Originally Posted by Jack P
Gary, for someone not familiar with Kildare, can you just enlighten me on whether you think the bypassing of this S1 episode (which according to the summation has to do with a "Scrooge" type character getting admitted) has to do with a potential music issue or does it have something to do with an episode content issue?
Jack, it wouldn't have anything at all to do with a music issue. Every music piece used in the episode is traditional, old-time Christmas carols. My feelings are that whoever made the choices did so more because of content, and I'm thinking the point would be to stay away from anything overtly religious. Here are a couple of the facts that are persuading me to lean in that direction at present.
1) When Warners was alerted to the fact that THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER never actually had a Christmas episode, this was their reply:
Interesting production note: the ep is not specific to Xmas but was made for Xmas. About gifting. Very subtle and sweet. We defined it would fit based on what we understand as the production's intent. Also, you get a great COEF ep!
I've seen the episode they are using, and believe me it has no trappings of Christmas at all. It's simply not a Christmas episode in any way, shape or form. I'd love to know why the producers of that series decided to bypass all the traditions of Christmas, yet say they were doing a Christmas-like episode. I have to question the mindset there. And I definitely question why Warner would choose this particular series, which had no true Christmas episode, to include on a WB Christmas set. It just seems weird to me. There are certainly other series in their library they could have used instead. Shows that actually had Christmas episodes. For instance, many people here talk about wishing they could see 77 SUNSET STRIP. Well, that show actually had a Christmas episode. Why not use it instead of COEF? I just have questions as to why this was done.
2) The first season KILDARE episode was thoroughly Christmasy from start to finish. It was a superb episode all the way around. It involved a drunken side-walk Santa who was rushed into the hospital early on Christmas Eve day. He immediately makes it clear he doesn't believe in God and wants nothing to do with the kindness of the nurses or doctors. He hates hearing the kids, as they make the rounds in the hospital, coming into his room to sing Christmas carols. He hates the Nativity that is brought into his room by the chaplain. Dr. Gillespie has more than one conversation with him about religion and why he, as a man of medicine, believes in God. It's all very pointed but very well done, IMHO. Eventually we find out the man was once a minister himself but his daughter had died tragically in a car accident and his wife had then left him after becoming an alcoholic. He fled the ministry and became a drunkard himself. Of course all ends well as his faith is restored at the end of the episode. It was just great TV, from start to finish.
So I have to wonder if the individual(s) in charge just made a conscious choice to steer away from anything overtly religious. The fourth season episode, while fine on it's own, simply doesn't rise to the greatness of that first season ep in any way, shape, or form. Maybe it has nothing to do with that, but if so I'd love to hear what went into the decision.
Anyhow, that's what I'm thinking right now. As I said above, I hope I'm wrong on that assumption. I really do. But the choices do seem very strange. I'd think if one were compiling episodes, you'd look for those that are the most Christmasy (and at times may have some religious overtones), but that doesn't seem to have been the case here.
Gary "extremely disappointed" O.