I could not be more excited for Sunday night. It marks the second night of Outta Sight Retro Night on WGN America.
The schedule consists of the following (all times eastern):
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM WKRP in Cincinnati
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Newhart
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM The Honeymooners
There are a number of things to be impressed about with this for me. Firstly, I was impressed at how good the episodes look... they've all been restored. It's interesting seeing the first season of Newhart, since that was shot on videotape. The pilot looked like it was taped yesterday. And speaking of Newhart, it's been years since I've seen most of this show so I can't wait to see more of it. Secondly all the episodes shown were uncut! I noticed there was footage that was definitely left in on WKRP in Cincinnati that was cut out on TVLand airings. Footage from the actual episodes as well as commercial bumpers. That was one of the things that had me so impressed with the '70's week that aired right before. This is so great, especially for WKRP since the first season DVD's are rather neutered, and also for when they finally get into season 2 of Newhart, since Fox is so slow with classic DVD releases nowadays.
It's so nice having variety on the regular schedule as well. Whenever a network starts airing stuff that's seen on one or multiple other channels multiple times a day, one example being ION these days, picking up The Steve Harvey Show and ER, I always say "there's other shows in the vault that don't get as much exposure these days." So I commend WGN America for airing shows that are not as seen on TV much these days anymore, since some people don't get good networks like AmericanLife or RTN yet. And I hope the Outta Sight Retro Nights continue!