Thursday, November 30, 2006

TV Catch Phrases Spark Debates And Controversies

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s one thing to do a countdown show about the best TV catch phrases, it’s another to actually pick them.

That’s the catch that producer Paul Barosse faced while working on The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases (sic), a TV Land special airing for five nights starting December 11.

Some of the phrases making the list include “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids,” “Yabba Dabba Doo,” and “Yada yada yada.”

As you might expect, Barosse and his staff had heated debates over what makes a good TV catch phrase. The Scooby Doo phrase, “And I would’ve gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids” almost didn’t make it.

One key element: Universal applicability.

As he puts it, “The phrase, ‘when you assume, you make an ass out of ‘u’ and ‘me,’ appeared once on an episode of The Odd Couple and it’s been around ever since.”

Plus, he points out that there are lots of people who’ve never watched Hogan’s Heroes saying, “I see nothing” just like Sgt. Schultz.

Barosse is pleased with the final tally but admits there’s enough catchy phrases for other countdown shows.

In his words, “I could do a countdown show just based on Alka-Seltzer slogans such as ‘Try it, you’ll like it,’ or ‘I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”’

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