by G. Jack Urso
|Title card shot from the show.|
The Hot Hero Sandwich Project is an effort to historically document the innovative children’s television show, Hot Hero Sandwich, which ran from 1979-1980 on NBC. Produced by Bruce and Carol Hart, both of whom helped develop material for the first season of Sesame Street. Bruce Hart, in fact, co-wrote the Sesame Street theme and Carole wrote some early episodes Both Harts were involved with Marlo Thomas’ noted children's entertainment TV special Free to Be . . . You and Me (1972) and together wrote, with Bruce directing, actor/rocker Rex Smith’s 1979 film Sooner or Later (Smith also performed on the last episode of Hot Hero Sandwich).
Often described as Saturday Night Live for teens, the show was a mix of sketches, short films, animation, celebrity interviews, musical guests, and of course the awesome in-house Hot Hero Band. Despite running for just ten episodes, the show struck a nerve with its fans who, for the past four decades, have quietly kept the show alive with social media and sharing the precious few clips still available from the show.
With the gracious assistance of some of the former members of the show, I have put together a behind-the-scenes look with interviews, the first complete episode guide, never before seen photos, video clips, and much more. Not just to document the show, put also to preserve it as a case study for those in education and entertainment looking for new ways of reaching a difficult demographic with positive and inspirational programming that addresses the issues teens deal with using multimedia integrated with a common theme.
Below is a list of the current articles detailing the show. More articles are coming featuring Hot Hero Band members, so STAY TUNED!
Hot Hero Sandwich: A Historical Retrospective of the 1979-1980 Innovative Children’s Television Show
- Hot Hero Sandwich: The Late 70s TV Teen Scene: Series Overview
- Hot Hero Sandwich — A Second Serving! A Retrospective Interview Introduction
- Hot Hero Sandwich — A Second Serving! Part I: Origins
- Hot Hero Sandwich — A Second Serving! Part II: Production Notes and Broadcast History
- Hot Hero Sandwich — A Second Serving! Part III: Commercials, Demographics, and Musical Musings
- Hot Hero Sandwich — A Second Serving! Part IV: Credits
- Hot Hero Sandwich — A Second Serving! Part V: Episode 10 Scene-by-Scene
- Hot Hero Sandwich, Episode 3, Andy Breckman, “Tommy Two,” with the Hot Hero Band
- Hot Hero Sandwich Episode 3: Eddie Money, "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down"
- Hot Hero Sandwich — On the Flip Side! Hot Hero Band Interviews
- Hot Hero Sandwich — On the Flip Side with Bassist Robert Brissette
- Hot Hero Sandwich — On the Flip Side! Interview with Guitarist Richie Annunizato
- Hot Hero Band Video Clips
- Hot Hero Sandwich Central: YouTube channel for rare Hot Hero video clips, some of which haven't been seen since broadcast!
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I think the article is right -- HHS is a positive template for shows for kids/teens. Good overall job. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete