"SCTV" is an independent TV station in the city of Melonville, in an unknown American state. Rather than the usual TV rerun fare, the station produces bizarre and incompetent shows .
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Second City Television (SCTV) is a Canadian television sketch comedy show offshoot from Toronto's The Second City troupe that ran between 1976 and 1984.
The basic premise of the show is that "SCTV" is an independent television station in the city of Melonville, in an unknown American state. Rather than broadcasting the usual TV rerun fare, the station produces a bizarre and humorously incompetent range of cheap local programming. This can range from a soap opera called "The Days of the Week" ("Monday...Tuesday...Wednesday...these are...the days of the week"), to game shows like "Shoot At The Stars" in which celebrities are literally shot at like targets in a shooting gallery, to full blown movie spoofs like "Play it Again, Bob" in which Woody Allen (Rick Moranis) tries to get Bob Hope (Dave Thomas) to star in his next film.
A typical episode of SCTV would present a compendium of progamming seen on the station throughout their programming day. This would mean a given episode could contain everything from SCTV news broadcasts to sitcoms, dramas, talk shows, kids shows, and/or game shows. Episodes would also feature a range of SCTV-produced promos and commercials, such as spots for "Al Peck's Used Fruit" or "Shower In A Briefcase", or a PSA which helpfully describes "Seven Signs You May Already Be Dead".
Also seen fairly frequently (particularly in the later episodes) were behind-the-scenes plots focusing on life at the station. These plots often featured Guy Caballero (Joe Flaherty), the cheap, tyrannical owner and president of SCTV, who was in a wheelchair only so that people would "respect" him; weaselly, sweating station manager Maurice "Moe" Green (Harold Ramis), who was succeeded by flamboyant, leopard-skin clad station manager Mrs. Edith Prickley (Andrea Martin); vain, bloated variety star Johnny La Rue (John Candy); washed up TV has-been Lola Heatherton (Catherine O'Hara); news anchors Floyd Robertson (Flaherty) and Earl Camembert (Eugene Levy), and many other characters, all played by the SCTV cast.
The small cast (usually six to eight people at any given time) also played a wide variety of other roles on the show, ranging from program hosts to commercial spokespersons for the fictional station. They also impersonated numerous popular celebrities who would appear on SCTV programming.