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Behind the Themes: Making a 'Champion' TV Tune

You may not know the name Dan Slider, but you certainly have heard his work. Slider has scored more than 1,000 hours of primetime TV programming, including the long-running America’s Funniest Home Videos . He's responsible for the show's ridiculously catchy theme song. You know how it goes: "America, America, this is you." But this isn't about that sonic masterpiece. SideReel recently contacted Slider to discuss a different — but no less iconic — earworm: The theme song for the Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship . You don't think you know it? Even if you didn't catch the original broadcast (hosted by none other than Dr. Seaver himself, Alan Thicke), you might have seen Key & Peele 's hilariously dark spoof , or come across one of the many memes or GIFs the event has spawned.   It's the kind of theme that grabs hold like a vice and doesn't let go. Listen: The Champions. The Champions! Slider was first approached by the event's producers in 1984 to arrange a new version of the song "You Make My Heart Beat Faster." In 1986, one of those producers, Howard Schwartz, asked Slider to create an original instrumental song to represent the competition. The result was catchy as hell, the kind of tune that prompts a weirdly obsessed TV writer to contact Slider out of the blue 30 years later. Slider said the job came during a fairly fraught time. "It was a very difficult week for me personally," he said. He and his girlfriend had just moved in together. "Promptly, she freaked, and moved out the next day!" he said. "I was devastated and financially didn't know how I was going to survive, but had this theme to write, so just kept at for a few days till this theme emerged. It helped me to get through that rough patch!" The following year, the producers requested a version of the song with vocals, so Slider asked his friend Laura Baricevic to write lyrics and hired Tyana Parr to sing. We are the winners, watch us glimmer. Like the sunset of champions! We're in control, body and soul. We push ourselves to the maximum! The Champions. The Champions! Parr said she was psyched to sing on a high-energy track during a time when aerobics permeated pop culture, from films like Perfect (starring Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta) to the famous Jane Fonda videos. "All the classes at my gym were jam packed," she said. "I'd often see Leah Thompson there doing two classes in a row. How fun was that?" Neither Parr nor Slider anticipated how successful the song would become, but they did think it was catchy. "It was a kind of [an] 'It’s a Small World After All' thing," Parr said. "Hear it once and then it was with you all day." The new version of the track — with vocals — was used for extended intro segments during the National Aerobics Championship's TV specials from 1987 through 1990. But it has resurfaced several times in recent years — not just in memes, GIFs, and YouTube covers , but also on TV, including a Season 2 episode of The Goldbergs and the Netflix series Haters Back Off . Of course, the highest-profile use of the song in recent years comes courtesy of Comedy Central's Emmy-winning sketch series Key & Peele . "Some people started messaging me on Facebook asking if I was the singer," Parr said. "So many that I looked it up on YouTube. I don’t think I’d ever seen the video from the competition before. I was thinking, 'Oh yeah! What fun that was!'" Slider wasn't aware of the spoof until the YouTube video already had amassed several million views. "I was shocked it was back!" he said. At that point, the song wasn't for sale online, so Slider got ahold of Schwartz, who helped make it available through iTunes and other platforms. These days, Slider is writing classical music, and recently finished recording two compositions with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra at Lucasfilm. He continues to write music for television, including new pieces for America's Funniest Home Videos , which was renewed for its 28th season. ("I was a 30-year-old kid when I started that," he said. "Now I'm an old man.") Parr, who spent some time acting on shows like Deep Space Nine in addition to working as a studio singer, now balances a day job at Stevie Wonder's production company with roles coaching young artists and directing youth choirs. While it's no longer a TV event attracting superstar sitcom dads, the competition that birthed this epic tune is still around. It became the USA National Sportaerobic Championship and now is the International Aerobic Championship. The next winners will be named in Phoenix on Aug. 2. They'll be the champions. The champions! div.post p { text-align: justify; }

Americas Funniest Home Videos: Wife Catches Husband Giggling in his Sleep

Theres a show we all know from our younger days by the name of Americas Funniest Home Videos. We know this show because Bob Saget was the host and before the internet, this was how we would see viral videos. But did you know that this show still exists? Its currently hosted by none other than Alfonso Ribeiro, airs on ABC, and is in its 27th season. Its almost impossible for me to believe that this show still exists but why not? Do you think that people taking funny home videos will ever get old? Just ask Youtube. The answer   ...Read More... http://www.tvovermind.com/tv-news/americas-funniest-home-videos-wife-catches-husband-giggling-sleep

