Sunday, January 28, 2007

Shirley Jones On The SAG Awards Tonight

Don't forget that Shirley Jones, nominated for her role in the Hallmark TV Movie, "Hidden Places," will be at the SAG Awards tonight. Shirley is competing in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series category!

TNT and TBS will simulcast the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center tonight, Sunday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. MT. The only industry honors voted on entirely by actors, the 13th Annual SAG Awards™ will recognize the outstanding performances of 2006 in five film and eight television categories.

Best of luck, Shirley!!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

2006: The Year In Review

2006. Not-such-a-bad-year for fans of The Partridge Family -- and for a series that's been off the air for 32 years! (OUCH!!)

In September, The i Network (formerly PAX-TV) started airing the series as part of their Friday night lineup. Although their scheduling wasn't as aggressive as we would have liked (preempting the show on numerous occasions), it was great that fans new and old got a chance to revisit the series.

In November, Sony/BMG released "David Cassidy & The Partridge Family: Could It Be Forever... The Greatest Hits" CD for the UK market. (Previous Greatest Hits compilations were only available to UK fans as an import.) The bare-bones release contained 25 songs from The Partridge Family and David Cassidy's solo career.

Shirley Jones
was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance as Aunt Batty in the Hallmark TV-Movie, "Hidden Places." She also guest starred as Mother Goose on "Sesame Street," co-starred in the feature film, "Grandma's Boy," and filmed a new TV series, "Monarch Cove," for Lifetime Television.

David Cassidy
continued to perform in concerts across the world, and donated a number of personal items for auction with the proceeds going towards Equestrian care. David also announced he'll update his autobiography, to be released in March, 2007. For continued updates on David, visit his website!

Danny Bonaduce
continued a second season of VH-1's "Breaking Bonaduce" and started hosting the game show, "Starface," for the Game Show Network (GSN) in August. In addition, Danny was a celebrity guest on the NBC-TV game show, "1 VS 100," appeared in 3 episodes of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and provided the voice of a ranch steer in "Doctor Dolittle 3."

Brian Forster
and Suzanne Crough announced that they will be making another personal appearance at the Hollywood Collectors Show in February, 2007.

Dave Madden
continues to enjoy his retirement in Florida, with a biography on the way. (More news to come!!)

Rick Segall
has decided to make a return to acting and will join Brian and Suzanne at the Hollywood Collectors Show in February, 2007. This will be Rick's first autograph show.

And last, we revamped The Partridge Papers in order to keep fans Up-To-Date (pun intended) with what's happening in and around San Pueblo.

Whatever Happened To 'The Partridge Family' Movie?

We've received several inquiries asking us, "What happened to the 'Partridge Family' movie?" The answer (so far): NOTHING! The film seems to be in development hell right now with no signs of emerging. Here's a brief history of several attempts to produce a film based on The Partridge Family:

In May, 1999, Warner Bros. optioned the rights from series creator Bernard Slade (who retained ownership of the feature film rights while Sony continues to hold the rights in all other areas.) with Paul Junger Witt (the TV series' first-season Producer) attached, through his Witt-Thomas Films production banner. Indie director Jordan Brady, late of the hit festival comedy, Dill Scallion, had been tapped to work with David Brendel on the Partridge screenplay, according to Daily Variety. That project never got off the drawing board and their option lapsed.

In May, 2004, Paramount Pictures snapped up the feature film rights to the "musically inclined TV series," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Bernard Slade was the executive producer on the feature, with Billy Gerber attached to produce. "
We aren't looking to make it some campy remake but a mainstream family movie in the vein of School of Rock" Gerber told the Hollywood Reporter in 2004. Paramount's project is still in limbo.

In between th
ese attempts to release a feature film, there were two Made-For-TV-Movies ("Come On Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story" for ABC and "The David Cassidy Story" for NBC) and a talent-based reality series ("In Search of The Partridge Family" for VH-1). The old adage "People aren't going to buy what they can get for free" certainly must have applied here, as there hasn't been any word on the film's future since.

For every hit film based on a TV series ("The Brady Bunch Movie") there are dozens of flops ("Bewitched," "Lost in Space," "The Honeymooners," "The Beverly Hillbillies," etc.). The success of the original Partridge Family was kismet. It was the chemistry between actors, Shirley's wide-reaching appeal, David's meteoric rise to superstardom and music that hit the right chords at the right time. You cannot repeat that magic. It just won't happen -- especially with Hollywood's propensity for stunt casting. You'd have a better chance teaching Donald Trump some humility.

