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:
Everyone’s favourite TV dad, Hal from Malcolm in the Middle, often didn’t get his own way throughout the series. In fact, more often than not, you’ll find Hal conceding to other’s wishes (especially in the case of Lois), often with a frustrated exclamation of “oh, all right!”, or something similar.
It’s not said frequently enough to be a ‘catchphrase’, but it is something unique to the character — and something that I thought would be interesting to put together into one video.
So, here is a quick video montage of every occasion in the series where Hal ‘admits defeat’.
In the first episode of the 7th Season of Nickelodeon’s comedy show All That, Frankie Muniz guest starred. In fact, he did more than that, because he introduced a completely new cast to the audience. This was set up as a comedy skit, where Frankie was supposed to pick some random teenagers for the show, since none of them had been booked. He then proceeds to extract them from various weird places. The cast was notable for including MITM regular Kyle Sullivan (playing Dabney Hooper, Kyle also co-starred with Justin Berfield in the movie Max Keeble’s Big Move), and MITM guest star Lisa Foiles, who appeared in episode 4×10 If Boys Were Girls. This was filmed about a year after their appearance on All That, however. This All That episode first aired on January 19, 2002.
Frankie appeared with Kyle and Lisa in the manic sketch Sugar and Coffee. The stuff is apparently so addictive, that Kyle turns out to fulfil Dabney’s secret dreams about Malcolm, so to speak! This has to be seen to be believed! Did Frankie do those cartwheels and backflips himself? I didn’t know he was so agile! The cast also includes newcomers Chelsea Brummet, Jack DeSena, Bryan Hearne, Shane Lyons and Giovonnie Samuels.
Many thanks to Richie for this write-up and video.
In other birthday news, our friends over at Malcolm-France turn 5 today. To celebrate they have posted the Malcolm in the Middle – A Stroke of Genius documentary found on the season 1 DVD. But its only going to be there for 1 month so check it out now.
This is the first in what we plan to be a series of ‘Flashback’ posts. And to start we are going right back to January 18, 2000 only a few weeks after the first episode of Malcolm in the Middle (Pilot) had aired.
Frankie appeared on The Daily Show promoting the new series, talking about being much smarter, more athletic, and more successful with the girls than Jon Stewart. Enjoy!
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