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1969 - 1970 TV Season
:PART TWO:
Part One Here
by your new best friend Billy Ingram

:UNUSUAL
DRAMA:

Bracken's World

Bracken's World
Sept 1969 - Dec 1970

Supposedly steamy melodrama that took place behind the scenes in the sleazy movie business where, as you know, everybody's screwing everybody (true fact).

During the first season, Bracken (a big time Hollywood movie producer) was never seen, only referred to. For the short second season, Leslie Nielsen took on the role of the now-seen Bracken.


DID YOU KNOW?
In 1969, The Wonderful World of Disney got a new theme. Disney staff composer George Bruns arranged a medley of familiar tunes: "Someday My Prince Will Come" and "Whistle While You Work" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, "When You Wish Upon a Star", "Chim Chim Cher-ee" from Mary Poppins, "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" from So Dear to My Heart, "Davy Crockett", and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" from Cinderella.

During the next decade, the arrangement of songs in the opening medley as well as the film clips would change every few years or so to include more recent fare.

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:THE MAGIC OF ABC:

BewitchedBewitched, which debuted in 1964, was a monster hit for ABC, one of the few consistent winners the network had in the late-sixties, finishing the 1968-69 season at number eleven. In 1969, the network hoped to inspire a next-generation Bewitched with a pair of supernatural comedies.

Ghost & Mrs. MuirThe Ghost
& Mrs. Muir

This was a highly regarded but low rated sitcom about a widow and her two kids living with the ghost of a long-dead sea Captain. NBC cancelled the series in 1969 only to have it picked up that year by ABC.

The series starred Hope Lange, Edward Mulhare, Rita Shaw and Charles Nelson Reilly (as a character the Captain referred to as, "a whimpering, mewling, brittle-boned pest").

ABC Bewitched the series up in 1969 by changing the focus of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir to appeal to a younger audience; the plots revolving more around Captain Gregg's ghostly world and his supernatural powers.

Ghost and Mrs. MuirAs a result, the show became more boisterous and silly although Hope Lange handled the broad humor with that remarkable poise and dignity she possesed in spades.

The first ABC episode was about a ghost ship that saps Captain Clegg's powers just as his home is overun by a woman's club meeting.

Opening to the 1968 pilot of The Ghost & Mrs. Muir.

Nanny and the ProfessorNanny and
the Professor
This endearing sitcom about a semi-mystical British nanny who comes to look after a widowed professor and his three children (obviously inspired by Mary Poppins) debuted midseason in January of 1970.

Peter Tewksbury directed the pilot from a script by creators Thomas L. Miller and A. J. Carothers.

ABC had high hopes for the series but it never really caught on in a big way like The Brady Bunch or Partridge Family, two more famous shows from the network's Friday night lineup at the time. Still, the show was popular enough to spawn Nanny paper doll sets, a fiction book series, coloring books and comics.

In early episodes, Phoebe Pickadilly's magical powers were subtle and only hinted at. Did she or didn't she? She was more intuitive than anything else.

Nanny and the ProfessorIn later episodes, the magical aspect of Nanny's personality became more obvious; she had powers almost on par with Bewitched's Samantha by the third season and the show lost much of its charm as a result.

In 1969, Bewitched fell out of the top twenty for the first time in five years - The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was dropped in 1970 while Nanny barely lasted until 1971, then enjoyed a brief run in syndication, occuping afternoon slots.

There were two episodes of a Nanny and The Professor cartoon in 1974 with the original kids providing the voices as part of The Saturday Superstar Movies.

Richard Long, who played the professorial dad, was a notorious alcoholic that made newspaper headlines for beating his wife shortly after Nanny and the Professor went off the air. Long was taken into custody after police asked him if he had hit his wife and he replied, "Yes, and I'll do it again, the dirty bitch!" He passed away on December 21, 1974.

David Doremus, seen as the oldest son Hal, was a semi-regular on on The Waltons as Mary Ellen's boyfriend, G.W. Haines.

Trent Lehman, the young actor that played middle son Butch, died in 1982. Despondent over a recent breakup and a nowhere career, he hung himself on the fence outside his former Elementary school.

Kim Richards, the young daughter, has had a long career and can be seen in movies like The Blair Witch Project; she was a regular on James at 15 and Hello Larry. She is Paris Hilton's aunt.

