Weinerville

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Weinerville
Weinervilletitle.jpg
Weinerville title card, as seen on the show's opening sequence.
Created by Marc Weiner
Presented by Marc Weiner
Starring Ray Abruzzo
Brian Berns
Scott Fellows
David Jordon
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 62
Production
Location(s) Nickelodeon Studios Orlando, Florida
Running time 22 minutes per episode
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release July 11, 1993 (1993-07-11) – June 15, 1994 (1994-06-15)
External links
Website

Weinerville is an American television program on Nickelodeon that was produced in 1993-1994. The show was based around a giant puppet stage which was designed to look like a city called Weinerville. The show was hosted by Marc Weiner.

The show premiered on July 11, 1993, and ended on June 15, 1994. After the last episode aired, the show went into reruns until June 30, 1997.

Production[edit]

During the first season, all episodes ran in a two-hour marathon every Sunday. However, Weinerville quickly gained popularity; in the middle of the first season, November 15, 1993, Nickelodeon began running the show on weekday afternoons. As a result, Nickelodeon allowed Marc and his characters to host a New Year's special event, a kids' version of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve titled Nick New Year's, with host segments serving as wraparounds for the best Nicktoons and shows of that year, and read letters from kids about their New Year's resolutions as they counted down to midnight, then celebrated by shooting slime into the sky. Marc and his Weinerville characters hosted Nick New Year's in 1993 and 1994 from Times Square in the Nickelodeon Party Penthouse.

For the second season, which premiered on May 2, 1994, the episodes aired daily and were part of the Stick Stickly show Nick in the Afternoon, which included Marc as Dottie in some segments. Unfortunately with all the success of hosting two seasons, promotions, three television specials, and hosting a four-hour New Year's special for two years, and especially hitting a milestone for being the show to tape its 1000th episode at Nickelodeon Studios, Weinerville was not renewed for a third season. The final episode aired on June 15, 1994. According to Marc, the cancellation happened because Nickelodeon was changing their identity from family friendly to edgy, sarcastic, and somewhat subversive shows, and a puppet show did not fit with the network's new direction of programming.[1] After its cancellation, reruns aired on Nickelodeon until June 30, 1997, although the Chanukah special was later repeated as a one-off broadcast on December 21, 1997.

On April 2, 2015, the series came to The '90s Are All That block for their "Out of the Vault" week.[2] When the block expanded and rebranded as The Splat, Weinerville was broadcast three times the night of October 10, 2015. It has not been broadcast since then.

Overview[edit]

Nickelodeon Weinerville was filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Universal Studios Orlando Florida, it was an audience participation comedy show focused on Weiner and his puppets and about them making a show. The first few episodes did not have much of a plot or story line. During the rest of the first season, the show broke out story lines and plots, especially in the second season. Weinerville also had three television specials.

Characters[edit]

Human characters[edit]

  • Marc Weiner - The host who is always forced to solve most of Dottie's problems. In season one, Marc wears an unbuttoned Weinerville baseball jersey with a green undershirt. In season two, the color of his undershirt changes.
  • Kevin Elemeno P. (pronounced: "L-M-N-O-P") - The "Network Executive" character, played by Orlando local child actor Travis Robertson (played young Kevin O'Shea in the 1994 movie Little Giants), is a pun on the name of the real executive producer of the program, current MTV Networks executive Kevin Kay. Made three appearances (only in season 2).

Puppets[edit]

The puppets below feature Weiner's head and a puppet body where their parts have been pre-taped so that Weiner can interact with them:

  • Dottie - The Mayor of Weinerville. Marc is usually forced to solve Dottie's problems and tends to get carried away with things if they don't get out of control. She has a sidekick/assistant named Zip.
  • Baby Jeffrey - The puppet nephew of Marc. He would usually introduce Marc at the beginning of each episode and always makes a mess.
  • Big Pops - The owner of the diner "Pop's Diner." Big Pops usually does a lot with his nose, either picking it or playing the kazoo. He only appeared in Season One and was dropped before Season Two.
  • Schnitzel - Marc's fresh/sassy, parrot sidekick. He only appeared in Season One and was dropped before Season Two.
  • Commander Ozone - A space captain that runs the AV-1 Spaceship. He defends evil and saves the universe with his sidekick Wilson. However, in Season 1, his name was "Captain Ozone."
  • Eric Von Firstensecond - Commander Ozone's evil enemy. He always tries to figure out an evil scheme to take over Weinerville or to marry Dottie. He only appeared in Season 2.
  • Cocktail Frank - The bandleader and guitar player of the house band of the show "Cocktail Frank And His Weenies." Frank is the lead singer/guitarist where his puppet band consisted of Posse on piano/turntables, Antoinette on drums, an unnamed bass guitarist, and an unnamed saxophone player.
  • Joey Deluxe - The big shot manager and powerful TV show agent.
  • Soup Tureen - The 'That's not Fair' game show host. Only in Season 2.

