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The Pruitts Of Southampton starred Phyllis Diller A 1966 "zany" sitcom, "The Pruitts Of Southampton" starred the mad cap Phyllis Diller! Unfortunately low ratings forced ABC to retool the show and in January 1967 the show was re-titled "The Phyllis Diller Show" and moved it from Tuesday's at 9pm to Friday's at 9:30pm! I guess the damage was done because by the end of the season the "Pruitts" were cancelled:-( Silly sitcom yes, but no sillier than The Lucy Show over on CBS! BTW the exterior shot of the Pruitts home is actually the Biltmore Estate in NC!
Tags: pruitts  of  southampton  phyllis  diller  biltmore  estate  zany  short-lived  sitcom 
Added: 10th November 2008
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Posted By: frank
The Second Hundred Years TV pilot part two Part two of The Second Hundred Years pilot episode. This sitcom premiered in 1967, Wednesday night's on ABC at 8:30pm. This sitcom was up against The Beverly Hillbillies over on CBS and The Virginian on NBC. The Second Hundred Years never had a chance in this time slot. ABC moved this sitcom in January 1968 to the cancelled Batman series on Thursday night's at 7:30. The ratings didn't improve and it was cancelled after only one season. Too bad because The 2nd 100 Years had promise!
Tags: the  second  hundred  years  monte  markham  arthur  oconnell  60s  short  lived  tv  sitcom 
Added: 17th November 2008
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Posted By: frank
Then And Now - Melody Patterson aka Wrangler Jane Melody Patterson was best know for her role on the 60's show F Troop. She was 16 at the time but played a much older role playing Captain Parmenter girlfriend. She lied to the studio saying she was 18 at the time according to numerous internet reports. After F-Troop was cancelled in 1967 she did some TV, radio and entertained the troops in Vietnam. She married actor James MacArthur who is known for the role of Dan "Danno" Williams in the original TV series Hawaii Five-O from 1970 to 1975. She appeared in many Hawaii Five-O episodes. Born April 16, 1949 she is 64 at the time of this writing. She occasionally frequents reunion gatherings for F Troop however her official website wranglerjane.com went offline in 2005.
Tags: F  Troop  Then  And  Now  -  Melody  Patterson  aka  Wrangler  Jane  Dan  "Danno"  Williams   
Added: 29th January 2014
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Posted By: Steve
Emilys Reasons Why Not - One Episode Sitcom Emily's Reasons Why Not was a very short-lived ABC sitcom starring Heather Graham. The show was based on the novel of the same name. Although seven episodes were made, Emily's Reasons Why Not was cancelled after one episode on Monday, January 9, 2006. The series centered on Emily (Graham), an author of self-help books who is unable to find success in romance. In the premiere episode she ends a bad relationship and adopts a new rule for her romances: if she can list five reasons to break up with a guy...she does. Emily gets help from her friends, among them Josh, whose character is strongly based on overtly gay stereotypes. The show was widely considered a less risqué copycat of Sex and the City. In the first episode, Emily is convinced the man she is dating is gay when he is actually a devout Mormon practising chastity before marriage. The show drew fire from pro-abstinence groups for its inability to portray an abstinent person without relying on stereotypes of homosexuality. Despite heavy promotion by both Sony Pictures Television and ABC, the show was pulled after the first episode due to drawing only 6.2 million viewers. Production was stopped after filming six episodes. ABC was said to have spent millions on promotion, including airtime, billboards and radio ads, and considered Emily to be the 'linchpin' of the network's post-football Monday-night schedule. After viewing it, ABC's entertainment president suggested that they considered the show lackluster and unlikely to improve. The New York Times attributed the show's cancellation in part to the extremely unappealing nature of the main character and her portrayal by Graham.
Tags: Emilys  Reasons  Why  Not  ABC  sitcom  flop 
Added: 6th February 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Karen - Forgotten Sitcom Anyone remember a 1964 NBC sitcom titled Karen? Here's the opening montage--which looks remarkably similar to what Happy Days used to open its show a decade later. The theme song was sung by The Beach Boys! According to Total Television, Karen was one of three rotating 1964 NBC sitcoms set in 90 Bristol Court--an apartment complex. The other two (Against the World and Tom, Dick and Mary) were cancelled quickly. Karen lasted a full season until August 30, 1965. Pretty Debbie Watson played typical teenage girl Karen Scott. Richard Dreyfuss--who would go on to much bigger and better things in Hollywood--occasionally appeared as one of Karen's many friends. After Karen was cancelled, Debbie Watson was given the title role in another sitcom--Tammy. Like Karen, Tammy lasted just one season before getting the ax. Watson retired from acting in 1971 at age 22 after making an appearance on Love, American Style.
Tags: Karen  NBC  sitcom   
Added: 10th March 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Forgotten Sitcom - Chicago Teddy Bears The Chicago Teddy Bears was a short-lived CBS sitcom that debuted as part of the network's fall lineup in 1971. The Prohibition-era comedy was set at Linc & Latzi's Speakeasy in Chicago. Dean Jones played Linc McCray. John Banner (from the recently cancelled Hogan's Heroes) was lovable Uncle Latzi, Linc's partner. Because The Chicago Teddy Bears was a sitcom, there was no overt mob-related violence shown on the screen. It was only vaguely referenced. The show was yanked after just 13 episodes due to poor ratings. Here's the opening sequence.