Juliet Mills appeared in commercials for Johnson's Disposable Diapers in 1977 as "Nanny" and was recently seen on the hilarious NBC soap opera Passions as the delightfully evil Tabitha.

:PROGRAM PROFILE:
The Bill
Cosby Show

Sept 1969 - Sept 1971

Fresh from his success on I-Spy, Bill Cosby returned to network TV as high school gym teacher Chet Kincaid.

Cosby's first sitcom was a thinking person's comedy, there was no overbearing laugh track and the humor was generated from character interaction, uncommon for late-sixties sitcoms.

Unlike his later shows, in this production Cosby played a single guy. Lillian Randolph (Madame Queen on Amos and Andy) played Chet Kincaid's mom in the first season, other old-time character actors like Mantan Moreland also appeared.

The Bill Cosby Show shot to the top of the ratings for the first half of the '69-70 season, but numbers dropped over time.

NBC had given producer and star Bill Cosby a two-year commitment and that's how long the series lasted.

Fifteen years later, Cosby almost single handedly revived the sitcom format with The Cosby Show.

:INVENTING
THE WHEEL:

:PROGRAM PROFILE:
The Bold Ones

Sept 1969 - June 1973

The Bold Ones was a rotating 'wheel' of dramas. During the first season, the lineup consisted of The New Doctors, The Lawyers and The Protectors (aka The Law Enforcers). This was an expensive experiment for NBC, costing an unheard of $200,000 an episode.

Produced at Universal Studios with executive producer Roy Huggins (The Fugitive, 77 Sunset Strip), The Bold Ones kicked off with The New Doctors (with E.G. Marshall, John Saxon and David Hartman) as they tackled the legal definition of death when a motorcycle accident leaves one patient brain dead just as another could use his kidney to live.

The New Doctors was the only segment to last the four year run. It was also the most elaborate, with a real working operating room for a set. Jerry Lewis directed a 1971 episode concerning a golf pro and a child with Muscular Dystrophy.

Series star Hartman was quoted as saying, "Television is bringing back the medical shows because in this way they can have blood without violence." Hartman went on to host Good Morning America in the seventies.

The Lawyers ran until 1972, with Burl Ives, Joseph Campenella and James Farentino.

Ives played basically the same character in The Lawyers that he did in Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, mostly meandering around smoking a pipe and saying, "Hold on there!"

In The Law Enforcers (aka The Protectors), Leslie Neilsen (Police Squad) played a by-the-book Deputy Police Chief who clashes with a liberal District Attorney played by Hari Rhodes (Daktari) over how to best police the city.

Typical plot: when an escaped convict dies from the plague and an epidemic threatens the city, there's a difference of opinion on how to handle it.

The Protectors was dropped in March of 1970, replaced by The Senator.


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Second and last year for TV's only sci-fi show in 1969 - Land of the Giants.

There was a bizarre second season show guest-starring Jonathan Harris (Dr. Smith on Lost in Space) as a Pied Piper trying to lure little boys away from their homes.

Were we naive back then or what?

 

:PROGRAM PROFILE:
Then Came Bronson

1969 - 1970

Easy Rider was a hit in 1969, a movie about two young counterculture cyclists looking for the "real" America. Perhaps Middle America was not quite ready for that story on the small screen, but Then Came Bronson (starring Michael Parks) expressed some of the themes of that movie in a way more palatable to the mass audience (interestingly, the pilot movie was completed before Easy Rider hit the screen, so TCB was not an Easy Rider knockoff.)

The idea of getting back to basics was "blowin' in the wind" at that time. "Natural" food, ecology and hippie communes were other expressions of this philosophy. However, promotional literature assured us that "for the necessities of life, (Bronson) works".

He owned only his motorcycle, his bedroll and the clothes on his back. Those clothes usually consisted of corduroy pants, black tee shirt, leather jacket, and watchcap (according to Michael Parks, he took this costume from the Jack London book, Sailor on Horseback).

The two-hour pilot movie told the story of how Bronson began his travels. Martin Sheen played Nick, the friend who bequeathed his motorbike to Bronson. Bonnie Bedelia is a girl he meets who had run out on her own wedding. After a rocky start, Bronson develops feelings for the girl that conflict with his need to continue his journey and come to peace with himself.

