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Old 08-31-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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the reruns are currently showing on SyFy, and the seasons are on DVD by now..

http://www.amazon.com/Friday-13th-Co...4801674&sr=1-1

For those unfamiliar, this was totally different than the movies. Louis, a corrupt antiques dealer who dabbled in the occult made a deal with demonic forces for immortality. Of course, he got hosed. On top of that, all of the items he sold are now cursed, with deadly results. Louis's niece and nephew Micki and Ryan inherit the shop, and the responsibility of righting the curse by getting all the items back. Helping them out is Jack, an erstwhile friend of Louis who is an occult expert in his own right.

I think the show should be revived with an all-new cast.. Supernatural is still going, the CW could produce the show. Especially when you consider that the current Friday the 13th/Jason rights are split with New Line Cinema (Warner) and Paramount (CBS) who already own the CW network, this is almost a no-brainer..

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Old 08-31-2011, 11:37 AM   #2
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what do you know? i didn't even know there was a Friday the 13th tv series!

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Old 08-31-2011, 01:29 PM   #3
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the reruns are currently showing on SyFy, and the seasons are on DVD by now..

http://www.amazon.com/Friday-13th-Co...4801674&sr=1-1

For those unfamiliar, this was totally different than the movies. Louis, a corrupt antiques dealer who dabbled in the occult made a deal with demonic forces for immortality. Of course, he got hosed. On top of that, all of the items he sold are now cursed, with deadly results. Louis's niece and nephew Micki and Ryan inherit the shop, and the responsibility of righting the curse by getting all the items back. Helping them out is Jack, an erstwhile friend of Louis who is an occult expert in his own right.

I think the show should be revived with an all-new cast.. Supernatural is still going, the CW could produce the show. Especially when you consider that the current Friday the 13th/Jason rights are split with New Line Cinema (Warner) and Paramount (CBS) who already own the CW network, this is almost a no-brainer..
I love this series. I grew up watching it when it originally aired. As for a remake, there's already one on SyFy. It's called Warehouse 13

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what do you know? i didn't even know there was a Friday the 13th tv series!
Has nothing to do with Jason Voorhies.

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Old 08-19-2012, 12:15 PM   #4
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Is the show good? I heard that shows like Supernatural and Warehouse 13 took elements from it ans that Supernatural even remade some of its episodes, did the show have a proper ending too?

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Old 08-19-2012, 02:35 PM   #5
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I remember seeing a marathon of this when I was little and watching it for 2 hours just waiting for Jason to show up. At least Freddy's show had Freddy in it

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Old 08-19-2012, 02:49 PM   #6
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I remember watching some of this show. It was pretty bad.

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Loved the show back in the day but loved the chick who played Micki a whole lot more.

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Old 08-24-2012, 02:42 PM   #8
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I liked this show a whole lot too. I've put it on my list to rewatch again soon (though I probably won't like it as much as I did originally). I distinctly remember Colm Feore showing up a couple of times as different characters, to the point that he stands out to me every time he pops up in a current project, though I could barely recognize him as a frost giant in Thor.

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I liked the show But I remember waiting for an episode with Jason Vorhees..Never happened!

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Old 11-10-2012, 01:54 PM   #10
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I just couldn't get into this show. As a big fan of the movies, when I saw Friday The 13th: The Series in the TV Guide I got really excited. I thought it was gonna be like Freddy's Nightmares, a show that was about the creepy goings on in & around Crystal Lake but not necessarily having anything to do with Jason or his mother. I was sadly disappointed and stopped watching after only one or two episodes. I felt so cheated.

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Friday the 13th was only the title the got to get attention. By the way was the show cancelled or did they end on their oun terms?

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Old 01-29-2013, 04:39 AM   #12
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Friday the 13th was only the title the got to get attention. By the way was the show cancelled or did they end on their oun terms?
Just seemed dishonest to me. It's like calling a show Star Wars, but then making a show that has nothing to do with George Lucas's universe.

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Friday the 13th: The Series was cancelled due to protests. According to the book Crystal Lake Memories, the show was conceived during the time when Paramount was looking into getting into syndication. "Star Trek" and "Friday the 13th" got the green light due to executives feeling that each had enough of a core audiences that the shows wouldn't require big star power.

There was some ideas pitched around of having a hockey mask among the many items displayed at the shows beginning, being essentially the only reference to Jason, but was ultimately dropped. Frank Mancuso Jr., who produced the films at the time, even pitched for the show to be retitled "The 13th Hour", but that fell by the way side as well.

