Here at TVShowsOnDVD, we normally report only on episodic television, such as weekly series or multi-episode mini-series. There are way too many "telefilms" and "events" and "specials" out there over the course of television history, for just myself and Gord to try to cover that vast array of programming. Hence, whenever we decide to bend the rules, you know it is a VERY special TV Special, indeed. We've decided that The Paul Lynde Halloween Special
fits the bill for that!
S'more Entertainment is releasing this one-of-a-kind show, that only aired once back in '76, on DVD for $14.99 SRP. The release date is October 2nd
. Here is their description of the hour-long special:
Of all the things Paul Lynde did, none reached the legendary status of “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special”. The special aired only once on October 29, 1976 and featured Lynde as the ringmaster of a circus that featured Margaret Hamilton (her only prime time TV appearance wearing the full outfit from “Wizard of Oz”), Witchie Poo from “H.R. Pufnstuf," Tim Conway, Billy Barty and in their first prime time TV appearance, KISS, performing 3 songs.
Paul Lynde, as most of you probably know, was the longtime "center square" in The Hollywood Squares
game show, played "Uncle Arthur" repeatedly on Bewitched
, and in 1972 had his own program, The Paul Lynde Show
, just before he voiced "Templeton" the rat in the 1973 animated film Charlotte's Web
. He also voiced "The Hooded Claw" in The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
and was extensively on Broadway in plays such as Bye Bye, Birdie
Rock group KISS sings "Detroit Rock City," "Beth" and "King of the Night Time World," while Margaret Hamilton and Billie Hayes ham it up as The Wicked Witch of the West and WitchiePoo. Tim Conway, Betty White, Billy Barty and Florence Henderson will also show up, as will Donnie & Marie Osmond.
Arny Schorr, President of S'more Entertainment, says, "This may be the holy grail of ‘pop culture’ television programming." And it's yours to own this October. In fact, you can pre-order it right away
from Amazon for $10.99! Here's a look at the bewitching cover art:
Here is a list of the extras on this release:
- Extensive photo scrapbook containing images from The Hollywood Squares, at home, family shots, young Paul. This includes large quantities of photos provided by his family and heirs
- Three stage interactive trivia game based on questions asked on The Hollywood Squares with a bonus feature when consumer answers all 30- 60 questions correctly
- Extensive quotes from Paul Lynde about family, entertainment, food and mental health
- Liner notes by producer and writer, Bob Booker