RECENT NEWS FROM KOVACSLAND

UPDATE, AUGUST 4, 2013:

I’m happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, MVD Entertainment Group will release "Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection"! This is a 4 DVD, 12 hr set of the entire run of Edie Adams variety show which aired on ABC from 1962-64. It is the first-ever release of her classic variety show after more than 50 years. Bonus material includes Edie''s musical numbers from the Ernie Kovacs show, a 16-page booklet with rare photos, program notes and her iconic Muriel Cigar commercials. Here's a link to a press release which also lists the contents of the DVDs. Soon I’ll be posting a link so you can pre-order the set.

DON'T FORGET THESE GREAT RELEASES, WHICH ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE

There's "The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Volume 1," "The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Volume 2," "The Edie Adams Christmas Album featuring Ernie Kovacs,"
and "Ernie Kovacs Presents Percy Dovetonsils… thpeaks" !

If you'd like something a littler smaller than the two full DVD collections, click the image directly below and to the left. You'll be brought to a page where you can purchase "Ernie Kovacs: The ABC Specials," which is disc 5 of "The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Volume 1." Ernie’s specials for ABC are what he's most well known for, making this a great gift to give someone who has yet to be exposed to his groundbreaking work.

If you'd like to read a great book on Ernie, "Kovacsland : A Biography Of Ernie Kovacs" by our good friend Diana Rico is a fantastic choice!

Then there's our Kovacs Christmas List and Important Ernie Kovacs Links pages for some items you may not have thought of or may not even have known exist!

"The Ernie Kovacs Collection" 6 DVD set was officially released in April 2011 and it’s great! Purchase it DIRECTLY FROM SHOUT FACTORY! This set contains almost 14 HOURS of material which hasn't been seen in over 50 years! It’s the definitive collection of Ernie’s work; a MUST HAVE for Kovacs fans everywhere! I’ve listed the contents of each disc HERE so you'll know exactly what you're getting! I've seen the entire set and have read the wonderful booklet that comes with it; you have my guarantee the whole package is outstanding!

(THE 7TH BONUS DISC, "BURIED TREASURES", WAS A LIMITED EDITION AND IS NOW OUT OF PRINT. YOU CAN NOW ONLY ORDER THE 6 DVD SET)

PLEASE NOTE: Disc 5 from "The Ernie Kovacs Collection" was released as a single disc, "Ernie Kovacs: The ABC Specials," on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. You can order your copy by clicking the photo ad to the left.

Shout Factory has lots of other great classic TV titles; HAVE A LOOK!

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Welcome to www.erniekovacs.net, your source for information and updates about television's original comedic genius Ernie Kovacs! My name is Al Quagliata and I run this site which can also be accessed at www.erniekovacs.org.

I suggest that you also visit www.erniekovacs.info which is run by my friend Ben Model ; before starting this site I wrote for Ben's site. Both sites complement each other with completely different information so I consider Ben's our sister site. Then there's www.erniekovacs.com which is run by Edie Adams' son Josh Mills. Also a great site and the place to go to find out about any new EK releases!

There's also The Ernie Kovacs Blog which is a collaborative effort between myself and Ben. I started it back in March of 2007 at the suggestion of an EK fan who thought it would be cool to have a place where fans could post comments and discuss Ernie's work. It quickly became apparent that it's much easier to use the blog to post articles and updates than it is to update these pages. The information you'll find here is the original website up until the blog's inception; the blog is where anything new is posted. And you can bet whenever there's any new info from Kovacsland we'll have it for your first!

I started a Twitter page to post EK news and to let folks know when there is an update to the blog. There is also a Twitter page run by Ernie's estate which posts EK news. If you're on MySpace I run the Ernie Kovacs MySpace Fan Page; Ernie’s estate also has a MySpace page. For those who use Facebook there are several pages; a group run by Ron Evry and two fan pages run by the estate, one for Ernie and one for Edie. There is also another fan page, Ernie Kovacs Fans, which gets occasional traffic and info added to it. With this last past and with the Ron Evry group you will need to be signed into Facebook to see them; with all four pages you'll need a Facebook account to be able to post comments or send messages.

This is certainly not meant to be the definitive site regarding the work of Ernie Kovacs. On this site you will find a short history of Ernie Kovacs written by me along with interviews I’ve conducted and show reviews of some more obscure Kovacs titles. What I try to avoid here is writing about EK subjects that seem to be overdone on the internet; for example "The Nairobi Trio" and "Percy Dovetonsils". I'm hoping that here you will find things about Ernie's work that you may not have been aware of. If you have any questions about Ernie's work you can always contact me.

On the links page I have provided links to the most relevant sites regarding Ernie. I check these periodically for accuracy. I've tried my best to list all the items that are "must haves." Reputable sellers are listed for these items so you can purchase with confidence, however, we are not responsible for any issues with purchases you make as we don't sell these products directly. The exception to this are two items which I sell through this site; a rare book about Ernie and and a T-Shirt, both from an exhibition done by the Museum Of TV & Radio (now the Paley Center For Media) back in 1986. To learn about these items click HERE.

On the right is a 50th anniversary segment from a newscast in 1986 on KYW in Philadelphia. Ernie started here when it was WPTZ. They interview a cameraman of Ernie’s named Bill Freeland and show some quick clips.

In the right column is a photo of a paperback copy of Zoomar, Ernie’s novel. I won the auction for this on EBAY. I own a hardcover version first edition, and had always wondered if it existed in paperback. Unfortunately this item was lost in the mail and I never received it.

I'm fairly sure that a movie version of Zoomar was planned, with Dick Van Dyke portraying the title role of Tom Moore, though this never panned out. Moore, a young hip TV advertising executive, is basically Ernie winding his way through a bunch of condescending TV execs with no vision, much like what he had to endure in real life. It angered many as the characters were based on people Ernie had worked with and the characerizations were very thinly veiled. It’s one of the few times I've ever read of people being angry with Ernie. Good for him, I say; knowing the way television is he was probably right. The title Zoomar comes from the Zoomar Lens, a type of early television camera lens manufactured by a German company called Zoomar.

Thanks for your support and thanks for stopping by. I've been doing this for about 14 years now and have met some great people and fans of Ernie's important work. As he might have said: "It's Been Real!"

Yours Truly In Kovacsland, Al Quagliata, Webmaster, www.erniekovacs.net

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