|Posted: 29 October 2017 at 8:07pm | IP Logged | 3
Interesting stuff about STROKES. I wonder how the crossover and hand-off episodes fare in syndication out of context?
ISTR quite a few 80's shows did special hand-off episodes. The one I fondly remember was apparently one of several MAGNUM PI and SIMON AND SIMON crossover stories. I've only recently realized the connections MAGNUM PI has to MURDER SHE WROTE and HAWAII 5-0.
The 'Larry' episodes are all included with the rest of DIFF'RENT STROKES on the Starz channel, which is the current home of the reruns(all aired with the original 'DS' credits, although the end of episode writer and producer credits are in a fifferent font, for those who look for stuff like that).
Since LARRY never went into syndication/on cable in its own right, they didn't have to this, but the other series you mentioned filmed extra scenes for syndication in which some character had expository dialogue tacked on to the end of 'part 1' to either sum up for viewers what happened in the 'missing' part 2, or, if possible, just wrapped it up in a way that viewers wouldn't notice there was anything missing.They did that somehow with the Magnum/Jessica Fletcher 'team-up', as well as the Simon & Simon guest shot.
Years ago, there was a HAPPY DAYS/LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY crossover that aired in different versions in syndication, depending on whether a channel had the rights to both shows, or just HAPPY DAYS.
The story involved Richie 'going for help' on a camping trip, because of some ridiculous 'hillbilly shotgun wedding' scene where Ralph and Potsie were getting hitched...not to each other,;-)
In the original version, Richie asked Laverne, Shirley, and their crowd, for help, and the episodes aired back to back. This was how Nick at Nite did it when they held the rights to both shows.
Another version had a closing scene where Richie and Fonzie got home from the trip, and Richie said something like 'Well, we managed to get out of that', without mentioning how.
And I remember seeing a syndicated rerun of the L & S episode, that simply retained the 'In part one, on Happy Days...' clips voiceover, as the episode originally aired(even though the two shows' reruns aired on different stations).