Summarized by Kent Larsen
New Comedy Network Series Pokes Fun At Missionaries
Toronto Canada Star 12Jun00 A6
By Jim Bawden: Toronto Star Television Columnist
TORONTO, CANADA -- Canada's Comedy Network debuted its "new" series "Dragnuts" Monday night, using footage from TV's old black-and-white series "Dragnet" to poke fun at society and, at least once or twice, at Mormons. The producers of "Dragnuts" have written new dialogue to go along with the footage from the original Dragnet, synching different dialogue to the video from the show.
The producers, Vancouver's Double Exposure team of Linda Cullen and Bob Robertson came up with the idea. "We were thinking of redubbing a movie," Cullen says. "The idea hit us while watching that old Woody Allen picture What's Up Tiger Lily? We were thumbing through a film catalogue and saw there were some TV series, too. Other series we considered were The Lone Ranger and Robin Hood. But we felt Dragnet was the best choice for a spoof. It's done so tersely. Friday is ever so serious."
Poking fun at the way that the actors in the original series were dressed, Cullen and Robertson have the Dragnet's Sargent Friday knocking on doors and saying, "Can we come in, ma'am? We're Mormons."