Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age

╵ What is text Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age pdf ▐ PDF Author Mathew Klickstein ▽ ╵ What is text Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age pdf ▐ PDF Author Mathew Klickstein ▽ ForewardON YOUR MARK GET SET STOP Now that I have your attention, lets talk about one of the most amazing channels ever created One that pretty much changed the landscape of kids TV, not to mention my fledgling showbiz career My first introduction to Nickelodeon was long before my Double Dare audition It was our night light, when our babies came home from the hospital and wanted that three in the morning feeding Cable was young, and we would catch the East Coast feed of a show that looked like something from the fifties Pinwheel The production, in my opinion, was horrible the puppets were lackluster, and it seemed they reran the same six shows over and over Yet I was mesmerized.Fast forward the tape to 1986 I was doing many things to feed my family These included warm ups on TV shows like Webster, Star Search, and Whats Happening Now and working as a stand up comic and magician in clubs all over LA A friend from Indianapolisa ventriloquistdecided he was ending his performing career, moving behind the camera, and called to tell me about an audition I should attend instead of him He said the network was Nickelodeon, and it was a kids game show Hell, at that point of my life, I would audition for anything Well, as we all know, it worked out pretty well.The first day at the studio set the tone for what was about to come down It was a bunch of young guys who were very bright and creative and yet had little experience in the world of game shows I was the old man of the group at age thirty four although focus groups thought I was in my early twenties , with thirteen years of experience as a game show writer I had crossed paths with some of the greats, including Bob Barker, Jack Barry, and Ralph Edwards It really did not matter We all had a sick sense of humor, were nostalgic for early TV referencesand did I mention, we could do pretty much whatever we wanted Geraldine Laybourne was running the place and had a great philosophy Hire people who know what they are doing and then let them do their jobs I miss her That is why the joint was successful We were allowed to be a little off center, think on the spot, and, in my opinion, play up to the audience We never felt we were doing a kids show We compared our humor to Rocky TV that parents wanted to watch It was one of the main reasons Double Dare took off.Our success on Double Dare opened the floodgates All of a sudden, kids had their own game shows, talk shows, variety shows, sitcoms, and dramas They were all a bit raw in production values, but the casting was superb, as was the writing The people on screen spoke like real kids and were not blue eyed, blond haired specimens from the perfect world of Disney The audience could relate to what they saw on the screen Finally Add to this contests that included romps through toy stores Nick Takes Over Your School arena tours with Double Dare, What Would You Do , and GUTS and the best slogan anywhere The place where only kids win It was to kids of a particular generation the golden age of TV Now, well into their thirties, these viewers look back fondly on the shows, characters, and music associated with these programs.Why did it work Was it the casting The writing The irreverence Was it just timing What you are about to read might explain it Personally, I think it is like trying to dissect a joke Why is it funny Who cares It worked, and we are all glad it did Sooooooo .On your mark Get set Go Happy Reading MARC SUMMERS Host, Double Dare and What Would You Do CHRISTINE TAYLOR It was sort of us going through the things a lot of kids do but we were doing it on TV I can go back and see myself growing up before my very own eyesfor all the world to see.DANNY TAMBERELLI Its part of how I became who I am now Ive heard the same thing happened to me said by people who grew up watching the show It was okay to be weird and be a little bit off and not be completely status quo It sort of molded me I still burp and stick things up my nose.ELIZABETH HESS Of course, both Melissa Joan Hart and Jason Zimbler were going through huge changes They went through puberty over the course of Clarissa They both learned how to drive during the course of the shows Jasons voice changed Melissas body went from a girl to a young woman All those sorts of things.JUDY GRAFE Something everybody noticed was when Michael Maronnas voice was changing We were all like, What does that mean Is he still going to be Pete Then once he was becoming an early teen idol, all the young girls were coming to the sets all atwitter over him Thats something we noticed, too.ALISON FANELLI Some weeks were horrid because we were going through puberty and I might have this big pimple on my forehead while Im trying to shoot a close up I got to a point where every scene they were putting powder on my face, because we were just oily teenagers After a while, they were conscious about giving us diff erent dressing spaces instead of trading off in the same space But mine was near Michaels and Dannys Oh gosh, yeah It was super awkward.VANESSA LINDORES Growing up isnt easy Doing it in front of a lot of people doesnt make it any easier.ALASDAIR GILLIS This entrance into puberty was being captured on film For myself, it was kind of jarring.LARISA OLEYNIK Its definitely embarrassing when youre literally growing up in front of peoples eyes Youre doing wardrobe fittings