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Dukes of Hazzard Shindig Success!

Dukes of Hazzard "Hazzard Run" PosterThe Dukes of Hazzard Family Reunion in Livingston Parish, LA had 20,000 fans show up on Sept. 29, which exceeded the hoped-for attendance by promoters. The event offered free admission to the public, though nominal autograph fees were charged by Dukes of Hazzard cast members. You can read a local write-up about it in The Daily Reveille. By all accounts thus far from fans, promoters and cast members, the event was a great success, and there is already talk of another Hazzard Family Reunion for 2013.

Meanwhile, Dukes of Hazzard shindigs continue during 2012! Owners of General Lee replicas can join cast member Ben Jones, a/k/a “Cooter Davenport”, for the annual Hazzard Run on Oct. 13 & 14! Rick Hurst, “Deputy Cletus Hogg” will be joining the fun. If you’ve never seen this parade of General Lees roll into town, it’s a sight worth the trip! To register your General Lee for the Hazzard Run, or to obtain spectator info, visit Cooter’s Place.

 

 

Hazzard Homecoming Brings “Dukes” to Life!

Just the good ol’ boys…and everybody else, appeared at Hazzard Homecoming on August 11 & 12 for Dukes of Hazzard fun! Taking place on a rolling green field under bright blue skies, fans from around the globe enjoyed this memorable visit to “Hazzard County.”

While there were many highlights of the event, the stunt show featuring “Bo and Luke” behind the wheel of the General Lee is the likely favorite. The low-profile jump spared the Charger from damage, while still giving fans a traditional Hazzard County chase!  Here’s a YouTube video posted by “BradNMarty.”

Many fans couldn’t make the trip for this event, so if you have photos, videos or  reports to share about your experience, please feel welcome to post it in our Forums! You can also post on our Facebook page!

New WB Project Could Be Dukes of Hazzard Movie

From the rumor mill at the Hollywood Reporter, we’re told that there’s a secretive Warner Bros action-film project taking place somewhere in the South.

The story takes place in the 1970’s, and features two young men on the wrong side of the law.

This sounds kinda familiar, we gotta admit.

The last time we got excited about a Dukes movie, however, we were handed something that was an over-long parody. Good as the chase scenes were in The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 movie, it was a far cry from what many long-time fans had hoped for.  This was followed up by a watered-down version of more of the same, in the TV movie, “The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning.”  After a single TV airing, “The Beginning” was in the DVD bargain bin at Walmart.

Which brings us to wonder, “what next?”

There is optimism in the fact that writer-director Jody Hill was born in North Carolina in 1976.  He’s from the South. He’s  just old enough to have watched the original series during the CBS run of 1979-1985, during that critical impressionable age. Maybe, just maybe, Warner Bros is putting together a new Dukes of Hazzard movie project that is more true to the original series, and they’ve got the right guy at the helm.

Maybe.

We don’t even know if this is really a Dukes movie at all – or just something that borrows heavily from it.  As soon as we know more, we’ll pass it on! Meantime, visit our Forums to see fan reaction and share your thoughts!

Dukes of Hazzard Taking Over Knight Rider Festival

Move over, KITT. The General Lee is taking center stage in Las Vegas on May 18 & 19, 2012, during the Las Vegas Star Cars and Knight Rider 30th Anniversary Convention! Once separate events, these shindigs have been combined by powerhouse Vegas promoter Paul Casey.

The vehicles in attendance will include various incarnations of KITT and probably a dozen or more General Lees. In addition to the iconic cars from Knight Rider and The Dukes of Hazzard, you’ll find famous vehicles from Smokey & The Bandit, The A-Team, The Green Hornet, American Graffiti, Ghostbusters, and anything else that shows up.

The event is FREE to the public, but star car owners are asked to pony up for the Children’s Miracle Network. Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider, co-founder of the charity, is participating in the event and will be signing autographs. “Bo Duke” will be joined by Dukes of Hazzard alumni Byron Cherry, (Coy Duke) and Don Pedro Colley (Sheriff Little.) Catherine Bach has also been invited, but as of HazzardNet press time, her participation is unconfirmed.

Some Knight Rider stars will be there too, but hey, this is a Dukes website and we’re just a little selfish. Go to the official Las Vegas Star Cars website for more details about all the celebrities and cars!

