Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees
Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees is a one-hour comedy special televised on the ABC Network on Monday February 17, 1997. The show features all four of the original Monkees and would be the last time Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork would appear together in a new television program. Michael Nesmith wrote and directed the program.
|Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees|
|Written by||Michael Nesmith|
|Directed by||Michael Nesmith|
|Starring||Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original release||February 17, 1997|
|Preceded by||33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee|
This special is not to be confused with the similarly titled documentary from 1997, Hey, Hey, We're the Monkees.
The special shows the now middle-aged Monkees trying to come up with a new plot (apparently they have all been done by now) while still trying to catch their big break. Much of the music featured in the special came from the quartet's 1996 album Justus, along with a medley of their hits from the 1960s. As of January 2019, it has not been made available on DVD or Blu-ray.
Game show host Chuck Woolery makes a cameo.
While Davy tries to get the band to rehearse for a very important gig, Micky seeks to find a gimmick to give them an identity, and Mike debates the necessity for anything other than just hanging out together. Various potential story lines present themselves, but each time the Monkees are quick to point out that they have already used that plot line in a previous episode and do not want to do it again.
Several musical sequences and comedy sketches are included.
The wheels began rolling when ABC approached Monkees manager Ward Sylvester in November, 1996 about producing a Monkees retrospective. Sylvester countered with the idea of doing a special in the format of an episode from the original series. Post production delays caused the final print to be delivered too late for advanced screening, but the marketing push included ads run during some of ABC's most popular shows at the time.
Premise of the specialEdit
While the news media have described the premise of the special as, "the group had kept filming TV shows since its weekly TV series on NBC was canceled in 1968, but they didn't have any place to air them," the cast have given conflicting statements about it. Micky Dolenz has said, "We thought we'd go all the way and do another TV episode," but Davy said that "it's not an episode," Peter said that he was "glad" not to be playing his fictional character, and Mike pointed out that the special is about Justus, which was produced by a real band, not fictional characters.
- "1997 Rhino Monkees documentary". 2017-08-26.
- Braxton, Greg (2012-02-29). "Davy Jones' last Monkees TV reunion was just like old times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-04-04.