Before he went on to make The Larry Sanders Show, Garry Shandling was already breaking new ground on an innovative sitcom called It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. Along with another show Brothers, Showtime were beginning to make a mark on the American TV landscape, along with HBO.
Here’s a clip of the opening theme, and let’s be honest, we all want a copy of the books he’s showing off.
At the height of his popularity on Saturday Night Live, Eddie Murphy was becoming weary of the reaction to one of his most beloved characters, Buckwheat. So, he approached Dick Ebersol, then the Executive Producer of the show and said “I want to kill Buckwheat.”
It was one of the hottest characters in late-night television at that time. But he said ‘I can’t stand it anymore. Everywhere I go, people say, ‘Do Buckwheat, do this, do that.’ I want to kill him. DICK EBERSOL, Live From New York
Along with writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, Murphy sat down and wrote the two part sketch that was broadcast:
Two movies I loved when I was growing up, and still enjoy very much to this day, could have turned out incredibly different indeed. The role of Emmet Fitz-Hume in Spies Like Us, as played by Chevy Chase, was originally written for John Belushi. And the role of Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters was too. I find it hard to imagine anyone else in either role.
Here’s Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi talking about their recent release Neighbors, and mentioning their new project about two spies working for the DOD.
And here’s Bill Murray talking about SNL, working with Ivan Reitman, Ghostbusters, and Belushi (answering a question about Wired by the sounds of it):