Friday, August 2, 2019

Show Notes: Episode 6-9: Automan

*Thanks again to listener John Holm for suggesting Automan as a potential show topic!

*Automan aired just one season (not even) in 1983-84 on ABC.

*Murder MTV premiered at 8:00 P.M. Monday, March 12, 1984, followed by Why Me? and opposing Bloopers and Practical Jokes on NBC and Scarecrow and Mrs. King on CBS.

*Tron is a  summer 1982 Disney film that performed below expectations at the box office but is well enough remembered to have spawned video games, cartoons, even a sequel in 2010.

*Heather McNair's Wikipedia page is quite sparse, but her other credits include playing Marion Davies in Chaplin (1992).

*Laura Branigan died at the age of 52 after a pop career led by her mega-smash 1982 single Gloria.

*Her Life as a Man got this review in the Christian Science Monitor in 1984. The author calls it an "excellent drama" but doesn't mention Joan Collins nor Robert Culp.

*Emerald Point N.A.S. was also a one-season wonder at this time. The CBS primetime soap starred Dennis Weaver, Sela Ward, Patrick O'Neal, Susan Dey, and Richard Anderson among others.

*Cool facts about Chuck Wagner: He was on a non-celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, he once toured as ringmaster for Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey, he was in the original Broadway cast of Into the Woods.

*Folks, dare we cover Manimal next? While Automan is fondly recalled in many circles, Glen A. Larson's other 1983 series is a staple of "worst of" lists.

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