Drat! I thought I was the first person, besides Al Jerome ...
... to notice that Lidsville and H.R. Pufnstuf, the psychedelic Sid and Marty Krofft productions that used to scare me as a child, are now on weekend mornings on KCET. (H.R. Pufnstuf is on at 930, and Lidsville is on at 10.)
But I wasn't the first to notice. Louise on the Left noticed, blogged, and illustrated.
Louise doesn't like it. But I think it's smart. KCET is obviously hoping college students and hipsters are going to start watching in their pajamas. It has the potential to become cultish, and might generate a little positive buzz. But whether the kids will stick around for SoCal Connected is another question entirely. Steve Lopez, can you wear a huge hat and love beads, and laugh like Charles Nelson Reilly?
Louise asks, "But, still, Masterpiece Theater got dumped for this stuff? Really?"
Louise, I know you were asking that in the larger context, but I don't honestly know what it's replacing on KCET's Saturday and Sunday mornings. I've seen some dreadful stuff on public tv at that time of day, and I like sewing lessons. I'll give it a shot. And if I don't like it, we've got the whole run of the original Transformers on VHS. In the original boxes.