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Ben Model presents "Kovacsland Online!": the internet's first Ernie Kovacs fansite (est. 1996)

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Coming to DVD - lots
                        more Ernie Kovacs shows and sketches!!

Click on the image below to order your copy of:

Yes, folks, The Ernie Kovacs Collection sold so well that Shout!Factory said OK to a volume two!!  I was once again asked to saddle up and put together the programming and write liners for the new box.  Here's what's inside:
  • disc 1: four whole NBC morning shows, plus several bonus sketches
  • disc 2: four more NBC morning shows, plus several bonus sketches
  • disc 3: three episodes of "Take a Good Look", Ernie's 1961 CBC interview, the unaired Kovacs/Keaton TV sitcom pilot "Medicine Man", the Kovacs panel event held Aug 2011 at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood with Harry Shearer, Jeff Garlin, Bob Odenkirk, Jolen Brand-Schlatter, George Schlatter, Merill Markoe, and (of course) me.
  • bonus disc (only if you order from Shout) seven MORE episodes of "Take a Good Look"
Click on the image above — or just click here — to go directly to Shout Factory's website to place your order.  Don't be fooled by Amazon's or anyone else's slightly lower price…you won't get the bonus disc - the closest thing to a release of "TaGL" - unless you order from Shout.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled Ernie Kovacs website…

The Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs was undeniably one of the great pioneers of television comedy. Kovacs made the medium of TV an integral part of his humor, and his wit and talent continues to inspire even today.  The 10+ years he was on television (March 1951 to January 1962) left an indelible mark on the industry and on everyone who watched and remembered his shows.  Thanks to the dedication and untiring efforts of Edie Adams, his widow, a great deal of his television work survives in original 16mm kinescopes and 2" video masters.

I launched this Ernie Kovacs website
in October 1996, back in the days of externai dial-up modems (remember that "EEEE-ooo-ccchhhh!!!"?) and free AOL trial CD-ROMs, after teaching myself HTML during lulls at temp jobs. Soon after, I received an e-mail from Josh Mills, Edie's son, who had found the site and told me he liked it a lot...and had e-mailed his mom about it.  A few days later I got an e-mail from Edie, and thus began a long acquaintance and friendship over both e-mail and telephone that lasted all the way until her untimely passing in 2008.

Over the last three years I have been studying and researching Kovacs' television work, and screening rare programming and going through various documentation on the shows.  In the process I have even helped identify some unidentified shows in the collections of Edie Adams and at the Paley Center for Media.  I've developed a deeper understanding of the Kovacs' oeuvre (if I may use that word on television) and the timeline of his TV career.  The right margins of these pages will have little bits of trivia from my various findings.

The last few years has seen a rise, if not in the number of fans, then certainly in our connecting online over Facebook,  through Kovacs clips posted on YouTube, and over the Ernie Kovacs Blog, which I share with fellow Kovacs fan Al Quagliata (who, thankfully,
launched his own Kovacs site some years ago after I got too busy to keep this one updated).

Ben Model
New York, NY
February 4, 2010 

Admit One Passing

Ernie Kovacs
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Click on the box to order your copy of The Ernie Kovacs Collection, the 6-disc DVD box set from Shout Factory released in 2011.  18 hours of Kovacs shows from Ernie's entire TV career 1951-1962.

This website takes its name from Kovacs' first network show, which emanated from the Philadelphia studios of WPTZ, Channel 3.

Ernie in Kovacsland
aired on NBC during July and August of 1951 as a summer replacement for the popular program
Kukla, Fran and Ollie. It aired five nights a week from 8:00 to 8:30 pm, and contained skits, commercial spoofs, a song by Edie accompanied by the Tony DeSimone Trio and much more courtesy of the infinite imagination of host Ernie Kovacs. 

Kinescopes of the show survive from its first and last weeks on the air.

* * * Last updated  January 10, 2010 * * *