TV Fact #222 – June 3rd, 2015:

The HBO situation comedy “1st & Ten” (1984-1991), which was one of cable’s first attempts to lure the lucrative sit-com audience away from the “Big Three” stations by taking advantage of their freedom to include occasional cursing and nudity, used footage from USFL’s Los Angeles Express which required some clever set-up work with scripted scenes to appear showing the team featured on the show, the California Bulls. However, you can spot differences.

During simulated game shots, the Bulls football helmet has a decal of horns on the side, but when the show used actual game footage, you could clearly see the letters “L” and “A” on the helmets side, representing the L.A. Express. The Bulls quarterbacks on the show also wore #14 to match the actual game footage of L.A. Express real life quarterback Tom Ramsey.

Many generic shots of USFL stadiums were used to depict where the Bulls were playing and, as the series went on, aerial shots were used of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to represent the Bulls home stadium. However, game footage from the USFL stopped mid-way through the third season, as scripted football plays were being used instead and the USFL had ceased operations by that point.

Sports shows, just like real-life, is always about the flair. I get it honestly. Why duplicate the flair when you can show the genuine article and shine it’s light in the audience face to mesmerize them?

Published in: on June 3, 2015 at 2:35 PM  Leave a Comment  

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