“I don’t know what to say. I’m starting to feel like a real butthole here,” Jeff Probst admits at the beginning of the third special Adult Swim has labeled The Greatest Event in Television History.
See, for over a year now, Adam Scott has been attempting to stage a star-studded ’80s TV series credits recreation that truly lives up to that lofty label. Already he’s tried and failed twice, despite help from famous pals Jon Hamm and Amy Poehler.
So you can understand why, at the beginning of this quirky series’ third installment, Probst decides to manage our expectations – electing to change the name simply to An Event in Television History. That’s better!
The event itself: A recreation of the opening credits for Ted Knight’s 1980-1987 family sitcom Too Close for Comfort, which became known as The Ted Knight Show during its sixth season. This time, Scott recruits performers including Catherine O’Hara, John Glaser (a.k.a. Parks and Rec’s Councilman Jamm), Kathryn Hahn (who appeared in the first Event as well), Brooklyn 9-9’s Chelsea Peretti, and The League’s Jason Mantzoukas, who plays the special’s intense director. Spoiler alert: All goes according to plan, barring one unfortunate incident of cast mortality.
And for comparison’s sake, here’s the original – plus a shot of a baby carriage:
Fans, take note – this is how Adult Swim’s news alert about the special ends: “You have just witnessed The Greatest Event in Television History. You can be absolutely sure there will never be another show like it… until January 23, 2014 at midnight when we air the next one.” Which cheesy show should Scott and co. cover next?