred to by the latter name, and was even listed as ''Pink Lady and Jeff'' on the DVD release.

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* HotterAndSexier: The show was a spicier take on the VarietyShow format to make it palatable for the more jaded tastes of the post-Watergate era. It would become a key example of why the first wave of {{Jiggle Show}}s didn't get past 1980.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The show was actually called ''Pink Lady'', since the girls' manager demanded that the show be Pink Lady's and Pink Lady's ONLY.only. Except you wouldn't know it [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads5.html from the adverts at the time]], which billed it as ''Pink Lady And and Jeff'', and which pissed off the band's manager to the point where he threatened to sue ([[ShortRunner which was a moot point anyway]]). At the same time, Jeff Altman's manager demanded the show be named ''Pink Lady and Jeff'', Jeff'' since he was, for all intents and purposes, the anchor of the show. In the public consciousness, the show is still referred to by the latter name, and was even listed as ''Pink Lady and Jeff'' on the DVD release.



* SexSells:
** Pretty much the reason for the RunningGag with Pink Lady stripping down to bikinis for "Hot Tub Time" at the end of every episode.

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* SexSells:
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SexSells: Pretty much the reason for the RunningGag with Pink Lady stripping down to bikinis for "Hot Tub Time" at the end of every episode.


** Not only that, but one episode's guest stars were HughHefner and some of the then-current Playmates.

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** Not only that, but one episode's guest stars were HughHefner Hugh Hefner and some of the then-current Playmates.

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* HotterAndSexier: The show was a spicier take on the VarietyShow format to make it palatable for the more jaded tastes of the post-Watergate era. It would become a key example why the first wave of {{Jiggle Show}}s didn't get past 1980.


As the story goes, in 1980, Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady, who were superstars in their native country with a string of million-selling singles stretching back to 1976 and had hit the American Top 40 in 1979 with a phonetically-sung English-language disco tune called "Kiss in the Dark." Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them) Silverman, not-unreasonably, thought that importing a couple of gorgeous, intriguingly exotic young pop stars would be a HUGE success in the United States.

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As the story goes, in 1980, Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady, who were superstars in their native country with a string of million-selling singles stretching back to 1976 1976, and had hit the American Top 40 in 1979 with a phonetically-sung English-language disco tune called "Kiss in the Dark." Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them) Silverman, not-unreasonably, thought that importing a couple of gorgeous, intriguingly exotic young pop stars would be a HUGE success in the United States.


As the story goes, in 1980, Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady. Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them) Silverman, not-unreasonably, thought that importing a couple of gorgeous, intriguingly exotic young pop stars would be a HUGE success in the United States.

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As the story goes, in 1980, Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady. Lady, who were superstars in their native country with a string of million-selling singles stretching back to 1976 and had hit the American Top 40 in 1979 with a phonetically-sung English-language disco tune called "Kiss in the Dark." Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them) Silverman, not-unreasonably, thought that importing a couple of gorgeous, intriguingly exotic young pop stars would be a HUGE success in the United States.
States.



And wouldn't you know it, the show died after five episodes, [[GenreKiller taking the already-dying variety show genre with it.]] It gained a reputation as one of the worst TV shows ever.

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And wouldn't you know it, the show died after five episodes, [[GenreKiller taking the already-dying variety show genre with it.]] It gained a reputation as one of the worst TV shows ever.
ever. As if failing in the States weren't enough, Mie and Kei went home to Japan to find their record sales in free-fall due to their lack of visibility there while doing the American show, and ended up disbanding less than a year later (though they have reunited a few times in the years since).


* FollowTheLeader: Silverman ordered PL&J to follow in the footsteps of ''Series/DonnyAndMarie''. This led to what TheOtherWiki calls [[DerivativeDifferentiation "...the strangest knockoff of ''Donny & Marie'' ever broadcast."]] See ExecutiveMeddling in the Trivia tab.