The ones listed below are puppet characters:

  • Zip (performed by Scott Fellows) - Dottie's helper who always gets himself into trouble, makes his famous trademark scream and crashes into the wall. In "DTV," it is revealed that Zip is good friends with Boney.
  • Boney (performed by Marc Weiner) - An obvious parody of Barney, he is a dinosaur skeleton that lives in the jungles of Weinerville. Boney is beloved by children, but hates them himself. The "theme song" at the end of his show consisted of said puppet singing "Now get outta here! I'm Boney, I'm Boney, leave me aloney!" When Boney quotes "Now get outta here," the children present leave his cave. For Season 2, Boney's puppet was rebuilt which that version also being used for the specials and the new YouTube Channel. In the "Chanukah Special," it is revealed that Boney loves to eat potato pancakes. He was also shown to have been attracted by the Weinerville Ski Lodge's new housekeeper Miss Kabobble (who dislikes it when someone gets snow on the floor and she ends up vacuuming it). According to the 1995 summer issue of Nickelodeon Magazine, Boney is Weiner's favorite puppet.
  • Pops (performed by Ray Abruzzo) - Known in season 1 as "Little Pops". He is the local chef who works at "Pops&Pops" with Big Pops. He sometimes argues and starts stuff with Louie, but they tend to get along.
  • Louie (performed by Scott Fellows) - The local laundromat owner who always argues with Pops.
  • Socko (performed by Marc Weiner) - An inverted hand puppet who likes to kick Marc's buttocks, performed with his own props, and made sarcastic gestures when things did not go right.
  • Wilson - The sidekick of Commander Ozone. In Season One, he had a squeaky voice like Zip. In Season Two, he sounds like Scotty of Star Trek fame.
  • Professor Phosphate (performed by Scott Fellows and David Jordan) - A puppet scientist with green hair who can only be seen from the waist up. Professor Phosphate is the owner of Weinerville Labs and often causes explosions with some inventions that don't work well. Despite this, he often solves the problems. He only appeared in Season 2.
  • Fufusky - A grub-like alien who is Eric von Firstensecond's alien sidekick.
  • Berny - An old man farmer puppet who has no performer and his mouth is always opened. He is responsible for bringing out the Weinerizer in every episode.

Other sketches[edit]

The show also featured several non-puppet characters played by Weiner himself:

  • Captain Bob - Captain Bob is a sea captain in yellow rain gear that constantly cracks puns. He owns the S.S. Bob at Port Weinerville (which is located near the building where Cocktail Frank and His Wienies are located). On many shows, an audience member would be invited to climb aboard where an offscreen person would fling water on him before the "tidal wave" (a bucket of water, or, in some cases, slime, thrown by a stage hand) soaked the participant. Captain Bob first appeared on Saturday Night Live when Weiner was a writer in the early 1980s. In scenes in which Marc Weiner interacts with Captain Bob, an actor seen from behind would portray Captain Bob with Weiner dubbing his voice in during post-production.
  • The Weinerville General Store - Members of the audience were also called down to participate in various activities during the main part of the show, such as helping to demonstrate items in the Weinerville General Store. A recurring joke on the show took place in the General Store in which Weiner would sell comedic props similar to those of Carrot Top. Nearly everything in the store sold for $13.50. It only appeared in Season One.
  • Running Joke - Occasionally, the "$13.50" gag was used in other segments. For example: on the "Talent Show" episode the winners won with 1,350 points; on the "DTV" episode, DTV was on channel 1350; and on the General Store and Captain Bob skits, that would be the price when Marc would hand the participant anything.
  • That's Not Fair! - A game show where a kid and an adult played for points answering questions. Usually the kids win. It was only featured in Season 2. According to an interview with Marc Weiner, "That's Not Fair" was a pilot he made for Comedy Central in 1991, after it was tested, the network said it was appropriate for children, so Nickelodeon got a hold of it and the pilot became "Weinerville".
  • Playland - These participants then competed in one of various games in "Playland" that tested the skill of operating their puppet bodies. The runner-up received the "Silver Hot Dog", with the winner receiving the "Golden Hot Dog" as well as the "Special Topping" (a small amount of green slime dumped onto the player's head.) If a malfunction occurred or both players tied they both get the "Golden Hot Dog". Occasionally, both players received the Special Topping, especially when both players were adults, and if the game involved pies, both contestants would be hit with pies themselves instead of anyone getting the Special Topping (however, the special topping was awarded for pie games in season 2). The Playland stage was enlarged and revamped the second season to incorporate more elaborate stunts; these frequently had the contestants facing each other and squirting water or whipped cream at some target, usually soaking the other contestant in the process. Some season 2 stunts were team stunts where each player had a non-Weinerized teammate. Season one was a carnival-style, and on the second season it was a radio-active style.