and its like, Oh I have hips now Im not just the beanpole I used to be Its awkward, but no awkward than it would be otherwise It would have been awkward if I had just been going to junior high being like, What do I do HEIDI LUCAS There was something female related that I went through on Salute Your Shorts, and I felt completely secure with the female crew that was there I knew I could take a problem or concern to anyone and they would wrap their arms around me physically and figuratively to help me through any problem.HERB SCANNELL Things were, by and large, sympathetic Most of the kids had family structures they were living in, and our job was to let them continue being kids.JASON ZIMBLER Those people helped to raise me They made me funny They made me a good person.ALISON FANELLI But parts of it were really awkward and hard In the What We Did on Our Summer Vacation special, I was eleven or twelve and working in the photo booth costume It was a yellow T shirt and a green jumper that was a skirt Something went wrong with the microphone, they yelled cut, and one of the crew members came over, got down on his knees, and went right for the microphone, which was wrapped around my waist under the dress My mom came flying out of nowhere No No No That was the first time I was conscious to, Oh, maybe I should be aware that he was grabbing me It was totally professional, but .JESSICA GAYNES I was the youngest of all of the hosts on Wild s shocking how wed get one crew person who would be clueless There was one time where they said, Put them in their spaces One of them thought it would be funny to say, Jessicas in her hole I heard it And everybody who heard it, their jaws dropped One person said, What are you doing Shes a minor Do you want to get sued Those incidents are scarring Young girls cant handle that.JUSTIN CAMMY The crew on You Cant Do That on Television introduced me to pornography Playboy was always lying around.ADAM WEISSMAN Youre going through hormonal changes on your own, youre feeling awkward in your own body, youre trying to figure yourself out and then you thrust that awkwardness in front of the cameras, in front of people, doing scripted TV, which you may or may not have been trained to do You have to deal with the pressures of a TV show, and two or three hours a day in short increments, you get pulled off the set to go to school Theres somebody knocking on the door every twenty minutes, saying, Okay, its time to come back to the set JUSTIN CAMMY That is the totally unglamorous nature to making a TV show The days are long, its really boring, youre inside an overly air conditioned studio Most of the time youre waiting for lights to work or cameras to be set Its a fun job, but nevertheless a job.MICHAEL MARONNA I didnt think of it so much as a career I had my individual pursuitswas into my Nintendo, playing outside .LARISA OLEYNIK I was able to maintain a relatively normal life We all just got up, went to work, and then did our homework Then went to bed And socialized like normal human beings on the weekend.JOANNA GARCIA My parents were okay with me doing Are You Afraid of the Dark because it was conducive to being normal and staying in school in Florida, then going up for a couple weeks to shoot in Montreal I got the best of both worlds.JACOB TIERNEY Those of us in the Midnight Society werent in the stories we just kinda burned our little bits and played with the fi re They taped all of our stuff at the beginning of each season.D.J MACHALE That was a challenge, because it meant all the stories had to be set up very early on because we couldnt do a campfire scene where the kids would say, This is a story about a really scary thing.JACOB TIERNEY We did itthe campfire stuffso quickly If memory serves, wed do a whole season maybe within two weeks Maybe four of them a day, and then we were done Its kind of a black hole in my memory.JUDY GRAFE Dannys mother made him understand that this was a temporary thing and that a lot of times what happens when kids who are actors grow up is that they find theres nothing there for them.DANNY TAMBERELLI My parents were really good at keeping me grounded I worked at a bagel store while working on All That I played rec soccer and baseball during all the shooting of Pete t have a Michael Jackson upbringing or anything.DANNY COOKSEY Its an interesting thing that happens when youre successful and young it changes everything I was around a lot of people who were sort of affected by it, and its a weird chip that people carry around You can either take the negative around with you or take the positive Nobody comes out unscathed.MELISSA JOAN HART I was working too hard to get into trouble I wasnt in Hollywood I was in Orlando, and other than the two boys on Clarissa, I was the only one around my age All the people around were like big brothers and sisters keeping an eye on me, telling me whats right and wrong I didnt have to go drinking or do drugs or go to clubs or any of that, because I was having such fun being a part of this whole thing.SEAN ONEAL When kids are in the spotlight and they are not given room to breathe and they are sucked into the vortex of what this industry can do to certain people, thats a shame I went through some transitional periods afterward that took a long time to really get me solid But man, the show was an amazing experience.ADAM REID It wasnt a big deal in Ottawa None of my friends cared that I was doing You Cant Do That on Television Several times I would do these tripsVanessa, Doug, Les, and I went and rolled Easter eggs on the White House lawn we met George Bush and then wed go back