A Kickstarter campaign is planned to raise funding for a first new season of 13 Matinee at the Bijou shows. The campaign will begin in June when preparations and plans are all in place.
12 episodes will be in the original format with a cartoon, a serial chapter, shorts, trailers and a fitting B-film, all restored in Hi Def. The extra, 13th show is envisioned as a kind of documentary about the Saturday Matinee that will include previews of all the other new episodes. This special show will be designed as both an elaborate promo for the series and as a stand alone project that might be offered to PBS as a fund raiser. We are certain there will be great interest in PBS stations carrying this Bijou Special Edition as a pledge show if it is hosted by Debbie Reynolds or another Hollywood star, with possible co-host or hosts who are experts on serials, cartoons, comedy shorts and B-films.
We contacted Ms. Reynolds through her agent around six years ago, at which time they expressed interest pending funding and Debbie's availability at the time of production. We have re-connected with the agent about Ms. Reynolds' participation in the Kickstarter campaign and are awaiting their reply.
Should the Bijou campaign be as successful as the Veronica Mars and other recent film projects have been, and we double or triple our budget goal, then we can produce 26 new Bijou shows instead of 13. This would hasten our dream of a weekly Matinee at the Bijou, 52 weeks a year with never a rerun, just like when America went to the movies duirng the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
Matinee at the Bijou Facebook page. You can run right over and "Like" Bijou, or wait for the repeated link at the end of this blog. I am the administrator of the Bijou FB page and have been learning lots about FB the last few weeks. The first thing I learned is how important that LIKING thing is. It shows we do have fans, friends and interest. Every time we post a new photo, video or news item on MATB Facebbok page, it appears on the feed of those who have liked us, so it is a valuable communication tool.
175 "Like Bijou" at this writing, and we are just getting the hang of how to spread the word on Facebook. Since millions watched the show on PBS in the 1980s, we feel confident we can boost this number way up with your help! Tell your friends. Go to the MATB Facebook page and click "Like." Most important, and some don't seem to get this quickly, if you make your own post about Bijou on your home page in the "What's on your mind?" section with a link to Bijou, then your 400 plus friends will see it and respond if they like the show. Also, please post a comment on the Bijou page to tell us your memories of the original series. Here are a few examples:
Many thanks, Annette! As soon as one enters that https link, the Bijou logo and bottom blurb appear in your post. Annette has 2,657 fans who may have first heard about Bijou plans from her. Some of them did indeed go to the Bijou Facebook page and Like Us.