Saturday, September 24, 2022

This Day in TV History: New beginnings that CBS hopes remind you of the past--September 24, 1982

40 years ago tonight, CBS had an interesting Friday night lineup. Leading it off at 8:00, The Dukes of Hazzard kicked off its fifth season with an episode called "The New Dukes." That's right, it was the debut of Coy and Vance, the Duke cousins!

The series was a huge hit for CBS in that time period, but the cousins, subbing for Bo and Luke after Tom Wopat and John Schneider had a protracted contract dispute with Warner Brothers, put a stop to that! The "real" Dukes returned late in the season and stuck around for the show's final (much-lower-rated) two seasons.

After the Dukes, CBS premiered Bring 'Em Back Alive, a period adventure show with Bruce Boxleitner. Everyone seems to remember Tales from the Gold Monkey, which had similar influences in the wake of Raiders of the Lost Ark's success, but this one is more obscure. 

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