Nickelodeon Weinerville was filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Universal Studios Orlando Florida, it was an audience participation comedy show featuring Marc Weiner and his head-puppets and about them making a show. It was produced in 1992-1994, aired in re-runs until 1997. The show was based around a giant puppet stage which was designed to look like a city, called Weinerville. The show was created and hosted by Marc Weiner.
Marc Weiner teamed up with Nickelodeon with the premiere of Nickelodeon Weinerville, a half-hour variety show using classic elements of kids programming, including puppets, interaction with a live studio audience, and showing classic cartoons. Weinerville has drawn the attention of such shows as Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America and The Early Show for being television's first and only half-man/half-puppet variety show where kids and adults are transformed into puppet citizens.
The show has also received numerous award nominations, including two Cable Ace award nominations, and has received acclaim from: The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday, and the Los Angeles Times.
The show premiered on July 11, 1993. During the first season, all episodes ran in a two-hour marathon every Sunday. However, Weinerville quickly gained popularity: in the middle of the first season Nickelodeon began running the show on weekday afternoons. For the second season, which premiered on September 5, 1994, the episodes aired daily. The show aired on Nickelodeon until June 30, 1997, although the Chanukah special re-ran on December 21, 1997.
(Most of the above characters feature Weiner's head on a puppet body.)
The show also featured several non-puppet characters played by Weiner himself:
|Season One: 1993||Episode title|
|01||Marc's Mother Visits|
|05||Zip In Space|
|11||Zip Stuck In VCR|
|18||Balloon Zip (Pilot) *|
|25||Zip's Family Treasure|
|26||Ziggy Zag Concert|
|Season Two: 1994||Episode title|
|32||Weinerville For Sale|
|33||Eric Von Firstenseconds' Spell|
|34||60 Seconds News|
|37||The Puppet's Court|
|40||Louie Becomes a Citizen|
|42||S.G. Dottie's Cousin|
|46||The Time-Slot War|
|47||Dottie's High School Reunion|
|52||Variety Show or Sitcom|
|56||Zip Runs Away|
|57||Dottie’s Dating Game|
|58||Weinerville: The Movie|
|59||Marc's Lost Memory|
|60||Back to the Past from a Look into the Future|
|62||XR-3 Space Shuttle Game (Series Finale)|
TV Specials & Air Dates:
|Special 1: December 31, 1993||The Weinerville New Year's Eve Party|
|Special 2: December 14, 1995||Chanukah Special|
|Special 3: January 1, 1996||New Year's Special: Lost in the Big Apple|
|Special 4: February 17, 1996||Election Special: From Washington B.C.|
NOTE: All times are eastern
|July 1993 - November 1996||Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Sunday Marathon)|
|October 1993 - September 1994||Monday-Friday, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.|
|September 1994 - August 1996||Monday-Friday, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.|
|August 1996 - June 1997||Monday-Friday, 7:00 - 7:30 a.m.|
Weinerville Wikipedia/Episode Guide was created by Manny Orames
Special Thanks to:
Head writer Ray Abruzzo.
Scott Fellows- writer
David Jordon-puppet master
Sandy Weiner- writer
And all the wonderful people who were involved in making Weinerville.
Brian Berns- Actor, acting coach and friend. Brian has since past on. May G-d bless him and his family. Thank you Brian for contributing so much Weinerville, we love you.
Mel Weiner- My beloved father and mentor past away on June 5, 2010. He helped me create and develop Weinerville. He also helped me build Weinerville Live and tour with us and he called the show's music and lights. He was an amazing man who helped me pursue my dreams. He will be deeply missed. I love you dad. May my beloved father rest in peace, however, knowing my dad, he is probably helping and mentoring all the other angels in heaven.