Herald and Journal
Herald & Journal, November 9, 1998

No more nutty shows here


I've noticed that many of our TV shows and movies are located in the Midwest, especially in Wisconsin. Here are some examples:

A new show this season called "That '70s Show" is set in Wisconsin. It's about a bunch of nutty teenagers. Being nutty . . . is that why they picked the Badger state? I know people go nuts over the Packers here, but is that why they placed the show here? Besides, I don't see any black and white cows, the adults don't work in a cheese factory and most of all, no one is wearing a Green Bay Packer sweatshirt.

Rome, Wis., is a little town not too far from here. Rome was the town where the show "Pickett Fences" took place. They really had some weird characters and plots on that show. After several years, it was cancelled.

Genoa City, Wis., located on the Illinois border, is the home of the very popular soap opera, "The Young and the Restless." I doubt if the real Genoa City is like the one on TV. It would be scandalous.

Milwaukee was hit several years ago with "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley." Both shows had weirdos. Remember the Fonz and Lenny and Squiggy?

Do they have to get permission from the mayor and city council to borrow the name of the cities for use on these shows?

Years ago, when Hee Haw was on the air, the radio station for Kornfield County was KORN. This happens to be the call letters for a station in Mitchell, S.D., home of the Corn Palace. I was told the producers of Hee Haw did ask permission and got it. The radio station liked the publicity. But did Rome and Genoa City enjoy the publicity?

Along with this, I hear they're making a movie about the lonely bachelors of Herman, Minn. Great idea, but they're filming at New Germany. Apparently, Herman is too far out in the sticks for the cast and crew. Besides, New Germany is much closer to the Mall of America and Planet Hollywood.

Producers . . . next time, pick on another state if you are going to have a cast of weirdos in your TV show.

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