During the summer of 2000, Fox Television, sponsored by Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and Corn Pops, ran a Where’s Dewey? campaign, to capitalize on the Season 1 finale cliffhanger, which showed Dewey getting lost in some strange town after chasing a red balloon out in the streets.
There was an official Fox teaser website with this theme before the start of Season 2 at the now defunct site www.wheresdewey.com.
Thanks to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, the introductory Flash animation of this site survives, and we have revived it here as a video:
When we last saw the little guy in May’s season finale, he was chasing a paper bag down a random street after his babysitter, guest star Bea Arthur, suffered a heart attack. (Interestingly, Arthur’s character was originally going to kidnap him, but when Fox became skittish about promoting the story line, the producers changed it to Dewey wandering off. ”Even for us, it’s probably not in the best taste to make light of child kidnapping,” notes [series creator Linwood] Boomer, ”so we killed Bea Arthur instead, for the good of America.”) All summer, the net pumped a ”Where’s Dewey?” campaign, which revealed snippets of the sweet tyke wandering all over the country. Alas, trying to glean any hints from the cast as to his whereabouts was about as easy as persuading Survivor contestants to reveal the million-dollar winner. Witness our chat with boy wonder himself, 9-year-old actor Erik Per Sullivan.
EW: So, how many times have your friends asked you, ‘Where’s Dewey?’
Erik: [Sighs] Quite a few. How many times have I given the answer? Zero. They’re like, ‘Where’s Dewey?!?! We’ve got to find this out!!!’ and I’m like, ‘Can’t tell ya, bud. Tough luck.’
Will you tell me if I give you a really yummy candy bar?
[Leans back in chair, smirking] Nope.
Here’s a little ‘flashback’ treat for you, especially the owners of the French and German DVD sets that are being released right now.
Apparently, French journalist Alain Carrazé, who we know from the S2 DVD release, wasn’t the only one to interview the main Malcolm cast (minus Jane) on camera at the 2001 NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) Market & Conference in Las Vegas.
BreakTV.com, “Your Video Streaming Entertainment Magazine”, was also on hand for a brief chat.
Listen how Bryan Cranston calls NATPE “The National Association of Transsexuals and Perversion Exhibitors”, and what they have to say about meeting Bob Dylan and Tom Cruise!
We just found some great, longish old radio interviews with Justin Berfield and Bryan Cranston from 2000, and one with Chris Masterson and a brief one with Bryan Cranston, both from 2001.
They are with host Mark Snyder of PMP Network, based in Randolph, Massachusetts – that’s why you get some references to Erik Per Sullivan coming from the area and such.
They offer some great insights into the early casting procedures, the initial reception of the show, and other productions the actors were involved in at the time. Because they are RealAudio streams, we converted them to mp3, reduced some rumble, increased the volume and compressed the signal here and there, because the interviewees on the other end of the line were often a bit more muffled.
Bryan Cranston interviewed in early 2000:
Justin Berfield interviewed in early 2000:
Bryan Cranston, 2001:
Chris Masterson, 2001:
Turbine Media Group will finally be releasing the German version of Malcolm in the Middle (Malcolm Mittendrin) on DVD on October 24, 2014.
A Collector’s Box with Seasons 1-3 will contain all 63 episodes on 10 DVDs, but each season can also be bought separately. All episodes come with the original English audio and a German-dubbed track. Unlike the French releases, however, the episodes have not been subtitled in either German or English.
The image transfers will be identical to the French versions. A unique feature of these releases is that while all episodes are presented in the original 16:9 widescreen-format, there is also a menu option to reduce them to the 4:3 format in which they were first aired on TV.
The special features for all seasons will correspond to the French releases, so include the original American bonuses for S1 and the French additions for subsequent seasons. These features are all in English with optional German subtitles.
Depending on sales for the first 3 seasons, the following seasons will hopefully come out in early 2015.
Just to make sure, here’s a list of all special features:
Pilot episode in extended director’s cut + commentary track
Bryan Cranston explains the widescreen version
Alternative cold opens
US TV commercials
45-minute-special documentary about “Malcolm“’s origins (A Stroke of Genius)
3 team-Audio commentaries (160 minutes)
Short documentary on Erik Per Sullivan (Dewey) (Dewey’s Day Job)
Tour of the Malcolm-house by the boys
Behind the scenes with the Malcolm-crew
Episode ‘Company Picnic’ in extended director’s cut
German-speaking fans can join a special Facebook page on the series created by Turbine, which will publish various screenshots and fun facts, but also a generous selection of publicity images frequently taken from our site:
At the Emmy Awards 2014, Bryan won his fourth Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series’ for his role as Walter White in Breaking Bad. Emmy win and acceptance speech can be viewed here.