Weinerizing[edit]

The show always ended with Weiner choosing two people from the audience to get "Weinerized" (turned into puppets). The participants entered a contraption called the "Weinerizer", which appeared to then shrink them to the puppet size (it did so by having the contestants place their heads into a hole above a miniature puppet body). Although the audience members were ostensibly chosen at random, Matt Day (who at the time was working on another Nickelodeon show, Clarissa Explains It All) revealed that participants were sometimes selected beforehand.[citation needed] They would compete in a game and the runner-up would receive a trophy called "The Silver Hot Dog." The winner would receive "The Golden Hot Dog", as well as a dose of green slime.

Episodes[edit]

All episodes aired out of sequence in no particular order.

Season 1: 1993 Episode title Airdate Synopsis Cartoons
01 Marc's Mother Visits July 11, 1993 Marc learns from Mayor Dottie that his mother is coming which explained why most of its inhabitants don't want to be around when she arrives. Gerald McBoing-Boing's Symphony (1953), Stage Door Magoo (1956) & A Leak in the Dike (1965)
02 Tooth Hurty 1993 Marc teaches the importance of taking care of your teeth. Marc shows us we can recycle gum after we chewed it with the "Gum Again Machine" and shows us interesting chewed gum art work.
03 Humidity 1993 A huge heat wave hits Weinerville as everyone tries to stay cool. Magoo Express (1955) & Forget-Me-Nuts (1967)
04 Cleaning Day 1993 While cleaning up Schnitzel's poop, Marc is called by Mayor Dottie to help get Zip out of the vacuum cleaner. Magoo's Cruise (1957) & Baggin' the Dragon (1966)
05 Zip In Space 1993 Zip plays on a toy rocketship and is accidentally launched into outer space. Marc and Mayor Dottie enlist Captain Ozone to help rescue Zip. The Dog Snatcher (1952) & A Wedding Knight (1966)
06 Missing Cartoon 1993 Mayor Dottie enlists a detective named Nick Tracy to find the missing cartoons. Punchy de Leon (1950), Ragtime Bear (1949) & Potions and Notions (1966)
07 Giant Spider 1993 A giant spider has caught Zip. The Miner's Daughter (1950) & Alter Egotist (1967)
08 Haunted 1993 Marc learns from Mayor Dottie that ghosts have been haunting Weinerville. Bwana Magoo (1959) & The Story of George Washington (1965)
09 Fitness 1993 After Marc overeats and becomes fat, Dottie puts him on a vigorous exercise program How Now Boing Boing (1954) & Christopher Crumpet's Playmate(1955)
10 Football 1993 Marc starts a football team as Big Pops, Mayor Dottie, and Socko want to be on it as the quarterback. Magoo's Canine Mutiny (1956) & A Wedding Knight (1966)
11 Zip Stuck In VCR 1993 Zip gets stick in the VCR as Mayor Dottie works to get him out. Giddyap (1950) & Keep the Cool, Baby (1967)
12 Magic Episode 1993 Mayor Dottie has a Magic kit and she has to use instructions. She zapped Zip too many times but she can't stop waving with her wand. Matador Magoo (1957) & Throne for a Loss (1966)
13 Bubblegum 1993 Upon seeing Mayor Dottie's bubblegum-blowing trophies, Zip starts blowing bubblegum and starts getting trapped. Rock-Hound Magoo (1957) & Boy Pest with Osh (1963)
14 Talent Show 1993 Weinerville is holding a talent show, Big Pops plays the kazoo with his nose, Marc juggles, and Dottie does a mime act. However, Captain Bob's drums and hula girl wins!, Merry Minstrel Magoo (1959) & High But Not Dry (1967)
15 Dottie's Birthday 1993 It's Mayor Dottie's birthday as Marc tries to find her a good birthday present. Scoutmaster Magoo (1958) & The Magic Fluke (1949)