The pilot featured a hill climb contest, which Bronson won (remarkable, considering he rode a street-equipped Harley-Davidson Sportster!). The most identifiable feature of the Bronson bike is the insignia on the gas tank, a triangle with an eye in the middle.

While Bronson and the girl were in a diner, a local yokel hopped on the bike and ran it directly off a ramp into the water. It was hauled out and painstakingly disassembled and cleaned up. Soon they were back on the highway.

By the end of the show, the two understand that their life paths must diverge. Good thing, or else there would have been no series!

- Mike Ransom

:ON SATURDAY MORNINGS:


First year for Scooby-Doo,
Where Are You?
on CBS.


Banana Splits on NBC.


Hot Wheels on ABC.

H.R. Pufnstuf debuted in 1969.

:BIG STARS
FLOP BIG:

The Debbie
Reynolds Show

Sept 1969 - Sept 1970

Debbie Reynolds played a housewife who spent her time snooping into other people's business and avoiding sex with her husband (Don Chastain). Maybe Ellen wasn't the first lesbian sitcom after all...

This was basically a rip-off of Here's Lucy (rated number six in 1969), with Debbie running around in ridiculous disguises and getting into all kinds of stupid trouble with her kooky sister (Patricia Smith).

In one episode, Debbie lands an advice column for the paper, but she sends the wrong solution to the wrong couple and a predictable form of confusion ensues.

Tom Bosley (Happy Days) appeared as Debbie's wiseacre brother-in-law. This show followed I Dream of Jeannie on Tuesday nights - they were both gone at season's end.

 

Harold Robbins'
The Survivors
Sept 1969 - Jan 1970

After avoiding the medium for almost two decades, Lana Turner came to television with an all-star cast that included Ralph Bellamy, Kevin McCarthy and George Hamilton. The show also had former Gilligan's Island-er Natalie Schaffer (Mrs. Howell) in it.

The Survivors was ABC's big budget best bet for 1969 - but it landed a huge flop. ABC brought George Hamilton back a couple of weeks after The Survivors was cancelled in an 'adult drama' entitled Paris 7000. It also quickly got the ax.


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:COMMERCIALS:

Chuck Jones produced a series of commercials for Raid insecticides for many years - here's one from 1969.

Listerine
Featuring a young Clifton Davis (Amen).

Recall Panty Hose


:TV SPECIALS:

The Ann-Margret Special - her second for CBS, aired December 6, 1969.

Diana Ross and The Supremes and The Temptations: TCB on Broadway, produced by Motown, was a big hit on NBC and spawned a soundtrack album.

Frosty the Snowman debuted on CBS in December.

Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert was an animated special on NBC, based on Bill Cosby's hilarious stand up routines. It inspired a long-running CBS Saturday morning show.

Bing Crosby celebrated Christmas with Carol Burnett on December 18, 1969.

Dionne Warwick hosted Glen Campbell and Burt Bacharach in a salute to Bacharach's many lovely tunes.

Flip Wilson, Jack Benny, Don Adams, Johnny Carson, Robert Goulet, Perry Como, Raquel Welch, Mitzi Gaynor Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr. all hosted one-hour specials in the latter part of 1969.

Jack Benny was seen on Liberace's weekly show.

Jack Benny & Phil Silvers with Dick Cavett:

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:LATE NIGHT WAR:

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson accounted for $15 million dollars of revenue for NBC in 1969, that's $100 million in today's dollars. The show was earning so much money, CBS and ABC were determined to get in on the act and break Carson's grip on the late night audience.

They were doomed to failure but not for lack of trying.

ABC launched The Joey Bishop Show in 1967 but Bishop failed to make much of a dent in Carson's ratings in part because Carson used aggressive tactics to book the best guests first. Regis Philbin was Bishop's sidekick.

The Merv Griffin Show on CBS was launched on August 18, 1969 after four years in afternoon syndication, replacing late show movies. The network signed the star to a two year deal and renovated an old Broadway theater to broadcast from.

Opening week guests: Woody Allen, Joe Namath, Tiny Tim, Sonny and Cher, Joan Baez, Moms Mabley and Rodney Dangerfield. Merv's co-host was Arthur Treacher, Mort Lindsay was the musical director.