Tags: Chicago  Teddy  Bears  sitcom  CBS 
Added: 5th April 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Makin It - Failed Disco Sitcom In 1979 ABC figured the time was ripe for a disco-themed sitcom. Actually, the timing was bad. The disco fad was already on the decline, but that didn't stop ABC from giving the public nine episodes of Makin' It. The series was set in Passiac, NJ. David Naughton starred as college student Billy Manucci. Billy worked part time at Tasty Treats (an ice cream store) and spent his evenings at Inferno, Passiac's hottest disco. Ellen Travolta played the mother of Billy, an older son named Tony (who was the best dancer at Inferno), and daughter Tina. Some people have said Makin' It attempted to be a hybrid of Happy Days and Saturday Night Fever. (I think that's a fair comment. The first episode was titled Stayin' Alive. The opening credits are certainly Happy Days-like.) Here's the opening montage. Makin' It debuted on February 1, 1979 and last aired on March 23. Interestingly, the show's catchy theme song, performed by lead actor Naughton, became a hit after Makin' It had been cancelled by the network. It reached #5 on the Billboard Top 40.
Tags: Makin  It  ABC  sitcom  disco 
Added: 5th June 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jerry Lee Lewis Marriage Scandal Jerry Lee Lewis was one of early rock-and-roll's pioneers and leading performers. In December 1957, when he was 22 years old, Lewis secretly married for the third time. The bride was Myra Gale Brown--who happened to be just 13 years and five months old. Myra's father was Lewis' cousin, J.W. Brown, a member of Lewis' band. News of the strange marriage did not surface until May 1958 when a British journalist uncovered the story as Lewis was beginning a tour of England. The adverse publicity caused the tour to be cancelled after just three concerts. The backlash followed Lewis to the United States. Many radio stations refused to play Lewis' songs. Lewis went from $10,000-per-night engagements to small-time bookings where he was lucky to pick up $250. Moralists declared the scandal was proof of rock-and-roll's inherent evil. The couple stayed married until 1970. Today Brown is a real estate agent.
Tags: Jerry  Lee  Lewis  marriage  Scandal  Myra  Gale  Brown 
Added: 20th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Mike Evans Mike Evans was familiar to TV viewers as Lionel Jefferson on both All In the Family and its spinoff, The Jeffersons. Lionel was the first opinionated young black character on televsion. A complex character, Lionel was more amused than annoyed by neighbor Archie Bunker's bigotry, but sensitive about being seen as a representative of the black race by Mike Stivic rather than as an individual. Evans left the Jeffersons after one season to pursue a career as a TV writer. He was replaced by Damon Evans (no relation) for the next four seasons. Mike Evans then reprised the role in later seasons until The Jeffersons was cancelled. When Evans died of throat cancer in 2006, his passing was barely noticed by the media. He was 57 years old.
Tags: Mike  Evans  television  Lionel  Jefferson 
Added: 25th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Life With Lucy - 1986 Lucille Ball had 23 years of successful sitcoms from 1951 through 1974. During the next dozen years, Ball appeared only in specials and did the occasional game show. In 1986, after some serious negotiating, ABC persuaded the 75-year-old Ball to come out of retirement and do another sitcom, Life With Lucy, alongside 80-year-old Gale Gordon. Lucy would be paid for 22 episodes even if the series was cancelled before they aired or were even made. She also insisted that Bob Carroll and Madelyn Pugh--her two primary writers from I Love Lucy--would have final script approval. Lucy played a widow who moves in her with daughter's family. The first episode aired on Saturday, September 23, 1986. It ranked 23rd for the week. The reviews were not kind. Critics felt the scripts were old-fashioned and predictable. Some Lucy fans cringed watching the elderly Lucy and Gale perform stunts they did years earlier. Lucy’s timing was a bit off as well because she now needed cue cards to remember her lines. As the weeks went on, Life With Lucy steadily fell in the ratings. Within two months, it was among the lowest-rated shows on television. Lucy was shocked because she had never failed in a series before. There were occasional bright spots, though: Lucille Ball was likely at her personal best in an episode featuring John Ritter. (Each was a huge fan of the other.) An episode titled 'Mother of the Bride,' in which Audrey Meadows (of The Honeymooners) appeared as Lucy's sister, probably was the best of the bunch. Unfortunately, nothing could save what was becoming a major disappointment for ABC. Even though 13 episodes were filmed, only eight made it to the airwaves before the series was axed. 'Mother of the Bride' was the last one to air on November 15, 1986. Lucy was apparently devastated by the show's cancellation, tearfully declaring to longtime friend Ann Sothern that TV viewers only accepted a younger Lucy--not Lucy as a grandmother. ABC never aired any reruns. Life With Lucy has not yet been made available on DVD.
Tags: Life  With  Lucy  Sitcom 
Added: 21st March 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964

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