Alfonso Ribeiro Named New Host of 'America's Funniest Home Videos'

The former 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' star reveals on 'Dancing with the Stars' finale that he will replace Tom Bergeron as 'America's Funniest Home Videos' host.   Read  More... http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00083681.html

'America's Funniest Home Videos': 25 years of pets, crotch shots and people falling down

Wednesday (Jan. 14) marks the 25th anniversary of"America's Funniest Home Videos'"premiere, which means a quarter century ofmaking Americans laugh at other people's mishaps over and over and over again. Yes, it sounds bad when you say it like that, but, honestly, a good batch of videos featuring people falling on their faces is sometimes just what people need to put a smile on their own faces. And at least some of those people who fell, slammed into things, slipped or made a fool of themselves got paid for their pain, right? In honor of host Tom Bergeron and his team -- oh hey, Bob Saget -- making it to their 25th anniversary, here is a collection of "AFV"s' fails, flops and just plain-old funny kid clips to put you in a good mood. 1. Best of compilation 2. Animals being weird 3. Super human speed 4. You guys, swings are hard 5. Fairies gone wild... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Zap2it/~3/mS1lYVi-0p8/americas_funniest_home_videos_25th_anniversary-2015-01

TV ratings: 'Celebrity Apprentice' opens higher, 'Galavant' on par with 'OUAT' Sunday

"The Celebrity Apprentice" outperformed its most recent debut by a good amount in the Fast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, rising six tenths of a point in adults 18-49 over the 2013 premiere. The improvement helped NBC finish second in the demo for the night behind FOX, whose NFL wild-card game ran into primetime and gave "The Simpsons" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" big boosts.Also Sunday, the premiere of "Galavant" posted ratings in line with what "Once Upon a Time" had been drawing in the 8 o'clock hour, but "Resurrection" and "Revenge" both returned low. "Madam Secretary," "The Good Wife" and "CSI" were all on par with their season averages for CBS.FOX averaged 16.9 million viewers and a 9.3 rating/14 share in households, pending updates for its NFL telecast. CBS (9.45 million, 6.0/9) finished second, followed by NBC (6.5 million, 4.0/6) and ABC (5.4 million, 3.1/5).FOX also dominated the 18-49 demographic with a 6.2 rating... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Zap2it/~3/4hhXGOWiDUQ/tv_ratings_january_4_2015_celebrity_apprentice_galavant_simpsons-2015-01

TV ratings: 'The Good Wife' rises Sunday with NCAA assist, 'Resurrection' dips

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 30, 2014"The Good Wife" saw its ratings improve Sunday, a week after it suddenly killed one of its main characters. The CBS show drew some of its best numbers of the season, pending updates for live NCAA basketball that pushed the network's primetime schedule back 20 minutes in Eastern and Central time.Not pictured in these ratings: the season finale of "The Walking Dead," which will just about certainly beat everything on the broadcast networks. Opposite that at 9 o'clock, ABC's "Resurrection" and FOX's "Cosmos" both dropped, as did "Believe" on NBC. CBS scored 11.7 million viewers and a 7.3 rating/12 share in households for the night, pending updates. ABC (6.45 million, 3.9/6) came in second, and NBC (3.9 million, 2.5/4) edged FOX (3.5 million, 2.0/3) for third.CBS also took the adults 18-49 crown with a 2.3 rating. ABC finished second with a 1.8, followed by FOX, 1.5, and NBC,... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/tv-ratings-the-good-wife-rises-sunday-with-ncaa-assist-resurrection-dips.html