Despite clearance on 90% of the CBS affiliates, the Merv Griffin Show never clicked. By the spring of 1970, stations were dropping it altogether or moving the show to afternoons.

Most of the big stars lived in LA, so Carson moved his production permanently to Los Angeles in 1970. CBS then realized it had been a mistake to broadcast Merv's show from New York. At great expense, Merv was relocated to Hollywood in the fall of 1970 but the program was gone by February, 1971.

Merv Griffin finally hit his stride with another afternoon syndicated variety/talk show that was highly rated throughout the seventies.

On ABC, The Dick Cavett Show bowed on ABC December 29, 1969 replacing Joey Bishop who quit by storming off the set after his opening monologue just a few weeks earlier.

Opening week guests: Woody Allen, Isaac Stern, Buck Henry, Mama Cass, Rex Reed and Rod Steiger.

Before his late night show debuted, Cavett hosted a low-rated but critically acclaimed primetime talk show in the summer of 1969 that attracted a number of major film stars that shied away from talk shows.

Cavett was considered the thinking man's talk show host, indeed his style - and his guests - tended to be more serious and introspective than the Carson/ Merv model.

Dick Cavett with Rex Reed in 1969.

Unfortunately for the contenders, the Tonight Show was more popular than ever, capping off 1969 with a ratings bombshell - the wedding of Tiny Tim to Miss Vickie on December 17th.

The Hollywood Palace with Anthony Newley and Lola Falana singing "Where Would You Be Without Me?" from his musical, The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the Crowd.

:THE NEXT
BIG THING:

Marcus Welby, MD

First year of a 7 year run. This show shot to number one and revived a TV format popular in the early-sixties - the medical drama. It has proven successful, on and off, ever since.

 

 


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:DAYTIME
1969 - 1970:

CBS
8:00 - Captain Kangaroo
9:00 - LOCAL
9:30 - LOCAL
10:00 - Lucille Ball Show
Reruns of The Lucy Show.
10:30 - Beverly Hillbillies
11:00 - Andy of Mayberry
Reruns of The Andy Griffith Show.
11:30 - Love of Life
One of the first successful TV soap operas; ran from 1951 until 1980.
12:00 - Where the Heart Is
12:30 - Search for Tomorrow
Aired from 1951 until 1986, co-created by Agnes Nixon.
1:00 - Local
1:30 - As The World Turns
This program started in 1956 and runs to this day.
2:00 - Love is a Many Splendored Thing
Controversial weaper located in San Francisco, ran from 1967 until 1973 when it was replaced by The Young and the Restless.
2:30 - Guiding Light
Started in 1952; produced by Proctor and Gamble, it's still on the air. Agnes Nixon was one of the writers.
3:00 - Secret Storm
CBS took over as producer in 1969, beginning a slide in quality that led to cancellation in 1974 after a twenty year run. This was the year that series regular Christina Crawford fell ill and was replaced for "three terrible days," by her mother, Joan Crawford (see Mommy Dearest) who was noticeably drunk during the live broadcasts.
3:30 - Edge of Night
This suspenseful soap ran from 1956 until 1984 and had a creepy edge about it; the stark theme was pounded out on a lone piano while the plots revolved around murder, embezzlement, and intrigue.
4:00 - Gomer Pyle, USMC
The hottest show in the nation in 1968 when Jim Nabors quit to do a variety show.

NBC
10:00 - It Takes Two
A couples game hosted by Vin Scully with celebrity guests like Gail Fisher, Joanna Dru, Edie Adams, Mel Torme, Norm Crosby, Howard Morris, Abby Dalton, Dick Gautier who appear along with their spouses.
10:30 - Concentration
11:00 - Sale of the Century
11:30 - Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall: There are two things a woman should expect from her husband. One is fidelity, what is the other? Paul Lynde: Infidelity.
12:00 - Jeopardy

Less than a dozen episodes of this show still exist today - was seen at noon on NBC from 1965-1974 with Art Fleming hosting.
12:30 - Name Droppers
Premiered in the fall of 1969, replaced midseason by the Who, What or Where Game.
1:00 - Local
1:30 - You're Putting Me On
This all-star game only aired from the summer of '69 until December. Replaced by:
Life With Linkletter

