TV ABC Weekend Special, The (ABC 1977-1997) Published 2 years ago on May 14, 2017 The ABC Weekend Special introduced kids to literature through live-action and animated retellings of popular children’s stories. Originally a monthly special, the show moved to a weekly run in the fall of 1977, and appeared off and on until 1997. Culling from its own ABC Short Story Special and ABC Afterschool Special programs, the anthology show added new material from nearly every animation company around, including Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, Marvel, DIC, Film Roman, and more. Michael Young served as the original host, replaced after two seasons by Willie Tyler and his puppet, Lester. The pair lasted until 1984, when they were ousted by Cap’n O.G. Readmore. Initials notwithstanding, the Cap’n was not an “Original Gangsta,” but rather an animated cat in a navy uniform. With over twenty years on the air, it would be impossible to list the many stories The ABC Weekend Special has brought to young viewers. Among the more popular: The Red Room Riddle, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, The Trouble With Miss Switch and The Return of Miss Switch, The Puppy’s Further Adventures (which later became its own series), the Little Lulu series, Runaway Ralph (starring a young Fred Savage), Liberty and the Littles (with ABC Saturday morning stars The Littles), The Secret World of Og, The Legend of Lochnagar (written and narrated by Prince Charles), and The Magic Pearl. Airing early in the afternoon, The ABC Weekend Special may never have had the ratings and toy tie-ins of its morning competitors, but it taught kids an important lesson in an entertaining way. In the words of Cap’n O.G. himself: “Read a book with me and you will see That reading… is where it’s at!” production details USA / ABC / Broadcast 29 January 1977 – 30 August 1997 cast Michael Young (79-81) as Host Willie Tyler and Lester (81-84) as Hosts Frank Welker as Cap’n O.G. Readmore Neil Ross as Cap’n O.G. Readmore Kevin Richardson as Cap’n O.G. Readmore ABCChildren's TVFrank WelkerTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in TV15 hours ago Cutting It (BBC-1 2002-2005, Amanda Holden, Sarah Parish) Comedy drama series. Allie runs a successful hairdressing salon but her problems begin when a rival salon opens across the... TV15 hours ago Culloden (BBC-1 1964, George McBean, Olivier Espitalier-Noel) Highly innovative documentary drama telling the story of the last battle to be fought on British soil in 1746 at... TV15 hours ago C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia (BBC-2 2006, Anton Rodgers, Diane Venora) Biographical drama. The story of author CS Lewis’s life from childhood to old age as his views on religion alter... TV15 hours ago Crow Road, The (BBC-2 1996, Joe McFadden, Peter Capaldi) Drama serial. Prentice McHoan returns to his Scottish home and gets caught up in the dark secrets that everyone around... TV15 hours ago New Tricks (BBC 2003-2015 with James Bolam, Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman) Crime drama series New Tricks took the Cold Case took it’s natural extreme by bringing out of retirement a group... search EPISODES Episodes23 hours ago She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Netflix A seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment, She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 offers a timely and... Episodes23 hours ago Vida Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Starz Episode 7: The bar prepares to host a fundraiser for Eddy’s hospital expenses while Emma and Lyn learn the truth... Episodes23 hours ago WHAT / IF Series Premiere Fri 24 May 2019 on Netflix Neo-noir social thriller WHAT/IF explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. The first... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Shazam! | 2019 | Zachary Levi, Asher Angel A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.... Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.