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{{InfoboxLost
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|title=<center>Pinwheel</center>
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|image=Logosongbook.png
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|imagecaption=Title card, as taken from ''The Pinwheel Songbook''.
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|status=<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Found'''</span>
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'''''Pinwheel''''' was an American television series that aired on the Nickelodeon cable network from 1979-1990. It was initially broadcasted on channel C-3, a network available through Warner Cable's QUBE system in Columbus, Ohio.
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''Pinwheel'' was the starting point of Nickelodeon, not only being the first series developed for the network but with 260 episodes, it remains the longest-running series in episodes and hours on air from Nickelodeon to date.
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==History==
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''Pinwheel'' was the flagship series on C-3, a commercial-free children's television network available through Time Warner's QUBE from December 1st, 1977-April 1st, 1979, while cable television broadcasting was still in its infancy. QUBE was the first two-way major market interactive cable system and had brought many new concepts that are still used today in modern cable, such as pay-per-view and special interest networks. This channel, in particular, was also a "community" channel (Hence the "C" in "C-3"), meaning that it was provided to QUBE subscribers at no additional cost. ''Pinwheel'' would air exclusively from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST.
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Both the channel and television series were developed by Dr Vivian Horner, who had previously worked on ''The Electric Company'' as director of research, and Gus Hauser, who was the CEO of Warner Cable. In the very early stages of ''Pinwheel's'' development, cast and crew members, consisting of Dr Vivian Horner, Sandy Kavanaugh, Andrea Cvirko, Gabi Lopez, Brad Williams and George James, would meet at the Warner Communications offices four times a week to share ideas. These meetings resulted in the ''Pinwheel'' episodes produced in Columbus in 1977.<ref> [http://classic-nickelodeon-fan-blog.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/interview-with-george-james.html Interview with ''Pinwheel'' cast member George James.] Retrieved 26 Jul '15</ref>
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Soon enough, the name C-3 was dropped, and the network was renamed The ''Pinwheel'' Network. Initially, this network was also used as a loss leader for Warner Cable against rival companies such as HBO, due to the fact that HBO had no network specifically for children at this point in time.
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Warner then purchased the communications satellite RCA Satcom-1 from televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. This went into orbit on March 26, 1979, and on April 1, Nickelodeon was launched in Buffalo, New York. ''Pinwheel'' remained one of the most popular series on the network, not only spanning 260 episodes but also spawning a live show.
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''Pinwheel'' remained in production until about 1984 and aired reruns until 1990.
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==Episode Status==
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Despite airing for thirteen years, episodes have been proven difficult to find. ''Pinwheel'' last aired in 1990, and in the 30 years, it has been absent from television, only about 10 hours of footage has been recovered (Including the segments featured in ''The Pinwheel Songbook''). These were originally on a bootleg compilation DVD available through a Freewebs site called "Stuff I Like".<ref>[http://www.freewebs.com/stuffilike/pinwheel.htm The DVD set from "Stuff I Like".] Retrieved 27 Jul '15</ref>
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It is currently unknown if Nickelodeon still owns broadcast rights. Regardless, chances of ''Pinwheel'' ever airing again are extremely slim.
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==Gallery==
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<gallery mode=packed heights=175px>
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File:ANDY FERGUSON ON PINWHEEL SET.jpg|
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File:BOB BENEDICT.jpg|
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File:GEORGE AND ANDY ON PINWHEEL SET.jpg|
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File:GEORGE JAMES.jpg|
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File:MORTON HAMS FOR PINWHEEL KIDS.jpg|
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File:PINWHEEL PRODUCER SANDY KAVANAUGH AND PUPPETEER BRAD WIILLIA.jpg|
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File:PINWHEEL PRODUCTION MEETING.jpg|
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File:PINWHEEL PUPPETS.jpg|
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File:Ebeneezer.jpeg|
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File:Pinwheel Butterfly Puppet.png|
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File:Felxitoon.png|
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File:PinwheelFamily.png|
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File:SilasTheSnail Closeup.png|
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</gallery>
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==Videos==
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{{Video|perrow  =4
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  |service1    =youtube
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  |id1          =WQehYMxtc5U
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  |description1 =Full episode.
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  |service2    =youtube
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  |id2          =dyg08x-mSHU
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  |description2 =51 minutes of footage.
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  |service3    =youtube
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  |id3          =u6ISknBfBVM
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  |description3 =The Pinwheel Roadshow
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  |service4    =youtube
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  |id4          =fJpqTqK7LpQ
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  |description4 =Most of an unknown episode.
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}}
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{{Video|perrow  =4
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  |service1    =dailymotion
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  |id1          =xn0y7w
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  |description1 =Full episode.
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  |service2    =dailymotion
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  |id2          =xn11hi
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  |description2 =Full episode.
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  |service3    =dailymotion
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  |id3          =xn128f
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  |description3 =42 minutes of an episode.
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  |service4    =dailymotion
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  |id4          =xn1onl
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  |description4 =48 minutes of an episode.
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}}
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{{Video|perrow  =4
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  |service1    =dailymotion
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  |id1          =xn1ppw
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  |description1 =Full episode.
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  |service2    =dailymotion
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  |id2          =xn1q94
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  |description2 =43 minutes of an episode.
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  |service3    =youtube
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  |id3          =C0eZjJZzNB4
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  |description3 =A 4 minute short.
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  |service4    =youtube
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  |id4          =-1xszzi_cTo
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  |description4 =''The Pinwheel Songbook''.
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}}
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{{Video|perrow  =4
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  |service1    =youtube
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  |id1          =psP82EpgSwM
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  |description1 =22 minutes of Pinwheel from a Betamax tape.
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  |service2    =youtube
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  |id2          =AcBs3iNUOyY
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  |description2 =47 more minutes of Pinwheel footage.
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  |service3    =youtube
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  |id3          =zdigW6427ik
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  |description3 =17 minutes of unidentified Pinwheel footage.
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  |service4    =youtube
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  |id4          =JFYXIGItOKI
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  |description4 =A full episode.
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}}
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{{Video|perrow  =4
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  |service1    =youtube
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  |id1          =MWXUYeey75s
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  |description1 =Nearly 9 minutes of an episode.
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  |service2    =youtube
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  |id2          =gfsTmGhxjoM
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  |description2 =Over an hour of QUBE Pinwheel.
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  |service3    =youtube
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  |id3          =zkblGUfQvvk
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  |description3 =50 minutes of QUBE Pinwheel.
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  |service4    =youtube
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  |id4          =faHMXXBT2RU
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  |description4 =30 minutes of Plus and Minus segments.
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}}
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{{Video|perrow  =4
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  |service1    =youtube
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  |id1          =QEH-g4ZJoZg
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  |description1 =22 minutes of Plus and Minus segments.
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}}
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==Notable ''Pinwheel'' Content==
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This is a brief list of ''Pinwheel'' clips/in the ''Pinwheel'' block that have separate articles on this wiki.
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Sketches:
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*[[O parádivé Sally aka "Clock Man" (found Czech animated short; 1976)]]
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==External Link==
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinwheel_(TV_series) Wikipedia article for ''Pinwheel''.]
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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[[Category:Lost animation]]
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[[Category:Lost puppetry]]
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[[Category:Lost TV]]
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[[Category:Partially found media]]
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[[Category:Historic]]

