The Radio Dan Show: Oct. 12th, 2018

The Other Dan Delgado, James Gunn Gets Over, ScarJo Gets Paid, Would The Office Work Today, Lilo & Stitch, First Man, Bad Times at the El Royale, Goosebumps 2, Beautiful Boy, The Happy Prince, 22 July.

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7. Mr. Dugan Doesn’t Go To Washington

The Industry

Mister Dugan had the potential to be a hit show. It was a topical series about a recently elected idealistic black congressman who gets elected and has to contend with his less than helpful staff. Norman Lear was producing, Cleavon Little was the star. However, just days before it was to air on CBS in 1979 Lear himself pulled the show from the schedule. What went wrong? We take a look at the troubled production that started when Lear’s hit series Maude ended.

Show Notes


Books by Richard Irvin including Forgotten Laughs can be found here:

Black Caucus Strangles Mr. Dugan – Jet Magazine March 29th, 1979: 

The Recall of TV’s Mister Dugan – Washington Post, April 1st, 1979:

Drankin Song by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
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Bonus Episode: Waiting For Hoffman

The Industry

In this bonus episode we take a look at how in the 1980s Cannon Films signed a major star to the biggest deal in entertainment history and still didn’t get the movie made. LaBrava was to be an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard (Justified, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown) novel and a signal that Cannon had moved into the big leagues. Instead Cannon’s own excitement over the project became it’s biggest problem.

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