Spooky season is in full swing, and MeTV is celebrating with its eagerly anticipated second annual “Svengoolie’s Halloween BOOnanza,” a month-long extravaganza starring America’s favorite horror host Svengoolie and delivering spine-tingling fun and quirky classic entertainment for the entire family.
This Halloween-themed spectacular boasts the much anticipated “Svengoolie’s Halloween BOOnanza Double Feature,” with back-to-back classic and campy horror movies every Saturday night.
Devoted fans will have already noticed the addition of new friends and fiends appearing in the dungeon – as MeTV is thrilled to introduce the new Sven Squad cast members Gwengoolie, IMP (Ignatius Malvolio Prankenstein) and Nostalgiaferatoo.
The casting, which initially kicked off during New York Comic Con in October 2022, expanded nationwide and took a full year of screening and auditioning and now culminates with the unveiling of the new Sven Squad:
Sarah Palmer plays gorgeous ghoul Gwengoolie, an enchanting Hollywood, or Hollyweird, diva from the glamor age of cinema. Dead and loving it, she crossed over about 65 years ago and now happily puts the “decay” in decades. She recently arrived at Svengoolie’s dungeon and is ready for her close up!
Sarah is a proud California native whose unwavering love for all things vintage, tiki, and Halloween shines through in everything she does. With a career spanning 18 years, Sarah has made her mark in the world of entertainment. She’s known for her remarkable ability to embody iconic figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, and the Bride of Frankenstein, delighting audiences with her versatile performances.
Scott Gryder joins the team as IMP (Ignatius Malvolio Prankenstein), the devilishly ingratiating, and slightly grating, sly trickster who keeps claiming Svengoolie is his uncle. Gryder most recently appeared in the Jeff-Award Winning Buyer & Cellar (Pride Films & Plays) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyric Opera Chicago).
Scott studied theater at Texas Tech University and continues to perform across Chicagoland at such intimate venues as Davenport’s Piano Bar and Skokie Theatre. Scott has three National Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on the national children’s television show Green Screen Adventures and one Non-Equity Jeff Award for Buyer & Cellar.
Plus, me tv fans will recognize Bill leff, who joins the svengoolie cast of characters as Nostalgiaferatoo, an 800 year-old vampire, but to be honest, he doesn’t look a day over 760. He chalks it all up to counting carbs, and clean livin’. Leff is a pop-culture and classic tv fanatic who studied improvisation at chicago’s second city theater, performed stand-up comedy nationwide in clubs and on national tv, and is a popular Chicago radio personality.
Bill is host of MeTV’s weekday morning show, Toon In With Me, which features live-action comedy segments wrapped around classic animated shorts featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety, Road Runner, along with cartoon shorts featuring Tom & Jerry, Popeye and Woody Woodpecker.
For almost 45 years, Svengoolie has entertained horror fans with his signature brand of satire and slapstick gags, poking fun at the classic horror films that defined the genre and the low-budget cult flicks nearly forgotten. After airing on local TV in Chicago, Svengoolie debuted on MeTV – America’s #1 classic television network – in 2011, introducing Sven and his ghouly gang to a new generation of viewers and fans nationwide.
Brought to life by Chicago media veteran Rich Koz from 1979, Svengoolie – along with his smart-mouthed sidekick, rubber chicken Kerwyn – has catapulted from Chicago cult celebrity to national icon, drawing audiences of thousands at fan events across the country. Throughout his distinguished career, Koz has earned eight regional Emmy Awards and was inducted into the Chicago Television Academy’s prestigious “Silver Circle” in 2004 for his outstanding contribution to Chicago television. Koz has also earned eleven Rondo Awards, which honor the best in the horror/sci-fi genre, for Favorite Horror Host.
In 2014, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago unveiled a Svengoolie exhibit featuring his original coffin and other exclusive artifacts from the show’s set. In 2016, Svengoolie teamed up with Rock & Roll legend Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon for the hit single, “The Svengoolie Stomp” available on iTunes! Koz’s extensive career is chronicled in the popular book Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows- from Shock Theatre to Svengoolie written by Ted Okuda and Mark Yurkiw, and available from Lake Claremont Press.
In 2019, to celebrate his 40th anniversary, Svengoolie made his comic book debut in the limited comic insert series “Svengoolie Meets the DC Universe”, starring alongside DC Comics super-heroes Superman, Wonder Woman, as well as Gotham nemesis The Joker.
In the summer of 2023, Svengoolie debuted the all-new original full length comic, Svengoolie Lost In Time, that quickly sold out the entire run in specialty comic book stores nationwide.
MeTv’s ‘Svengoolie’s Halloween BOOnanza’ Halloween Week Schedule
MeTV has you covered this Halloween weekend as its programming event ‘Svengoolie’s Halloween BOOnanza’ closes out with fan favorite “Kolchak: Night Strangler” and the cult classic “Trilogy of Terror” on Saturday night’s ‘Svengoolie’s Halloween BOOnanza Double Feature’ followed by a “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” late night marathon, plus marathons of spooky episodes of classic TV series on Sunday and Tuesday.
Saturday, October 28, 2023
SVENGOOLIE CLASSIC HORROR & SCI-FI MOVIE Double Feature!
“Kolchak: Night Strangler” (8-10:30 pm ET/PT). 1973, Stars Darren McGavin
A reporter hunts down a 144-year-old alchemist who is killing women for their blood.
SVENGOOLIE CLASSIC HORROR & SCI-FI MOVIE Double Feature!
