Reviving Alice, The Conners, Grown-ish, Not Doing Your Homework, Halloween, Wildlife, Mid90s, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The Guilty.
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.
Books by Richard Irvin including Forgotten Laughs can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Irvin/e/B001KD7NAQ
Black Caucus Strangles Mr. Dugan – Jet Magazine March 29th, 1979:
The Recall of TV’s Mister Dugan – Washington Post, April 1st, 1979:
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Guest Pierre Rivard joins Dan to talk about his experiences working at the Burt Reynolds Institute. The House with the Clock in it’s Walls, Assassination Nation, Life Itself, Colette, Fahrenheit 11/9.
RIP Neil Simon, Review of Operation Finale, HBO says no to porn, Who is Wile E Coyote?, Destination Wedding, Kin, The Little Stranger, Let The Corpses Tan, Blood Fest, Mary Poppins.[audio http://media.blubrry.com/sdre/s/alldigitalradionetwork.com/wp-content/uploads//RD083118.mp3]
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.