Friday, November 4, 2016

Show Notes: Episode 7, The Six Million Dollar Man "Death Probe"

*"Death Probe" aired as a two-parter on ABC January 9 and January 16, 1977.

*In today's dollars, $6 million is about $24 million. It's obligatory for anyone talking about The Six Million Dollar Man today to do the math.

*Mark Wahlberg's big-screen version, The Six Billion Dollar Man (they didn't bother doing the math), is in development for a December 2017 release, with Peter Berg attached to direct. The movie keeps getting pushed back, though, so we'll believe it when we see it.

*The Russian government declined to comment on its rumored role in attempting to destabilize American pop culture by reintroducing the "Death Probe" episode through leaked bootleg videos.

*Gary Collins (1938-2012) was an actor in series like the 1970s Sixth Sense and later the host of weekday chat show Hour Magazine. He was not Russian.

*Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett were married in 1973 but split in 1979, so they were both superstars during their relationship. Their pairing has been compared to that of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lee Majors himself. It was a really big deal, though.

*Super Joe was Hasbro's reboot of sorts of G.I. Joe with a sci-fi theme.

*The Shmoo was cartoonist Al Capp's creation for Li'l Abner; he later became a star of NBC's Saturday morning lineup. This version was a cop partner of Fred Flinstone and Barney Rubble (!), then later, in his own series, a shapeshifter who solved mysteries.

*How would YOU describe the sound we hear when Steve Austin does cool bionic stuff? Tell us in the comments!

*As always, hit our YouTube channel for this episode's playlist, featuring promos, clips, commercials, and surprises!

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