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Vanishing TV Character - Bub OCasey My Three Sons was one of televisions's longest-running sitcoms, airing 380 episodes over 12 seasons. It first aired on ABC from 1960 through 1965 and then on CBS from 1965 through 1972. The premise of the show was that Stephen Douglas (played by Fred MacMurray) was a widowed aeronautical engineer with three sons whose ages spanned about 12 years. We never learn much about his deceased wife--not even her first name. With Stephen Douglas often busy, his father-in-law, crusty but good-natured Bub O'Casey, was brought into the family fold to be the equivalent of the 'mother': the person who would cook, clean, shop, do laundry, mend clothes, and so forth. Bub was played by William Frawley who had earlier gained TV fame as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy in the 1950s. The show was immediately popular but never quite managed to crack the Nielsen top 10 in ratings. Fred MacMurray, who was once the highest paid actor in Hollywood, only agreed to be in the show if he could shoot all his scenes in three months. ABC agreed to this unusual demand. This meant the scripts for an entire season had to be prepared so MacMurray's scenes could all be shot over the space of three months and then pieced together with scenes involving only the other cast members who had a standard shooting schedule. Four seasons into the show, a problem arose: Frawley's health was declining to the point where ABC could not get him insured in case it had to pay for an entire season of episodes to be re-shot with a replacement if Frawley died or was incapacitated by illness. Thus ABC felt it was financially prudent to unceremoniously drop Frawley from the cast midway through the 1964-65 season. (It was explained that Bub had gone to Ireland to look after his 104-year-old Aunt Katie.) Enter William Demarest, who took on the role of Charley O'Casey--Bub's seafaring brother. He was persuaded to become the new Mr. Mom at the Douglas home and proved to be even more grumpy than Bub, but just as lovable deep down. Bub was seldom mentioned again once Uncle Charley entered the scene. Apparently Frawley resented Demarest for replacing him in the cast. Because only the 1965 to 1970 episodes are widely syndicated, many newer fans of My Three Sons are utterly unaware of Bub O'Casey. The insurance concerns were very valid: Frawley died suddenly in March 1966 at age 79.
Tags: Bub  OCasey  My  Three  Sons  William  Frawley 
Added: 9th March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Failed Spinoff - The Tortellis In the early seasons of Cheers, some of the funniest episodes centered around the antics of Nick Tortelli, the sleazy ex-husband of Cheers barmaid Carla. Played by Dan Hedaya, Nick was a TV repairman who eventually married ex-showgirl Loretta (played by Jean Kasem and described by Total Television as "statuesque but dippy"). NBC figured the duo of Nick and Loretta had the potential to be comedy gold, so in January 1987 they were given their own sitcom titled The Tortellis. The show's premise was that Nick and his trophy wife had already split up and Loretta had returned to Las Vegas. They reconcile in the pilot episode and remain in Nevada in a crowded household. The couple lived with Nick's oldest son and his teenage wife--and Nick's pragmatic sister and her young son. The show never caught on, despite occasional special appearances by Cheers cast members. The Tortellis was dropped by NBC after the 13th episode aired on May 12, 1987 less than four months after its debut. Nick and Loretta made one more appearance on Cheers in which it was explained that Nick's TV repair business had failed.
Tags: NBC  failed  sitcom  The  Tortellis  Cheers  spinoff 
Added: 1st April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Awful Lucille Ball Statue has Fans in Uproar In 2012 a bronze statue of beloved comedienne Lucille Ball was unveiled in her hometown of Celeron, NY. The reaction to 'Scary Lucy' (as the locals call it) has been overwhelmingly negative. Most Lucy fans think the statue bears little resemblance to the late, great TV icon. One person described it as "looking like a drunken zombie." There has been renewed interest in Scary Lucy because recently a Facebook page was created by upset fans who want the statue taken down. In a 2015 interview, artist Dave Poulin said he too was disappointed with the final product and hopes to get a chance to create a better replacement. The statue was funded by private donations.
