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This is a collection of comments about things MJH has done professionally (i.e., as an actress) plus a few things she's done as ``herself''. Specifically excluded, however, are references to profiles and interviews with MJH. These are collected in the Digest page about Articles.
Note: Melissa's third name is spelled ``Catherine'', not ``Katherine''.
There was also a 30 second clip run during the commerical break for I think Nick Arcade Sunday afternoon that had Melissa Joan Hart in it as herself. It was some sort of interview bit called ``Famous People! True Stories!''
In it Melissa says she's asked if she has any special talents. Like she knows people who are double jointed, can imitiate voices, etc. She says her special talent is that she can't do any of those things.
Man, there was a virtual cornucopia of Clarissa stuff this morning! Saw the time zone thing, then the True Stories Famous People deal (which I taped most of... :/ ) And there was apparently some other deal where MJH promo'd Ren&Stimpy, but I guess I was off flipping channels.
Just watched the Ren And Stimpy Show on Nickelodeon. Melissa Joan Hart did the intro for it during the end of Rugrats, which came previously. ``Hi, I'm Clarissa, and for once I can't explain it. No one can explain it. What is it? Ren and Stimpy. Next, on Nickelodeon.'' More or less.
After Ren and Stimpy, there was an promo for True Stories From Famous People. Totally cool. It gave the impression that MJH would be a guest on the show, but didn't say anything else, like, for example, when it will be on... Can anyone shed any light on this?
Melissa does a short spot on Nick explaining when her show is on. It's kinda cool. Hopefully I'll get it on tape next Sunday, when I plan to run the VCR all morning, basically. :)
Melissa Joan Hart was on yesterday's Nick Hit List. It turns out that Nickelodeon had this contest that if you won, Nick would come by and take over your school.
Well, this girl in Portland, OR won and a bunch of people from Nick invaded the place. In addition to MJH from CEIA, there were the actors who play Dylan, Ashley, and Brooke from Fifteen, and the host of Family Double Dare.
The Nick Hit List did their show from the school. MJH did this short 45 second clip and interviewed three of the students. MJH asked the students:
``Have you ever dreamt of controlling your own school?''
``Have you ever seen an invasion in person?''
``If teachers are captured by invading Nick forces, would they reveal secrets?''
Later in the show just before the commercial break, there's a shot of MJH saying, ``The Nick Hit List will be right back.''
BTW, on Sunday MJH also did the voice over at the end of ``Yogi Bear'' that ``Doug'' would be on next.
During the commercial break in the Ren & Stimpy episode this morning on Nickelodeon, there was a spot for Nick's 'studio chief' contest (in which two lucky contestants get flown out to Orlando for a few days and get to be studio chief, etc, etc).
During the spot, we get to see MJH come up to the camera and say, ``So, ah, chief, where didja wanna go for lunch?'' Whee!
Here is a transcript of the spot. They don't give any details on the contest, but I think in a different advertisement they did mention an age limitation of some kind. =( Also, in a different advertisiment, I think they mentioned that entry blanks can be had by mail or in specially marked boxes of Fruit Loops cereal...
Narrator:Imagine, if you won Nickelodeon Studios' Chief For A Day Instant Win Game...Nick Arcade Dude:Hey, Chief! Nick Arcade is ready for you, anytime...Welcome Freshmen Dude:C'mon Chief! You've got Universal Studios Florida in your own backyard! Lets start with Back To The Future, the ride...Random Nick Dude:We're ready to make that studio update, all about you...Random Nick Dudette:Hey, have you picked the shows for your special Nickelodeon event yet?Melissa Joan Hart:So, ah, Chief, where didja wanna go for lunch?Narrator:Look for details on how you can get in on Nickelodeon Studios Chief For A Day Instant Win Game...right here on Nickelodeon!
Well, last nite I heard a weird one - something about a contest, with Clarissa and Fergbrain in character talking about it.
Talk about weird Nick promos. I saw one this morning that Melissa Joan Hart did for ``SNICK'', the Saturday night primetime Nick lineup. All of her lines are in Spanish. There are shots of her in various positions on an orange sofa counting in Spanish. Between each count, there is a brief clip of each show that will be on, with a voice over by an announcer (done in English).
Near the end of the promo, MJH says ``prime time'' in Spanish.