'Scandal,' 'Resurrection,' 'Modern Family' and more ABC 2014 season finale dates

ABC has set season finale dates for its prime-time lineup, making concrete the idea that this season of "Scandal" will end before most fans want it to end.The shortened season -- it was reduced from 22 to 18 episodes to accommodate star Kerry Washington's pregnancy -- will end on Thurday, April 17. Read on for the rest of the network's finale dates, including those for "Modern Family," "Resurrection," "Agents of SHIELD" and more. (All times Eastern/Pacific.)Friday, April 118:30 p.m. "The Neighbors"Thursday, April 1710 p.m. "Scandal"Friday, April 258 p.m. "Last Man Standing"Sunday, May 49 p.m. "Resurrection"Sunday, May 118 p.m. "Once Upon a Time" (two hours)10 p.m. "Revenge"Monday, May 1210 p.m. "Castle"Tuesday, May 138 p.m. "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD"9 p.m. "The Goldbergs"9:30 p.m. "Trophy Wife"Wednesday, May 148:30 p.m. "Suburgatory"10 p.m. "Nashville"Thursday, May 159 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"Friday, May 168 p.m. "Shark Tank"Sunday, May 187 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"Tuesday, May 209 p.m. "Dancing With the Stars"Wednesday, May 218... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/scandal-resurrection-modern-family-and-more-abc-2014-season-finale-dates.html

TV ratings: Winter Olympics close on low note, Daytona 500 boosts FOX Sunday

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014The 2014 Winter Olympics went out with a whimper in terms of ratings, as the closing ceremony from Sochi delivered some of NBC's lowest numbers of the past two-plus weeks. A preview of "Growing Up Fisher" that started at 10:36 p.m. ET looks as though it will come in more or less where "About a Boy" did on Saturday.Also Sunday, a long rain delay pushed the Daytona 500 into primetime on FOX and gave the network a ratings bump as a result. Opposite the two sports telecasts, "The Amazing Race" had its weakest premiere ever.NBC drew 13.5 million viewers and an 8.0 rating/13 share in households for the night. FOX currently sits in second with 6.3 million viewers and a 3.8/6, pending updates for the live telecast. CBS (5.5 million, 3.5/6) beat out ABC (5.1 million, 3.2/5) for third.NBC also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.9... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/tv-ratings-winter-olympics-close-on-low-note-daytona-500-boosts-fox-sunday.html

TV ratings: Winter Olympics come in low but dominate a rerun-filled Sunday

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014NBC's prime-time Winter Olympics telecast Sunday drew some of its lowest ratings of these games, but on a night when it was almost the only original programming on the broadcast networks, the Peacock's margin of victory was as wide as it's been the past 10 days.NBC averaged 21.1 million viewers and a 12.0 rating/19 share in households for the night. CBS finished a very distant second with 4.2 million viewers and a 2.7/4. ABC (3.7 million, 2.2/4) came in third, and FOX (2 million, 1.1/2) trailed.NBC scored a 4.8 rating among adults 18-49. FOX was the best of the rest at 1.0, followed by ABC, 0.9, and CBS, 0.6.Sunday hour by hour:7 p.m.NBC: Winter Olympics (17.4 million viewers, 10.1/17 households)CBS: "60 Minutes" (8 million, 5.1/9)ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5 million, 2.9/5)FOX: "Bob's Burgers" rerun (1.4 million, 0.8/1)/"American Dad" rerun (1.6 million, 0.9/2)18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (3.8)8 p.m.NBC:... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/tv-ratings-winter-olympics-come-in-low-but-dominate-a-rerun-filled-sunday.html

TV ratings: Olympics hold steady for NBC Sunday, Beatles special solid for CBS

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014NBC scored another big ratings win with Sunday's Winter Olympics coverage. The network's coverage, including medal events in team figure skating, downhill skiing and snowboarding, is essentially even with the same night of competition in 2010 among adults 18-49 and off just a little bit in viewers.Also Sunday, CBS' special "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America" scored decent ratings, running ahead of the network's usual numbers for the night in viewers and adults 18-49. ABC and FOX stacked their nights with reruns.NBC delivered 25.4 million viewers and a 14.0 rating/21 share in households in primetime, more than doubling the 11.6 million viewers and 7.0/11 for CBS. ABC (3.7 million, 2.1/3) came in a distant third, and FOX (2.2 million, 1.4/2) trailed.In the 18-49 demographic, NBC's 6.9 rating beat the combined total of the other three networks with lots of room to spare. CBS finished second at 1.7,... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/02/tv-ratings-olympics-hold-steady-for-nbc-sunday-beatles-special-solid-for-cbs.html