We’re willing to bet that Dukes of Hazzard fans and General Lees take the event over by sheer numbers . It would serve Knight Rider just desserts for picking on The Dukes of Hazzard during the 80’s.  Odds are, a lot of Dixie horns will be heard in Las Vegas!

Warner Bros. Includes Dukes of Hazzard in Unique TV Exhibit!

A new exhibit at the Paley Center in Los Angeles called “Television: Out of the Box” features 60 years of iconic TV history! This interactive, multimedia Warner Bros exhibit includes props, collectibles, photos, set pieces, video clips, and more from decades of memorable television.

The Dukes of Hazzard is recognized in this exhibit, with a pair of “Daisy Dukes” among the TV treasures. We’re excited to see The Dukes of Hazzard included in this ode to television, and we encourage you to pay it a visit! You can learn more about the exhibit at the Paley Center website. Our sincere thanks go to Warner Bros for including the The Dukes of Hazzard in this popular exhibit! We also extend our gratitude to Warner Bros. Television Marketing for providing HazzardNet with this information.

Dukes of Hazzard Bucket o’ News!

Has being on the lam kept you out of the loop? We got ya covered! Here’s all the latest Dukes of Hazzard news, in no particular order, because we’re lazy like that. Here we go!

Tickets for the Tom Wopat and John Schneider concert at the Fallsview Casino Resort go on sale January 13!  The casino doesn’t have it listed yet but Tom himself released this information. The shows are April 12 & 13 in Ontario, Canada, just on the other side of Niagra Falls. You’ll need a passport, but you got plenty of time to get that together. Your local post office can give you the passport application and explain what’s required.

Next, if you’ve got a million dollars in your pocket, why not blow it on LEE 1? Yes, the most famous, and also infamous, first General Lee is up for a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, starting January 15. The car is famous for being the very first jumped General Lee in the first Dukes of Hazzard episode, “One-Armed Bandits.”  It later appeared in the episode “Repo Men” , repainted green, posing as a wrecked stock car.

When Dukes production left Georgia, LEE1 was left behind in a junkyard. It was eventually discovered in the late 90’s  and purchased  for an alleged $400 bucks.  The new owner, after much ballyhoo, turned around and auctioned the thing for some 24 grand or so, as-is, wrecked and rusted. How many times LEE1 changed hands after that, we don’t know, but it was eventually restored to be drivable and show-worthy.  In Duke circles, arguments abound about whether or not there’s enough original parts on the car to qualify it as “original”, as this was more like building the Bionic General than a normal restoration.  Yet somebody will pay a terrific price for LEE1  just for the bragging rights, if past history is any indication.

In other news, the lovely Catherine Bach has joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless”, a long-running daytime soap opera.  She will join the set Jan 10, with her first episode appearance expected around Feb 7. She will play a scheming, conniving mother of a scheming, conniving daughter, heck-bent on ruining marriages and fostering mistrust among friends. Sounds like fun!

One more quick thing, tickets for the 2012 Hazzard Homecoming are already on sale. We don’t know who’s gonna be there or what’s happening yet, but hey, it’s on! You’ll get a discount if you buy an e-ticket by March.  Swing over to Cooter’s Place for details.

That’s a wrap for now! Stay tuned to HazzardNet, we’ll have more for you soon!

Tom Wopat and John Schneider in Concert!

Photo credit: Paul Harrington

Forever known as Bo and Luke Duke to fans of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Tom Wopat and John Schneider have come a long way from Hazzard County. Their diverse careers include success in vocal recordings, Broadway performances, theatre productions, concerts, TV and movie roles, and more. They are, without doubt, consummate entertainers who know how to engage and delight an audience.

When peforming together, the audience is treated to a combined talent that is augmented by genuine camaraderie. Rare is the friendship that lasts over 30 years, rarer still a friendship that has survived the brutal pressures of Hollywood and the media.

In concert, Wopat and Schneider display an obvious ease around each other, clearly enjoying themselves and the music that unites them. They give audiences the same good time that they’re having! The only drawbacks to seeing them peform live together, is that the event is far too rare, and the evening seems to end too quickly.

So far for 2012, you have exactly two chances to catch Tom and John in concert: April 12 and April 13 at the Fallsview Casino & Resort in Niagra Falls, Ontario. Tickets will be going on sale in January 2012. Seating is limited to 1,500 in the intimate concert venue, meaning that tickets will go fast. 

At this time, we do not know exactly when tickets will become available in January. We will make every effort to post an alert when tickets are on sale.  With a total of only 3,000 tickets being available for the weekend, you’ll want to stay in the loop!

