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*Mr. Smith *.5
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*The Yellow Rose **.5
For the 1983-1984 TV season, NBC asked audiences to "Be there!" Audiences had somewhere else to be, and by the end of the season, the network had canceled all nine new shows it had introduced in the fall. What could lead to such a catastrophe? Why wouldn't people want to watch shows about talking orangutans, manimals, ghosts, and more? This week, we dig into this season and talk about some of these failed shows to see if we can find some answers. Be there!
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NOTE: This list did publish last Sunday, but I entered the incorrect publishing date, so many may have missed it in the feed. We will have a new list tomorrow as usual. Thank you!
1) Starsky and Hutch: We talk about the show on this week's podcast, and we like it! Let's hear it for good, old-fashioned TV violence!
2) Captain Dobey: Due to the nature of the episode we discussed, we didn't talk as much about Dobey as I might have liked, AND I AM GETTING SICK AND TIRED OF IT!
3) The Love Boat 1983 ABC Fall Preview: 40 years ago tonight, the network promoted its new season with the cast of the Boat in character, and all I can say is, why, oh, why is the whole special not on YouTube?
4) Miss America 1984: The annual pageant was held 40 years ago tonight, and Vanessa Williams was named Miss America 1984. She went on to have a long and happy reign, and she--Oops.
6) Monday Night Football: 50 years ago tonight, the program's third season kicked off with a Jets/Packers match-up, but there was considerably less drama than there was last Monday!
7) The Fugitive: Another TV milestone happened 60 years ago tonight. Yes, just a little outside our timeframe, but I want to mark the anniversary of the premiere of one of the finest dramas ever.
8) National Hispanic Heritage Month: It's kind of cool that it's not a calendar month but goes from mid September through mid October. Hey, I just got an email from Tubi saying it was celebrating the event with...No, not Chico and the Man. Chasing Papi. Oh, well.
9) 60 Minutes: The show begins its 56th season (!) tonight. 56! Wow! At this rate, they might catch The Simpsons someday.
10) John Ritter: The star would have been 75 years old today. It's amazing that he died 20 years ago.
Using a set of trading card-sized reproductions of TV Guide covers, we wing our way through a new game, The TV Guide Card Game. Like baseball cards, each card features stats and trivia on the back, and Rick uses that to see if Mike can guess the cover subjects. Play along and maybe learn some "fun facts" about some of your favorite BOTNS-era shows!
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The Doctors was a daytime soap on NBC from 1963 to 1982. A generous uploader posted this clip with a very young Paul Michael Glaser from a 1967 episode, and we included it in this week's Starsky and Hutch playlist:
The show was forgotten for years, or so I thought. It seems to have a fervent following. As you can tell from the watermark on the clip, Retro TV picked up reruns and started airing it in 2014, though it does not have all the episodes. Apparently it does not have access to anything before 1967, but you can see episodes on demand here.
Buckle your seat belt and cinch your cardigan because this week we're hitting the mean streets of Bay City with Starsky and Hutch! Things get harry for the boys after someone poisons Starksy with a deadly neurotoxin. As they race against a ticking clock to find the culprit and an antidote, they make time for their emotions and a fair amount of proprety damage. All in a day's work for these 1970s stalwarts.
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Season 11 returns with a look at 227, Marla Gibbs' follow-up to The Jeffersons. The sitcom introduced the world to Jackee Harry and a young Regina King, but it also featured the likes of the great Hal Williams and Alaina Reed Hall (Olivia from Sesame Street). In 5 seasons, they covered a lot of ground from kitchen-sink comedy to social commentary to random celebrity encounters to wacky sitcom premises. We'll let you decide which category an episode where Gibbs' Mary and Hall's Rose win a butler for a week falls. Did we mention one of Gibbs' old Jeffersons co-stars plays the butler?
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1) Knight Rider: This week on the podcast, we revisited our look at the popular Eighties show. We hope you enjoy taking another look at the show, but we will return soon with brand-new episodes as we continue our Season 11!
2) Labor Day: Tomorrow is a Federal holiday here in the USA, and we at BOTNS congratulate everyone who has gone into labor.
3) Summer: Emotional Summer comes to an end this weekend, and while Fall has its merits, we still recognize The King of Seasons and will appreciate it for another meteorological weeks. How can you not love a season that gives us stuff like this:
4) Casablanca: You'd think I would have no desire to see my all-time favorite movie turned into an NBC limited series in 1983 with David Soul in the Bogart role. Well, I am willing to give it a shot, but I missed out on the Olive Films DVD set years ago and have never seen it.
50 years ago tonight, the poorly received miniseries aired the fifth and final episode at 10:00 and finished next to last in the ratings. The series had launched in April but was pulled after 3 weeks, and the last two installments were burned off at the end of the summer.
5) Three's Company: Another timeless tale of romance, intrigue, and bittersweet reflections on the human condition, Three's Company, gets a marathon on Antenna TV this weekend/
6) Valerie Perrine: Not known as a TV actress, but the birthday gal (80 years old today) had a notable appearance on PBS' Steambath in 1973, starring in what is credited as the first topless scene in American television.
No, we're not embedding it here.
7) College football: Now that the real season of realignment and conference movement machinations is over, we head into the offseason, where people just play football games.
8) The Equalizer: Just in time for the third Denzel Washington movie, NBCUniversalComcast put the 1980s Edward Woodward show on its--Wait, sorry, apparently it didn't. In fact, despite hosting the entire original program on NBC.com several years ago, the company hasn't seen fit to put it on Peacock or anywhere else. I guess you can go to Roku or Xumo and wait around to see if it shows up on its FAST channel Universal Crime someday.
9) AMC on MAX: MAX has a section devoted to showcasing various AMC programs this month. I am waiting to see Bob Dorian intros, Remember Wenn, and The Movie Masters.
10) Bob Newhart: Yesterday was Stammerday, and now on Sunday, Catchy Comedy's Bob-a-thon continues with episodes of Bob and Newhart all day long.