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Delta House was a short-lived follow-up to the smash 1978 film National Lampoon's Animal House. // Events February 1 - Bob Dylans film Renaldo and Clara, a documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour premieres in Los Angeles, California March 1 - Charlie Chaplins coffin is stolen from a Swiss cemetery 3 months after burial March - Leigh Brackett completes the first draft for Star Wars Episode... National Lampoons Animal House is a 1978 comedy film in which a misfit group of fraternity boys take on the system at their college. ...

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Cast members from Animal House on Delta House

Several cast members from Animal House reprised their roles on Delta House: John Vernon (Dean Vernon Wormer), Stephen Furst (Kent 'Flounder' Dorfman), Bruce McGill (Daniel Simpson 'D-Day' Day), and James Widdoes (Robert Hoover). John Vernon was the stage name of Adolph Raymond Vernon Agopsowicz (February 24, 1932–February 1, 2005). ... Stephen Furst as Vir Cotto in Babylon 5 Stephen Furst (born Stephen Fuerstein on 8 May 1955 in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Flounder in the feature film Animal House (1978), as Gonzer in the feature film Up the Creek (1984), as Dr... Bruce McGill Bruce Travis McGill was born on July 11, 1950 in San Antonio, Texas. ... James Widdoes (born November 15, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American actor, film director and film and television director, sometimes credited as Jamie Widdoes. ...


The absence of John Belushi/John 'Bluto' Blutarsky

The most notable absence on Delta House was John Belushi and his character John 'Bluto' Blutarsky. In Belushi/Bluto's place came Josh Mostel as Bluto's brother Jim 'Blotto' Blutarsky. Despite Bluto's absence, the scriptwriters made running references to his character. In one episode, Blotto announced that he'd received a letter from his brother Bluto, prompting a Delta brother to respond "I didn't know Bluto could write!" and another Delta brother to riposte "I didn't know Blotto could read!" Delta House also served as an early vehicle for future star Michelle Pfeiffer, who played The Bombshell. John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, actor and musician, notable for his work on Saturday Night Live, National Lampoons Animal House and The Blues Brothers. ... Josh Mostel (December 21, 1946, New York, New York) is an American actor who is most known for his roles in Jesus Christ Superstar and two Adam Sandler films. ... Michelle Marie Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated and internationally known American actress. ...


Production and scheduling problems

Delta House seemed to be doomed from the start. The main problem was the fact that Delta House was based on a raunchy and irreverent R-rated movie that was now being transferred to prime time, over-the-air television. Network television in 1979 simply couldn't afford to offer the bawdy humour, drug references, and obscenity-laced dialogue that helped make Animal House popular to begin with. The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ... Terrestrial television (also known as over-the-air, OTA or broadcast television) was the traditional method of television broadcast signal delivery prior to the advent of cable and satellite television. ... See also: 1978 in television, other events of 1979, 1980 in television, and the list of years in television. For the United States network television schedule, please see 1979-80 United States network television schedule. ...


Another obstacle facing Delta House was its considerably poor scheduling. ABC scheduled Delta House at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday nights (typically a low rated night for television). In addition, the other two broadcast networks rushed onto the airwaves their own sitcoms that were "inspired" by Animal House: NBC's Brothers and Sisters and CBS' Co-Ed Fever. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ... This article is about the television network. ... Brothers and Sisters was a NBC sitcom that attempted to capitalize on the success of the 1978 motion picture National Lampoons Animal House. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Co-Ed Fever was a 1979 CBS sitcom that attempted to imitate the then successful National Lampoons Animal House. ...


Surprisingly, despite its shortcomings, Delta House did fairly well in the ratings. However, executive producers Matty Simmons and Ivan Reitman, who also produced the movie, had enough fights with ABC to doom the show after 15 episodes. A former newspaper reporter for the New York World-Telegram and Sun,Brooklyn, NY native Matty Simmons gained fame as the chief executive officer of National Lampoon magazine in the 1970s. ... Ivan Reitman (born October 27, 1946 in Komárno in Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) is a Slovakian-born, Canadian-raised Jewish film actor, producer, and director. ...


Theme song

The theme song was written by Jim Steinman and Michael Simmons. Steinman later reworked the lyrics into the song "Dead Ringer for Love", made famous by Meat Loaf and Cher from the album Dead Ringer. Jim Steinman (born November 1, 1947 in New York City, New York) is notable for being a record producer, composer, and lyricist. ... This article is about the singer. ... This article is about Cher, the entertainer. ... Dead Ringer is a 1981 album by Meat Loaf. ...


Cast

  • John Vernon .... Dean Vernon Wormer
  • Stephen Furst .... Kent 'Flounder' Dorfman
  • Bruce McGill .... Daniel Simpson Day (D-Day)
  • James Widdoes .... Robert Hoover
  • Josh Mostel .... Jim 'Blotto' Blutarsky (Bluto's Brother)
  • Peter Fox .... Eric 'Otter' Stratton
  • Gary Cookson .... Doug Neidermayer
  • Richard Seer .... Larry 'Pinto' Kroger
  • Susanna Dalton .... Mandy Pepperidge
  • Wendy Goldman .... Muffy
  • Brian Patrick Clarke .... Greg Marmalard
  • Lee Wilkof .... Einswine
  • Peter Kastner .... Prof. Dave Jennings
  • Michelle Pfeiffer .... The Bombshell

John Vernon was the stage name of Adolph Raymond Vernon Agopsowicz (February 24, 1932–February 1, 2005). ... Stephen Furst as Vir Cotto in Babylon 5 Stephen Furst (born Stephen Fuerstein on 8 May 1955 in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Flounder in the feature film Animal House (1978), as Gonzer in the feature film Up the Creek (1984), as Dr... Bruce McGill Bruce Travis McGill was born on July 11, 1950 in San Antonio, Texas. ... James Widdoes (born November 15, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American actor, film director and film and television director, sometimes credited as Jamie Widdoes. ... Josh Mostel (December 21, 1946, New York, New York) is an American actor who is most known for his roles in Jesus Christ Superstar and two Adam Sandler films. ... Peter Fox (May 31, 1921-July 3, 1989) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. ... Susanna Dalton is an American actress, who made her TV debut in 1979 in the Show Delta House as Mandy Pepperidge. ... Michelle Marie Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated and internationally known American actress. ...

See also

Co-Ed Fever was a 1979 CBS sitcom that attempted to imitate the then successful National Lampoons Animal House. ... Brothers and Sisters was a NBC sitcom that attempted to capitalize on the success of the 1978 motion picture National Lampoons Animal House. ...

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