> Talk about weird Nick promos.
Yup. Caught it last nite (on the end of the ``Bullwinkle'' tape). It's a pretty interesting add. Clarissa is the pitchman (as it were) for the new lineup, and of the four shows they're pitching, CEIA is listed first, and the much-touted Ren & Stimpy third!
Okay, I know it's probably a lot easer to trot out Clarissa than steal time from the Spumco animators, but it's still neat to see CEIA get top billing.
The long-suffering VCR caught the weird promo Larry sighted. It's Nickelodeon's ``Slime Time'' contest.
Contestants (8 <= age <= 15) send in cards in the usual manner, but if you're chosen, Nick installs a videophone in your home. Then whenever the contest is (the card cutoff date is July 29th), they electronically link all the contestants together in some Nick studio, and they play a choose-the-square-and-hope-for-a-match-underneath game. Winner gets a TV, video games, and such.
Clarissa pitches this in a studio in front of a chromakey (sp?). Ferguson (``Anything to help, Sis'') gets hooked up to a harness and is dangled in front of the various video projections of the contest. (Apparently he has a strong stomach.) Clarissa cons (cdr's?) him into this by dangling the prizes in front of him, but, like Lucy and Charlie Brown and that football...
Well, after the counting-in-Spanish ``SNICK'' spot, and the one where she's not on much and they mostly show grumpy-looking people sitting around, there's a new, short spot that might interest Clarissa's fans. The spot has two quick Clarissa closeups. Real closeup. Like forehead to chin closeup.
She's as photogenic at that scale as any other, but it was a little startling. Took me a while to find the remote, and I still can't find a page of the cisco class notes I was browsing at the time, with the notebook rings unwisely open...
Nick is airing, at this moment, a special episode of their ``Get the Picture'' gameshow. ``Sam'' and ``Clarissa'' are playing against a couple of ``Welcome Freshmen'' guys for charity. I hate to tell you, but Welcome Freshmen is ahead by 335 to 130. I'll post more detail later.
I thought this episode of Get the Picture was brand new. Turns out it was taped in 1991. The intro dialogue was as follows:
Announcer: ``Other than Clarissa, what else have you been up to?''
MJH: ``I just moved to New York City, and I've been going to the beach.''
Announcer: ``Going to the beach a lot, hanging out?''
Announcer: ``Cruising guys and stuff like that?''
Announcer: ``Okay. And Sean, you're interested in running?''
Sean O'Neal (Sam): ``Yeah.''
Announcer: ``Spending you're time off. You're on a team, a cross country team?''
Sean: ``Nah. I just like to run around and get some exercise.''
Announcer: ``Run around and get some exercise. Now, what charity are you playing for today?''
Sean: ``The Summit.''
Announcer: ``The Summit. And what is this?''
Sean: ``It's a, um...''
MJH: ``...nursing home...'' (whispered to prompt Sean)
Sean: ``nursing home in Florida.''
Announcer: ``Had to take a second guess, but you know what it is. It's a nursing home here in Florida. So let's hear it for our yellow team today, Melissa and Sean!''
Unfortunately, the Clarissa team lost to Welcome Freshmen by 585-355. However, MJH and Sean did win their nursing home some Slush Puppies and Hershey's chocolate syrup. Cool.
Yuck. Nick Arcade -- the weather map show with the hyperactive host. The yellow and red teams are standing around... odd how much taller the yellow team is. Say... isn't that? Yes! Joe O'Connor and Elizabeth (``Where's that cue card?'') Hess. Commercial break -- and when they come back, the red team is none other than Melissa (``Break my'') Hart and Jason whats-his-name. The whole Familias Darling.
Unfortunately the part I caught was completely nonverbal, and outside of their mugging for the camera at the end, and Melissa nearly faceplanting on one of the sets, it wasn't very interesting.
I caught a Clarissa promo for next weeks Clarissa marathon. Basically it is MJH on the orange couch with a wind machine blowing.
It starts with Clarissa saying something like, ``Clarissa here on top of a skyscraper and yes sitting on the big orange couch. Don't ask me to explain. All you need to know is that Clarissa Explains It All will be on Nick every night at 8 for five unforgettable Clarissa experiences and a week long countdown to Snick. Watch all next week at 8, then Snick every Saturday at 8. You're going to love 8. Here on Nickelodeon.''