As the story goes, in 1980, Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady. Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them), Silverman, not-unreasonably, thought that importing a couple of gorgeous, intriguingly exotic young pop stars would be a HUGE success in the United States.

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As the story goes, in 1980, Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady. Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them), them) Silverman, not-unreasonably, thought that importing a couple of gorgeous, intriguingly exotic young pop stars would be a HUGE success in the United States.


* DropInCharacter: Since the show was already suffering in the beginning, NBC decided to bring in an ensemble cast of comedy players to try and help boost the slumping ratings, including a then-unknown [[RetroactiveRecognition Jim]] [[ErnestPWorrell Varney]].

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* DropInCharacter: Since the show was already suffering in the beginning, NBC decided to bring in an ensemble cast of comedy players to try and help boost the slumping ratings, including a then-unknown [[RetroactiveRecognition Jim]] [[ErnestPWorrell [[Film/ErnestPWorrell Varney]].


Well... just for starters, somehow Silverman had managed to book a Japanese pop group for prime-time American television ''without bothering to inquire if they knew any English whatsoever''. Which--surprise!--it turned out they didn't. So the producers brought in then-unknown comedian Jeff Altman (who was under contract to NBC) as a co-host, based solely on the fact that, hey, he was under contract.

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Well... just for starters, somehow Silverman had managed to book a Japanese pop group for prime-time American television ''without bothering to inquire if they knew any English whatsoever''. Which--surprise!--it turned out they didn't. So the producers brought in then-unknown comedian Jeff Altman (who was under contract to NBC) as a co-host, based solely on the fact that, hey, he was under contract.



* FollowTheLeader: Silverman ordered PL&J to follow in the footsteps of ''Series/DonnyAndMarie''. This led to what TheOtherWiki calls [[DerivativeDifferentiation "...the strangest knockoff of ''Donny And Marie'' ever broadcast."]] See ExecutiveMeddling in the Trivia tab.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The show was actually called ''Pink Lady'', since the girls' manager demanded that the show be Pink Lady's and Pink Lady's ONLY. Except you wouldn't know it [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads5.html from the adverts at the time]], which billed it as ''Pink Lady And Jeff'', and which pissed off the band's manager to the point where he threatened to sue ([[ShortRunner which was a moot point anyway]]). At the same time, Jeff Altman's manager demanded the show be named ''Pink Lady And Jeff'', since he was, for all intents and purposes, the anchor of the show. In the public consciousness, the show is still referred to by the latter name, and was even listed as ''Pink Lady And Jeff'' on the DVD release.

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* FollowTheLeader: Silverman ordered PL&J to follow in the footsteps of ''Series/DonnyAndMarie''. This led to what TheOtherWiki calls [[DerivativeDifferentiation "...the strangest knockoff of ''Donny And & Marie'' ever broadcast."]] See ExecutiveMeddling in the Trivia tab.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The show was actually called ''Pink Lady'', since the girls' manager demanded that the show be Pink Lady's and Pink Lady's ONLY. Except you wouldn't know it [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads5.html from the adverts at the time]], which billed it as ''Pink Lady And Jeff'', and which pissed off the band's manager to the point where he threatened to sue ([[ShortRunner which was a moot point anyway]]). At the same time, Jeff Altman's manager demanded the show be named ''Pink Lady And and Jeff'', since he was, for all intents and purposes, the anchor of the show. In the public consciousness, the show is still referred to by the latter name, and was even listed as ''Pink Lady And and Jeff'' on the DVD release.


As the story goes, in 1980, Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady. Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them), Silverman, not-unreasonably, thought that importing a couple of gorgeous, talented, intriguingly exotic young women would be a HUGE success in the United States.

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As the story goes, in 1980, Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady. Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them), Silverman, not-unreasonably, thought that importing a couple of gorgeous, talented, intriguingly exotic young women pop stars would be a HUGE success in the United States.