Art Linkletter hosted the very popular CBS afternoon talk show House Party from 1952 until the fall of 1969. On December 29th, 1969 NBC launched Life With Linkletter pairing Art with his son Jack, who had hosted Hootenanny a few years earlier on ABC. This new show (airing 1:30-2:00pm) was more high tech and up to date than stodgy House Party had been, with an emphasis on politics and world events along with the expected celebrity interviews.
In this sample, Art and Jack welcomes guests Herb Klein, communications director for the Nixon administration and boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard. (Art Linkletter was a Nixon friend and insider.)

In this clip, Herb Klein remarks about one of the first things Nixon did upon taking office - it has to do with television.

Sugar Ray Robinson tells Art how he ran through millions of dollars and was now broke.

The end of the episode.

Life With Linkletter never caught on and was cancelled in the fall of 1970. Despite a run of 18 years on network daytime TV, Art Linkletter never hosted another network TV series, in part due to his fervent, heart-breaking anti-drug crusade following his daughter's death. In October of 1969 Art's daughter Diane Linkletter (who was featured on the last season of the previous series when it was re-titled The Linkletter Show) made headlines when she committed suicide by jumping to her death during an acid trip. Thanks to A.J. from Television Archives for the ultra-rare footage!
2:00 - Days of our Lives
2:30 - The Doctors
Airing from 1963-1982, Dr. Matt Powers married Dr. Maggie Fielding in 1968. Ellen Burstyn was seen as Dr. Kate Bartok.
3:00 - Another World / Bay City
Ran from 1964 - 1999.
3:30 - Bright Promise
Launched in September, 1969, with Dana Andrews and Ruth McDevitt
. Bright Promise chronicled the steamy dramas around fictional Bancroft College but only lasted for 2 1/2 years.
4:00 - Letters To Laugh-in
Hosted by Gary Owens, Laugh-in regulars (like Arte Johnson and Ruth Buzzi) read jokes sent in from fans. Debuted in the fall of 1969 and lasted until the day after Christmas - Name Droppers moved into this timeslot.

ABC
(The network feed didn't start until noon.)
12:00 - Bewitched
12:30 - That Girl
These sitcoms were two of ABC's biggest winners in primetime in 1969 but it was cheaper to air game shows and soap operas.
1:00 - Dream House
Appeared as a primetime and daytime show in 1968 - the nighttime version lasted just a few months while the afternoon version played on. Newlyweds competed; if they could win seven shows they scored a new house. A minor scandal erupted when, after one year, less than a third of the houses won had actually been built. Dream House was canceled when All My Children debuted in January, 1970.
1:30 - Let's Make A Deal
2:00 - Newlywed Game
2:30 - Dating Game
All three of the above game shows started out in primetime.
3:00 - General Hospital
ABC's oldest soap in 1969. General Hospital began in 1963 and is still around today.
3:30 - One Life To Live
This show debuted in 1968 and is still going strong, Michael Storm took over the role of Larry Wolek in 1969.
4:00 - Dark Shadows
Started in 1966. During this season, the ghost of Quentin haunts the west wing before the locale changes to 1897 where the vampire Barnabas, the witch Angelique and an evil hand are tormenting the inhabitants of Collinwood. These were the last of the classic Dark Shadows episodes - by year's end the storyline returned to the present day and more traditional soap opera plots emerged.


Let's Make A Deal
aired
Friday nights on ABC.

Other games in primetime - The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game.

Password was in syndicated reruns.

:VARIETY WAS
THE SPICE:

The television variety hour was in its heyday.

Jimmy Durante
presents The Lennon Sisters

ABC had the wholesome Lennon Sisters (The Lawrence Welk Show) under contract but didn't know what to do with them. Jimmy Durante was a hold over from vaudeville and a popular variety show guest; the network figured that together they could attract both old and young to the set. On opposite The Dean Martin Show, JDPTLS went quietly after one season.

