Friday, July 26, 2013

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Gypsy Girl (1974)

The Partridge Family had ended its run on ABC after 4 seasons, but someone at Columbia Pictures Television (formerly Screen Gems, now Sony Pictures Television) decided there was potential in converting the series to cartoon form. Apparently, that nameless executive, and counterparts at CBS, were the only ones interested, because Partridge Family 2200 AD , one of two Hanna-Barbera freshman series sold to CBS in 1974 (Valley of the Dinosaurs was the other), was cancelled after 1 season, only to return, rechristened The Partridge Family in Outer Space when reruns aired 3 years later on Fred Flintstone & Friends.

Not all of the cast returned for the cartoon. In fact, Susan Dey (Laurie) left the show after 2 weeks, forcing the producers to call on Sherry Alberoni (Super Friends, ex-Josie & the Pussycats) to take her place, while Suzanne Crough, Brian Forster, & Danny Bonaduce soldiered on for the full run. Those three, along with Dey, had joiued the cast of Goober & the Ghost Chasers over on ABC the previous season when ABC decided that series needed a boost. Didn't work.

Chuck McClendon took over for David Cassidy as Keith, and also sings lead on "Gypsy Girl", the only musical number from the series currently available on YouTube. Judge for yourselves, kids.


magicdog said...

I do remember this show and while at the time I thought I liked it (kids love the old, "take real people and make toons out of them" gimmick), I just can't now. It kills me more knowing that this was initially supposed to be a Jetsons update (in a similar manner The Flintstones got an update with Pebbles & Bamm Bamm in '71) and all it took was a couple of meddling executives to destroy two properties with one stone.

This song is an obvious ripoff of the classic tune, "Gypsy Woman", although it doesn't sound bad. Of course what's the point if David Cassidy couldn't be a part of it?

hobbyfan said...

Apparently, the idiot at CBS that turned down the Jetsons update saw that the ratings weren't that great for Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm, not at Scooby-Doo level, anyway, and decided the same fate might befall the Jetsons.

No matter what decade, there's always some jabroni in a position of power who thinks he knows everything, but really doesn't, and inserts his personal opinion in the form of a corporate one.