“Trilogy of Terror” (10:30 pm -12:30 am ET/PT). 1975, Stars Karen Black
Three bizarre horror stories, all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.
KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (1:00 am – 6:00 am ET/PT) Late Night!
- “The Vampire” (1-2 am ET/PT)
- “The Zombie” (2-3 am ET/PT)
- “The Werewolf” (3-4 am ET/PT)
- “The Nightly Murders” (4-5 am ET/PT)
- “Legacy of Terror” (5-6 am ET/PT)
Sunday, October 29, 2023
SAVED BY THE BELL – “Masquerade Ball” (9:00-9:30 am ET/PT)
As the annual masquerade ball approaches, Zack and Slater make a bet about how can kiss Tori first. However, when she discovers the scheme, she decides to get revenge, while Screech’s love letters to Lisa cause all manner of mix-ups.
SAVED BY THE BELL – “Mystery Weekend” (9:30-10 am ET/PT)
As part of Lisa’s prize for winning a radio contest, the gang travel to a secluded mansion for a murder mystery weekend. However, things soon become sinister when it appears a real killer is on the loose.
THE FLINTSTONES – “A Haunted House is Not a Home” (10-10:30 am ET/PT)
Fred stands to inherit a mansion, if he can pass a night there—and survive multiple attempts on his life.
THE FLINTSTONES – “The Gruesomes” (10:30-11 am ET/PT)
A very sinister looking but affable couple and their child move into a mansion next door to the Flintstones.
THE FLINTSTONES – “The Hatrocks and The Gruesomes” (11-11:30 am ET/PT)
The Flintstones need to get rid of their house guests, the hillbilly Hatrocks, and hope that their sinister neighbors, the Gruesomes, can be of help.
LOVE BOAT – “The Eyes of Love/Masquerade/Hollywood Royalty/The Caper: Part 2” (5-6 pm ET/PT)
Blind Jenny wonders if she can be happy with Steve, who has regained his sight. Alan’s wife Barbara and lover Cathy meet. The bumbling thieves figure out how to nab the diamond, even as Roz decides on its fate.
THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW – “Uhny Uftz” (11-11:30 pm ET/PT)
Did Rob see a UFO?
THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW – “Long Night’s Journey Into Day” (11:30 pm-12 am ET/PT)
Laura tries to spend the night alone while her family is on a fishing trip.
THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR – “The Jar” (1-2 am ET/PT)
Charlie Hill is mesmerized by a strange jar at a carnival sideshow. He buys it from the owner, but his wife Thedy Sue is frightened and wants it thrown out. The townspeople come from miles to see it and Charlie becomes a local celebrity.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
MY THREE SONS – “The Heartbeat” (6:30-7 am ET/PT)
While Steve is away on a business trip and the guys are out at a sporting event, Katie is awoken by a storm and hears an eerie, heart-beat sound. She phones Steve in a panic. The gang returns and are also spooked but can’t figure it out.
LEAVE IT TO BEAVER – “The Haunted House” (8-8:30 am ET/PT)
June lines up a dog-walking job for Beaver unaware that he and his friends believe that the owner of the dog is a witch who lives in a haunted house.
LEAVE IT TO BEAVER – “Beaver’s Long Night” (8:30-9 am ET/PT)
Spooked by a cops-and-robbers movie and absent parents, Beaver calls the police when Lumpy Rutherford comes to the Cleaver house in a “suspicious car” and a gangster costume to pick Wally up for a masquerade party.
PERRY MASON – “The Case of The Dodging Domino” (9-9:30 am ET/PT)
Damion White married an actress who has an offer to return to work that involves a great song. However, she recognizes the song which has been plagiarized multiple times. Her husband is one of those involved and is charged with murder.
THE WALTONS – “The Changeling” (12-1 pm ET/PT)
Elizabeth is turning 13 years old – not quite a child, not quite a woman. Strange things begin to happen due to her being unsettled. Jason has a job giving love advice on the radio.
THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW – “The Haunted House” (8-8:30 pm ET/PT)
After Opie and his friend Arnold, hit a baseball into the window of the old Rimshaw house, they hear noises and run to Andy and Barney for help. Andy sends Barney up to the house to get the ball, with Gomer. They too hear noises, and run away. Andy decides for all three of them to go together. The ghosts turn out to be Otis and his moonshiner friend.
THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES – “Trick or Treat” (9-9:30 pm ET/PT)
The homesick Clampetts decide to go door-to-door meeting their Beverly Hills neighbors, not knowing it is Halloween.
GREEN ACRES – “The Ballad Of Molly Turgis” (9:30-10 pm ET/PT)
Oliver wants to write a folk song about local legend Molly Turgiss, a woman so ugly she was run out of Hooterville. Facts are hard to come by, though, because the mere mention of her name causes bad to happen. Lisa feels sorry for Molly and offers to give her a makeover.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS – “One Grave Too Many” (1:05 am ET/PT)
Joe Helmer is having serious financial problems. He’s been out of work for some time and his unemployment insurance has run out. Walking home after unsuccessfully trying to get a loan, he comes across a well-to-do gent, apparently dead on the sidewalk. Joe takes the man’s wallet and flees. It’s only when he gets home that he finds a revealing note in the man’s wallet.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS – “Incident in a Small Jail” (1:35 am ET/PT)
A suspected serial killer is put in a jail house with a salesman, while a lynch mob waits outside.
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