What's up with Alf being in those long distance commercials?

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  1. StephenA

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    It's been years since I've seen him, and all of a sudden he's in these commercials. Makes me wonder if they're gonna have a new show with him.
     
  2. John Spencer

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    I was thinking the same thing about Carrot Top and Terry Bradshaw.
    shudder
    [​IMG]
     
  3. Peter Kline

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    He needs the money and works real cheap.
     
  4. Cam S

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    I heard he works for 8 cats an hour [​IMG]
     
  5. MickeS

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    Cam, [​IMG]
    Well, at least now we know what happened to him after the final episode...
    I wish they'd revive him in a sitcom. Yes I like "Alf". [​IMG]
    /Mike
     
  6. Dome Vongvises

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    Alf!!!
     
  7. Jeff Pryor

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    He's not been totally out of the picture since the demise of his 80's show. Besides reruns, of course, he starred in a 2-hour ALF production back in '94 or '96, can't remember the exact year. It's good to still see him.
     
  8. Peter Kline

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    There's talk about a possible talk show for ALF. Why not. Could he be any worse then other daytime hosts? At least he doesn't take himself too seriously.
     
  9. Thi Them

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    Who better to appear in a long distance commercial than an alien?

    ~T
     
  10. Graeme Clark

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    Mr. T also seems to have made a comeback.
     
  11. KeithH

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    The first time I saw one of those commercials with Alf, I thought "What the hell is this?". That came out of nowhere. I can see a lot of younger folks seeing these commercials and not knowing what in the world they are watching. [​IMG]
     
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    Alf becoming a talk show host makes total sense, Sally Jesse, Maury, and Jennie Jones have been puppets for years, why not give Alf a shot! [​IMG]
     
  13. MickeS

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    Also, in one of Alf's dreams in the show, he IS hosting a talkshow (in his dream he's Johnny Carson, IIRC). I think he'd be a fine host. [​IMG]
    /Mike
     
  14. Peter Kline

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    I think he did really appear on Carson. Didn't he once reveal his real name?:Gordon Shumway, I think
     
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    I think that you have to remember that the birth year range of any product's target audience always changes. The new "Rock" music in the Mitsubishi commercials could not be used to sell a Cadillac, and classical, instrumental music could not be used to sell a Mitsubishi lancer or eclipse. I'm 24 and remember Alf. I'm probably at the lower range of their target audience. They dont care if a 15 year old knows who he is, because they dont buy calling cards or use collect dailing numbers, their parents buy them cell phones and calling cards. Its people in their early 20's to 30's who maybe travel for business but maybe cant afford a cell phone, etc. that they are targeting, and those people grew up on Alf. Makes sense to me.
     
  16. Ryan Wright

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    I loved Alf... Used to watch every episode religiously. Seeing him in these commercials has been like seeing an old friend again...
     
  17. MickeS

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    Peter, his name, Gordon Shumway, was mentioned several times on the show, he used it every once in a while when ordering stuff and for other things. He also used it when he communicated with Wanda and other survivors from Melmac, and in a few flashbacks to his life there.

    /Mike
     
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    I think he was around 250 years old.
    Here's a site with sounds and pictures from the episode where he dreamed he hosted "The Tonight Show": http://www.tvshows.de/alf/e-tonite.htm
    I wouldn't say I'm an expert, but I did watch the show a lot. [​IMG] Still, I never knew there was a TV-movie made too! Called "Project: ALF", it's about how he's captured by the Alien Task Force or something (I assume it picks up where the show ended, maybe?).
    He seems to have been very popular in Germany, the movie is out on DVD and VHS there, according to IMDB, but not in the US...
    /Mike
     
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    It's funny, my wife and I were just talking about how ALF should make a comeback.. and wham there he is in the phone commercial.
    Just more evidence that the universe revolves around me. [​IMG]
     

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