For fans of Edie Adams, you will be thrilled with the DVD complete release of Edie's very rare one season show Here's Edie, which after the summer break in the summer of 1963, ABC changed it's name to The Edie Adams Show. Edie Adams was the most talented wife of Ernie Kovacs, who upon Ernie's death in a tragic car accident found herself owing huge debts that Ernie had owed to the IRS in 1962. Edie took it upon herself to pay off all of Ernie's debts, beginning with her own television show on ABC, called Here's Edie. Edie produced, hosts, sings, dances, acts, does comedy skits and even designs her own costumes under the name Enke in the show. Edie's design name Enke, was taken from Edie's real name- Edith Elizabeth Enke.
Back in 1962, I had no idea that Edie was such a powerful woman, as Edie was always such a femme fatale as you would see her absolutely beautiful and sexy in the movies and especially in her famous Muriel Cigar commercials. For those of you old enough to remember Muriel's commercials from the sixties, Edie would say, Why Don't You Pick One Up And Smoke It Sometime? in a very Mae West tone, only with a Marilyn Monroe figure. Those commercials must have worked, as I remember every father on my street in the 1960's smoking Muriel Cigars, including my own father. My father having 5 children also liked the 10 cent price, and I even remember Edie singing the song to the tune of Sweet Charity's Big Spender, only with the words- Hey Big Spender Spend A Little Dime With Me. How wonderful that these commercials are on these dvd's, so that we will be able to see them again after so many decades!
Edie Adams who passed away in 2008 at the age of 81, is the reason we have any DVD's of The Ernie Kovacs Show. When Edie found out that so little value was given to Ernie's film archive and that the films were actually being thrown out, she used all of Ernie's insurance policy money and her own money to save what tapes she could. Edie has preserved her husband Ernie's body of television work, and now her son from her second marriage Joshua Mills, is following in his mother's footsteps and is preserving Edie's rare one season show on dvd for all of us fans to enjoy. Joshua Mills and the MVD Entertainment Group have taken the original videotape of all 21 shows and done a new, pristine digital transfer, and I heard it looks beyond fantastic! They are including lots of bonus material as well, including those famous Muriel commercials.
With this fabulous Here's Edie/The Edie Adams Show complete one season, you will be enjoying going back in time to 1962-1964 viewing 12 hours of digitally remastered, pristine shows on 4 discs with so many extras and even a booklet full of family photos! In only one season, this show was nominated for 5 Emmys! The show was like nothing else on television at that time- as Edie had such a variety of guests from big movie stars like Bob Hope, Sir Michael Redgrave, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Buddy Hackett, Terry-Thomas and more. Then she had Jazz Greats guests- Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, Al Hirt, Woody Herman, Charlie Barnet, Pete Fountain and more. Edie had comedians- Rowan and Martin, Soupy Sales, Alan Sues and more, and singers- Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Mathis, Eddie Fisher, Nancy Wilson and more. She even had classical musicians like Andre' Previn and other guests such as Allan Sherman, Dick Shawn and Louis Nye. Edie had a huge mixing pot that was always exciting and entertaining and worthy of her 5 Emmy Nominations.
Edie also featured regulars on her show which included Mitzi McCall, Charlie Brill, George Furth, Don Chastain and Peter Hanley. After this one season show, Edie went on to other self made jobs besides her movie and television acting- from selling her own cosmetic line, owning beauty salons to almond farms- not only did Edie pay off all of Ernie Kovac's IRS debts, but she became a self made millionaire. One of the most important things Edie did in her career was saving all the Ernie Kovac Shows she could buy for posterity, just as her son Joshua Mills is doing for his Mother's show here. So, for that I have to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Edie's son Joshua Mills and The MVD Entertainment Group for all their hard work to bring us Edie Adams rare one season show digitally remastered with so much bonus material!! It's a dream come true for all of us Edie Adams fans! Here are the shows that are on the 4 discs:
04-09-1962 HERE'S EDIE PILOT: Guests- Andre' Previn, Dick Shawn.
10-23-1962 #1 NEW YORK: Guests- Duke Ellington & Orchestra, Claremont String Quartet, Peter Falk.
12-13-1962 #2 LONDON: Guests- Sir Michael Redgrave, Grenadier Guards, Third Air Force Band, Piccadilly Buskers, Children of London.
01-20-1963 #3 BOSSA NOVA: Guests- Stan Getz, Laurindo Almeida, Jerry Fielding & Orchestra, Roger Wagner Chorale plus Cesar Romero & Don Rickles cameos.
02-26-1963 #4 LAS VEGAS: Guests- Eddie Fisher, Charlie Barnet, The Eligibles, Jerry Fielding & Orchestra, Earl Barton Dancers.
03-16-1963 #5 WESTERN: Guests- Hoagy Carmichael, Rowan & Martin, Hank Henry, The Eligibles, Jerry Fielding & Orchestra,Homer Garrett Dancers.
04-19-1963 #6 LOVE: Guests- Buddy Hackett, United Nations Children's Choir, Jerry Fielding & Orchestra.
05-26-1963 #7 REPEAT OF PILOT
06-18-1963 #8 BOB HOPE: Guests- Bob Hope, Lionel Hampton & Orchestra, United Nations Children's Choir, Jerry Fielding & Orchestra.
THE SHOW'S TITLE NOW CHANGED TO THE EDIE ADAMS SHOW:
09-26-1963 #01: Guests- Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eddie Sauter, Stan Getz.
10-10-1963 #02: Guests- Louis Nye, Maury Wills.
10-24-1963 #03: Guests- Al Hirt, Nancy Wilson.
11-07-1963 #04: Guests- Allan Sherman, United Nations Children's Choir.
11-21-1963 #05: Guests- Count Basie & His Band, John Hendricks, Lauritz Melchior.
12-05-1963 #06: Guests- Sammy Davis Jr., Mitzi McCall & Charlie Brill.
12-19-1963 #07: Guests- Andre' Previn, Rowan & Martin.
01-02-1964 #08: Guests- Pete Fountain, Cliff Norton.
01-16-1964 #09: Guests- Terry-Thomas, Spike Jones.
02-06-1964 #10: Guests- Bobby Darin.
02-20-1964 #11: Guests- Jack Sheldon, Mitzi McCall & Charlie Brill, Woody Herman & His Band.
03-05-1964 #12: Guests- John Raitt, Louis Nye, Charlie Byrd, Mitzi McCall & Charlie Brill.
03-18-1964 #13: Guests- Johnny Mathis, Soupy Sales, Alan Sues.
BONUS MATERIAL: There is lots and lots of bonus material on these discs, including Sid Caesar and Edie Adams promos, there are also very rare performances of Edie singing many songs from Ernie In Kovacsland and The Ernie Kovacs Show from the 50's. Some of the songs Edie sings are- Lullaby Of Broadway, 42nd Street, Take Me In Your Arms, Summertime, I Could Have Danced All Night, Chicago, Everything I Have Is Yours, Get Happy, S Wonderful, My Funny Valentine and so many more. Also included are Edie's famous Muriel Cigar commercials and even a Muriel Cigar Promotional Film and much more yet. A fabulous 16 page booklet is also included showing rare photos from her family's archive and an essay from Edie's son Joshua Mills.