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Monday, October 20, 2008

Hey, Hey, Simon Fuller Plans Revival of '60s Monkees

Many of you know that I'm a huge Monkees fan (yes that pre-fab group of the 1960s). While not exactly Taylor Hicks news, I just found this unbelievable bit of information from the producer of American Idol (okay there's your Taylor Hicks connection). Seems like Simon Fuller, one of the Executive Producers of the show wants to resurrect The Monkees in a new reincarnation - four 'surfer dudes'. Yep, you heard right. Surfer dudes. Tell me, do we really need this? Was Simon aware that there already was a "New Monkees" that surfaced and failed on TV and on record in 1987? Sigh! Please, if there's a musical God up there, please make this go away before it even surfaces. You can't improve upon the originals - Micky, Peter, Mike and Davy, so don't even try. Anyway, here's the article -

Simon Fuller, the music mogul who created the hit Fox television show “American Idol” and its British equivalent, has now set his sights on another uniquely American institution.

Hey, Hey, he wants to re-launch a modern version of the hit 1960s show, "The Monkees". Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork played the original band and actually parlayed the show into some musical success. Fuller, however, has a few twists in mind.

First off, Fuller wants four hunky surfer dude types to play an updated version of the original boy band. The man behind The Spice Girls, wants the new Monkees to play their own instruments and effectively become a real band.

But unlike the squeaky clean original gang the new group will be much more rock ’n roll. “This will be 'The Monkees' for the 'Gossip Girl' generation and a lot more raunchy,” a source told the UK tab The Sun.

“We are looking for some charismatic lads who are up for a bit of mischief. The show will be much grittier than the original with more sex, drugs and rock ’n roll. Producers are auditioning in California seeking “great, offbeat character types with energy, charisma and humor”.

The original foursome starred as a boy-next-door band in what was an obvious take-off on the popularity of The Beatles. The show was an unexpected hit and ran for five years from 1965 through 1969. Although it was conceived as a scripted drama, it aired as a zany sit-com. The Monkees became so popular they began to cut records and, for the most part, sang and played their own instruments.

"It was a winning formula back then, and if it's done correctly, I can't see why it couldn't happen again. However, it was perfect casting... and, it was perfect music by the likes of Neil Diamond, Carole King, Harry Nilsson and Paul Williams. It's a herculean job, but, I've learned never to say never," said David Salidor who represents Dolenz. The Monkees star still performs and makes appearances regularly.

Fuller, who owns the rights to "The Monkees," attempted to put together a revival show five years ago without success. The new show, which may not use the Monkees name, will launch in here and could also air in the UK.

Source: The Improper


Trixi said...

Doesn't he have enough money all ready? His plans sound idiotic. Surfer dudes, sex, drugs, and rock and roll?

Let the Monkees rest in peace.

MJ said...


can't we put Fuller on the last train to Clarksville?

taylorfan06 said...

good one, mj