Breaking Bad also won an Emmy in the category ‘Outstanding Drama Series’. Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn won an Emmy in the categories ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor’ and ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress’ for their roles in Breaking Bad.
During the announcement for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series’ Bryan had a little surprise in store for Julia Louis Dreyfus who said she couldn’t remember him being on Seinfeld… click here to see the video
“With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting ‘Breaking Bad,’ ” Bryan Cranston said in the press release announcing his upcoming memoir. The as-yet-untitled book will be published by Scribner in 2015.
Cranston won three best actor Emmy Awards portraying Walter White, the cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who turns to making methamphetamine to support his family. In the show’s five seasons, White — who in a desperate moment came up with the pseudonym Heisenberg — went from everyman to drug kingpin.
The role has become iconic — Heisenberg T-shirts are available just about everywhere, including Wal-Mart. But Cranston, 58, has had a long career as an actor whose skills allowed him to play all kinds of roles.
He was the father in the goofy TV comedy “Malcolm in the Middle,” quietly appeared in the Oscar-winning drama “Argo” and is currently portraying Lyndon Johnson on Broadway.
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We have had many awesome people contribute their time to this site over its many years, without these people we would be nothing.
This site isn’t going anywhere, It’s not going to be a fan site that dies away, however it would be great to have new content added on a regular basis.
We are looking for someone who can commit to posting on a regular basis, with news/interesting content. Ideally someone with good basic English and obviously good knowledge of MITM and the actors and their projects.
This role would also lead on to that person becoming a site Administrator if they wished for a bigger commitment.
Please send me a messageexplaining in a few sentences why you would be good for the role. Prior involvement in our site makes for a strong candidate, but we welcome new members of our community also.
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In short, Season 1 of Malcolm in the Middle will be released on DVD in the UK (Region 2) in April 2012. Followed by a season a month until a final box-set near Christmas 2012. Yes, all seasons by the end of the year!
It’s being released by Fabulous Films in the UK. They have bought the UK (Region 2) rights for the whole series from FOX and specialize in releasing TV/movies that have had music issues in the past. The UK has a distinct advantage over the US as they don’t have such complicated music licensing issues. Yes, the reason we haven’t seen seasons in the US is all about music license costs, as we have always known.
The music will NOT be changed.
Season 1, is planned to be a very similar to the US release with special features to be confirmed. The other seasons are still in the planning stages, artwork etc is yet to be done. It will be sold through Amazon UK, HMV (UK retail store) and others.
Blu-ray isn’t currently on the cards, but a possibility in the future, no details on it. I also don’t currently know about widescreen and how it’ll apply to the seasons.
But I live in the US?! (or wherever) – Amazon UK delivers to many countries so there is a good chance you’ll be able to order.
This is thanks to Richard Walker of Fabulous Films who broke the news to me, he needs our support on this project, how great is that? We can be part of the DVD release!More on this when I know.
We reported back in January and July of 2010 on Impulse, a pre-apocalyptic short film starring Chris Masterson (Francis) as the protagonist, David. After making its debut at the LA Shorts Fest in July 2010, the short is now available for download on iTunes.
Today iTunes® releases “Impulse”, a short film about the end of the world starring Chris Masterson from FOX’s hit show “Malcolm in the Middle”. The film, which is downloadable for $1.99, follows a man who sets off on a perilous journey with only 30 minutes before the end of the world.
“Impulse” debuted at the LA Shorts Fest before a panel of judges headed by producer Paula Wagner (“War of the Worlds”, “Mission: Impossible III”). The film was later invited to the Sofia Independent Film Festival in Bulgaria for its international premiere, where it played alongside an exclusive selection of films including the Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man” and the Oscar®-winning films “The New Tenants” and Best Picture Winner “The Hurt Locker”.
“Impulse” is simultaneously airing on video-on-demand and ShortsHD, a channel which was recently launched to 40 million homes worldwide on DirecTV. ShortsHD is also available on Dish Network and AT&T U-verse. Programming schedules are available at www.shorts.tv.
Young filmmakers Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, who are currently writing and directing a scripted pilot for MTV, directed the large-scale production in their home state of Iowa. Production was rounded out with services by world-class companies Skywalker Sound and Company 3. Beck & Woods’ banner Bluebox Limited Films produced the film, alongside Christy Sullivan and Darren Brandl, who most recently produced “The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez” with Academy Award-winner Ernest Borgnine (“The Wild Bunch”, “Marty”).
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