Sledge News, Events, and Site Updates
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Join Alan Spencer to celebrate the 30th Hammerversary of Sledge Hammer! on January 17th, 2016 in San Francisco. Details at http://sfsketchfest2016.sched.org/event/4jDf
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The new forum has been launched! http://sledgehammer.46.forumer.com/. This one was a bit more difficult to set up than the last one. So, please be patient with any bugs that need working out.
Wedesday, October 20, 2010
The forum is deleted by accident by the host, wiping out discussion consisting of over 35,000 posts and 430+ members. RIP Sledge Forums 2004-2010. A new forum will arise!
Sunday, October 11, 2010
Sledgefest was a huge success and a sellout!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Tickets are now available for sale for Sledgefest. Click the banner below to puchase.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Details to follow...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
David Rasche talks about a new movie he's in, as
well as an old series as the host only has eyes for Sledge.
And, Enjoy as David Rasche leans to the left while
skewering the right and also takes a request at the end:
Monday, March 2, 2009
Patti Tippo, the actress who starred as Officer
Daley for 14 episodes of Sledge Hammer! will be on The Official
Sledge Hammer! Forums ( http://sledgehammer.tt.cx/
) on Saturday, March 28th at 6PM Eastern Time (or 3PM Pacific
Time) to answer your questions. She will be online for one hour.
In previous months Harrison Page (Captain Trunk)
and Beverly Leech (Elizabeth Jenkins) visited the forums for
Friday, November 7, 2008
Sign the Paley Center petition to pay tribute to Sledge Hammer!.
The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.
The Paley Center holds tributes where they ask the cast of various TV shows to visit the Paley Center and discuss the TV show. Clips of the TV show are shown.
To learn more about The Paley Center, visit http://www.paleycenter.org/
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Alan Spencer discovered and commented on this:
Sledge Is In The House
Just read Republican windbag Steve King was quoting my show in the House this week...
"You wonder why Putin's belligerent?" King asks. "When these dictators get oil-rich, they get belligerent on us." Because of America's dependence upon dictators' oil, he adds, "our freedoms are diminishing day by day."King says Pelosi's argument for tapping the Strategic Oil Reserve is akin to the catchphrase from "Sledge Hammer!": "Trust me—I know what I'm doing!"
I think I'll send King's website an email letting him know that Sledge was a joke, just like his term in office.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Check out this blog from Entertainment Weekly.
Friday, Febuary 1, 2008
Alan Spencer has been hard at work in development of a new series. As he mentioned on the forums, "Cavemen" was chosen over his and Jim Abraham's "Sledge Squad" type show. But, it could still happen. Read more about it here.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sledge Hammer! and Police Squad! make #1 in Ten Shows From the Eighties We'd Actually Like Ben Silverman to Revive. Alan Spencer comments on the forums about this with the following:
"The ironic thing about this number one choice
is Jim Abrahams and I DID develop a "Sledge Squad!" style show
for last season, but the network opted to make "Cavemen" instead
of our pilot."
Friday, November 9, 2007
The following is taken from www.pastdeadline.com
As Alan Spencer Can Attest, Being Lucky is Often Better Than Being Smart. But Being Both Doesn't Hurt, Either.
Alan Spencer is old enough to have been around during the last writers strike in 1988, if barely. He was but a lad in his mid-20s, but he already had a canceled series under his belt: the uproarious ABC police spoof "Sledge Hammer!" that survived for a mere two seasons from 1986-88. What makes the show memorable from the perspective of the present WGA walkout, however, is the fact Spencer had two words written into his "Sledge Hammer!" contract (he was creator and showrunner as well as chief writer) that proved particularly fortunate: "disc format."
"I insisted that it be put into my contract that I have profit participation and full creative control in any disc format versions of the show," Spencer recalls. "The reason I did that was I was really into laserdisc at the time. And of course, laserdisc was nothing back then. All the studios cared about was videocassettes. They probably thought, 'Laserdisc, sure, who cares, give it to him, what an idiot'."
Cut to 2004. "Sledge Hammer!" is about to come out on DVD -- which just happens to be a "disc format." The two seasons of the show that were released in separate volumes wound up being a major DVD hit that sold in the six figures in terms of units. And there was Alan Spencer, earning a very healthy chunk of change, rather than the standard zero, due solely to a couple of magic words.
"I'd like to say that I foresaw the future, but the truth is I just totally lucked out. It turns out that a disc is a disc," says Spencer, who was made his living the past several years primarily as a script doctor (including helping rewrite a few $100 million-plus Hollywood blockbusters) and who was busily punching up three movies simultaneously around-the-clock to beat the expiration of the WGA contract on Oct. 31. "Thank God I didn't have them put 'square format' or a specific number of inches. That taught me never to have any inch provisions written into my contract. If it had said 'eight-inch disc format,' I'd have been screwed."
Spencer, who hopes once the strike ends to turn in his first graphic novel as a pilot for a possible series, stands with the writers and has walked the picket line this week in support. He was also planning to attend this morning's mass rally at Fox Plaza in Century City that's expected to attract more than 3,000 WGA members.
"I've never seen anything like I'm seeing now where the showrunner of a hot new series like 'Pushing Daisies' in its first season -- namely Bryan Fuller -- would be walking the line," he says. "Here is a guy with so much at stake just being totally selfless. It's unbelievably heroic and brave to jeopardize his momentum. Same with Seth MacFarlane not doing SAG voice work on 'Family Guy' out of solidarity with the writers. To go up against corporations who hold all of the cards and are unforgiving takes a lot of balls.
"We're really at an historic kind of moment. I understand both sides in this dispute, and the bottom line is they've got to make peace at some point and get back to work. But I get where the writers are coming from. It's all about new media, whose importance can't be foreseen. We can't foresee the mass application of memory chips implanted in the brain that allow you to watch content when you blink. But they'd better get it in the contract now."
October 15, 2007
October 9, 2007
April 28, 2004
Wednesday July 2, 2003
has become a popular attraction within the pages of "Razor"
ALAN SPENCER - PHOTOGRAPHY BY AUDIE ENGLAND
Tuesday July 1, 2003
fellow has started a website devoted to an event that will be
updates to the show history, critical acclaim and image
Monday, January 20, 2003
"Sledge Hammer!" fans. The show's creator, Alan Spencer, is a
tradition of "Playboy" and "Esquire," every issue of "Razor"
this month's cover story on newsstands now: "Role Reversal: How
Follow this link to "Razor Magazine's"
website, where you can not only read
Friday, November 22, 2002
creator of the hysterical and eccentric cop show
Alright, I admit it. I'm jealous of Al Gore. He won the Nobel Peace prize. I wish I could've been nominated at least. After all Alfred Nobel invented the blasting cap.