Happy Halloween, Hazzard Style!

Do you believe in ghosts? How about The Ghost of General Lee? This is a great time of year to enjoy some Dukes of Hazzard episodes that feature ghosts, haunted houses, caskets, and spook-talkin’ mediums! Of course, nothing is quite what it seems in Hazzard County, so there’s got to be a rational explanation behind all the spookifyin’. Well, almost rational.

The Ghost of General Lee gives us the greatest premise of the entire series.  What if, Bo and Luke died during a chase from Rosco? We know Rosco would feel pretty bad about it, despite his long-running animosity with the Dukes. We also know ol’  Boss Hogg would find some way to try and take advantage of it.

We also know, that cars might be able to die since batteries do.  And cars become spook-talkin’ mediums, especially when their not-so-deceased owners play the shuck n’ jive of a lifetime.

Seeing Rosco get treated to a haunting by the General Lee is a moment in Dukes of Hazzard history that never gets old.  If you haven’t watched this episode lately, it’s time you saw it again.  You can download it from Amazon for a mere $1.99.  Also check out this Ghost of General Lee model kit.

The writers of Season Two must of had a morbid streak in ’em, because they also gave us R.I.P. Henry Flatt, an episode that was pretty much a casket-and-carry gag  from start to finish.  Bo and Luke have been accused of a lot of things by now, but…body snatchers? The coffin and mortal remains within gets passed  between vehicles like a game of hot potato.  Turns out the General Lee makes a lousy hearse.   

James Best gets credit for a good ad-lib during this episode, when Rosco quips a one-liner over the CB to Enos.  Not surprisingly, Enos doesn’t have a comeback for it. 

Another good choice for this time of year is The Hazzardville Horror. This was the Dukes answer to a Scooby-Doo episode, complete with a spooky old house, weird shenanigans, secret panels, and criminals trying to scare off the locals. Of course, with locals like Bo, Luke, and Daisy, you’re more liable to draw them in than send them running away.  They got time on their hands, after all, and snooping around is irresistible to them.  Will curiosity kill the cat? 

Maybe not, but in the case of the Dukes, it doesn’t do ’em any favors.  They manage to incriminate themselves even while solving the mystery of the haunted house and cracking the latest crime spree in Hazzard. 

You’d have to agree that on the average, the Dukes made good use of things like coffins, hearses, funerals, and so on.  From “Money to Burn” in the first season, to “Ding Dong, The Boss is Dead” in the fifth season, the Dukes didn’t shy away from things that some of us would find just a little creepy. 

So, this Halloween, pour a big glass of apple cider, sit down with a bowl of Halloween candy, and treat yourself to some of your favorite Dukes of Hazzard episodes!

The Must-Have Issue of Hot Rod Magazine!

The most anticipated new issue of Hot Rod magazine is now available! The November 2011 issue has hit the stands! You won’t want to miss the Bandit Trans-Am vs. the General Lee showdown!

Ask yourself. When is the last time you saw the General Lee in full splendor on the cover of a national magazine? Right there, we’re sold.  It’s worth getting your hands on this issue for the photos alone. This ain’t no showroom beauty contest; these rebel machines are kickin’ up gravel.

Like feuding kin, both of these legendary, iconic cars hail from the same Southern turf.  In their fictional settings, both are from Georgia; in real life, both are owned by Mark Osborne in Arkansas.  Mark is a dedicated Dukes of Hazzard fan who generously allowed the use of his cars and ranch property for this scientific automotive research.

Ultimately, it was up to Hot Rod readers to name the winner of this duel.  If you missed our earlier posting of Hot Rod’s Bandit vs. General video in our Duel to the Dust article, then go back and take a look!

Hot Rod magazine poses more debate-provoking topics in this issue, such as, Rosco vs. Sheriff Buford T. Justice, and Daisy vs. the chick who played Burt Reynold’s seat cover in Smokey and the Bandit.

John Schneider, ol’ Bo Duke himself, weighs in on these  sensitive matters with his own thoughts on page 51.

You’ll also want to check out Rob Kinnan’s “Starting Line” article about unforgettable cars in movies and TV.  And for you aspiring YouTubers or COPS audition wannabees, the car webcam article is essential reading!

HazzardNet users have found this issue of Hot Rod at Walmart and all major retailers, though they’re going fast.  Check your local magazine racks today! Get ahold of a copy, then shout out your opinions in our Forums!

Get Ready for More of John Schneider!

He began as Bo Duke, but John Schneider’s career has a wide variety these days. John is starring in an upcoming CMT series called “Trick My What?” featuring mechanical makeovers for the working man’s machine. From fishing boats to tractors to semi trucks, watch as John and a team of ace mechanics restore and rev-up these blue collar vehicles.

“Trick My What?” premiers Friday, October 7 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time. As always, check your local cable listings. Meanwhile, you can watch a preview of the program right here:

In other John Schneider news, John also stars in an independent film called “Doonby” which was slated for a September 2011 release.  At the time of this writing, we were unable to confirm a specific release date.

“Doonby” is the story about a mysterious drifter without a past who arrives in a small Texas town.  Initially he finds acceptance, but after showing a knack for always being at the center of a crisis – in order to render aid – suspicion and resentment begins to replace admiration.  Did his arrival herald the onset of the town’s sudden woes? Or was his arrival timed to help it endure them? Who is Doonby?  You’ll probably never find out, by the looks of the movie, but that’s sort of the point.  Check out the trailer:

More of a thoughtful, provocative flick than a feel-good warm fuzzy, “Doonby” could either win people over or cause their avoidance, much like the lead character.  In fact, when we went digging to find out what was going on with the release date, we found that the sub-plot deals with messages about abortion and alcoholism.  The movie has been dubbed something like “It’s a Wonderful Life” without the wonderful.  Nonetheless, there’s nothing wrong with a movie that makes you think.  Any movie can have killer robots or car chases; but movies that take a hard look at humanity are rare today.