Despite still drawing strong ratings at the time of the shows cancellation, Paramount ultimately decided to pull the plug due to protests, not profits, when advertisers became increasingly skittish due to the notion of a potential backlash when a vocal group of protesters began threatening to write to their constituents that they should boycott their products as well because of their support of a so-called, 'evil show'.

I believe something somewhat similar transpired during the late 1980's with "Married ... with Children" over at FOX that caused alot of headaches due to a Michigan housewife complaining, but that's another story.

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stupid protesters

anyway, if anything, Married With Children got even more popular because of that stupid mom from Michigan

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had a crush on Micki when i was a kid

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Friday the 13th: The Series was cancelled due to protests. According to the book Crystal Lake Memories, the show was conceived during the time when Paramount was looking into getting into syndication. "Star Trek" and "Friday the 13th" got the green light due to executives feeling that each had enough of a core audiences that the shows wouldn't require big star power.

There was some ideas pitched around of having a hockey mask among the many items displayed at the shows beginning, being essentially the only reference to Jason, but was ultimately dropped. Frank Mancuso Jr., who produced the films at the time, even pitched for the show to be retitled "The 13th Hour", but that fell by the way side as well.

Despite still drawing strong ratings at the time of the shows cancellation, Paramount ultimately decided to pull the plug due to protests, not profits, when advertisers became increasingly skittish due to the notion of a potential backlash when a vocal group of protesters began threatening to write to their constituents that they should boycott their products as well because of their support of a so-called, 'evil show'.

I believe something somewhat similar transpired during the late 1980's with "Married ... with Children" over at FOX that caused alot of headaches due to a Michigan housewife complaining, but that's another story.
Funny thing is, those protesters probably never even WATCHED the show. They were probably responding to the title, associating it with the movies which Roger Ebert called "reprehensible pieces of immoral trash" (if I remember correctly). So this relatively tame "evil show" which stole the name of a series of films which are simultaneously the most loved and hated horror films of all time got cancelled because they chose to ride the coat tails of a series of slasher films rather than come up with an original name of their own.

Now THAT is funny!

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Just a sign of the times really. Paramount choosing to go with "Friday the 13th" for a then-new syndicated show was obviously going to prove to be a double edged sword. Sure it was a strong brand name, and one that would draw viewers in based on name recognition alone, but on the flip side there was simply no way the show was going to get out of drawing the ire of those people who would instantly label it "evil" and/or "trash" much like what had previously been going on with the film series.

In short, the name, in all likelihood, contributed to the shows success in a number of ways, but ultimately became it's very undoing as well.

Fortunately for Paramount, the other show they chose to go into syndication with, Star Trek, wasn't a brand that was associated with so much controversy.

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Just a sign of the times really. Paramount choosing to go with "Friday the 13th" for a then-new syndicated show was obviously going to prove to be a double edged sword. Sure it was a strong brand name, and one that would draw viewers in based on name recognition alone, but on the flip side there was simply no way the show was going to get out of drawing the ire of those people who would instantly label it "evil" and/or "trash" much like what had previously been going on with the film series.

In short, the name, in all likelihood, contributed to the shows success in a number of ways, but ultimately became it's very undoing as well.

Fortunately for Paramount, the other show they chose to go into syndication with, Star Trek, wasn't a brand that was associated with so much controversy.
Not only because of the controversy of the movies, but also because many people (such as myself) tuned in to see the continued adventures of Jason Voorhees and turned it off because it had nothing to do with the movies.

The Twilight Zone and Freddy's Nightmares were far better shows, IMHO, because they didn't have to resort to any cheap tricks to get viewers. They gave you exactly what they promised, creepy stories every week. In the case of Freddy's Nightmares, stories that take place in Springwood, many relating directly to Freddy himself (though those were mostly the season premiers, season finales, and the Halloween episodes).

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Not only because of the controversy of the movies, but also because many people (such as myself) tuned in to see the continued adventures of Jason Voorhees and turned it off because it had nothing to do with the movies.

That's completely understandable. As I would imagine there would be people who got hooked in due to the title, saw that the series had absolutely nothing to do with the films, and decided to tune in elsewhere. Just as there were people who, evidently, didn't mind the series being a completely different animal and stuck with it.

Not sure if you are referring to the original TZ, or the 1980's revival in your post (I'm just going to go with the '80's revival for now), but I have to say that TZ is definately far superior to that of F13th the Series, or Freddy's Nightmares in my estimation. No contest there.

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