But then again, when have the decision makers in Hollywood ever made sense? Honestly -- have you seen "Bewitched"??!!??

Shirley Jones Nominated For A SAG Award

The accolades keep pouring in for Shirley Jones and her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the Hallmark Channel TV-Movie, "Hidden Places." In addition to her Emmy nomination last year, Shirley has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series category! What sets this nomination apart from the others is it's given by Shirley's peers. Only actors may nominate and vote.

The 13th Annual SAG Awards will air live on TNT and TBS January 28, 2007. To view an entire list of nominees, visit the SAG Awards website.

Below is an ad that Shirley Jones placed in The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety thanking SAG members for her nomination. Good Luck, Shirley!!

TV Movie: The David Cassidy Story on DVD

"The David Cassidy Story" aired on NBC-TV in 2000. It was an autobiographical telefilm based on David's life and career. NBC Home Video released the film on video but it has never been released on DVD -- until now.

Europa Films, a distribution company based in Brazil, has released the film on DVD. The film is formatted for the US market (NTSC) and is in English, although a quick search through the setup features indicates it can be listened to in various other languages as well. Strangely, there are also English subtitles, which can't be turned "off."

The film starred Andrew Kavovit as David Cassidy, Malcolm McDowall as Jack Cassidy and Dey Young as Shirley Jones.

Danny Bonaduce Returns To Radio!

Fresh off the season two conclusion of the hit non-scripted cable television show, "Breaking Bonaduce," Danny Bonaduce joined "The Adam Corolla Show" as a featured member of the morning drive program (6-10:00AM, PT) on Tuesday, January 2, 2007. Broadcast live out of the show’s flagship station, KLSX-FM in Los Angeles, THE ADAM CAROLLA SHOW is carried on six CBS RADIO stations on the West Coast, and syndicated to a host of additional stations. The four-hour program also features Teresa Strasser in the studio.

"If you asked me why I wanted to join Adam’s show, my first reaction would be to say poverty," said Bonaduce, "followed quickly by the fact that I’m a big fan and have a lot of respect for his work. There’s nothing quite like doing live radio especially with a veteran like Adam. Having done his show in the past I know that there is something unique about what we bring to the table. I’m thrilled to be included and look forward to being back on the air full time."

Danny's radio career began in Philadelphia and brought him to Chicago, Detroit, New York and Los Angeles, where he was among the most listened to personality in the market. His other television credits include Eight is Enough, That 70's Show, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, The Drew Carey Show, The Other Half talk show as well as several Partridge Family reunion and dedication programs.

To find out more about The Adam Corolla Show, click here.

Meet Brian Forster & Suzanne Crough

On February 16 and 17, 2007, fans will have an opportunity to meet Brian Forster and Suzanne Crough at The Hollywood Collector's Show in Burbank California. The event, held at the Burbank Marriott (formerly Hilton) Hotel is a great opportunity for fans of classic television to meet celebrities and get autographs. Brian and Suzanne have appeared previously (along with Shirley Jones) and had a great time meeting fans of The Partridge Family.

If you live out of town, and are unable to attend the show, email us and we can assist you in obtaining autographs from Brian and Suzanne. To view the items that Brian and Suzanne will be selling, click here. Of course, you are permitted to have your own items autographed as well. Send your requests to:

Meet Ricky Segall!

We're happy to announce that Rick Segall -- that adorable moppet who joined "The Partridge Family" in it's fourth season -- will be joining Brian Forster and Suzanne Crough at The Hollywood Collectors Show on February 16 and 17, 2007. This will be Rick's first appearance ever at a Celebrity Autograph show!

If you live out of town, and are unable to attend the show, email us and we will assist you in obtaining autographs from Rick. Of course, you are permitted to send your own items to be autographed as well. Send your requests to:

Check out the Hollywood Collector's Show website for continued updates as more celebrities are booked to appear. (Scroll down and click on "Burbank.")

Reminder: Email Sony For Season Three DVDs!

Do You Want The Partridge Family Season Three On DVD? So do we! And unless you live under a pet rock (or with Simone's stinky skunk) you know that Sony has already released Seasons One and Two on DVD. (See above photos) So far, Sony hasn't scheduled Season Three for release (even though the episodes have already been remastered). If enough people express interest, there's a chance Sony will speed up the release process. So, we suggest you email Sony directly at:

This is a general information email address, so be sure you ask that your request be forwarded to the department in charge of scheduling releases.