16 Spaghetti 1993 Big Pops makes his special spaghetti and meatballs which everyone wants to try as he demonstrates how he makes it. Mouse Trek (1967) & My Daddy the Astronaut (1967)
17 Bake Off 1993 The citizens of Weinerville are baking cakes in order to raise money for the Old Puppets Home. Madcap Magoo (1955), My Daddy the Astronaut (1967) & Think or Sink (1967)
18 Balloon Zip 1993 Mayor Dottie gets some balloons from Nick Tracy (who was last seen in "Missing Cartoons"). When Zip asks Mayor Dottie for a balloon, he gets stuck on one of them. Meanwhile, Pops and Louie have an argument on who has been belching smoke near their buildings. Magoo's Homecoming (1959), A Balmy Knight (1966) & The Stuck-Up Wolf (1967)
19 Baseball 1993 Zip takes an interest in joining Weinerville's baseball team, while practicing his batting. Marc has been getting tired of Schnitzel's jokes that he tells the audience to test there hand eye coordination by focusing on throwing baseballs at a target, like Schnitzel! Magoo's Masquerade (1957) & The Blacksheep Blacksmith (1967)
20 Budget Cutbacks 1993 Mayor Dottie gets a call from the Head of the Network that there is going to be some budget cutbacks. Gerald McBoing Boing (1950), Pink and Blue Blues (1952) & The Opera Caper (1967)
21 Popcorn 1993 Zip cooks up some popcorn, however, he uses way too much, the whole Puppet City is covered in popcorn. Magoo's Lodge Brother (1959) & Trash Program (1963)
22 Recycling 1993 Everyone in Weinerville does their part in recycling. Magoo Goes Skiing (1954) & The Itch (1965)
23 Snow Day 1993 It's snowing in Puppet City, Little Pops shovels all his snow to Louie's door, closing him in. Magoo Slept Here (1953) & The Fuz (1967)
24 Train Ride 1993 Zip rides a train in Dottie's office, but it goes out of control and Zip goes crashing through the wall. Marc has his own train with a couple children from the audience, and tells them to smile and wave and makes a ratings joke. Ballet-Oop (1954) & Frog's Legs (1962)
25 Zip's Family Treasure 1993 Dottie puts together a seance to connect with the spirit of Zip's great grandfather to find out where his family treasure barried. Things however keep on interrupting her. Sloppy Jalopy (1952) & Bringing Up Mother (1954)
26 Ziggy Zag Concert 1993 The Ziggy Zag Concert is occurring in Weinerville How Now Boing Boing (1954) & From Nags to Witches (1966)
27 Show #27 1993
28 Show #28 1993
Season 2: 1994 Episode title Airdate Synopsis Cartoons
29 Ratville 1994 Professor Phosphate's rats escaped from his lab and are all over puppet city! NOTE: Dottie's green building part of the set doesn't have the bricks drawn on, or the shade over the window. Marc's Playland lab coat is yellow, unlike the rest of season two where it is grey.
30 Viva Las Weinerville 1994 Dottie came back from Las Vegas and thought it would be nice to add some flair and pizazz to Weinerville!
31 Dottie's Replacement 1994 Dottie has been feeling burned out, so she is going on a vacation. Marc is auditioning people to be Dottie for this episode. Even Pops and Louie try out!
32 Weinerville For Sale 1994 Donald Rump (parody of Donald Trump) is trying to buy out Weinerville to make room for a burger joints and casino. Dottie and Marc do their best with not letting this happen, or Marc will be replaced by a guy named Bob Burger.
33 Eric Von Firstenseconds' Spell 1994 (unknown Alvin Show segment) & Working on the Railroad (1961)
34 60 Seconds News 1994
35 Fire Safety 1994 Marc and the Weinerville characters teach us how dangerous fire is, and how to prevent fires from starting.
