The New Leave It to Beaver

Season 1 Episode 0

Still The Beaver

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Aired Weekdays 6:00 PM Mar 19, 1983 on TBS
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Still The Beaver
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Now in his mid-30s, the Beav is divorced, out of work, and living in his mother's house with his two children. Beaver's brother Wally, also married, is doing rather better, but his friendship with neighborhood sharpster Eddie Haskell threatens his financial wellbeing.

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    Giovanni Ribisi

    Giovanni Ribisi

    Duffy Guthrie (recurring)

    Janice Kent

    Janice Kent

    Mary Ellen Cleaver

    Kaleena Kiff

    Kaleena Kiff

    Kelly Cleaver

    Ken Osmond

    Ken Osmond

    Eddie Haskell

    Tony Dow

    Tony Dow

    Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver

    Barbara Billingsley

    Barbara Billingsley

    June Cleaver

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      • According to Frank Bank ("Lumpy") and Ken Osmond ("Eddie") in a 2008 radio interview, the contract for this movie featured a fine print option obliging most of the core cast to a 7 year series option should the movie spawn high ratings and warrant a new series. Needless to say, the movie was a success, and most of the cast was surprised to discover they were committed to the additional episodes...especially Bank who had a successful celebrity brokerage business and did not want to reprise his role of "Lumpy" in the series.

        Only the kids weren't committed, so Corey Feldman ("Corey Cleaver") was able to get out of his contract, while John Snee ("Oliver") and Eric Osmond ("Eddie Jr."/"Freddie Haskell") chose to continue with the series.

      • The pre-production planning stage for the reunion telefilm took several years, and the original draft featured Hugh Beaumont reprising his role as Ward Cleaver. However, due to health complications, Beaumont was forced to decline the role, so the producers decided to write Ward Cleaver out by having his character pass away. Oddly, Hugh Beaumont passed away in real life on the same morning that the revised script depicting his death was completed.

      • In syndication, the four individual parts (see below) were edited heavily, including the deletion of much of the archive footage from the original series and the addition of a laugh track in the background. The final narration from June was also changed in order to try and fix the continuity error surrounding Wally and Mary Ellen's child...in the original 1983 broadcast on CBS, they had a boy--Ward, Jr., but on subsequent airings it was changed to say that they had a girl--Kelly. This change still didn't remedy the fact that Kelly grew from newborn to nine years old between the March 1983 airing of this movie and the November 1984 debut of the series on The Disney Channel!

      • When TBS bought the rights to The Disney Channel episodes of "Still the Beaver" (the original title for the series as well as this film), this premiere movie was divided into four separate installments. The second, third, and fourth parts were fitted with a special version of "The New Leave it to Beaver" opening credits, similar to the first season opening sequence of the original "Leave it to Beaver" series, which features the cast members' names carved in wet cement. This movie was also presented in this separated fashion when the series entered syndication in foreign markets.

      • A 2 hour TV movie that served as the pilot for the series.

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