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EVEN SEXY, SILLY TELEVISION HAD TO START SOMEWHERE
This article contains nearly 1900 words, a few photos and two videos.
Sexy, Silly Television actually evolved from a live Internet TV show broadcasting from studios in Calabasas, CA back in 1999. Given Don Daro’s pioneering background in radio, it was only natural for him to take the medium to the next level. Back then he was just a few years too early.
That’s when you needed a T-1 connection to receive the broadcast. DSL and Cable weren’t around yet, so only 60 viewers at a time could see the show’s live streams. And although Don was breaking ground, very few knew it.
In fact it was a secret closely held within the studios. Had Don’s many young female co-hosts been aware only 60 people could be viewing them at any one time, they might have had a difficult time performing. But they never found out and thus helped Don put on some very memorable little shows.
Each day as many as 5 different girls along with Don, would spin records (45s, 78s, LPs and CDs) LIVE in front of three broadcast cameras. They’d pull tricks on Don and come up with all kinds of antics to entertain the audience they never knew they didn’t really have.
Here Don and one of his favorite co-hosts “Kelly” pose for a publicity shot.
They’d play popular music from the turn of the century right up to current hits and Country Western as well. Top artists such as George Strait and a young Britney Spears were played. Watching the show, you could see they had ‘way too much fun’ for six hours a day, five days a week. The Don Daro Show ran from May 7th, 1999 thru July of '99.
Luckily most of the shows were videotaped and although a quantity was distributed to potential investors by the sales people, many were saved. Eventually these will be offered to the viewing public.
By August, Don took the show to his home in the San Fernando Valley and transformed it into a live dance program called Don Daro’s “House Party”. This was a take on similar TV shows of the ‘50s and 60’s, except that it was to be done live on the Internet and with some risqué shots.
However, the dot.com explosion was leveling off.
Don set out to shoot a pilot. He assembled a DJ booth and built a dance floor in his living room. Then in Oct. of 1999, twenty or so actors and actresses were hired for $15 a day. His buddies were the film crew and director.
While the tunes played, the aspiring performers danced, played pool, pinball and slot machines to the joy of three roving cameras. Although it was a lot of fun, no one had any idea what was going on or what they were doing.
Halfway through the shoot, since many of the performers weren’t needed anymore that day, most of them were allowed to leave. Later it was learned the audio guy had recorded over all the day’s previous material.
In an attempt to reconstruct what was lost, a few males were solicited from food services to dance with the pretty girls. It wasn’t too bad. Hot chicks with D’oh! dudes.
By now the name had changed to “Our House Party” and a new logo was drawn.
Marcelo Ramallo, one of the cameramen hired to shoot the house party, became interested in joining Don with the adventure. (Marcelo now wears several hats including that of Director, DP, Cameraman, Editor and Advisor).
After months of linier (tape) editing, the pilot was assembled and reviewed, but Don kept thinking it needed comic relief. His thoughts were to randomly insert funny little sketches. He set out to see if he could write anything worthwhile. He found out he could and in fact they came to him quite easily. He tried them out on his gardener, FED-X driver and postman. They liked ‘em as did Marcelo, so Don wrote a lot more.
Meanwhile Don showed the pilot to advertising agencies representing Corona and Miller beers. The Corona rep was shocked within the first few frames of the show and told Don if the rest of it was the same, she wasn’t interested. Yet at this same time Corona was running TV commercials showing close-ups of nearly naked girls on tropical beaches. Miller passed too.
In the meantime the Internet was in transition again. The bubble was beginning to burst.
Skip ahead to May 2002 when they rented a home with a pool for a weekend in the San Fernando Valley. They hired 20 or so aspiring female thespians and one young German fella to perform skits. This time there was a tad more organization, but just a tad.
Scenes were shot around the pool until dark and then continued indoors. This went on all weekend and a lot of good material was attained. Yet when Marcelo and Don began the long process of reviewing the raw footage, they found problems.
Sometimes audio was poor and other times lighting was insufficient. Half the footage was unusable. But they learned a lot. Now they had a better idea of what to do. However, most importantly, Don believed the short comedic skits could 'stand on their own'.
