Love Svengoolie! In the late 90s when I was in grad school living in Chicago, I loved vegging on Saturdays and taking a break to watch his show!! And so glad that now I finally have an OTA antenna and can watch it all the way over in Hawaii (on MeTV). Was super-jazzed to get to meet him when I went to Chicago for my birthday a couple years ago; he was doing a meet-and-greet/signing autographs at, gosh, I forget what it was called now, some kind of supernatural convention (that overall scene is a story for another day).
Svengoolie has been in just about every time slot there is over the decades. I remember when Rich Koz wound up playing himself on The Koz Zone afternoon kids programming block after Fox bought WFLD from Field Communications in the mid-‘80s and the new management cancelled Son of Svengoolie.
I think it probably has to do with licensing the rights to carry whatever movie Sven does. Like it’s easier to air it on broadcast tv, but hosting it on streaming becomes a different legal deal, even with the goofy jokes and skits in between. (I miss being able to get MeTv so bad… I’d be watching the show right now actually if I could get the signal out here…)
@Lesley and @mattmcg22 — any chance of a cameo by Rich Koz? He’s been riffing on movies like those on MST3K for even longer than MST3K’s been around, and that’s saying something these days. He’s also had to deal with remote work and hosting duties during COVID-19, so it might not be hard to set something up, finances and time permitting. If rights to the “Svengoolie” character are an issue, Koz could always appear out of makeup or in another costume — we’d still know him by his voice alone!