Thursday, November 26, 2020

Show Notes: Episode 8-10: Newhart "Thanksgiving for the Memories"

*Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Thanks to all of you for supporting our podcast and for listening to us each week.

*Newhart aired October 1982 to May 1990 on CBS for a total of 8 seasons and 184 episodes, mostly on Mondays, mostly at 9:30 P.M. The series earned 25 Emmy nominations but zero wins.

*Bob lasted two seasons and 33 seasons from 1992-1993 on CBS.

*Here is the Entertainment Weekly show reunion piece with the quote from Julia Duffy about the finale.

*The Bob Newhart Show's famous Thanksgiving episode, "Over the River and Through the Woods," actually the second that series did, premiered November 22, 1975.

*Steven Kampmann, who played Kirk Devane in the show's beginning seasons, is also a writer, credited for co-authoring the Back to School screenplay and serving as one of the staffers on WKRP.

*Coach (1989-1997) lasted 9 seasons and 200 episodes whether I was watching them or not.

*The role of Larry was written for Tracy Walter, according to this Mental Floss article, but after auditions, William Sanderson got the part.

*"Thanksgiving for the Memories" premiered Monday, November 24, 1986, on CBS, preceded by Kate and Allie and My Sister Sam. After this episode, it was Designing Women and Cagney and Lacey.

ABC showed MacGyver and the Dolphins pasting the Jets on Monday Night Football.

NBC's lineup consisted of Alf, Amazing Stories, and The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story. Craig T. Nelson does indeed play Senator Edward Kennedy in that TV movie!

*Captain EO (1986) is Michael Jackson's much-ballyhooed 3-D film made for Disney theme parks.

*Another shout-out for William Lanteau as Mayor Chester Wanamaker and Thomas Hill as Jim Dixon!

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