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XFL To Tackle The Pretender'

El Cosmico here...looks like NBC's bid to broadcast the XFL might interfere with production (cancel it) of a favorite of many, The Pretender.

There are a couple of "Save The Pretender" websites up, which should be providing continuing coverage of this saga, one is at:, and the other one I know of is at:

Of futher interest to Pretender fans, the TNT network will begin airing all 86 episodes on a daily this coming September. Also, starting again this weekend, April 22, new episodes will be airing. There you are, get on up.

-El Cosmico

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  • April 19, 2000, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Twice in One day?

    by KingMenthol

    I need a new job. 'Bout time. The Pretender sucks and should've been cancelled quicker than Wonderland.

  • April 19, 2000, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by Captain Loft

    Pretender? Who cares? Vinnie Mac rules!

  • April 19, 2000, 1:07 p.m. CST

    The Rock

    by Captain Loft

    The Rock is gonna throw the People's Elbow on the Pretender. Now can ya SMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLL what The Rock is cookin'? By the way, I'm second and third.

  • April 19, 2000, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Good Lord

    by danhelm

    When I first heard of the XFL, I burst out laughing-- this must be a joke, I thought. But this perveyor of garbage, Vince McMahon, is not joking. As a football fan, find the whole idea idiotic. Granted, for me the WWF is the guiltiest of all guilty pleasures, but wrestling (the legit stuff), was always a niche sport that appealed to few; it was okay to make a weird parody of it. Football is different. What next, the Xtreme Basketball Association? Xtreme suffleboard, with that Fannie Mae WWF character? I hope that the XFL arrives DOA on NBC.

  • April 19, 2000, 4:08 p.m. CST

    The Pretender deserves better than this.

    by Roborob

    I Like WWF Wrestling, but I also like the pretender NBC would be stupid to cancel one for the other as wrestling is not seen as evening entetainment in other countries, The pretender has a much better chance of earning more money around the world than any sort of sport connected with wrestling.

  • April 19, 2000, 4:09 p.m. CST

    The Pretender deserves better than this.

    by Roborob

    I Like WWF Wrestling, but I also like the pretender NBC would be stupid to cancel one for the other as wrestling is not seen as evening entetainment in other countries, The pretender has a much better chance of earning more money around the world than any sort of sport connected with wrestling.

  • April 19, 2000, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Sorry for the double posts.

    by Roborob

    I am having trouble with my connections, SORRY.

  • April 19, 2000, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by KingMenthol

    Firstly, you're incorrect that pro wrestling "appeals to few". It is a hugely successful industry enjoying a diverse range of fans that span the globe. As far as the XFL is concerned, well, who cares? There's never been a competing league in any sport that has been able to garner the support of fans the way the big ones do. Look at what's happened: USFL, ABA, ABL, World League (now NFL Europe, mind you), MISL have all folded at one time or another. Look for the WNBA and the Arena league to do the same very soon. Shit, the Arena league barely got going this season! No way will McMahan be able to compete with Rozelle's juggernaut. But it'll be cool to see how it goes down with the Peacock in his corner.

  • April 19, 2000, 8:35 p.m. CST

    The Others

    by DeeToo

    It looks like The Others may survive as one of the lead in shows to the XFL. It could be paired with News From The Edge. All of this is preliminary, but should firm up in the next two weeks.

  • April 19, 2000, 10:57 p.m. CST

    XFL is not WWF

    by Cineman

    Many of you are making the mistake of associating the XFL with the WWF other than the fact that Vince McMahon owns both. The XFL will be a league of its own and Vince has said there will be no cross promotions (as in wrestlers appearing in the XFL). We should stop putting the two together since wrestling and football are two completely different sports.

  • April 20, 2000, 3 a.m. CST

    Vince McMahon, evil alien invader.

    by DoobyDoo

    Personally I don't give a hoot about the Pretender, but I cringe at the thought of more Vince McMahon trash on the airwaves. I have a sneaking suspicion that Vince is the first wave of an evil alien invasion to turn humans into brain-dead zombies. Where's Mulder when you need him?