36 Magic Lamp 1994 Invents the West & (unknown Alvin Show segment)
37 The Puppet's Court 1994 Pop's and Louie's arguments have got out of control until finally Marc has an idea to settle their latest dispute in the puppet's court with Dottie being the judge, she find's both guilty of being "pains in the butt".
38 Broken Weinerizer 1994 The Weinerizer is broken, Marc being a proud "do-it-yourself" guy offers his best to fix it, he eventually does in the last minute, Zip was helping him and he gets stuck until the end of the show where he grows into human size then falls out the side of the machine.
39 Network Censors 1994
40 Louie Becomes a Citizen 1994
41 Louie's Crush 1994 Louie has a crush on Dottie!
42 Dottie's Cousin 1994
43 Brain Switch 1994
44 Parallel Universe 1994 Commander Ozone and Wilson are entering coordinates to visit Weinerville, however Wilson let his hair grow little to big that he reads the coordinates backwards. They enter a parallel Weinerville, a world just like Weinerville but backwards, even roles are reversed.
45 Boney's Spell 1994 Professor Phosphate's invention goes wrong, and it releases a toxic gas that makes everyone in Puppet City act like Boney.
46 The Time-Slot War 1994 Dottie got wind of the network wanting a show to air before "Weinerville". but news travels fast that everyone in Puppet City has a show idea, things get out of hand.
47 Dottie's High School Reunion 1994 Dottie has been invited to her high school reunion. Not particularly excited, she invites Socko as her date, and makes a great impression.
48 Loca Cola 1994 Dottie is addicted to the "Loca Cola" soda, and learns a lesson on when to say "no".
49 Weinervilla 1994 Weinerville is being sued by a Spanish show called "Weinervilla" claiming "Weinerville" stole their idea. Ostrich (1961) & Mexico-the Brave Chipmunks (1961)
50 Ego Crazy 1994 Everybody in Weinerville has there ego's out of control, even Boney is threatening to quit unless he gets "Barney" money. So Marc calls upon Kevin Elemeno P. to come and be the voice of reason, however, Kevin runs the Weinerizer and Playland, and his ego gets out of control.
51 Marc's Errands 1994 Marc has so much to do, that he is not around for the first half of the show, Kevin Elemeno P.'s mom helps run a Socko skit, Kevin comes out stopping the sketch. Marc eventually comes back and keeps Kevin from shutting the production down.
52 Variety Show or Sitcom 1994 Dottie and Marc disagree on what the show is, but finally come to an agreement after turning the show into a sitcom (I love Lucy parody, with Marc playing the husband). Then the second half was a variety show with dancers, and even a song "Welcome to Weinerville"
53 DTV 1994 Mayor Dottie abandons her role as the Mayor of Weinerville and starts her own public access fly-by-night cable network. While Strolling in the Park (1961) & This is Your Life, Clyde Crashcup! (1961)
54 Socko Framed 1994
55 Royal Dottie 1994
56 Zip Runs Away 1994 Zip feels unappreciated and he runs away. Luckily in a wizard of Oz type of way Zip encounters a "fairy godmother" who looks exactly like Louie, and explains how he is important. Zip makes it back home by wishing, "There's no place Like Weinerville" with Zip's hot Cocoa too!
57 Dottie's Dating Game 1994 Dottie gets a love letter from an old flame, that lives in Alaska. She leaves over night, not knowing that Marc planned a Dating Game for Dottie (The Dating Game Parody, none of the three bachelor's can not see Dottie. The bachelors are played by Ray Abruzzo as a hunky bad boy, Scott Fellows as a nice clean cut guy, and Brian Berns as a filthy slob) with Dottie being gone, Marc provides the voice for her. Meanwhile Dottie learning that the flame of hers is seeing someone else, she storms back home. However she isn't back before she is supposed to choose who she wants to date, so Marc chooses the nice guy. Dottie comes back and chooses the good looking bad boy.
