Athletic events are usually the only time to see icons of school spirit on national television. However, on Saturday, MU will be featured on the TBS Superstation for a different reason.
Big Playstation Saturdays are a new venture for TBS, airing all-day movies before and after a college football game. The game Saturday is MU vs. the University of Oklahoma, and the movie is “Road House.”
The 1989 film takes place in the fictional town of Jasper, Mo. It features Patrick Swayze as Dalton, a bouncer who is hired to clean up the town bully from the Double Deuce Club and falls in love with the town sweetheart.
On Oct. 1, crews from TBS came to Columbia for the day to shoot various clips that ranged in location from Faurot Field and Lowry Mall to Tiger Plaza and Francis Quadrangle with the MU Columns. The spots feature Truman the Tiger, the MU cheerleaders and MU students. These spotlights are short clips that lead into the film after commercial breaks.
Marc Long, director of university affairs, organized the event for MU.
“I think TBS is interested in using the Big 12 schools because they air a lot of their football games on television, and people who watch the station are familiar with those schools,” Long said.
Senior Mike Phillippi, who acts as Truman the Tiger, was there for the whole event.
“They probably shot at least 25 clips,” Phillippi said. “It took pretty much the whole day, but it was exciting knowing that eventually these would actually be aired on TV.”
Even more exciting is the national coverage the clips will bring to Mizzou.
“Anytime the University of Missouri is featured on national cable, it’s great publicity for the school,” Long said. “It was a good experience for the university and TBS alike. Some of our students were hired to help on the production staff, and both TBS and the university students got an enjoyable experience out of the event.”
When it comes to qualms about being tied into a movie about a bunch of rednecks, Missouri officials and students don’t seem too worried.
“I don’t think that audiences will put that connection to the university. I was there for the tapings all day and not once was that subject mentioned. It was simply TBS asking questions about the history of MU and the students having fun with the clips.”