...so, I'm sort of giddy right now in a "Lookie what I found!" sort of way. What did I find?
In a second. But first, some background. (And before we go any further, this is a Senta Moses post. I guess that's what my LJ's devolved into...either politics or Senta, with the occasional non-political rant thrown in here or there. Oh well.)
Anyway, for the past few months, I've basically been searching YouTube for things that Senta was in: TV shows, commercials, other stuff like that. I'd previously struck gold with a short film she was in called Dodgeball (which came out a few years before that crap-artist Ben Stiller's movie, thank you very much), which can be seen here, here, and here (Don't mind the commenters; they're peeved they didn't get a Hollywood movie for free), and an MTV pilot she was in called Sorority (which has nothing to do with Greek), which was archived because it was the first television project for both January Jones and Christina Hendricks. You can see that one here, here, and here.
Well, since I've started my own search (which, unfortunately, is not as simple as typing "Senta Moses" into YouTube and seeing what pops up), I've found a few old gems, along with a few previews of new and/or current stuff she's been in. I found a channel that has most of "Sister Sister", including all of Senta's eps (which you can sift through at that user's page here). I found an episode of "The Division" that she did, where she was the roommate of a deaf rape victim (naturally played by Shoshannah Stern, and of course Marlee Matlin was in that one, too); that one starts here, and each part is in the related videos on the right. I even found an ep of an old Fox show called Opposite Sex that she was in; she plays a hapless geek who gets run over, and guilts the two main characters who ran her over into waiting on her hand and broken foot until she heals. This one starts here, with Senta in full body traction. I don't believe that this one was shown in the U.S., so you'll have to make do with subtitles in some Scandinavian language (I think Finnish). Other stuff includes a Spanish sub of the ep of Ghost Whisperer she was in (that I synopsized and reviewed way back when here, an episode of the show Vengeance Unlimited with Michael Madsen where she plays a computer whiz who almost takes him down; and one or two commercials (including the Best Buy one where she plays a psychic).
But none of these are my "Lookie what I found!" So what is?
Well, back in 1993, NBC converted its Saturday morning lineup. That is, they tore it to shreds, cutting it in half, then giving one half to a Saturday version of the Today show and the other half to Peter Engel, who made what was, admittedly, probably the only show that was making money for them on Saturdays at that point: "Saved by the Bell". Engel got a prime-time show ("The College Years", which bombed horribly, though TBS has kept it with the rest of their SBTB reruns and is cycling through them now, in fact) and the entire block to himself, which was rebranded TNBC. He had cooked up another show right before the switch, "California Dreams", and that, combined with a new class of Saved by the Bell, formed the block's backbone. But there needed to be more programming, so he turned to writer/producer Steve Slavkin, who had done both for the Nickelodeon show "Salute Your Shorts". Slavkin came up with a show called "Running the Halls", which was basically SBTB set in a boarding school. It had an extremely different style from SBTB and Dreams, as it was a single-camera show, which was more in line with Salute Yor Shorts. It was also, like SYS, very, very absurdist. Among the actors hired to be the class were names you might have heard about, including Richard Speight (who was in "Band of Brothers", "Jericho", and "Supernatural"), Craig Kirkwood ("Rev" Harris in "Remember the Titans"), Trevor Lissauer (who'd be in the last few seasons of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch")...and one Senta Moses (who needs no introduction, I'm sure). Unfortunately, the differences between this and the other TNBC shows pretty much doomed it, and it was off the schedule after a year, eventually replaced by "Hang Time"...which actually segues right into the "Lookie what I found!" ("FINALLY! The point.")
About a month ago, some lovely idiot (review: "lovely" for doing it, "idiot"...also for doing it (copyright and all that)) put up an episode of "Running The Halls", in which the I guess Zach analogue chokes in a big basketball game, then is so distraught over it that he fakes a leg injury to get out of being in the next one. The clip is here. A few things pop to mind for me when I see this...one being "Oh my goodness, those kids in that daycare are in their 20s now!" and "None of my nieces were born when this was made!" ...and now, I'll take my Geritol and take my nap. (No, not really.)
Anyway, the reason I was so excited about this find was, well...I've never actually seen the series, as I might have said once before. And I didn't really "discover" Senta until about '99, which I also might have said before. I didn't see the show because, well...I hated SBTB. So I hated it even more when NBC gutted everything on their schedule I did like for SBTB. Sure, I was 13 at the time, but I'm never too old for a good Saturday morning lazing around watching cartoons...which I couldn't get from NBC now, so I looked at other outlets. ABC was the best bet at the time, with stuff like Beetlejuice, ReBoot, Bugs Bunny, and, on my ABC station, a certain science show with a guy in a green lab-coat, a guy in a rat suit, and a quirky female assistant. (This is what some might call "irony". I think.)
Anyway, just wanted to get that outta my system. Enjoy the Senta treasure trove, and I've got all those links (and a whole lot more quirky stuff) on my own otherwise deserted YouTube page here.