Reminder: Email Sony/BMG!!

If you're a fan of The Partridge Family's music, you know that Bulletin Board, the group's last LP of original material has yet to be released on CD.

Legacy Recordings is the label within Sony/BMG that concentrates on releasing re-issues, Boxed Sets, Expanded Editions and Special Compilations. Our sources have told us that sales of Crossword Puzzle were disappointing. So, as of this writing there are no plans to release any more new material from The Partridge Family. But, by going to their website and requesting that Bulletin Board gets released onto CD, perhaps the powers-that-be will realize there is a demand for this music. You can do just that by clicking here. The LP number, as requested on their form is Bell 1137. The year of it's original release was 1973.

In addition to Bulletin Board, there are over 25 SONGS that have NEVER before been released on LP or CD (although many appeared in various episodes of the television series). These truly "lost" songs are just ripe for a definitive Partridge Family Boxed Set. When requesting Bulletin Board's release, please send a separate request for this music as well. If you have several email addresses, use them. If you have imaginary friends, use those names too. Ask your friends, enemies and family to do the same. The only way we are going to get this music released is if Sony/BMG realizes there is a demand for it.

And you're still here bec-a-a-a-a-u-u-u-u-se??!! Email them NOW!

In Memoriam: Joseph Barbera & Iwao Takamoto

With great sadness, we announce the passing of two giants in the animation industry. Joseph Barbera (co-founder of Hanna-Barbera Productions) and Iwao Takamoto (Creative Producer of Hanna-Barbera) passed away on December 18, 2006 and January 8, 2007 respectively. Both men were responsible for producing and directing hundreds of animated TV series, specials and motion pictures including two series for Saturday Mornings that featured The Partridge Family: "Goober and the Ghost Chasers" (1973, ABC) and "The Partridge Family: 2200: A.D." (1974, CBS).

The Partridge Family Toy Box

Each week we feature a different Partridge Family/David Cassidy collectible!
In 1972, a company called Trendsetters released two different Partridge Family clock faces. (Clock mechanisms were sold separately in Toy & Hobby shops.) Once in place, the 10" wall clocks were ready to hang! According to The Collector's Guide To TV Toys and Memorabilia: 1960s & 1970s (Second Edition) by Greg Davis and Bill Morgan, Trendsetters also released electric wall clocks with black wooden frames and white hands. The clock faces can fetch upwards of $75.00 - $100.00, and each electric clock can run between $250.00 - $300.00.

Photo Of The Week

This photo was taken on the cruise ship as the cast filmed the fourth season episode, "The Last of Howard." It proves even at sea, on a luxury working vacation, kids can still be cranky.

Let's conduct a Caption Contest! Send your funny captions to: We'll post the best entries next week!

Video Clip Of The Week

Before Susan Dey began her acting career on The Partridge Family, she was a top New York model! In this clip, Susan models the Misty Hair Dryer from Procter Sylex. The sound is low, so be sure to turn the volume up on your computer speakers before you give a listen. It's quite a hoot!

Did You Know?

Mad Magazine spoofed The Partridge Family in their April, 1972 issue. Titled "The Putrid Family," the 5-page story was written by Arnie Kogen with art executed by Angelo Torres. It's a funny take on our favorite TV family! If you want to read all about "Shrilly, Teeth, Lurid, and Hammy Putrid" click here!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Birdwatching: Highlights This Month

This month, "Come On Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story" is airing on the Encore True Channel. Below, are the details.

Come On Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story
Directed by David Burton Morris. Starring Eve Gordon, Rodney Scott, Shawn Pyfrom, Kathy Wagner, Michael Chieffo, William Russ.

Dramatizing the alleged off-screen travails of TV's musical clan, from the show's creation and casting to its cancellation in 1
974. 95 minutes- NR, USA, 1999, (CC), Stereo, SAP

Thu Jan 4 08:10A on Encore True Channel
Wed Jan 17 07:40A on Encore True Channel
Tue Jan 23 02:10P on Encore True Channel
Tue Jan 23 03:10P on Movie Plex
Since The Partridge Family has been removed from The i Network's schedule, we won't be including Birdwatching as a regular feature to The Partridge Papers. However, you can still view up-to-date TV listings for the cast's other TV appearances by clicking on the Birdwatching link on our home page, or clicking here.

Monday, January 01, 2007

From All Of Us To All Of You!!
Best Wishes For A Happy, Healthy 2007!!