It ends with the camera zooming up to the night sky with the Snick logo in neon and a rotating orange Nick ball.
Looks like the ``Slime Time'' contest Clarissa and Ferguson were promoting will be next week too. Might be worth keeping an eye out just in case they show up on that as well (though I suspect that's not likely).
I had the vcr running this afternoon. When I came back and watched the tape, it turns out that Clarissa and Ferguson were on Super Special Double Dare. It looked like a pretty recent show because it had a 1992 copyright. Clarissa was on the girls team and Ferguson was on the guys team.
There were also two people from Welcome Freshman, Alex (Jocelyn Steiner) and Merv (David Rhoden). Each team also had two normal kids who aren't Nick actors.
I think it is a series of DD with Nick celebs because when they were going to the first commercial, they were panning accross the audience, and one of the faces was either Sam or someone who looks a lot like Sam. So, my guess is that either Nick has shown another show with other members from CEIA or they are going to real soon. Has anyone been watching Double Dare in the last few weeks?
Here are bits of the dialogue at the beginning of the show that relate to CEIA:
MJH = Melissa Joan Hart
MS = Mark Summers
JZ = Jason Zimbler
JS: Joceylyn Steiner
DR: David Rhoden
MS: Jason, you ever watch this show at all?
JZ: Yeah, quite a bit.
MS: Always dreamed of being here?
MS: You said you were nervous here. Now you've got your own program. What makes you nervous about this?
MS: Just messy. Not used to getting messy.
...[MS introduces other people on the guys team.]...
MS: Tell me Melissa, you've been going on the air for Nickelodeon for about two years now?
MS: You having fun on your show?
MJH: Yeah, its great.
MS: Yeah, my kids watch it a lot. I enjoy it as well.
...[MS introduces next member of girls team who is from New Orleans]
MS: And what are you giggling about Jocelyn?
JS: Dave, I was looking at Dave.
DR: We want to know why you watch Clarissa, but not Welcome Freshman.
MS: Well, they're a bit younger. Well they watch it occasionally. Well, I have a daughter who just loves this show. I must say that.
The girls got off to a big lead, but the guys won in the end. On the messiness scale, Jason Zimbler got more messier than Melissa Joan Hart.
Promos for CEIA itself have been pretty hard to find lately (though a 'This Week On' cropped up about 4pm Saturday), while Clarissa has been employed to sell just about everything _but_ CEIA. The latest project is the Nick-takes-over-your-school contest. The clips for that have about a 1.5 usec shot of her in some sort of party mode (it'd be about 3 usec without a bit of clumsy editing). The deal is that kids send in postcards and if your school is chosen, Clarissa shows up as part of the prize package.
Does anyone know about an episode of Saturday Night Live with Melissa Joan Hart in it?
I saw a This Week on Snick promo. It has Clarissa and Ferguson in it.
Clarissa and Ferguson will announce the winner of the Kids Pick the President contest during Snick.
There are posters of the presidental candidates in the background and Fergface is holding up a Ferguson For President poster.
There's also the requisite amount of Fergfighting between Clarissa and Ferguson.
The results of the Kids Pick the President poll, presented after Ren & Stimpy... I suppose they can't be as late-breaking as they pretend they are... after all, in ferkel's home time zone, this hasn't happened yet. Bill Clinton was the kids' choice, leading George Bush by a VERY small margin-- if I remember correctly, a matter of hundreds out of hundreds of thousands of votes for each candidate-- something like 300 votes out of 700,000 for ea. o' Bill & George. I think each had about 37% of the vote, so I suppose Ross Perot got 26%. Bill Clinton gave a speech, saying he has a daughter about YOUR age.
Actually Bill won by 286 votes and there were 748,000 and a few hundred votes total. Anyone gonna vote for Ferguson Darling in the real election? Who would we put down as VP? Hmm... Maybe vote for Clarissa as pres and Sam as VP? The first woman president! The first VP to use a ladder to get into the Oval Office!
Of course now [Jason Zimbler is] actually taller than Ms. Hart and his voice is dropping, and he did imply Ferguson was 14 in the 'point-counterpoint' Kids Pick the Prez spot.