to school like nothing happened.BLAKE SENNETT Any time you bounce back and forth, its weird Youre the king of the universe and then you go back to school and you have no friends and youre that nerdy theater kid I felt like a dork in high school But it was worth it.ALISON FANELLI I got teased a bunch in elementary school In high school, they knew that I was gone for four months of the school year and then Id be back The teachers were even used to it I had a really tight knit group of friends who knew what I was doing When I was off set, I was Ally I got to be me go to school, go to homecoming dances, and play the oboe, and sing in the theater show Growing up, no matter how big a show isand we didnt think Pete you just gotta be careful of the friends you pick I could tell which people wanted to ask about the show and hang out just because I was on a show, as opposed to my friends Thats a good life lesson.HEIDI LUCAS When life went back to normal, and the show went on syndication, I found a world of conflict I had so much praise and support from my family My true friends thought it was the greatest thing in the world But then I would go to school I could not escape enough I had to have lunch in a teachers homeroom with a teacher because it was the safest place for me to go Everybody wanted to beat me up I had kick your ass threats all over my locker I had Heidi ho written on my locker It got so bad I was pulled out and was homeschooled for my last year and a half Thats how bad it was.MEGAN BERWICK A lot of kids who act go through the same thing where everybody hates you The other thing is that youre not in school enough in a year that you can actually be a part of any of the cliques One of the things that struck me about junior high was how many lunch breaks Id spend sitting in the bathroom alone It wasnt until college that I realized I was actually pretty and could date and all that stuff I definitely never got asked out in high school Not a single time.TREVOR EYSTER I certainly would never have thought Megan would have had that trouble Sure, she had braces, but she was bright, amazingly intelligent, quirky, charming.DANNY TAMBERELLI For me, it was typical, normal growing up People made fun of people for different things I made it out all right I got a lot of kids on to the show because I lived in Jersey where we shot, so if they needed kid extras, I would invite people to come Th at helped me make friends.CHRISTINE TAYLOR The pilot was going to just be this fun thing I never thought would go any further When we went off to do it, it sort of felt like a dream I was really new to it at the time The day we were going to fly to Arizona for Hey Dude was the day they were announcing homecoming in my school, and that was a big deal I still went to school in the morning before we drove to JFK Airport to get on the flight I was still really invested in my real life, as I called it.DAVE RHODEN My parents would pick me up right from high school, drive me to the studios, and wed be there until eight fi ft een or eight thirty at night Get home around nine to eat dinner and then try to crank out homework until around ten On top of that, we had lines to memorize Some teachers wouldnt always collect our homework, but we would be told to do it anyway So I would literally guess each night which homework assignments would be picked up the next day in class and work on those ones.CHRISTINE MCGLADE I wouldnt say my grades suffered at all But I was involved with gymnastics at the time I started You Cant Do That on Television and had to drop that activity It might seem like an obvious choice, but it was a difficult one for me because I really enjoyed gymnastics.ROGER PRICE None of the You Cant Do That on Television kids were encouraged to leave school Most of them kept up with their schoolwork There was a limit on the hours they might work.ALISON FANELLI My tutors on set were always very supportive of my academic career Even if I were to have continued with acting or directing, they still wouldve encouraged me to go to college.DAVE RHODEN Part of Saturday we would be tutored because we were missing a Monday of school every week Imagine a bunch of rebellious teenagers in a little trailer with one lady at a time who would be tutoring us on multiple subjects There was one lady they brought in to teach us foreign language Shed work with Jocelyn Steiner on Latin, shed work with me on Spanish, and shed work with either Chris Lobban or Rick Galloway on French On top of that, she was deaf.JASON ZIMBLER She was an unbelievably impressive woman Melissa Joan Hart was taking Spanish and I was taking French with her Both Melissa and I became friends not only with her but with her family Dave Martel from Pete s an amazing woman and has a great way with languages She could see by reading peoples lips how they were pronouncing the words.DAVE RHODEN So now lets focus on the fact that she was deaf Shes one on one with somebody, reading their lips, and her back is to somebody else We would say the raunchiest stuff behind her back and make the weirdest faces we could make just to make the other person bust up.DAVE MARTEL She would always tell me these stories of kids on set, and it sounded like they were having so much fun She gave me the acting bug.DAVE RHODEN She couldnt hear anything Again, it was horrible But that was a funny little thing that wed do Sorry.DAVE MARTEL She was not completely deaf Shes just a little hearing impaired She wears a hearing aid Thats a shame that people would take advantage I dont imagine she was aware of that.KEVIN KUBUSHESKIE There was some teasing and bullying