Latest revision as of 15:05, 15 March 2020

Logosongbook.png

Title card, as taken from The Pinwheel Songbook.

Status: Partially Found

Pinwheel was an American television series that aired on the Nickelodeon cable network from 1979-1990. It was initially broadcasted on channel C-3, a network available through Warner Cable's QUBE system in Columbus, Ohio.

Pinwheel was the starting point of Nickelodeon, not only being the first series developed for the network but with 260 episodes, it remains the longest-running series in episodes and hours on air from Nickelodeon to date.

History

Pinwheel was the flagship series on C-3, a commercial-free children's television network available through Time Warner's QUBE from December 1st, 1977-April 1st, 1979, while cable television broadcasting was still in its infancy. QUBE was the first two-way major market interactive cable system and had brought many new concepts that are still used today in modern cable, such as pay-per-view and special interest networks. This channel, in particular, was also a "community" channel (Hence the "C" in "C-3"), meaning that it was provided to QUBE subscribers at no additional cost. Pinwheel would air exclusively from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST.

Both the channel and television series were developed by Dr Vivian Horner, who had previously worked on The Electric Company as director of research, and Gus Hauser, who was the CEO of Warner Cable. In the very early stages of Pinwheel's development, cast and crew members, consisting of Dr Vivian Horner, Sandy Kavanaugh, Andrea Cvirko, Gabi Lopez, Brad Williams and George James, would meet at the Warner Communications offices four times a week to share ideas. These meetings resulted in the Pinwheel episodes produced in Columbus in 1977.[1]

Soon enough, the name C-3 was dropped, and the network was renamed The Pinwheel Network. Initially, this network was also used as a loss leader for Warner Cable against rival companies such as HBO, due to the fact that HBO had no network specifically for children at this point in time.

Warner then purchased the communications satellite RCA Satcom-1 from televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. This went into orbit on March 26, 1979, and on April 1, Nickelodeon was launched in Buffalo, New York. Pinwheel remained one of the most popular series on the network, not only spanning 260 episodes but also spawning a live show.

Pinwheel remained in production until about 1984 and aired reruns until 1990.

Episode Status

Despite airing for thirteen years, episodes have been proven difficult to find. Pinwheel last aired in 1990, and in the 30 years, it has been absent from television, only about 10 hours of footage has been recovered (Including the segments featured in The Pinwheel Songbook). These were originally on a bootleg compilation DVD available through a Freewebs site called "Stuff I Like".[2]

It is currently unknown if Nickelodeon still owns broadcast rights. Regardless, chances of Pinwheel ever airing again are extremely slim.

Gallery

Videos

Full episode.
51 minutes of footage.
The Pinwheel Roadshow
Most of an unknown episode.
Full episode.
Full episode.
42 minutes of an episode.
48 minutes of an episode.
Full episode.
43 minutes of an episode.
A 4 minute short.
The Pinwheel Songbook.
22 minutes of Pinwheel from a Betamax tape.
47 more minutes of Pinwheel footage.
17 minutes of unidentified Pinwheel footage.
A full episode.
Nearly 9 minutes of an episode.
Over an hour of QUBE Pinwheel.
50 minutes of QUBE Pinwheel.
30 minutes of Plus and Minus segments.
22 minutes of Plus and Minus segments.

Notable Pinwheel Content

This is a brief list of Pinwheel clips/in the Pinwheel block that have separate articles on this wiki.

Sketches:

External Link

References