  • April 20, 2000, 9:54 a.m. CST

    No Miss Parker?

    by BabyJade

    My family lives for the Saturday Thrillogy. In our podunk town, there is little or nothing to do on a Saturday night, and Saturday television typically reeks. Not so with Pretender, Others and Profiler. NBC should move these shows to another time slot if they are committed to XcrementFL.

  • April 20, 2000, 12:14 p.m. CST

    here kiddie kiddie

    by C-Hunny

    Oh yaay... no doubt XFL will be the kiddie show WWF is. I guess NBC got tired of mature viewers on Saturday night.

  • April 21, 2000, 3:05 p.m. CST

    I HAVE to respond in this talkback, much as it pains me to

    by JasonDkEldar

    A) The WWF a kiddie show as opposed to the mature plotlines and wonder that is the quote Kristy Swanson's Buffy(k movie sucked but she was funny)"PUH-Leeze".. B) The ABA did not fold .. it merged with the NBA .. minus a loser teema or two .. and oops .. there was that pesky AFL .. You remember that one ...?? the one that saved the NFL from mediocrity .. ?? The one the NFL had to merge with or succumb to ?? C)As for Vince McMahon and the XFL itself, everything he has mentioned as his changes from the NFL rules are all things that every fan has secretly asked for in their hearts, as noone outside of the sportswriters and old Bears fans of the 50's ever really disliked endzone moves and taunts.. D) As for the inferiority of product of the NFL Europe, even though I disliked Kurt Warner and his trailer-park workem's ethic, he and others this season showed the vaildity of farmclubs and alternate leagues.. If The XFL serves but that one purpose of developing talent and promoting the game of football for yearround enjoyment, then I believe it has truly served us all well as a gift from the sports gods..

  • April 21, 2000, 6:07 p.m. CST

    NBC --PLEASE, renew "The Pretender"

    by JustDandy1

    Even though this series has been sentenced to air on the worst night of the week, "The Pretender" has quietly managed to build a very loyal, INTERNET savvy following. It has done so mostly without the benefit of solid support or promotion by NBC. When "The Pretender" is not pre-empted or otherwise removed from the schedule, it usually manages to win it's timeslot. This is really no wonder since as a pilot, "The Pretender" tested higher than any new series since "Bonanza", higher even than "ER" That NBC placed has not marketed the series well is no wonder either. After all, this is the network that dumped JAG--much to the benefit of CBS. (Hello, Les Moonves, if "The Pretender" becomes a free-agent, you should definitely pick this one up too.) Dedicated followers want another full year for the show. There is an organized effort to get the series renewed. Fans are sending letters and PEZ to: Scott Sassa, President, NBC West Coast 3000 West Alameda Way Burbank CA, 91523 For additional tactics, you can visit: http: // Thanks for the assistance!

  • April 21, 2000, 7:20 p.m. CST

    kiddie show?

    by C-Hunny

    If you've read up on the subject, then you already know that NBC is hoping that by airing XFL, they will attract the young male viewers (12-24) that typically are the WWF audience.

  • April 21, 2000, 8:27 p.m. CST


    by Abigail

    Thanks for the mention of NBC's The Pretender and the mention of the sites which have information on the Save the Pretender campaign. All the Pretender's fans (and there a lot of us) are working very hard to save this show and those links will hopefully get some more people involved in the campaign. Abigail

  • April 21, 2000, 10:30 p.m. CST

    The Pretender MUST be renewed!

    by Luvs_Sydney

    I am not going to debate the validity or lack thereof of XFL. I do not even Pretend (no pun intended) to know anything about it, its fans, or its historical precedent. I merely want to ask: why can't both be shown? There are only 10 weeks worth of XFL games, what about the other weeks? (aren't there at least 32 weeks in a standard television season?) Rather than airing "specials" and movies and reruns, why doesn't NBC consider running the 10 weeks of XFL and 22 episodes of The Pretender? Without all of the schedule juggling and pre-emptions, their programming would be more consistent and likely more successful anyway! Just a thought! :D