58 Weinerville: The Movie 1994 Marc is directing and working on casting for a motion picture based on Weinerville, actors and actresses try out. (NOTE: The actors are kids and are not in puppet sets, but are in costume in center stage)
59 Marc's Lost Memory 1994 Marc hits his head and loses his memory after Mayor Dottie tells him that the head of the network Clara Cloud is coming. Now Mayor Dottie, Zip, Pops, Louie, and Professor Phosphate must find a way to restore Marc's memory.
60 Back to the Past from a Look into the Future Professor Phosphate creates a devise that can look through the future and the past.
61 Pollution 1994 Eric von Firstensecond uses Weinerville as his landfill area. While Marc works on a way to clean up the mess, Zip becomes Eco Man to combat Eric von Firstensecond. Polly Wolly Doodle (1961) & Theodore's Dog (1961)
62 XR-3 Space Shuttle Game June 15, 1994 Dottie invents a new video game, it is a success, that the evil Eric von Firstensecond sees how much money she made, that he wants to marry her of course she says no. So he takes matters into his own hands Marc, Socko, Commander Ozone and even Wilson get kidnapped and trapped from Fufusky's evil poison string (Silly String). Luckily Commander Ozone has a harmonica he was playing in jail, that also transmits to Professor Phosphate. The professor works out a devise in Playland to free Marc and the crew. Boney runs the Weinerizer and Playland. Finally Firstensecond is trapped in the video game getting smacked with meteors by Socko who enjoys playing the video game. Good Neighbor (1961) & Mexico-the Brave Chipmunks (1961)
TV Specials & Air Dates:  Title Plot
December 31, 1993 Nick New Years '94 (Host segments) Marc and his Weinerville characters host the best Nickelodeon shows and Nicktoons of 1993. (NOTE: This is the first time we see Boney's new design and Dottie with the season two wig)
Special 1: December 31, 1994 New Year's Special: Lost in the Big Apple
December 31, 1994 Nick New Years '95 (Host segments) Marc and his Weinerville characters host the best Nickelodeon shows and Nicktoons of 1994. This one is shot in Times Square with guests, Danny Tamberelli , Melissa Joan Hart
Special 2: December 14, 1995 Chanukah Special The Weinerville inhabitants are celebrating Chanukah at the Weinerville Ski Lodge as Marc is on his way there with his family and friends. Two potato pancake-looking Sectos named Nivek and Sinrek are pursued by the evil alien king Antidorkus (Brian O'Connor) of the Kerg Empire and crash-land at the Weinerville Ski Lodge where they receive the help of Boney, Socko, and Fluffy the Dog.
Special 3: February 17, 1996 Election Special: From Washington B.C. Boney is running for president, and the Weinerville gang helps him with his campaign. However the other candidate Hugh J. Magnate (Phillip Mansfield) is not pleased and is working on an evil scheme to sabotage Boney, along with his henchman 'Knuckles' (Joe O'Connor). With the help of Boney's campaign manager Liberty Brown (Preslaysa Edwards) they will expose Hugh for his evil plan to turn all nation's parks into parking lots. (NOTE: The character Hugh J. Magnate, makes another appearance years later with writer Scott Fellows other project A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!