Was anyone else disappointed by the video quality of the Kids Pick the President pieces? There was a lack of sharpness in the images and the audio track also got out of sync with the video. It looked like Clarissa and Ferguson filmed the segments several days beforehand and Clarissa recorded three different endings for the winner. It seemed kind of suspicious having an announcer read the actual vote counts. They were also wearing the same clothes as the promos that I saw on Thursday and Friday.
I really liked the big pin with the little peace signs MJH had on her beret. I think Clarissa would make a better president than Bush, Clinton, or Perot.
> Was anyone else disappointed by the video quality
> of the Kids Pick the President pieces?
Absolutely. Had quite a hurried look to it. In fact, the 'point-counterpoint' thing was the only time I can recall seeing Ms. Hart obviously reading the teleprompter (or cue cards or whatever). Though Ferguson had his lines down for that... and it sounds like Nick underestimated how many kids would call.
> Clarissa and Ferguson filmed the segments several days
> beforehand and Clarissa recorded three different endings
> for the winner.
Had to be. I wonder if they really recorded a Perot-winner ending, too. And did they approach all three candidates to record a little if-you-win spiel? There wasn't anything in Clinton's that he couldn't have recorded in January.
> I really liked the big pin with the little peace signs MJH
> had on her beret.
And the flag skirt was pretty cool, too!
I saw a Nick Orange A Peel promo with Clarissa this morning.
MJH is dressed in her 1st outfit from the original episode and is in front of the set of the Darling Family room. She describes her likes and dislikes about school.
Among her dislikes are No 2 pencils. Why not No 3 or No. 8?
Among her likes are Mr Futtstein, who's the greatest teacher and learning about paisley in art class.
>Was anyone else disappointed by the video quality
>of the Kids Pick the President pieces?
It seemed clear that they were distorting the images in some sort of music video style. I guess they thought the audience would like it that way. Perhaps they should have the kids vote to tell them whether they liked it or not.
> ... They were also wearing the same clothes
>as the promos that I saw on Thursday and Friday.
Clarissa wearing the same clothes for three consecutive days?! How could that be?
Nick sneaked in some Clarissa on Saturday after all. That ``Orange-a-peel'' with Clarissa ran around 12 noon (MST) [...]
I guess I never paid enough attention to what they said about their ``Nick or Treat'' special to have any idea what to expect them to do. They got the TV listings to mark the whole block of time from 10 to 2 as simply ``Nick or Treat,'' and I assumed that it did not contain regular Nick shows such as CEIA.
Before SNICK, they had ``Clarissa Explains When _Clarissa Explains It All_ Is On,'' in which Clarissa informed us that the Eastern and Pacific times at which she would appear were the same, while it would be an hour earlier Central time, i.e. really at the same time as in the East. In the Mountain time zone, she said, ``it could be either one, so check your local listing.''
How many other Nick things has Ms. Hart done? Off the top of my head, there's the 'Kids Pick the President', the 'SNICK' promos (three that I recall: counting-in-Spanish, super-closeup, and one where she just shows up at the start), the 'Nick takes over your School' promos (last year and this year), the 'Studio chief for a day' promo, the 'Slime time' promos (with the Bouncing Ferguson), the school-is-cool Orange-A-Peel, the old weathermap my-show's-on CEIA promo, the sports car CEIA promo... and I'm sure I'm missing a few. Anyone?
Here are some other bits with MJH shown on Nick.
True stories! Famous People.
A couple of Valentines Day promos for ``Clarissa in Love''. The best one is with MJH on a gigantic calendar, wearing geeky, plastic glasses and reading definitions out of a dictionary on love, sweetheart, etc. Then concluding with Oh no. I'm in love. Followed with her fainting and a loud thud as she hits the ground.
Clarissa Darling Basketball Assocation where she explains basketball and her suggestions for improving the game during the NBA stay in school jam that was shown on NBC and Nick.
Clarissa on the ``Nick Hit List'' interviewing students at a school she is helping takeover.
CEIA promo with computer animation about optimal enjoyment for watching CEIA. Avoid parental units weekend homework queries. Get rid of annoying brother. Make microwave pop corn. Clear pathway for best bud.
A promo of MJH on the couch annoucing the Clarissa marathon that happened the week before Snick started.
This week on Snick promo with Clarissa and Ferguson saying we'll introduce the winner of the kids pick the pres election.
