In 1985, ABC debuted Our Family Honor. Ultimately short-lived, it lasted half of the 1985-86 television season. Our Family Honor presented the classic format of two families battling each other, with star-crossed lovers from each family complicating matters; like Dallas, a story line inspired by Romeo & Juliet pervaded Our Family Honor.
Archive for February, 2015
When I Love Lucy utilized Hollywood as its setting, movie stars provided verisimilitude. Lucy Ricardo, starstruck, attempted to meet them, often with hilarious results. Guest stars included William Holden, Van Johnson, Richard Widmark, and Harpo Marx. But Lucy’s encounter with John Wayne presents, arguably, the first instance of cross-marketing on television.
Leonard Goldenson. The founder of ABC.
In the early years of television, NBC and CBS had dominance, prestige, and history.
ABC had Leonard Goldenson.
Growing Up Brady, by Barry Williams with Chris Kreski, exposed life behind the scenes of The Brady Bunch; it was, for Baby Boomers who saw the show’s original broadcast and Generation Xers who feasted on reruns, a fascinating, revealing, and titillating look at one of television’s most famous shows.
“Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” is a game that can be played anytime and anywhere by anybody. It is, indeed, light enjoyment perfect for holiday conversation around the dinner table during dessert. The game’s purpose is to connect an actor or an actress to Kevin Bacon in six steps or less, using movies as the connectors.
In the 1980s, Smits played Victor Sifuentes on L.A. Law, working in the Public Defender’s office before Michael Kuzak recruits him to the private sector, specifically, the law firm McKenzie Brackman Chaney & Kuzak. Initially, Victor handles the firm’s pro bono cases and other matters burdening the firm’s workload; he soon tackles other litigation.
On M*A*S*H, surgeons at Mobile Army Surgical Hospital 4077th bandaged limbs, tended to wounds, and operated on soldiers torn apart by grenades, bullets, and shrapnel during the Korean War. Beyond the physical wounds, though, were mental injuries. To treat them, the 4077th called in their secret weapon. Dr. Sidney Freedman, played by Allan Arbus.
Both had multi-racial casts, unique characters arriving for medical attention, and humor as a defense mechanism to guard against emotional pain of working in a trauma situation.