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Soul Train: Music TV Series Set to Return

IMAGEOne of America’s longest-running series, Soul Train, is finally back on track. The once “must see” music show has been purchased by a new owner who promises to resurrect Soul Train in a new fashion.

Soul Train started airing in Chicago on August 17, 1970 and showcased many R&B and soul artists. An immediate success, Soul Train was quickly syndicated and began airing in selected cities across the US. The show’s home base moved to Los Angeles in 1972 where it remains today. Don Cornelius, the series’ creator, served as host until 1993 when he was replaced by a series of guest hosts. Mystro Clark took over full-time in 1997, Shemar Moore replaced him in 1999, and Dorian Gregory began hosting in 2003.

The music show is billed as “the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history.” Soul Train aired original episodes from 1970 until the 2005 – 2006 season. After that, compilation episodes began airing as The Best of Soul Train.

MadVision Entertainment has recently purchased the rights to Soul Train from Cornelius. The 71-year-old series creator didn’t have a problem letting go and told the NY Times, “Thirty-five years is a long time.”

The new owner has announced that they’ll be producing new episodes of the popular series. Their plan is to delve deeper into the hit show’s archives for the older viewers and to produce new shows for younger generations.

MadVision is also interested in bringing Soul Train’s brand into new mediums and exploring other new opportunities. Peter Griffith, co-founder of MadVision, said, “The series has never been shown on DVD, and it’s not been utilized on video-on-demand or mobile or Internet platforms.”

This may not be an easy venture because, as the Times observes, the company will likely have to make new deals with artists for the music rights. These kinds of issues have led to delaying other TV shows’ releases on DVD for quite some time.

There’s no word on how all of this will affect the Soul Train movie that was announced in April. Cornelius revealed that he’d made a deal with Warner Bros. to develop a buddy picture called Soul Train: The Movie. The story follows a pair of male dancers from the TV show who get in over their heads.

We’ll have to wait and see if any or all of these new ventures come to fruition. One thing is sure though, one way or another, the Soul Train will keep on rolling. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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mrdiamondhead December 29, 2009 at 7:15 pm

PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD,JOIN HANDS! I am certainly interested in ANYONE who was a dance member,worked with the show,or has knowledge of the second season that took place in Chicago,Illinois on January 13,1973.This episode was hosted by Mr.Cornelius,with Stevie Wonder,theMoments and Fully Guaranteed,with guest star the lovely Miss Judy Pace.If you have knowledge of this episode,Season 2,episode 17.January 13,1973,please email me at markyf123@hotmail.com.Many Thanks.

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tracey newkirk September 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

i’ve been watching soul train every since i was 7 years old thank for bring it back i can’t wait until i have my chance tp perform on the show

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CEE April 9, 2009 at 12:23 am

Thank YOU Jesus!!! Soul Train is coming back with new episodes in 2009-2010 season, we need this show for all the up incoming artist to perform on! this show is apart of Black History!

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M. Smith December 13, 2008 at 10:26 pm

I miss Soul Train so much!!! Saturday nights from 3:00 am to 4:00 am are not the same. A couple of friends and I would call each other and watch The Best of Soul Train together! It was so much fun! While watching the show we’d wonder what the dancers are doing and how they would look today. We could identify and relate to the show beause we were teenagers in the 70′s and never stop watching the show until it stop airing recently. It almost time for a 40th reunion in 2010 so please get moving and get the show back on television. Thank you Mr. Cornelius for being a wonderful host for so many years.

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gand December 3, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Yes I really missed ST cant wait 4 it to show the new season(s).Lovepeace&soul that is what ur gonna get from soul train is the camera on the females.Don even said its more about the women rather than the guys.And im glad thats the way it is,females have more sex appeal,like what the show is 4 entertaiment.

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arnetta July 29, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Great show i miss it much.

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LovePeace&Soul July 5, 2008 at 11:48 am

I am so happy to read this. I MISS SOUL TRAIN. The Best of Soul Train archived shows were fun to watch for awhile, but I’m really sick of them now. The guys dance so queenie and the girls are dressed like they are going to church. I started watched Soul Train when I was a kid (in the 70′s) and have seen it change through the years. One of the things I didn’t like about the latest shows was just how little you got to see the people dance versus them having their artists for the week sing. They really didn’t need three artists per week — they could have cut it to two and played more chart music or music vids. The other thing that was crappy was how they had all these women lined up dancing like they were in cages on top of a bar and so very few couples. If you were a dude looking for big booties and hooters, you would have loved the show, but if you were a chick or a queer dude, it got boring watching the same chicks slide their hands up and down their sides and flick their hair back. They needed to get more dude dancers with those washboard abs — and have them DANCE — all the guys ever seem to do are those mechanical movements — you never saw them dance. And the quality of the chicks they have dancing went way downhill as time went on to. That Tracy chick with the gap in the teeth you could drive a Mac truck through was looking worse and worse as time went on. And the asian chick with the hair down to her knees got really old watching too. I think they just need to incorporate some of the old stuff in their new shows and play some decent music and the show would be a hit. They gotta remember that they probably have a majority female viewing audience and start showing more hot dudes. And that last host, Dorian Gregory was awful — bring back Shemar or find someone cuter. And spend as much time showing the dudes in the Soul Train Line as you do the chicks — some chicks would have the camera on them for 30 seconds, and the dudes were lucky to get about 5 seconds. Not everyone is interested in boobs and ass.

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C.P. Lehman June 27, 2008 at 10:23 pm

There’s a new book out about the show, called A CRITICAL HISTORY OF SOUL TRAIN ON TELEVISION. It looks at the show from its start in Chicago in 1970 to the national franchise of 2008. It contains interviews with former dancers, guests, and colleagues of Cornelius.
This is the weblink. http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-3669-9

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