"Is it you or is it me?" Paul Reuben has been awarded a contract with WDLC-TV in Denmark to resurrect his old TV show "Pee Wee's Playhouse". It was near the tail end of his five-year syndicated Saturday morning television series when he was arrested for indecent exposure in a darkened theatre in lower Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen. Amid scorn and ridicule, he was quickly banished from America's airwaves, leaving his many mostly adult fans with little to do on Saturday mornings other than flip channels on the incessant Bugs Bunny reruns.
Inside sources reveal that many of the former characters of the original Playhouse will be invited back, albeit, the larger stars in limited guest roles only, due to scheduling conflicts. Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne) will appear in the first episode along with Miss Yvonne, Capt. Karl and Reba the Mail Lady.
Plot lines will be a little different this time around as indicated by the new title of the show, "Pee Wee's Theatre" (for obvious reasons). It will be held in a darkened theatre with the prerequisite mirrors on the shoes in attendance as well as Pee Wee's infamous Live chair, where Pee Wee will, each week, be sitting, deftly played by George Michael, an interesting choice, no?
When contacted, Reuben was found to be excited and upbeat, working diligently on securing guest stars for his second and third episodes. When asked what we could expect from his first episode, Paul replied..
"I love Denmark, don't you?! As I had during my original series, I have complete creative control of this series. The idea in this one though is more of a Reality TV based theme, it will be in a theatre and in the first episode the first row will be comprised of twelve-year old boys watching the Michael Jackson video, Beat It, Beat It!' I was typecast into the genre of children's programming. This time around, I want my audience to be made up of mostly adults and as before, I will end each show wheeling down a dark alley on my bicycle, barking dogs and winos (not barking) giving chase."
When Producers of "Pee Wee's Theatre" were contacted, Ejvan Pedersen, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at WDLC-TV indicated that...
"I....er...I mean WE are geared up to take all syndication orders. I also want to add that we are looking for Pamela Anderson and Dennis Rodman's phone and email addresses. LATOYA STOP CALLING!!! "
The first episode will be aired June 26, 2004 in his old time slot of 9 a.m. Syndication will re-broadcast at 3 a.m. When major American cable companies were contacted with inquiries to availability, only Tennessee and Arkansas had signed on.