“Doonby the Movie” shows 7,822 “likes” on Facebook.  If you’re anxious to see this movie, you’ll need to make some noise.  If you have already seen the movie in an advance screening, share your review with us in the Forums!

Dukes of Hazzard on CMT – Sunday Sept 25th!

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! See the thrills and chills of car-smashing action with The Dukes of Hazzard on CMT!  The episode “Hazzard Connection” airs at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time! Yes, 6:30 p.m., a family-friendly viewing hour! Check your local cable listings to confirm scheduling.

“Hazzard Connection” is a popular episode where Bo Duke enters a demo derby with the General Lee in order to stop a smuggling ring.  But will the smuggling ring stop him first, with their cement-filled slammer car? It’s crashing, crunchy action!

Immediately following “Hazzard Connection” is the episode “Witness for the Persecution” at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.  Enjoy the fun as Boss Hogg hides out at the Duke farm and turns it upside down.  It will put visits from your in-laws into perspective.

By the way, the sign here was created by one of our members, Hoss C. Visit our Forums pages for more examples of his true-to-life Hazzard County signage.

Writer’s Block Party

Do you read or write? Either way, you might be interested in the next HazzardNet community chat for writers, happening this Saturday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. While this is primarily about fanfiction as it appears on HazzardNet, it’s an open, casual chat and anything about writing or enjoying stories is likely to come up.

Over the years, some of HNet’s fanfic writers have gone on to win writing awards and have work published. Writing Dukes of Hazzard stories may not be a road to riches, but many of our members have honed their skills by posting fanfiction here. The feedback and encouragement that comes from having a good writing community can make a difference for aspiring authors.

Be a part of that community and hang out with us this Saturday! Use your HazzardNet Forums login and password to enter the chat. See you there!

General Lee vs. Bandit in Duel to the Dust!

The General Lee or the Bandit Trans-Am? There’s never been a question in our minds about which car is the best!  But if any of ya’ll are torn, watch this video to see who comes out ahead! This good ol’ boy duel is presented by Hot Rod magazine as a promo for the November 2011 issue. Both of these cars will be featured in a special article and you won’t want to miss it! Start checking magazine racks in in the next week or two.  The November 2011 issue of Hot Rod is going to fly off the stands.

Carnival of Thrills on CMT

The third season of The Dukes of Hazzard opened with a memorable two-part episode called “Carnival of Thrills.”  When Dukes fans talk about favorite episodes, this one is always near the top. The automotive stunts, fistfights, humor and family angst add up to one of the best-written stories of the series.

Carnival of Thrills could be described as a coming-of-brains story for Bo Duke.  After receiving flattery from pretty stunt-show owner Diane Benson, Bo eagerly signs up for the chance to commit what seems to be public suicide in front of a grandstand audience, committing to a 32-car jump.  The near-fatal wipeout of the previous stunt driver is no deterrent.

Concerned for Bo’s safety, the rest of the Duke family attempts to stop him.  Boss and Rosco also want to stop him for their own reasons, which leads to a rare cooperation by Luke with one of Rosco’s most brazen impound excuses.  As the General’s impound turns into a date with a car crusher, free-for-all fisticuffs ensue at the junkyard.  The General is saved, but Bo nurses a grudge all the way home. 

Irate at Luke’s well-meaning betrayal, Bo shoots off his mouth until Luke’s own temper responds with a challenge. The first battle royale between the cousins Duke is memorable for its swift eruption and realism.  The fight is broken up by Uncle Jesse who tries to restore peace to the family, but to no avail.  Bo leaves the farm while his emotions are raw, falling further into Diane’s arms. 

When the Duke family learns that the prior stunt driver’s accident was the result of sabatoge, they race the clock to stop Bo from making the jump. But the General Lee is primed and ready, and Bo is making his final preparations in front of a roaring crowd.  Can anyone stop Bo before something stops him for good?

Carnival of Thrills ushered in the best ratings season that The Dukes of Hazzard would enjoy during it’s run.  See why by watching it this weekend on CMT!  Part One airs Friday Sept 16 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern.  Part Two airs Saturday Sept 17 at 1:00 a.m. Eastern.  Check your local cable listings.  It’s the weekend, so go ahead and pull an all-nighter with The Dukes of Hazzard!

Rembering 9/11

Ten years ago today, the world drastically changed. Most all of us remember where we were when he heard or saw what was unfolding on that clear Tuesday morning in New York. Take a moment today to pause and reflect and remember those who were lost that day.

If you have a memory about that day that you’d like to share, you can do so in our forums.

Got Something to Chew Over?

Do you have thoughts about HazzardNet? Got ideas, suggestions, or simply too much time on your hands? Then why not join a couple of our staff members in a Town Hall Chat? 

We’re having a town hall meeting on Saturday Sept 10th, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. This is a very informal meeting of the minds (or mindless) where we will discuss current HazzardNet projects, items from the suggestion box, and whatever else is on our bucket list.

We’ll be in the flash chatroom, “Boar’s Nest”.  Anybody interested is welcome to attend. It’s your chance to see HazzardNet administration behind the scenes. You can weigh in on the topics at hand, offer your insights, or merely watch us bicker over petty details.  Sign in using your usual HazzardNet Forums ID and password.  See ya there!

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