Golden Turkey Awards - Film award presented on segments of
SNEAK PREVIEWS, a PBS movie review program featuring movie critics
Jeffrey Lyons and Neil Gabler. Spotlighted on the program were cameo reviews by film critic
Michael Medved who with the assistance of his film man Moose,
introduced his choice for the worst movies of the week with a
admonishment for the viewers to save their money. The worst movie of
the week was given the dreaded "Golden Turkey Award."
The Golden Turkey feature was inspired by Medved's book "The
Golden Turkey Awards" (1980, Putnam). His earlier book "The Fifty
Worst Films of All Time (1978, Warner Books) spawned the 1983 TV
series THE WORST OF HOLLYWOOD. Medved proclaimed the science fiction
film Plan 9 form Outer Space as the "Worst Film."
When Michael Medved replaced Neil Gabler in the fall of 1985, the
"Golden Turkey" segments were dropped.
Gene Siskel, film critic for the Chicago Tribune and Roger
Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times were the original
co-hosts of SNEAK PREVIEWS when it began on TV station WTTW in 1978.
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