One for the Road . . . AGAIN: It’s Like Cheers, Only . . . Not

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It’s a Little Known Fact  . . .

Little known fact

. . .that when the Cheers series finale aired in 1993, after eleven seasons on air, it had approximately 42.4 million viewers . . . that’s nearly double the viewers of long-running modern day ratings juggernauts like The Big Bang Theory and NCIS.

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The show also raked in a record-setting 27 Emmys and spawned a hit spinoff series for one of its most popular barflys, Frasier Crane.

dear god

With statistics like that, it’s no wonder CBS executives are suddenly feeling a bit of nostalgia for that bar in Boston where “Everybody Knows Your Name.” (a.k.a the TV show that made “Everybody at CBS NBC stinkin’ rich!”)

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The good news is, come 2016, CBS wants to help you reunite with your favorite not-so-closeted alcoholics of yesteryear: womanizing Sam, know-it-all Cliff, saucy Carla, dimwitted Woody, and book smart, but life stupid Diane.

The bad news is it’s not going to be anywhere near as good as the original.

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CBS’s newest brainchild Cheers Live On Stage is apparently going to be a stage production featuring some of the best moments the long-running series had to offer. Moments like this . . .

And this . . .

And definitely this . . .

. . . only without the iconic bar setting  . . .

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. . . or the original actors . . .

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. . . or their comedic talent . .  .

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. . . or any of the fresh script-writing originality and cast chemistry that made Cheers so successful in the first place.

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It’s kind of like how Disney does those “Straight-to-DVD” sequels, which are basically the exact same story as the original Disney classic film, only with half-assed artwork, none of the name-actors doing the original voices, and really bad musical interludes.

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Think Cheers II: Electric Boogaloo, a new sitcom that actually encourages alcoholism. (Not to mention the fact that CBS executives may very well have been wasted when coming up with the idea.)

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Because after you’ve had a couple of drinks, if you squint really hard, it might actually resemble the real thing!

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Cheers!

 

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  • M H

    I can see something like a stage version of X-Files or Murder, She Wrote performed by drag queens and kings. But a 20 year old sitcom??

    • Julie

      LOL. Yeah, I’m with you. I can see this MAYBE working if the format was re-envisioned in someway. Like say a two-hour musical special, based on a couple of the plotlines from the original series, complete with a few meta-80s jokes thrown in. (I’m thinking something like the unauthorized Saved By the Bell musical that came out off-Broadway a year or two back.) But a weekly sitcom rehashing “skits” from a dated comedy is just riddled with FAIL.