General Lee “Jump Car” Being Auctioned!

What’s more rare than a surviving General Lee stunt car? Fans with the money to buy it! But some lucky cuss will become the new owner of “Screen General Lee #13.”  This is an authentic, screen-used, second-unit stunt car, from California filming of “The Dukes of Hazzard.”  Despite bearing damage, this General is expected to fetch between $40,000 to $60,000 at auction on December 15, 2011.

This General Lee had a partial restoration about 10 years ago. Some damage was intentially left on the car in tribute to its orgin.  Here’s a summary of the remaining damage, from the auction page:

“The driver’s side quarter panel is dented, the front aprons under the hood are buckled and the cowl panel below the windshield is bent. The driveshaft is bent (but operational) and the upper control arms are damaged from stunt use.”

“SGL 13 still has the scars to prove what a battered life it led. There is some rust that has appeared in the lower rear driver’s side quarter panel and there are holes in the floor under the drivers’ seat, which appear to have been cut back when the car was converted to General duties. The hooks are still installed on the floor where the stuntmen would attach their special made vest, and the battery is still held in place by an army surplus strap.”

“SGL 13 does start and drive although it is not a daily driver. It will need some suspension pieces to make it handle better and some wiring would also need to be replaced to make the lights function.”

This General Lee is a veteran of action in the field. If you are interested in owning this rare General Lee – and you can pony up the dough –  visit the “Profiles in History/Icons of Hollywood” auction page.  Happy bidding to ya’ll with the pockets for it, and good luck!

Special Dukes of Hazzard DVD Deals!

There’s good news, good news! Warner Bros has DVD collections of “The Dukes of Hazzard” on sale! And we’re not just talkin’ a little-bitty sale. We’re takin’ DVD sets brand new for up to 58% off! You can get Season One for the crazy cheap price of $14.00! It’s a price even Boss Hogg could stand. They also have downloadable episodes for a pocket-friendly $1.95.

Here’s the bad news…the sale is only on through Friday, 11/25/11! So you’ll wannna get a move on.

Now, since we’re honest folks, we’ll also tell ya that Amazon.com has Dukes of Hazzard DVD’s for cheap too! Who’s the cheapest depends on exactly what you’re buying. Prices vary on Amazon according to the Dukes season that you’re looking for. Prices also vary depending on the third-party sellers involved.

WB throws in free shipping for orders $50 and above, otherwise it’s $2.50 per order during the sale. Amazon has free shipping for orders over $25.  If you’re spending less, that’s where the rubber meets the road on shipping costs.

In a quick comparison, buying the 1st season Dukes of Hazzard DVD set by itself would be cheaper, including shipping, through WB. While the sale is on, anyhow.

There’s nothing like knowing the Dukes of Hazzard will be yours forever. Now’s the time to start, or complete, your DVD collection! If you already bought ’em years ago,  now’s a good time to replace any scratched-up DVD’s that have seen a lot of action. These prices are the cheapest we’ve seen this year!

Virtual View of Hazzard Square!

Credit goes to Hoss C. for finding this Warner Bros. website with a virtual tour of Hazzard Square! The name of the studio lot is Midwest Street, also known as “Any Town USA.”  We recognize it for its use in “The Dukes of Hazzard”, but it was also used in several other productions, including Gilmore Girls and East of Eden. 

Another one of our members, Mark B., discovered this 1986 pop-rock video by Peter Wolf which was filmed on the same studio lot. The names of the stores changed, but sharp-eyed Dukes fans will recognize the Highway 36 sign, the bank, and the prominent gazebo.

If you haven’t visited our Forums lately, you’re missing out on some great stuff.  From Dukes triva by Roger Duke, to Mark B’s Cooter’s Garage scale model for 1/64 diecast cars, to Monster01’s HO scale model of Hazzard Square with railroad.  

Check out Hoss’s amazing research on Dukes of Hazzard filming locations in California. We also have new fanfic writers on the scene, so there’s something for everybody!

Now, we didn’t get around to naming a Fan of the Month for November. And we owe apologies to our Fan of the Month for October, i1976, as the homepage didn’t get updated with the announcement. In fact, with so many new members, we’ve been kinda busy around here!  But we want all of you to know you’re appreciated.  Whether you’ve been with HazzardNet for years, or you’ve just found us, we’re glad you’re here.  Sal-ute!

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