This has been a great 25 days of Christmas neighborhood blog this is a favorite week of mine look for ward to the other 4 programs in the next 4 days to end the 25 blogs Thanks Tim for these your neighbor Lawrence
I've never heard an explanation for why the show ceased production for three years after this episode. I would love to know. I wonder if there was a set plan to restart production at a certain time- my guess would be not. 3 years is a long time and in that time any company, especially one as small as FCI would have a very hard time forseeing it's financial situation. I wonder if the hope was to save some money by ceasing production, continue showing reruns, and then return to production as soon as possible. Like I said, I'd love to know the story.
I'd love to know too, Eric. It seems like Mr. Rogers got his "second wind" with the Back to School episodes. I've wondered if the Back to School episodes were intended to be just a "special" instead of the start of a a new era. I love this week with the crystal ball theme and looking into the future. It's fun to see Lady Elaine. :-) I think she said she was the oldest woman in the world, and she just keeps getting better. (or something like that) This week it seems like the storylines are especially creative and entertaining.
Lawrence -- Of course, it's my pleasure! I'm glad everyone has enjoyed these classics!Eric and Drew -- I'm in the same boat as you guys. Always been curious what the 3 year break was all about. Was the show not intended to continue after 1976 or was this just a reloading period. If anyone knows for sure, I'm certainly interested.
It may have been a combination of a lot of things. I think the original idea was that enough episodes would be made so that a rotation could occur. In '79 he did the right thing by taking the camera lens outside of the studio. Too many "in house" segments were made in my opinion. That probably added to the cost of the show by building those sets. Although I always like the garage segments. Did the program New Friends, Old Friends originate in the MRN house?
I think Fred wanted to do some other projects, like "New Friends, Old Friends;" hence, the hiatus. Whether or not it was always in the works to come back and start producing MRN again at some point, I don't know.
By May 1975, Rogers suspended production of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He took asabbatical and spent time preparing for a new series entitled Old Friends, New Friends. Two seasons of this series were produced and in 1979, Rogers began work on the Neighborhood again, this time doing three new weeks per year, each week devoted to a particular theme.Here is a link to read more about Fred Rogers and his work.http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/media/site_images/Kimmel_and_Collins-pdf_of_pub_version-10-15-08.pdf
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