Broadcast history[edit]

NOTE: All times are eastern

Date Time slot
July 1993 - November 1996 Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Sunday Marathon)
November 1993 - May 1994 Monday-Friday, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
May 1994 - August 1996 Monday-Friday, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
August 1996 - June 1997 Monday-Friday, 7:00 - 7:30 a.m.

Guest stars[edit]

(not all interviews were shown, Sean O'Neal and Jason Zimbler were just quickly glimpsed)

Special notes[edit]

  • On the set, Marc put his children's names in the show, there is a music store, named "Avi's song", and on the street light read, "Max" and "Rebecca" Not to mention a store in the background named “Best Plumbing”. Named after his father’s business that Marc’s brothers run to this day.
  • Weinerville produced 4 to 5 shows a day, with audiences that were touring Nickelodeon Studios in the off season. For example, for the start of the second season, tapings of 40 shows started in January, 1994 and wrapped up with that taping of Nickelodeon Studio’s 1000th show taping (the “Variety show or Sitcom” episode) was filmed on February 14th.
  • Weinerville is a one man show starring Marc Weiner, hence the name "Weiner-ville", but the stage crew was made up of some other human characters to help as secondary characters. Starting with Brian Berns, Marc's acting coach, and occasional player. Scott Fellows who, at the time was an unknown, however he joined Marc in his early comedy days as a stage hand for props. Marc took him on board and he immediately made it to the writing staff, did voices, along with occasional characters. Finally, Ray Abruzzo the head writer, stage manager, and he also provided voices and helped with puppets during the show.
  • Episodes aired out of sequence, on July 11 the show premiered with "Zip Stuck In VCR", and on May 2 the second season premiered with the "XR-3 Space Shuttle Game" episode.
  • Dottie's hair (Marc's wig) changed from season one, two, season one it was a curly hair wig, season two was shoulder-length straight hair. On a radio interview Marc said that the first Dottie wig was his mothers.
  • Dottie used to be a waitress before the Weinerville series, on an early comedy show called Random Acts of Variety a cable show where Marc made appearances in, and was a precursor for "Weinerville".
  • First season episodes were different than season two, not just set changes but in early season one episodes it was short skits and quick segues to cartoons, so it was mostly a cartoon show, except towards the middle of the first season; story lines were written and it gave Weiner's characters some definition; especially in the second season some topics would include: becoming citizens of Weinerville, Dottie working on spin off TV shows, fire safety, saving the planet from pollution, etc.
  • Marc's 'Weinerville' jersey changed season one was white XL with the "Weinerville" logo on the front right and on the back in yellow letters read "Weiner 1", and in season two was L white and sometimes grey with the "Nickelodeon" hot dog logo on the front right, and the "Weinerville" logo on the back. However, on the "XR-3 Space Shuttle Game" episode in one scene where Marc and Socko are gagged and tied up, Marc is wearing his season one jersey.

The Cartoon Shorts[edit]

Before Weinerville made its debut, Nickelodeon ran the cartoons by themselves on a half-hour block called Cartoon Kablooey.

Marc Weiner's Weinerville Live/Weinerville.com[edit]

After the show finished its run, in 1996 Marc took the show on a live tour, and added a new segment called "The Comedy Challenge". Weinerville had a live tour and its own webpage launched in 1997. Marc had two studios where he made his puppets and sets, one in Main Street New York, and one in Orlando Florida while doing the Nickelodeon show. Then in 1996 Weinerville Productions went to a location at a New York warehouse. Then in 2001 Weinerville Productions location changed to Stamford Connecticut, where it currently resides. Over the years the web site has been redesigned. In 2016 the website has YouTube updates, Marc Weiner's bio/acting credits and information where the company came from and started.

Comeback[edit]

January 23, 2011, Marc Weiner and his son Max launched a YouTube Channel where Weiner will bring his puppet characters back to life in new short videos, exclusively on YouTube under the channel name WeinervilleTV. The channel launched its first video February 1, 2011 a video of Boney announcing the big news as "We're Back!!". To get a following, Eric Weiner and Max created a Weinerville Facebook page, and Marc opened a Twitter account as Mayor Dottie. video clips and Grosses pilot has been uploaded and a series starring Boney called "Don't Ask Boney" produced by Max and Marc and another writer Corrine Chapman.

Weinerville has also been announced to be part of TeenNick's The '90s Are All That block. Clips have appeared in promos since the block premiered. Although most of the live-action and puppet segments are owned by creator Marc Weiner, the cartoon shorts that aired as commercial breaks have been an obstacle clearing reruns. The show aired on The '90s Are All That for the first time on April 2, 2015, with the cartoon shorts removed, leaving each episode shortened to 15 minutes each. This was also the first time the show aired on television after being off the air for over eighteen years.

Wordville with Marc Weiner and Friends[edit]

A preschool spin-off of Weinerville, which aired on Nick Jr. on weekday mornings from 1998 Marc would bring puppets and children to teach words, and help with vocabulary, with skits and his well-known big head/little body puppets. Marc's son, Max Weiner, designed Sara, the Weinerette-style hand puppet, and the sun.

E.A.G.A.H.B.E.D.D (1994)[edit]

E.A.G.A.H.B.E.D.D is a 13-minute educational VHS video not made from Nickelodeon but from the National Dairy Council called E.A.G.A.H.B.E.D.D stands for "Eat A Good And Healthy Breakfast Every Day, Day" and is done in the style of an abbreviated Weinerville episode, with the usual characters and sets but without the Playland segment, this episode Eric Von Firstensecond stole the food supply from Weinerville so the citizens will be tired and out of energy without eating a nutritious breakfast. It's up to Commander Ozone to get the food supply back to Weinerville and to the hungry children in school. This VHS got made into a DVD that is available on the website!

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