when I was younger, but mostly friends and family were indifferent As were most Canadians.CHRISTINE MCGLADE Canadians are funny When people here are successful, they often go to the States because they dont get support at home Sometimes wed get a jealous reaction from kids in the city, but I didnt get any of that from my close friends I associated with They just thought it was a funny, strange thing that they didnt give a lot of weight to.ROSS HULL For me, I probably got recognition for doing Are You Afraid of the Dark after we were done than when we were actually shooting it.BRENDA MASON The kids would be amazed when they came into the station and would find bags and bags of fan letters from the U.S.ALASDAIR GILLIS As a fourteen year old, I dont know if I knew what to make of that In some ways, I thought it would be interesting to be in the States and sort of revel in that attention Not that I think thats of great value now But as a kid, theres an appeal to having some of the affirmation about the shows success, whereas here in Canada, I was just as likely to get picked on or made fun of by older kids Oh, youre on that stupid show.ROGER PRICE When they flew down to the States, they were sometimes mobbed The Americans are a demonstrative people, like the Brits But Canada is a whole country of Minnesotans.ABBY HAGYARD Alasdair was horribly self conscious after that It took him a while to get over that That really blindsided him.ADAM REID It was easier back then We didnt have the kid actor system that there is today There werent ten agents and whatever for every actor We had kids who were interested in expressing themselves and had a lot to express We didnt have kids who were doing things because their parents thought they should.MICHAEL BOWER Timothy aka Trevor Eysters mother was like a stage mom, and that was pretty tough My kid this, my kid that Oh God, it was annoying His mother ran his life.MEGAN BERWICK His mom was really difficult Really mean.TREVOR EYSTER I dont mean to sound cold, but Im certainly not concerned about my mothers reputation.DONNIE JEFFCOAT Omar Goodings mom was always on set and was very much a big part of his career back then It was nice to have her there, because my parents werent really around and she did take care of us quite a few times MICHAEL BOWER There were a lot of mothers on the set, but all of them kind of became part of it Venus DeMilos mother was a manager and ended up managing one or two of the other actors, getting them parts and cameos in other shows Megans mother ended up becoming the set photographer because she had a really nice camera and was taking photos of the cast and crew.TREVOR EYSTER I thought Danny Cookseys mom was cool, because I was envious of the relationship he had with her I really, really liked Venuss mom a great deal The few times I met Bowers father, I thought he was a gracious man.FRED KELLER Christine Taylors mom was a stage mother and insisted that she tow the line Her mom was very chatty, very polite, very nice, but very much watching over Christine More so than the other kids parents were.SEAN ONEAL My mom was pretty much my chauffeur She got me where I needed to be for years She was always involved in the business and with my coworkers.GEOFFREY DARBY Melissa Joan Harts mom was difficult She was I only dealt with it when Mitchell Kriegman needed another bad guy to step in.JOE OCONNOR Melissa loved her mom, but her moms a show mom.DAVE RHODEN My moms an exceptional person But a little different, I guess you could say They had called to invite me back to season threethis was told to me by my dadand at the time I guess my mom thought I was getting a little too big for my britches My moms also borderline bipolar Very emotional roller coastertype person Shed gotten a call one day from Nickelodeon Hey, we want to talk with you about Daves contract for season three And she answered the phone and just went off and was like, I DONT CARE IF HE EVER COMES BACK TO NICKELODEON Screaming at the top of her lungs and slamming the phone down That was the end of the negotiations.VANESSA LINDORES Roger would not have tolerated stage parents That would have driven him nuts Im sure if there were any, they got nipped in the bud very quickly.ROGER PRICE When we started looking for new kids, we always arranged it so that at the final call the parents were entertained with refreshments in the boardroom by some of the kids who were already on the show Ostensibly, this was so the new parents could ask any questions they wanted to of the established kids In fact, it was so the kids already on the show could screen the new parents Even the best kid in the world would have been passed over if their parents had lamentably failed their part of the audition.GEOFFREY DARBY A lot of kids wanted to be on You Cant Do That on Television It wasnt particularly difficult to find them We had one diva parent who thought her kid was a star And that kid was fi red.ROGER PRICE I did not much care what parents thought Their job was to be good, supportive parents to their kids My job was to make TV shows Kids were not allowed to take scripts home Kids do not talk to parents much anyway.ADAM REID That was one thing Roger insisted on We were never to read over the sketches with our parents It wasnt that the scripts were secretive He just didnt want anyone to influence what was actually happening.VANESSA LINDORES I dont remember my parents ever being in the studio They dropped me off and picked me up That was it Later, I took the bus to work Funny, now that I think about it.MARJORIE SILCOFF Our parents werent allowed on the set