If you subscribe to the adage that one man’s trash is another’s treasure, well, you’re in luck! On this unearthing episode of the Popzara Podcast our own cultural excavator Nathan Evans talks with Brian Volk-Weiss, creator of Netflix’s documentary series The Toys That Made Us, returning to the podcast to discuss reviving interest in some of pop-culture’s forgotten gems in the upcoming docu-comedy special Discontinued, premiering this month on The CW Network.
That’s right: the channel famous for Sexy Jughead, brain-eating detectives and an endless supply of DC superhero shows is about to lay on the “nostalgia bombs” in a backdoor pilot hosted by YouTube sensation Andrew Meadows, i.e. “Black Nerd”, who joins Nate and Brian on a trip down memory lane guaranteed to make you regret throwing away your Teddy Ruxpin.
It’s dumpster-diving at its finest as Andre and a cavalcade of comedians take aim at a smorgasbord of forgotten and discontinued treasures salvaged from basements, eBay bidders and even landfills. Among them include the computerized garble of Speak & Spell, “vintage” Planters Cheez Balls, the Taco Bell Chihuahua, the (possible) final days of Toys ‘R Us and even the “Holy Grail” of recycled refuse itself, the almighty Sears Catalog itself.
Why have vinyl records returned while 8-tracks haven’t? Will future generations even know what the word “nostalgia” means, and what does Andre predict they may yearn for when reminiscing about the “good old days” of early 21st century pop-culture.
Did any of your cherished favorites make the cut? Find out when Discontinued airs this December 16th on The CW Network. Check your local listings as there’s no new Star Wars this time around. You’ve got no excuse – it’s what Teddy would have wanted.