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Thursday, May 22, 2008

FAQ: What Happened With Moody's Point?

What happened to Moody's Point?  
Who was the real Moody?  
Why was that never shown?

Great questions.  I'm surprised that so many people still ask me about Moody's Point, but I'm flattered that they do.

Okay, first, some background...

Moody's Point was a recurring segment on The Amanda Show.  After season one, the network asked me to create a "signature sketch" for The Amanda Show.  I guess they were looking for something like Good Burger was to All That.  I didn't think it was necessary.  The Amanda Show already had several well-known, well-liked sketches that we did a lot (Judge Trudy, BlockBlister, etc.).  But when the network asked me for something new, I got the idea to create a fake TV show that would live within The Amanda Show – and I ended up calling it Moody's Point.

Moody's Point was not a sketch.  It was more like its own little TV show – a parody that mocked teen angst shows like Dawson's Creek 

Moody's Point was played with a serious tone, but the dialogue and situations were comedically absurd.  One of my favorite things about Moody's Point was the ongoing story that Moody's mother had disappeared in a hot-air balloon years ago and was never found.  During the "episodes" we would occasionally cut away to shots of Moody's mom, still floating in the hot-air balloon, yelling things like "Moody!  Help me, Moody!  I'm still aloft in this hot-air balloon!  Can anyone hear me?" – stuff like that.  And the best part was: Moody's mom was played by Maureen McCormick ("Marcia Brady" from The Brady Bunch).  How cool is that?

All in all, I think we did about 7 or 8 short episodes of Moody's Point within The Amanda Show.  It was very popular with the fans.  I tried hard to convince Nickelodeon to turn Moody's Point into a real, full fledged TV series.  But for whatever reason they resisted and I finally gave up. 

In the final installment of Moody's Point we learn that 14-year-old Moody isn't really Moody – she was switched at birth with another baby.  So, a social worker comes to take Moody away and give back the real Moody to her parents.  That's where Moody's Point ended, forever.  It was a big cliff-hanger.  The audience was left waiting for the next installment so we could all meet the real Moody.

It never happened.

Why?  Because The Amanda Show got canceled.  It was one of the stranger moments in my career as a writer/producer.  At the time, The Amanda Show was the most popular show on Nickelodeon.  Yet after only 41 episodes, the network pulled the plug.  It was a surprising move. 

I've never learned exactly why The Amanda Show was canceled.  I think it had to do with certain people wanting to take Amanda away from Nickelodeon to the WB so she could star in What I Like About You (another TV show I created).  But I didn't feel that The Amanda Show should have ended so soon.  I felt we should have done at least 20 more episodes.

When I wrote and produced the final episode of Moody's Point – the one with the big cliff-hanger – I fully expected that I'd be making another whole season of The Amanda Show.  If that had happened, I would have continued Moody's Point, so we would have found out who the real Moody was.

But when The Amanda Show was canceled, Moody's Point ended with it.  That's why we'll never know who the real Moody was.  Even I don't know – because I never had the opportunity to sit down and write it.

I'll always feel a little sad that Moody's Point ended without resolution – and sadder that it never became a full-fledged TV series (sort of a spin-off of The Amanda Show).  It would have been similar to Zoey 101, but with much more bizarre, absurd, random comedy.  In fact, if you think about it, the whole Zoey-Chase relationship was a lot like the Moody-Spaulding relationship. 

Anyway, I feel pretty sure that if Nickelodeon had let me make Moody's Point into a real TV series, it would have been a hit for the network – especially because it starred Taran Killam who's now one of the funniest stars of Saturday Night Live (and an incredibly nice guy).

Still, I'm not complaining because I did get to make a spin-off of The Amanda Show.  I created Drake & Josh, which went on to become even more popular than The Amanda Show ever was.  So, things still worked out nicely.

And there you have it.  To all of you who've been asking me why we never found out who the real Moody was, now you know the whole story.

–Dan :)

P.S.  To see a bit of Moody's point, CLICK HERE.