Well... just for starters, somehow Silverman had booked a Japanese pop group for American television without bothering to inquire if they knew any English whatsoever. Which--surprise!--it turned out they didn't. So the producers brought in then-unknown comedian Jeff Altman (who was under contract to NBC) as a co-host, based solely on the fact that, hey, he was under contract.

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Well... just for starters, somehow Silverman had booked managed to book a Japanese pop group for prime-time American television without ''without bothering to inquire if they knew any English whatsoever.whatsoever''. Which--surprise!--it turned out they didn't. So the producers brought in then-unknown comedian Jeff Altman (who was under contract to NBC) as a co-host, based solely on the fact that, hey, he was under contract.


As the story goes, in 1980, Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady. Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them), Silverman thought that Pink Lady would be a HUGE success in the United States.

So he gave the two lovely young members of Pink Lady, Mitsuyo "Mie" Nemoto and Keiko "Kei" Masuda, a variety show (also called ''Pink Lady''), to be helmed by [[Creator/SidAndMartyKrofftProductions Sid and Marty Krofft]], featuring Creator/MarkEvanier as head writer and seasoned variety show director Art Fisher as director.

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As the story goes, in 1980, Creator/{{NBC}} head Fred Silverman saw a Walter Cronkite report on a popular [[JapanesePopMusic Japanese pop]] duo called Pink Lady. Echoing a similar situation with Ed Sullivan and Music/TheBeatles in 1964 (Sullivan (when Sullivan saw the Beatles in a Cronkite report and immediately booked them), Silverman Silverman, not-unreasonably, thought that Pink Lady importing a couple of gorgeous, talented, intriguingly exotic young women would be a HUGE success in the United States.

So He was so sure of it, in fact, that he went right ahead and gave the two lovely young members of Pink Lady, Mitsuyo Lady--Mitsuyo "Mie" Nemoto and Keiko "Kei" Masuda, a Masuda--their very own eponymous variety show (also called ''Pink Lady''), to show. It would be helmed by [[Creator/SidAndMartyKrofftProductions Sid and Marty Krofft]], featuring Creator/MarkEvanier as head writer and seasoned variety show director veteran Art Fisher as director.



Well, just for starters, somehow Silverman had booked a Japanese pop group for American television without bothering to inquire if they knew any English whatsoever. Which--surprise!--it turned out they didn't. So the producers brought in then-unknown comedian Jeff Altman (who was under contract to NBC) as a co-host, based solely on the fact that, hey, he was under contract.

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Well, Well... just for starters, somehow Silverman had booked a Japanese pop group for American television without bothering to inquire if they knew any English whatsoever. Which--surprise!--it turned out they didn't. So the producers brought in then-unknown comedian Jeff Altman (who was under contract to NBC) as a co-host, based solely on the fact that, hey, he was under contract.


[-[[caption-width-right:350: [[SarcasmMode At least the got the 'pink' part right...]]]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350: [[SarcasmMode At least the they got the 'pink' part right...]]]]-]



So he gave the members of Pink Lady, Mitsuyo "Mie" Nemoto and Keiko "Kei" Masuda, a variety show (also called ''Pink Lady''), to be helmed by [[Creator/SidAndMartyKrofftProductions Sid and Marty Krofft]], featuring Creator/MarkEvanier as head writer and seasoned variety show director Art Fisher as director.

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So he gave the two lovely young members of Pink Lady, Mitsuyo "Mie" Nemoto and Keiko "Kei" Masuda, a variety show (also called ''Pink Lady''), to be helmed by [[Creator/SidAndMartyKrofftProductions Sid and Marty Krofft]], featuring Creator/MarkEvanier as head writer and seasoned variety show director Art Fisher as director.


[-[[caption-width-right:350: [[SarcasmMode Television at its finest]].]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350: [[SarcasmMode Television at its finest]].]]-]
At least the got the 'pink' part right...]]]]-]

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