Today, AFTRA requires a parent or parental figure for each kid to be on set There was something about that that gave my mother pause.BRENDA MASON It was a huge leap of faith, considering the bizarre things the kids were required to do.ALASDAIR GILLIS Most of our parents, in retrospect, seemed relatively comfortable with us doing it If they had any doubts or concerns, it wasnt really brought up It wouldnt have been brought up with us We were eleven, twelve, thirteen .ABBY HAGYARD Roger made sure there was always a female chaperone on set She was a trained therapist and a lovely woman She happened to be the mother of two of the boys who had already gotten cast on the show And if Les Lye wasnt around, I was around We had the makeup woman, Carole Hay, Geoff Darby There was no situationto my knowledgewhere the kids might have been taken advantage of.ADAM REID I had one sketch that dug at me It was Mom and me on the back porch, and I said, Mom, theres no way Im going to school wearing this shirt This shirt makes me look like a girl And I take off the shirt What are you doing, Adam And these pants Theyre too tight, and theres no way Im going to go to school in these pants So Im standing basically in my underwear, and she says, Adam, you cant go to school with nothing on Fine I cant go to school And I go inside, shut the door, and lock her out But to strip down to your underwear as a prepubescent boyand doing it four, five times .Everyones very respectful and its a kids show and everyones having fun, but theres still a part of me I felt pretty vulnerable Brenda Mason came up to me afterward and put her arm around me and said, That was really good Are you okay And I was sucking back tears Yeah, Im okay, Im okay You did a great job, buddy It felt like a bit of an initiation If you watch the sketch, youd have no idea that Im actually kind of upset or embarrassed.MARJORIE SILCOFF We were all kids, but I know myself to be an above average sensitive person and the thought of being ridiculed really horrified me.BOB BLACK Marjorie was a relative outsider amongst the kids I would say Marjorie was on the edge than in the middle In any group of kids, youre going to have someone whos in the center of the social action and others who arent.JESSICA GAYNES Omar Gooding would sometimes turn and walk away from me because his mother had said at the start of the season, Dont make her upset She has a job to do, and she is sensitive ALASDAIR GILLIS Dressing up like a girl or being half naked or stuff like that At fifteen, these are not the things I want to stand out for It was enough to make things uncomfortable Especially the older I got.JOSH MORRIS Roger loved seeing little boys in dresses He thought that was hilarious But the boys didnt like it so much Hed pick the boy who least wanted to be in a dress and make him wear it.ADAM REID Five or six of us went down to LA with Roger as kind of a field trip Roger found out Doug and Matthew had gotten in a fightit was just Doug being Doug, a bit of a bullyand instead of punishing Doug, Roger said, Lets go to a womens department store We all walked in, and Roger said, Doug, pick your dress Matthew, pick your dress And they spent the rest of the afternoon in dresses as a joint punishment Through that, Matthew and Doug bonded to an extent They made it through the rest of the trip together and got along.ALASDAIR GILLIS It was probably 84, 85 It was nothing serious I wasnt really involved I wouldnt have worn a dress.ROGER PRICE People do horrible things to kids and make them wear dresses in real life, too I went to a German school for boys in Switzerland It was a nice school Our dienstmutti or service duty mom used to tell us what to wear, brush our hair, bathe us, scrub us three times a day in a tub, make sure we did our homework, and pull down our pants and smack our butts occasionally She kept a dress, a sort of hideous Heidi outfit for bad boys to wear If she was displeased with you, you found it on your bed I found it on my bed a couple of times, but I never wore it You always promised to be good in the future and she always relented.BOB BLACK Rogers worldview is that kids and old people are the two most discriminated against Thats very Roger.ALISON FANELLI What shocked my parents most was when I decided to stop doing it and go to medical school They expected me to go, be there for three weeks, freak out, and go back to liberal arts It was harder on them for me to make the change to become a doctor than it was for me to go into show business What parents say that now MICHAEL MARONNA Im so gratefulwhen I see kid actors having stage momsthat my parents didnt try to force me into it.Reading Slimed is like taking a trip back to summer camp to see your old friends Mathew Klickstein has captured the outrageous, inventive, and crazy times of early Nickelodeon, and the stories are sweeter than a mug of bug juice A nation of Nick fans will salute his shorts.Steve Slavkin, creator of Salute Your ShortsSomewhere between a tribute, a belated yearbook, and an autopsy, Slimed attempts to figure out with the help of nearly 200 performers, writers, producers, and execs who worked at the network between 1985 and 2000 how a fledgling channel with virtually no original programming identified, captured, and entertained the hell out of its preteen demographic Slimed is the best kind of blast from the past dishy, 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    • Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age
    • Mathew Klickstein
    • Anglais
    • 16 August 2016
    • 320 pages

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