|Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees|
|Written by||Michael Nesmith|
|Directed by||Michael Nesmith|
|Starring||Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original release||February 17, 1997|
|Preceded by||33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee|
Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees is a one-hour comedy special televised on the ABC Network on Monday February 17, 1997. The show features all four of the original Monkees and was the last time Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork appeared together in a new television program. Michael Nesmith wrote and directed the program.
This special is not to be confused with the similarly titled documentary from 1997, Hey, Hey, We're the Monkees.
The special shows the now middle-aged Monkees trying to come up with a new plot (apparently they have all been done by now) while still trying to catch their big break. Much of the music featured in the special came from the quartet's 1996 album Justus, along with a medley of their hits from the 1960s. As of June 2019, it has not been made available on DVD or Blu-ray.
Game show host Chuck Woolery makes a cameo.
While Davy tries to get the band to rehearse for a very important gig, Micky seeks to find a gimmick to give them an identity, and Mike debates the necessity for anything other than just hanging out together. Various potential story lines present themselves, but each time the Monkees are quick to point out that they have already used that plot line in a previous episode and do not want to do it again.
Several musical sequences and comedy sketches are included.
The wheels began rolling when ABC approached Monkees manager Ward Sylvester in November, 1996 about producing a Monkees retrospective. Sylvester countered with the idea of doing a special in the format of an episode from the original series. Post production delays caused the final print to be delivered too late for advanced screening, but the marketing push included ads run during some of ABC's most popular shows at the time.
The news media have described the premise of the special as, "the group had kept filming TV shows since its weekly TV series on NBC was canceled in 1968, but they didn't have any place to air them." Micky Dolenz has said, "We thought we'd go all the way and do another TV episode."
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