 

The Carol Burnett Show

Carol's third season featured guests like Jim Nabors (her traditional first show guest), Ken Berry, Tim Conway (on several times), Martha Raye, Peggy Lee, Steve Lawrence, Donald O'Connor, Nancy Wilson, Mel Torme, Andy Griffith, Merv Griffin, Soupy Sales, Ronald Reagan, Garry Moore and Durwood Kirby. Burnett earned the best ratings of her show's eleven year run in 1969.

Love, American Style was scheduled opposite The Carol Burnett Show. This sketch comedy hour was the only winner ABC had on Monday nights, in a losing line-up included Music Scene, New People and The Survivors. B-list TV stars like Arte Johnson, Alice Ghostley, Stefanie Powers, Stu Gilliam, Richard Deacon, Harrison Ford, Tina Louise and others were seen in Laugh-in style blackouts and skits revolving around love. The first episode featured Eddie Anderson, Gail Fisher, Mantan Moreland and Flip Wilson in 'Love and the Hustler'; another brought together Vivian Vance and George Gobel in a story about a wacky psychic. The series lasted until 1974.

Laugh-In
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Andy Williams Show
Sept 1969 - July 1971

This was the second NBC incarnation of The Andy Williams Show which originally ran from 1962-67, this time produced and written by the guys who were behind The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and who made Sonny and Cher a TV hit just two years later.

Dopey Laugh-In style comedy routines featuring The Bear (a guy in a bear suit) were interspersed with William's sublime vocals, modern arrangements and special musical guests (like Bread and Donovan) aimed at a younger audience. This variety hour was remarkably successful at giving young and old people something to watch together. Networks put all they had into their variety shows of the sixties and this was a brilliant attempt to loosen up the format a bit.

 

Jim Nabors Hour

In the fall of 1969, Jim Nabors, star of CBS's top-rated sitcom Gomer Pyle, USMC, leveraged his clout with the network to launch his own one-hour musical-variety series (similar to The Carol Burnett Show). For the production, Nabors brought along his friends and Pyle costars Ronnie Schell and Frank Sutton.

TVparty-er Joe tells us, "I remember, a regular sketch was called 'The Brother-in-laws' and it starred Frank Sutton with Barbara Harris (Sgt. Carter's girlfriend Bunny on Gomer) as Sutton's wife and Jim Nabors as his brother-in-law Loomis running a boarding house - they were just Gomer Pyle, Sgt. Carter, and Bunny again but with different names and in a different setting. Also, Ronnie Schell (Duke Forrester on Gomer) was in some of the sketches as a resident of the boarding house who was always drunk, and would always make his entrance by falling down the stairs."

The Jim Nabors Hour did well enough in the ratings, finishing twelfth for the first season. That still represented a net loss of more than twenty percent of the audience from the year before. That's undoubtedly why CBS aired reruns of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. during the summer of 1970 while the The Jim Nabors Hour was on hiatus.

 

The Leslie Uggams Show
Meant to replace the Smothers Brothers, Leslie Uggams was replaced midseason by Hee Haw which had been smash hit in the summer of 1969.

 

Also in 1969: Dean Martin Show, Ed Sullivan Show, Johnny Cash Show, This is Tom Jones, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, Kraft Music Hall, Hollywood Palace, Lawrence Welk Show, Engelbert Humperdink and The Jackie Gleason Show.

Red Skelton was in his
nineteenth year on CBS.

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The Good Guys starred Bob Denver (Gilligan) and Herb Edelman. It was about two bungling losers; one drives a cab, the other owns a hamburger stand.

During the first season, Denver's character drove a cool hot rod taxi designed by George Barris. Alan Hale, Jr. (Skipper) and Jim Backus (Mr. Howell) turned up semi-regularly during the first season in an attempt to recreate the ratings magic Gilligan's Island had enjoyed.

Audience numbers weren't so great in 1968-69, so the series (and the diner) was moved to the beach for 1969-70.

The Good Guys was tsunami-ed by ABC's surprise hit The Brady Bunch (ironically, produced by Gilligan producer Sherwood Schwartz) and cancelled in January, 1970.

 


HUNTLEY/BRINKLEY

When news anchorman Chet Huntley retired in 1970, a trusted voice in broadcasting was seldom heard again - and never again would the nation hear that duo's famous closing signature: "Good night, Chet. Good night, David. And good night for NBC News."

Huntley was replaced by two newsmen - John Chancellor and Frank McGee.

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