Tags: statue  Lucille  Ball   
Added: 8th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ron Howard Happy Days TV Guide Cover 1974 Happy Days began its 10-year run on ABC on January 15, 1974 as a mid-season replacement show. Its nostalgic look at 1950s America was well received by people of all ages. This TV Guide cover from June 1974 shows Ron Howard and actress Kathy O'Dare. Despite what the caption says, O'Dare was not a regular on the series. In fact, she was only in two episodes that aired more than a year apart in which she played two different characters. However, O'Dare was in the very first episode, titled 'All The Way.' The plot has Potsie arranging a date for Richie with classmate Mary Lou Mulligan, a vapid, shapely lass who has 'a reputation.' It turns out that Mary Lou's alleged reputation is based on mere gossip and she really is 'a nice girl.' O'Dare also appeared on an episode of The Brady Bunch in 1974 as the apple of Peter Brady's eye. O'Dare later reunited with Howard when they co-starred in a forgettable 1976 southern-style car-chase film titled Eat My Dust. O'Dare died at the young age of 52 in 2010.
Tags: TV  Guide  cover  Happy  Days  Ron  Howard  Kathy  O 
Added: 10th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Love American Style - The Elopement Love American Style was a light-hearted program that aired on ABC from 1969 to 1974. It was usually comprised of three unrelated segments that involved some sort of romantic entanglement. The show had no ongoing cast; familiar actors from other TV shows normally played the lead roles. The show's main segments were separated with 'blackouts'--short, comedic vignettes. Love American Style was considered somewhat risque for its time because of its bedroom humor. Here's a good example: Davy Jones and Karen Valentine star in this 10-minute clip from 1970 about an elopement that goes wrong when the groom-to-be enters the wrong girl's window. It is preceded by a 'blackout' that would have raised a few eyebrows in 1970. (Try to ignore the logo that appears in the middle of the screen.)
Tags: Love  American  Style  Davy  Jones  Karen  Valentine 
Added: 10th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
June Lockhart Then and Now Born June 25, 1925 she is still with us at the age of 89. Probably best know as her roles in Lassie and Lost in Space, for me any ways. In her many roles she played Belinda Cratchit in the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol. Her many TV roles include Rawhide, Bewitched, Perry Mason, Family Affair, Adam 12, New Zoo Revue and even Roseanne. Her last work listed was a made for TV movie Holiday in Handcuffs in 2007.
Tags: June  Lockhart  Then  and  Now   
Added: 20th April 2015
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Posted By: Cliffy
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels Tags: Captain  Caveman  and  the  Teen  Angels  TV  Cartoon    Joe  Ruby  and  Ken  Spears  Hanna-Barbera  Productions  Mel  Blanc 
Added: 26th April 2015
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Posted By: pfc
Partridge Family Suzanne Crough Passes Suzanne Crough the youngest of the Partridge Family who played tambourine passes at the age of 52. Cause of death is unknown but was sudden.
Tags: Suzanne  Crough  Partridge  Family    tambourine    70's  TV  1974  1970  television  TV  music  death   
Added: 28th April 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Toma - Forgotten TV Show In March 1973 ABC aired a 90-minute made-for-TV movie called Toma, based on the real-life exploits of David Toma, a New York City detective who was a master of disguises. The feedback was positive enough for ABC to make Toma a regular cop-show series during the 1973-74 TV season. Tony Musante starred as the title character. Here is the opening montage. The real David Toma never once had to fire his gun, but the TV series named for him was replete with violence and gun play. The real Toma made a few cameo appearances in minor roles. Critics generally liked the show, and it pulled in decent enough ratings for ABC to plan for a second season. However, Musante surprisingly decided one season was enough for him. Accordingly, ABC created Baretta, an entirely different cop show but one with a similar feel to Toma. Baretta lasted for four seasons. The 22 episodes of Toma have never aired in syndication.
Tags: Toma  Tony  Musante  ABC  cop  show 
Added: 10th May 2015
Views: 749
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Posted By: Lava1964
TV Moms Which was your favorite?
Tags: TV  Moms  television  mothers  mothers  day  Roseann  Barbara  Billingsly 
Added: 10th May 2015
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Posted By: Freckles

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