For several months they hired pretty young girls and filmed with a Cannon XL1S mini-DV all over Los Angeles. This time much more was usable and after they edited a few and began reviewing them, it became more evident the skits could be their own show. Marcelo agreed and they abandoned the House Party idea. That same day Don’s new license plate came in the mail: OHPTV.
By early 2003 the first Sexy, Silly Television pilot was put together although it was originally titled The Don Daro Show. This time, broadcast television became their new target. While trademarks and copyrights we pending, they kept editing and editing.
In July of 2003 work was begun on a new logo.
During this period, Don would hang out at places like “Residuals” neighborhood bar in Studio City in an attempt to get feedback from people in the film industry. No one paid him any attention; so he asked Rina, one of the actresses on his ‘demo’ to play a little roll. Rina is an extremely beautiful and tall Venezuelan girl.
On a cool Saturday night Rina, dressed to kill, strolled into the bar. Things got quiet. She slowly walked from one end of the bar around to the other, all the while supposedly looking for someone. The guys drooled as she made eye contact.
Not finding that someone, she went back outside and scanned the parking lot. After a moment, she went back inside and a seat at the bar opened up for her. As she sat facing the door, men attempted to talk to her but she politely told them she was waiting for someone.
A few minutes later Don enters the bar and Rina runs up to hug him. Now they had their attention. The little sketch worked on the professionals. They met two movie producers whom Don gave a VHS copy of the ‘demo’ to.
A day or so later both of them told Don that in order to hold people’s attention, he needed a ‘story line’ to run thru the show. He took their advice and wrote a little story.
Next, they hired three girls and borrowed a friend’s apartment in Burbank for a day of filming. It went great
Insert photo has girls taking a break looking for a pizza place in the yellow pages.
Don and Marcelo added the new material simply titled “The Storyline” to the existing ‘demo, but upon review, Don felt it was a little too raunchy for broadcast TV and they took it out. (This somewhat titillating video is only available with the purchase of the “DEMO” DVD and won’t be shown on this site).
By the middle of 2003 they had hired more actors, shot new skits and continued editing. Numerous ‘final pilots’ were produced and the switch was made from VHS to Video CD. A copy went to Playboy’s production company but they were preparing to produce a TV show about Hef’s three girlfriends. Thus Playboy passed on it.
As DVD began to take off Don and Marcelo put a pilot on DVD, bought a tiny portable player and on August 2nd, 2003 paid $700 and took it to what is called a “Pitch Fest” in Los Angeles. This would allow them to see reaction from people within the industry.
A hundred or so aspiring writers stood in line waiting for the chance to pitch their story ideas to talent agents and industry reps. They held their briefcases and binders close to themselves in ultimate secrecy.
Meanwhile and to their amazement, Don and Marcelo walked around with their new fangled viewing devise showing their little ‘demo’ to everybody. The writers couldn’t take their eyes off it. While everybody else had only story ideas in their head or on paper, Don and Marcelo had already produced a 30-minute show.
Once inside the pitch room, it was the same story. Most didn’t know what to make of it. They were people from the film industry, but Sexy, Silly Television was TV. It was the wrong industry.
Through the end of 2003, all through 2004 and into 2005 they continued hiring new talent, shooting new skits and editing. But something was changing. Entertainment on the ‘net’ seemed to be coming back.
In early 2005 they brought on board two male actors to offer more diversity to the show. Comedian Rob Little was featured in a comical “spec spot”. (A spec spot is a commercial produced for the purpose of selling it to the prospective sponsor / client or it’s ad agency.)
They kept watching what was happening with Google and YouTube, but Marcelo still wanted to see the show on TV. Then in Oct. of 2006, they uploaded a 20 second skit to YouTube and saw tons of views immediately.
By morning they knew they were on the right track and learned folks from all over the world watched the clip. Although most were from the US, many were from England, Japan and, to their surprise, The United Emeritus Republic.
What was encouraging was the number of viewers who asked to be notified whenever Sexy, Silly Television uploaded content. It just goes to show that pretty young girls and dumb jokes will never go out of style and that Sexy, Silly Television could live on, in whatever the viewing media, for eons to come.