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What night of the week was Dynasty on TV?

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Mondays, starting Jan 12, 1981
Asked in Classic Television, Drama TV Shows, Bonanza (TV Series)

Why did Pernell Roberts leave Bonanza?

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He left after the sixth season in 1965 due to disagreements with the writers and a desire to return to legitimate theatre. Although it was reported that Roberts wanted to stop wearing his toupe and believed that an "educated and urbane" son would not be calling his father "pa," the "toupe" or "pa" issues were not the reasons he left. It's noteworthy that he liked to tease people who didn't know that he wore a toupe by yanking it off unexpectedly. As such, his request not to wear it, may have been nothing but a teaser given that he wore it in other roles as necessary. His character "Adam" was originally slated to be a pivotal character, the second father figure in a more serious adult western, but ultimately the network and/or the producers changed the goal post on the show and turned it into a "family show" with the father figure as the one pivotal character and all the "sons" as "satellites" revolving around him. He was disappointed in this and at having been given what to him were childish dialogue and scenarios to act out. Roberts was a serious actor and found Bonanza to be silly. He said in one interview that he actually found it humiliating to play "Adam" the way his part was written. He said in still another newspaper interview, "I play an impotent role. "Wherever I turn, there is the father image." In much later interviews however, he said of his years on Bonanza, "It wasn't all black...I just didn't enjoy doing it." Roberts was also caught up in the "spirit of the sixties," and very involved in the civil rights movement. Thus, he was angry at NBC for the way it treated non-white actors and for its reluctance to do story lines which addressed social issues in greater depth. In spite of all this, his disappointment in the show and disagreements with writers, he said in a television interview that he would have stayed with Bonanza had he been permitted to do so on a part time basis, so that he could also do some stage work. David Dortort, Bonanza producer, indicated in a later archive interview (not the three hour one on the web) that he regretted not having allowed Roberts to continue as a semi regular. He added that he had been "too hard on him" and did not appreciate how good he really was. A little off the point, but some people might be interested in the fact that though Roberts had conflicts with Bonanza, he remained close friends with Lorne Greene until his death from cancer and is said to have wept at his bedside. He and Michael Landon, his TV brother went together for their last visit to him at the hospital before he died. Roberts was also friends with Dan Blocker until his death and eulogized Victor Sen Yung at the request of Yung's family when he died. Also off the point, but noteworthy is that there has always been speculation about whether or not NBC had Roberts blacklisted after he left and prevented him from headlining in any major production until almost 15 years later when he starred in his own series on another network. When the issue was raised to him in an interview around the time he was to begin his new series, Trapper John, MD, he denied it. But the fact that the question was raised in the first place attests to that speculation.
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What does MASH 4077 stand for?

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The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (The actual MASH units in Korea were the 8054th, 8055th, 8063d, 8076th, 8209th, 8225th and 8228th.)
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Who is Howdy Doody's brother?

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Double Doody (a twin)
Asked in Classic Television, Comedy TV Shows

Where does Catherine Bach live?

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Catherine Bach lived in Encino, California.
Asked in Classic Television, Comedy TV Shows

Did Barbara bray Edwards play a role on the Andy griffiths show?

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Yes. Watch season 4 Episode 20. You can find it on youtube. Barbara (character name Sharon) is standing beside Don Knotts in the choir. She has a one line speaking part.
Asked in TV Programming and Commercials, Classic Television

When will season six of the Walton's be released on dvd.?

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When Will The Waltons Season Six Be Out? January, 2008. See http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Waltons-Season-6-Press-Release/8219 for the complete press release.
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What was Fonzie's grandmother's name on Happy Days?

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Grandma Nussbaum more or less raised Fonzie. She was played by actress Lillian Bronson.
Asked in Classic Television, Children's TV Shows, Sesame Street

Wendy-o-Williams on Sesame Street?

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wouldn't surprise me Sir Alice Cooper was on the muppet show
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Is Lauren German going to leave Hawaii five o?

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I certainly hope so. No value add. Also, in what world are 2 female officers in the sand team skeletons. Five 0 is supposed to be hardcore. The anorexic Lauren is not believable at all. Good riddance.
Asked in Classic Television, Comedy TV Shows

Does Betty White watch re run of the Golden Girls?

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I don't remember which one, but if u watch Betty white's latenight talk show appearances, she says in one of them that she only watches the episodes right after they are edited.
Asked in Classic Television, Children's TV Shows

Who did Calvin Ellison play on the little rascals?

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Nutsy. He is my uncle, and he passed away yesterday, Nov. 15, 2010.
Asked in DVD Players, Classic Television, The Lion King

Why has Season 4 of 'Highway to Heaven' not been released on DVD?

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It never came out because Seasons 1-3 sold very poorly. Blame it on A&E as many fans are disappointed with that. It is still possible to purchase all five seasons of "Highway To Heaven" on DVD with all 111 uncut episodes- 5 Seasons on 24 DVDS.
Asked in Classic Television, Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows, Children's TV Shows

Does the actor who plays Barney smoke?

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Barney Fife, Barney Miller, Barney Rubble, Barney the dinosaur, too many Barneys not enough info.
Asked in Classic Television, Gunsmoke (TV and Radio Show)

What was wrong with Chester Goods' leg on Gunsmoke?

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According to Dennis Weaver, the late actor who played the role of Chester Goode, the producers of the show wanted him to develop a disability to explain why Chester never carried a gun and had a nonviolent attitude. Weaver showed up to the first day of shooting and demonstrated the now famous limp, without any explanation as to why or how Chester got it. The producers loved it and from the beginning of the series, Chester limped, though on occasion Weaver would forget and limp with the wrong leg.

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