Remember WENN

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 13

    All's Noisy On The Pittsburgh Front

    Aired 9/11/98

  • S 4 : Ep 12

    At Cross Purposes

    Aired 9/4/98

  • S 4 : Ep 11

    The Sunset Also Rises

    Aired 8/28/98

  • S 4 : Ep 10

    Past Tense, Future Imperfect

    Aired 8/21/98

  • S 4 : Ep 9

    Work Shift

    Aired 8/14/98

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Bedford Lloyd

    Victor Comstock

  • Dina Waters

    Celia Mellon

  • Christopher Murney

    Mackie Bloom

  • Jonathan Freeman

    Rollie Pruitt

  • Kevin O'Rourke

    Scott Sherwood

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Remember WENN guide at TV.com Created and written by Rupert Holmes, the show was set in the late 1930's-early 1940's at radio station WENN in Pittsburgh. A miniscule budget combined with an overworked staff made daily programming a challenge, but the staff of WENN always rose to the occasion, usually with hilarious results. As much as the show was praised, Remember WENN only lasted 4 seasons (each season was 13 episodes except for season 3 which had 17), airing from 1996 to 1998. Reruns are no longer available. If you're interesting in finding other WENN fans, we're on Usenet at alt.tv.remember-wenn. There are also numerous mailing lists for the show, the main one being at wennlist@yahoogroups.com, but there's a backup list at Topica (wennlist@topica.com). There are also several other lists on Yahoo Groups; just check the search at their home page. Check the links to the left of this page to find websites devoted to the show, as well as fanfic and fanzines. *NEW* Help us get Remember WENN on DVD! Visit TV Shows on DVD.com to add your vote and comments!moreless

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  • Quotes (110)

    • Betty: Oh, I'm sorry, Miss Booth, I was buried in thought. Hilary: Yes, and I'm sure it was shallow grave.

    • Victor: Do you have any idea what our competition provides their listening public with? (tunes in radio) This is what out competition plays, sunup to sundown...records! They play records. The same records you could play on your gramophone at home. Now this is what we give our listeners- (cut to Mackie's energetic performance in Amazon Andy) Tell me what did Captain Amazon look like. Betty: Oh, sort of-Flash Gordon. Steely blue eyes, flowing blond hair... (Cut back to Mackie, definitely not Flash Gordon.) Victor: That's funny, I was listening to the same program and I thought the hero looked a lot like me. (returns to desk, speaking intensely) And therein lies the magic: tens of thousands of people out there, listening, each envisioning their own motion picture of the mind. And that is what we give our audience, Miss Roberts. We give them dreams. We give them towers and landscapes, secrets, and revelations. We give them a warm hearth in the dark--or a cold shiver up their spine.

    • Betty: Mmm. Peanut brittle. Would you say that's primarily brittle or do the peanuts predominate?

    • (Victor just conceived the idea for a radio call-in show.) Victor: So, what's our last program before sign-off? Betty: A Book At Bedtime. Victor: Who's the sponsor? Mr. Eldridge: Cup O'Comfort, the nutritious nightcap. Victor: (rapidly growing more excited) I'll call Medwick at Pennsylvania Pantry! Oh, God, I love radio! You can bring something to life at the speed of a bolt of lightening! It's like being God! Mr. Eldridge: (alarmed) Or Frankenstein! What do you do to make the telephone voices loud enough for the radio? Victor: I don't know. Mr. Eldridge: What do you do if nobody calls? Victor: I can't imagine. Mr. Eldridge: How do you handle the extra calls? Victor: I haven't a clue. (pauses) Let's do it tonight!

    • (Gertie's buzz has interrupted their meeting with the aggressive Mr. Acton, sponsor of Rance Shiloh.) Betty: The woman from the Pittsburgh Public Library--she's here, and she's all in a snit about Rance Shiloh. Victor: Having them meet would be like introducing nitro to glycerin.

    • Mackie: Any problem? Betty: No, nothing. Mackie: What do you mean, nothing? Is it really nothing because it's nothing, or is it nothing because it's something you don't want to tell me, or is it nothing because it's something you will tell me if I promise to say nothing?

    • Mackie: Betty, where's the smoking jacket? I can't do "Letters to the Vagabond" without the smoking jacket. Mr. Eldridge: I just finished pressing it. Shall I go get it? Betty: Mackie, the audience can't see you. You don't need it. Mackie: Okay, I use the smoking jacket as a crutch. Mr. Eldridge: (walks away fretting) I should have used more starch.

    • Snell: (irritated) You wouldn't be acting dim on purpose, would you? Mr. Eldridge: Oh, no, I leave that to the actors.

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    Notes (19)

    • The role of Jimmy is unbilled, but the voice belongs to Nick Holmes, Rupert Holmes' elder son who was eight years old at the time this was filmed.

    • Irene Worth was nominated for an Emmy for her performance in this episode.

    • In this episode we hear the words to the Remember WENN theme.

    • Guest Star Molly Ringwald's father is also blind. She claims to have based many of her mannerisms as Angels on those of her dad.

    • When Remember WENN was first produced, it was originally supposed to be a four-episode program. But response to the show was so positive, AMC chose to continue WENN with new episodes, giving it a full slate of 13 episodes.

    • Howard Rollins died of complications from cancer in December 1996.

    • The episode won an Emmy Award forOutstanding Costume Design for a Series.

    • This episode takes place three weeks after World of Tomorrow.

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    Trivia (67)

    • Since Mackie mentions that the Welles' broadcast on Halloween 1938 as having just happened it would seem that the episode would take place in November of 1938. Those close to the show say that this episode takes place in autumn of 1939.

    • Betty is from Elkhart, Indiana. Gertie likes peanut brittle--and doesn't share it with anyone.

    • Radio shows mentioned in this episodes and their sponsors: The Hands of Time sponsored by Midas Hand Cream; Valiant Journey sponsored by Hampton's Vegetable Soup; Col. Moore who does the news; and Amazon Andy.

    • The first four episodes contains a running-gag that everyone who meets Hilary keeps referring to her performance in the play The Rivals.

    • Jeff refers to the German annexation of Poland during Bedside Manor. This occurred in September 1939.

    • Hilary calls Jeff "pumpkin." Pennsylvania Pantry produces Cup O'Comfort whose main competition is Dutch Uncle Cocoa. The population of Pittsburgh at the time was 671,659. The numbers 9366 in the station's phone number stand for WENN.

    • Radio shows mentioned: Introduction of Bedside Manor sponsored by Ingrams Coffee. Evening Programming ends with Bedtime Serenade.

    • Celia's real last name is Padrusky. Jeff swims for exercise.

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Too good, too smart to last

    By bestec, Oct 02, 2005

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