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Thanks Princess. Both Kelly and Garner were so handsome.

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Producers wanted this actor for the starring role of a classic TV show. In order for him to have the role he had to lose  over 60 pounds and he did.  Who was the actor and what was the TV show ??

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17 minutes ago, MilesArcher said:

It just came to me.  On "Perry Mason", Paul Drake refers to Della Street as "Beautiful", so the answer to the question must be Raymond Burr lost the weight to get the starring role.

Yes, the producers  of Perry Mason wanted Raymond Burr but in order for him to get the role he had to lose weight. He crashed dieted and lost over 60 lbs. Yes, character Paul Drake always referred to Della as " beautiful ".

Good answer Miles, your thread and why are we up so late  LOL

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Thanks, Lavender.  Now, some of you may remember a cartoon character called Tom Terrific.

1. What children's show was he featured on?

2.  What was the name of his sidekick?

3.  What was the name of his arch enemy?

4.  Where did he get his magical powers from?

5.  What did he live in?

6.  What major league baseball player was nicknamed "Tom Terrific?"

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Thanks  Laverderblue19  next:  What  do  actors  Leo  G  Carroll   and  Richard  Anderson  share  in  common.  Its  about  an  feat  they  both  accomplished  on  television.

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That's easy.  They both played the same character in two series simultaneously.  Leo G. Carroll played Alexander Waverly on both "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.".  Richard Anderson played Oscar Goldman on both "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Bionic Woman".  That wasn't that unusual.  When two or more shows were made by the same production company, there were sometimes crossover stories and characters.  As an example, several characters from "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres"  appeared on both shows.

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Thanks.   I think most of you are old enough to remember a sixties daytime soap opera geared to a teenage audience.  It was set in a southern California beach community and featured young actors and actresses, some of whom had been child or juvenile actors on TV in the fifties and early sixties.  It was broadcast on ABC five days a week from September of one year until June of the following year and it featured many top musical groups and artists of the day who would appear at the local hot spot that the young people frequented.  Being a soap opera, it was all about teenage angst and the fears and tribulations that many young people go through.

Can you name this TV series and some of the stars?

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On 5/10/2022 at 4:37 PM, MilesArcher said:

Thanks.   I think most of you are old enough to remember a sixties daytime soap opera geared to a teenage audience.  It was set in a southern California beach community and featured young actors and actresses, some of whom had been child or juvenile actors on TV in the fifties and early sixties.  It was broadcast on ABC five days a week from September of one year until June of the following year and it featured many top musical groups and artists of the day who would appear at the local hot spot that the young people frequented.  Being a soap opera, it was all about teenage angst and the fears and tribulations that many young people go through.

Can you name this TV series and some of the stars?

Never Too Young?  Co-starring Merry Anders, Tony Dow, Tommy Rettig, and Dack Rambo.

The Collinsport Historical Society: NEVER TOO YOUNG (to get cancelled)  Never Too Young - Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia

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Yes, Peebs.  "Never Too Young" was the soap opera that was intended for a teenage audience.  It was broadcast in the late afternoon for a full season, but it failed to get high ratings.  Perhaps if had an evening time slot like "Peyton Place" it might have lasted longer.  Tony Dow, in a departure from his Wally Cleaver image played a Fonzie-like character who was a super cool race car driver/mechanic with girl friend troubles.  Tommy Rettig, who you will remember from the early days of "Lassie", played his friend Jo Jo, a nerdy type who doesn't know how to talk to girls.  One of the girls was played by Cindy Carol who, using her real name of Carol Sydes, had appeared in several "Leave It To Beaver" episodes with Tony Dow.   She changed her name and her hair color to play Gidget in a movie.  The show was broadcast on ABC in black and white at a time when NBC was calling itself "The Full Color Network".  CBS and ABC were  in the transition stage between black and white and color.  Perhaps that hurt the ratings.  Several top musical acts appeared on the show at the local hangout.  They included Marvin Gaye, Johnny Rivers, Chubby Checker, Paul Revere And The Raiders, and Freddie Cannon.   Here is a clip of the first episode from September 1965.

 

 

Strangely, while Cindy Carol was working on this daytime soap on ABC, her future husband, Christopher Connelly, was appearing in the nighttime soap "Peyton Place" on the same network.

Nice work, Peebs.  The thread is now yours.

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Thank you for the background on the show, Miles.  I was unfamiliar with Never Too Young.  Fun to see Tony Dow play a non-Wally role.

 

Next:  On the Odd Couple, for what newspaper did sportswriter Oscar Madison work?

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3 hours ago, Peebs said:

Thank you for the background on the show, Miles.  I was unfamiliar with Never Too Young.  Fun to see Tony Dow play a non-Wally role.

 

Next:  On the Odd Couple, for what newspaper did sportswriter Oscar Madison work?

The New York Herald.

 

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Thanks Peebs

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The star of this hit  '50's '- 60's t.v show left the series because he wanted to focus on environmental issues rather than the crime plots that the producers of the show wanted.  What was the TV Show and who was the Star of the series ??

 

 

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7 hours ago, MilesArcher said:

The first show that comes to mind is "Sea Hunt" with Lloyd Bridges.  Could that be the one?

Happy Heavenly Birthday, Lloyd Bridges — Palos Verdes Pulse

Yes, Lloyd Bridges and Sea Hunt. Lloyd left the show because he wanted environmental issues to be the focus of the show but the producers wanted to focus on crime type plots. Good job Miles, your thread 

 

 

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You may have noticed that television has changed quite a bit from the golden era when we were all much younger to now with cable networks and streaming services.  For years there were only three major networks and a weekly series ran from September to June with re-runs occupying the show's time slot in the summer.  Sometimes, however, the network decided to run a summer replacement series instead of showing re-runs.  That is what happened in the mid-sixties when a popular music/variety series was replaced for the summer by another music/variety series that featured top guest stars.  It was hosted by this young singer/musician:

 1968 John Davidson,singer-actor - Historic Images 

 

And it featured this young stand-up comic:

George Carlin- Stand Up Routine 1965 [Reelin' In The Years Archives] -  YouTube 

 

What was the name of the show, who are these two performers, and who was the star of the show that they replaced for the summer? 

 

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6 hours ago, MilesArcher said:

You may have noticed that television has changed quite a bit from the golden era when we were all much younger to now with cable networks and streaming services.  For years there were only three major networks and a weekly series ran from September to June with re-runs occupying the show's time slot in the summer.  Sometimes, however, the network decided to run a summer replacement series instead of showing re-runs.  That is what happened in the mid-sixties when a popular music/variety series was replaced for the summer by another music/variety series that featured top guest stars.  It was hosted by this young singer/musician:

 1968 John Davidson,singer-actor - Historic Images 

 

And it featured this young stand-up comic:

George Carlin- Stand Up Routine 1965 [Reelin' In The Years Archives] -  YouTube 

 

What was the name of the show, who are these two performers, and who was the star of the show that they replaced for the summer? 

 

The Kraft Summer Music Hall replaced The  Andy William's Show.

 That's John Davidson as the host and the comic is George Carlin ( in that photo of George, I see a resemblance to Morey Amsterdam) do you see that too ?

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