Other promos with various kids saying vote in the Nick Kids pick the pres election. Clarissa and Ferguson are tacked on to the end saying, we'll announce the winner on Snick.
Various voiceovers for Ren & Stimpy. She can't explain it.
Doug. She wouldn't want to be Doug's sister because of the name Clarissa Funnie.
Dennis the Menance. She sometimes feels like Mr Wilson. He has Dennis troubling his life. She's got Ferguson. At least Dennis doesn't try to get into trouble like Fergus.
Fifteen. She gives a series of teen problems. Next on Fifteen.
Guest appearances on:
Get The Picture Family Double Dare.
Supposedly there's also a Darling family appearance on Nick Arcade, but I've never seen this one.
Between Jim D. and Philip you seem to have mentioned just about all that I can immediately think of (although I have a fear that trying to remember them too quickly may cause me to permanently forget some). However, ``the sports car CEIA promo'' could refer to either of two things: the long one where ``Clarissa explains her favorite color,'' etc., (she insists that it's chrome, although that seems to have changed by episode 2.5), or the short one, where she says, ``I'm Clarissa, this is my car, and these wavy lines mean that I'm dreaming...'' and an announcer (I can't remember whether it was Sean O'Neil) says ``Clarissa dreams and schemes, and explains it all, every weekend on Nickelodeon.'' (Well it was every weekend, up until now...)
>A couple of Valentines Day promos for ``Clarissa in Love''.
>The best one is with MJH on a gigantic calendar, [...]
I have one Valentine's Day promo, but I've never seen that one! I hope I haven't missed my opportunity.
>Doug. She wouldn't want to be Doug's sister because of the name Clarissa Funnie.
She says ``Let's face it: 'Darling' is a klunker of a last name. But...''
I caught a This Week On Snick promo. It talked about the Sixth Annual Kid's Choice Awards and listed people associated with it. The last person mentioned is Clarissa who will do some explaining. They showed a shot of Clarissa on the big orange couch. It looked like the shot they use to break for commerical during CEIA.
The Sixth Annual Kids' Choice Awards definitely _has_ happened in California, but I believe that very few people there, aside from their live audience, have already seen it. Melissa Joan Hart appears in the latter portion from Universal Studios, Orlando Florida (while the action is occuring in Universal Studios, Hollywood California). However, from what she _says_, she is _not_ speaking as Clarissa. She says that she is used to doing explaining when she plays Clarissa, and gives a talk about fame before they announce the new inductee into the Kids' Choice Hall of Fame. Could someone please listen carefully before she speaks to determine whether she is supposed to be speaking _live_ from Orlando? The awards ran over their alloted one hour by about ten minutes, I believe. They said that it would be rerun tomorrow morning after Ren & Stimpy, I think at 11:30/10:30 central. In addition to Ms. Hart's speech, there was also a crate or two saying ``CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL'' at the awards show.
For the person who asked to listen closely to the intro of Melissa's part, no they didn't say anything about her doing it live. I'd bet it was on tape.
Did anyone else think Ms. Hart's clip on the Kids Pick show was... kinda pointless? I mean, she didn't really have anything to say. I'd gladly watch her recite the phone book, and really hearing from Ms. Hart instead of Clarissa would've been cool, but whoever wrote her lines didn't exactly come up with much for her to work with.
There's now a promo with Ferguson in front of a bunch of TV monitors on white pedestals talking about Ferguson Explains Everything.
He says something like, ``Because of the lack of sophistication in television programming, I Ferguson W. Darling am proud to present _Ferguson Explains Everything_. I'll explain really important stuff like running for class president
< shot of him on a tv monitor talking about running for class president>
and after school activities.
<shot of him on a tv monitor talking about a yacht>
So remember the only place to see me, Ferguson Darling is''
<Shot of Clarissa on all the monitors, saying ``Say it Fergbreath''>
Ferguson, looking dejected: On Clarissa Explains It All.
<Shot of Clarissa in her room. ``Only on Nickelodeon''>
For some strange reason it seems that the audio and video track are slightly out of sync.
In the local paper, I saw an ad for a contest. The top prize is a party in your home for your family and 20 friends with top NICK stars. It's a SNICK contest. There's even a very young (first season?) looking picture of Clarissa on the ad. All you have to do is send the ad in and answer a very easy SNICK trivia question. You must be 18 or younger to win. What I'm not sure about is whether this is a local contest or if it's national. So, everyone check your paper.
