Tuesday, August 24, 2021

This Day in TV History: ABC brings the comedy...and WHEN SHE WAS BAD...

On this night 40 years ago, ABC gave an encore presentation of a TV movie with one of the best Ernie Anderson titles ever: When She Was Bad... We mentioned this 1979 Cheryl Lass/Robert Urich movie (which, we should mention, does concern serious issues) in our look at Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, as the network somehow decided to chase the Rankin-Bass holiday special with a sobering look at child abuse.

On August 24, 1981, ABC gave a pair of sitcom pilots as the lead-in the to the movie. First up: Nuts and Bolts. You like this one already, don't you? From Lee Goldberg's invaluable guide to TV pilots: "Rich little is a widower raising two kids with the help of two robots he designed. In the pliot, Little doesn't have the money for his daughter's music school, so he sells his older robot to a hamburger stand run by William Daniels and Jo Ann Pflug, Litt's love interest. Eve Arden is Little's mother.

Come on, how can that one miss?

At 8:30, it's In Trouble, which sounds less appealing. Bernie Kukoff and Jeff Harris (Diff'rent Strokes) produced this look at teenage girls (one played by future Bart Simpson voice Nancy Cartwright) who work as wait

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