Monday, September 20, 2010

September 20: House of Nutts

On this day in 1989, a new Touchstone sitcom titled The Nutt House debuted on NBC.

The creation of Mel Brooks and Alan Spencer, the comedy was about a once-prestigious New York hotel which had fallen on hard times. (The interior hotel scenes were shot at Disney-MGM.) Starring Cloris Leachman in the dual role of owner Edwina Nutt and Ms. Frick, head of housekeeping, and Harvey Korman as Reginald Tarkington, the hotel manager, The Nutt House was somewhat of a variation on the successful BBC series Fawlty Towers.

A very broad satire, the episode's plots were periodically interrupted by short, funny unrelated gags - much in the style of films like Police Squad and The Naked Gun.

Although The Nutt House had a veteran comedic cast and Brooks at the helm (known for his successful comedy films Blazzing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein) the series lasted only 6 episodes before being canceled (although 11 episodes were shot).

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