- CEIA made it into the recent ``ACE'' awards show on Lifetime. Not, alas, as a nominee (though ``Doug'' made it in); not even a Best Comedic Actress (or whatever they called it) for Ms. Hart. But Gerry Something-that-starts-with-an-L, the President of Nick, got an award for... well I forget what. But they showed a quickie compilation of shots from Nick shows for the occasion, and the car-zooming-overhead from the New Opening was CEIA's sight bite. They changed the blue car into an orange bus that said ``Nickelodeon''.
- Clarissa's doing a voice spot for ``Hey Dude'' now, too. Something to the effect that the only horses she really likes are under a hood...
During a ``Nick Studio Update'', they had kids say which Nick star they wanted as their Valentine -- of course someone chose Clarissa. Two girls chose Ferguson, started to argue over it, and Jason Zimbler stepped in and said there was enough of him to go around!
An ad for this Sunday's NNW5 says they'll have a behind-the-scenes look at CEIA.
Who: Melissa Joan Katherine Hart What: Feature Story Where: Nick News W5 When: Tonight at 8/7 central Why: Because it's what you want to know.
[Warning: This is not a comprehensive report. It does not mention that Ms. Hart said that she prefers mass transit to driving or that she isn't very much into computers. I leave that for others to say.]
They actually claim that Clarissa is fourteen years old. However, I still believe that this has been conclusively contradicted. [...]
In a previous message I warned: ] [...] Remember, in ``What Mom Doesn't Know''
](my title) after her mom realizes that her computerized test was rigged,
]Clarissa tells her, ``I don't even know half the things I like. All I
]know is that I like to change my mind-- all the time.'' [...]
They actually repeated this scene-fragment on W5, and Melissa confirmed my suspicion. She says her tastes are constantly changing; [...]
As for the name, while Linda Ellerbee introduced her as simply ``Melissa Hart,'' Melissa herself used a longer form.
Subject: Nick News W5 interview.
Interesting stuff -- though fairly short, about 4 minutes:
- Melissa Joan Katherine Hart -- hadn't heard of the other middle name before.
- Prefers riding subways to driving!
- ``Clarissa likes computers, and I'm not very into computers.''
- ``My tastes change all the time, same as Clarissa.''
- Shots from pre-CEIA stuff: some sort of energy-conservation spot (very young), a snippet from ``Another World'' and ``The Equalizer'' (about 8-9?).
- Shots from a ``Lovely Advice'' rehersal.
- Post-CEIA? ``My ideal part after Clarissa would be I guess some role in a movie. I don't know how I'd do in drama but I'd like to try it. I also would like to get some kind of directing or producing.''
And was it MJH or Linda Ellerbee who said in the Nick News W/5 presentation that Clarissa is a ``typical teenager''? Of course, they also pointed out how typically atypical of her it was to fall in love with a weatherman. When Clarissa presented herself to the children in the Family Volunteer Day episode as a typical teenager, I had the impression that she was not being quite honest.
MJH appeared briefly in a ``Plan It for the Planet'' spot, saying, ``Oh, I definitely think kids have power'' [quote may not be entirely accurate]. Jasn Zimbler appeared later.
Universal Studios is running a couple of spots on Nick, one for some contest, and a generic one that they've shown for a while but now with a Way Cool twist. After mentioning all the neat things to do, and that it's also the home of Nick Studios, the announcer says ``And watch us film hit TV shows like Clarissa Explains it All'', while one of the big-letter ``CEIA'' shots used around the commercial breaks pops up on the screen. (It's the one with her green jacket and plaid hat.) Interesting they pointed to CEIA, of all the shows taped at Nick Studios!
There's a chance that Clarissa and Ferg may show up as part of the KWC hoopla too. One of the ads says something about 'hourly updates from Nick correspondents' and puts up pictures of various Nick teens, including Ms. Hart and Jason Zimbler.
I was pretty sure Ms. Hart would show up as part of the Kids World Council proceedings -- has there been a major Nick event she hasn't been involved with? -- so I put the VCR in loiter mode this afternoon. Sure enough, she was in spots at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, and 4:00. (Jason Zimbler was on earlier with one of the 'Welcome Freshman' kids, and after that Dog and Cat SNICK show and ``Afraid of the Plot'', too.)
