Thursday, November 5, 2020

Show Notes: Episode 8-7: Tucker's Witch

 *Tucker's Witch aired on CBS October 6, 1982 to November 10, 1982,  before returning at the end of the season for a brief run.  There are a total of 12 episodes plus the unaired pilot.

*All episodes are now available again on Amazon Prime Video and on this YouTube channel as well as the FilmRise Roku channel.

*The official broadcast version of the pilot premiered Wednesday, October 6, 1982 at 10:00 P.M.  It followed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Alice, and Filthy Rich. Oddly, the latter is the name of a new series on Fox starring...Kim Cattrall from the unaired pilot.

ABC showed Game 2 of the American League Championship Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the (then) California Angels. 

NBC's lineup consisted of Real People, Facts of Life, Family Ties, and Quincy.

*Porky's with Kim Cattrall (born 1956 in Liverpool) and Art Hindle (born 1948) had a wide release in March 1982 and went on to become the #5 box office hit of the year.

*Genre fans may be miffed we don't mention Hindle's roles in Black Christmas and the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and he is very well known in Canada, so consider this props!

*The age difference between Cahterine Hicks (1951) and Tim Matheson (1947) is less than 4 years.

*Ted Danson (just for the record, born 1947 and older than all of the other actors we have mentioned) starred in the premiere of Cheers September 30, 1982, so this episode aired a week later!

*Bill Morey went on to become a regular on The John Laroquette Show. He also had a recurring role on Dallas and did voices on G.I. Joe.

*The series' stars talk about the name of the show in this vintage interview from several months before the premiere. Check how Matheson gets past the awkwardness of the lack of a title and right into explaining the premise/

*Here is Cinema Cats' profile of the inimitable feline actor Dickens.

*Hear more about the great Heinrich of Midvale in this episode!

*Does anyone prefer the unaired pilot to the aired version? Let us know!

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