The green revolution is upon us with everything from recycling, reusing, up-cycling and re-purposing. It’s all about what’s old is new again. First came Battlestar Galactica and Hawaii Five-O, now CHiPs is scheduled for a fall 2012 return.
For those too young to remember, CHiPs was an “American television drama series …that originally aired onNBC from September 15, 1977, to June 17, 1983. CHiPs followed the lives of two motorcycle police officers of theCalifornia Highway Patrol” (Wikipedia)
New life for CHiPs began when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger purchased the lost first pilot episodes of CHiPS which never aired. He stumbled across the find on EBay while searching for some Ponch and John dolls for his office.
The slightly different pilot version of the show never made it to America’s television sets back in the 70’s. It was at the time considered too “naderesque” , a term used before there was a term “green”, or as it was more commonly called by the network execs of the day “tree hugging hippy bullshit” .
A memo written by NBC network execs at the time advised that the CHiPs pilot episodes did not fit with their image or agenda. They stated, “This is the age souped up gas guzzling muscle cars. If we wanted horses we would have picked up little house on the prairie.” Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bixby, California Highway Patrol, Cheryl Tiegs, CHiPs, Erik Estrada, fecal oil slick, gas guzzling muscle cars, Highway Equine Patrol, Horse Abuse, Larry Wilcox, Mildred Baena, out of control car chases, Ponch & John