Her spiel was to reveal the 'power pledge' phone number, 1-800-233-2600, where kids could call and press buttons to pledge various Green Things. She also recorded the message you heard when you dialed that number. (Though the recording sounded like she was on helium!)
She cropped up a couple of times after the power pledge line closed at 4:00 too, to point to a 'power pledge' postcard address.
I don't know what you saw, but the announcements of upcomming episodes I've seen (I've hardly seen any recently) say ``THIS WEEK...,'' ``CLARISSA EXPLAINS...,'' and have an announcer give some description of what ``Clarissa explains'' in the episode, then switch to a clip from the episode, and usually show a short portion of video from some other scene while the announcer speaks again-- as far as I can remember. I don't think any of them had footage that wasn't shown in the episode (I'm not referring to the Valentine's Day episode special promos, most of which I haven't seen). But where does Clarissa say ``Normally I can explain everything, but my friend Clifford...''?
For the recent new episodes they've made separate promos with something sort of, but not quite like, what is in the show. So for the Bustier Kid, they used one of the sets and similar dialog to what ended up in the show, but it wasn't identical. Same for the Star Trek promo: same Enterprise set, but slightly different dialog and action. ESP 'R US, too: Clarissa and Olivia have several scenes pretty close to what went into the promo, but it wasn't a clip from the show. And the announcer voiceover's been restricted to the end; Clarissa (or Ferg, for the Bustier Kid) starts out talking to the camera.
Now the Commitment promo was further away from the show than those were -- I don't think she even wore that outfit (or hairstyle, come to think of it), and the little Clifford paintbox insert wasn't in the show. It looked like she was on a Generic Kitchen set, too, instead of something specifically tied to the episode, and the promo dialog (``Normally...'') was further away from the show dialog than the other promos.
I suspect the new spot style is another sign of success: they can afford fancier promoting now. Sort of like the general trend towards fancier sets, more extras, and more people on staff (or at least in the credits). In fact I don't recall any promos for specific first-year shows, other than for the Valentine's Day episode; just the general ``my show's on at'' weathermap-thing, and later the general Red-sports-car(-and-Red-lipstick) spot. Anyone else?
The Valentine's Day episode wasn't a first-year show-- it was the first non-first-year show. They had promos for specific first-year shows, but they all had the format I described, using no new footage. It may be that they didn't actually have them when those shows were new-- I didn't see them until later. There were _two_ red sportscar promos, and I think there was another early promo that you haven't mentioned, but did any of them exist in 1991?
Looks like SNICK will be taken over by 'Nick takes over your school' next week -- though the ads listing the Nick stars in attendance give Clarissa top billing, so Saturday won't be completely Hartless...
A Reliable Source -- thanks, Philip! -- points out I got confused over this 'Nick takes over your school' thang. I got the impression from the ads that it would preempt SNICK altogether, but ``Total TV'' is listed for CEIA next week, so they'll probably just work in clips from Nick's visit to Wilder Elementary during the shows.
This weekend's afternoon SNICKs might well rerun the 'Nick takes over your school' stuff they did last week, so here's were Clarissa shows up in it: First, before CEIA, she does an intro bit about the contest and contest winner (Christine somebody of Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary); the other Nick luminaries include Mark Summers, (``Wild & Crazy'') Donnie Jeffcoat, a couple of ``Roundhouse''ers, a couple of ``Afraid''sters, and several people dressed up as Ren and Doug (mercifully they don't get much air time). At the CEIA commercial break they had one kid from the school sign ``Clarissa''. She's in a little bit after CEIA where the ``Roundhouse'' kids trot out a dance they called the ``SNICK''. After that it's Jeffcoat, the ``Afraid'' kids, and slime by the gallon until just before ``Afraid'' starts, where she's in a dance line for a (rather bored looking) Kris Kross (Cross? whatever) perfunct -- er, performance. The dance bits are rather short, but I thought she was well worth taping! She has one line in the wrapup scene after ``Afraid'', too.
It's remarkable how different Ms. Hart looks between this promo and the ``Kids World Council'' thing a few weeks ago. For KWC, she introduced herself as simply ``Melissa Hart'', and in jeans, teeshirt, minimal makeup and ponytail she did pretty much look (and sound) like an ordinary teen. Quite a change from the full Clarissa character, clothes, and voice, in the Takeover...
Jim Davis suggested that there would be four different episodes of CEIA shown this weekend. The information I have gives a different view.
SAT 2/1 Central: Nick Takes Over Your School, w/ ``Total TV''
SAT 8/7 Central: New episode about family vacation
SUN 12/11 Central: Rerun of ``Total TV'' expected
SUN 2/1 Central:
According to the New York Times' Television section:
``Nickmania Kids' Choice Awards; Roundhouse; Are You Afraid of the Dark?''
Of course, this would contradict the promise of showing all four SNICK shows on Sunday, and of course they didn't have an actual episode of Roundhouse when they first did the Kids' Choice Awards (the Roundhouse crew performed at the awards, they played a speech by MJH, and had one Ren & Stimpy cartoon afterwards).
BTW, if you look at the current brochure for Universal Studios, Florida, there's a picture of MJH in it.
Today on Nick Arcade the CEIA cast was on. It was Melissa and Jason vs. Elizabeth and Joe ( the Mom and Dad). The parents acted like normal people and they also ended up winning the game. When the parents got a ``Video Challenge'' the Dad played the video game and ended up losing all three of his men. At the end of the game usually just the winning team goes on to be inside the video game, but they said since it was a special day all of them would get to go back and play in the video game. It looked like it had been taped a long time ago because Jason looked pretty young.
> Today on Nick Arcade the CEIA cast was on.
I taped *most* of it -- but by the time I got a tape in and fastforwarded to a blank strech, I missed the bit where Phil introduced Melissa -- did she have anything interesting to say? I remember Joe said something about canoeing, and Elizabeth said something about playing tennis... One nice thing about this appearance is that both teams were playing for charity: Joe and Elizabeth for Amnesty Internation and Melissa and Jason for a leukemia foundation, if I remember correctly.
> Jason looked pretty young.
I thought it had a '92 copyright, but maybe it was '91. Anyway Jason has grown A Lot right since then -- his voice certainly has gotten a lot lower.
I was reading an article about interactive television today by Charles Haddad from the Cox Newspapers. One of the things it talks about is the Soap Box, in which a video image of Clarissa asks you for your opinion on a topic. This thing must be very new, as I've never heard of it before. Has anyone seen this thing? I've enclosed the Clarissa related excerpt.
At Universal Studios in Orlando, home to Nickelodeon's creative shop, the network has a working interactive TV display in a kiosk that hundreds of children from around the world play with every day. Called the Soap Box, the kiosk program works like this: A child enters, and turns it on by touching a button on a TV screen. A video image of Clarissa, a Nickelodeon character, comes to life and asks the child to give his or her view on a topic such as the environment. Children are taped as they talk. Viewers can play back and see themselves or other children talking.
The New York Times, Television section
Things That Go Bump in the Night
Melissa Joan Hart and Andrew Henry star in ``The Tale of the Frozen Ghost'' on Are You Afraid of the Dark?
9:30 P.M. (NICK) 979917
Melissa was pretty good in The Tale of The Frozen Ghost but I think she should stick with CEIA for the next ten or fifteen years.
The Afraid? episode wasn't much of a stretch for Melissa, as Daphne was pretty much Clarissa in casual clothes: same hair and freckle-blotting makeup, a Ferg-like relationship with the little rich kid (and a great if-looks-could-kill gaze just before tossing him out of her bedroom), and a Clarissa-like spunkiness about dealing with the ghost. (Ironically, after about the fifth time the ghost whined ``I'm cold'' I muttered ``Well put a sweater on.'') Like all the Afraid? episodes I've seen, it looked great -- I wish CEIA had their filming budget -- and the premise was a little weak. (What do you need a babysitter for if you send a kid to stay with relatives?) And like all but one of the Afraid? episodes I've seen, this one had a pat happy ending. Melissa's capable of much more.
USA Today, August 13th, page 3D:
``Star Melissa Joan Hart Explains All About Clarissa''
``[... Clarissa is] a real teen-ager,'' Hart says.
Just like Hart, despite a resume many adults would envy. She's played Broadway in _The Crucible_ and is the youngest member of New York's Circle Repertory Lab Company. Since age 4, she's logged dozens of commericals and TV guest spots.
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