Just back from #78: … Try to take this like a man … … Look at it this way: had Bourbon Street Beat been picked up for a second season by ABC, Nita Talbot most assuredly would have returned as 'Lusti Weather' - but neither of those things happened, So There Too.So Rex Randolph moved West, to 77 Sunset Strip.So Kenny Madison moved East, to Surfside 6.So Cal Calhoun reupped with the NOPD, where Stu Bailey ran into him several years later while on a 77SS road trip. … While in the real TV world, Nita Talbot got a regular series gig that fall, co-starring with Jim Backus on a syndie sitcom (but that's another story …).Any The Hoo, you ought to at least check out BSB #29, "Six Hours To Live", next time out, with Mrs. Mickey Rooney #4, the immortal Madame Spivy, and a 22-year-old actor who'd just signed a Warner Bros. contract that year (I'll leave it to you to pick him out).(Oh, and one of the credited writers is exactly who you think it is.)
Because I don't know when to quit:When You and Mitchell talk about "Six Hours To Live" …Madame Spivy pronounced her name with a short I, as in "privy councilor".To verify, go to YouTube and check out Paul Lynde's appearance with Johnny Carson: he tells a very funny story about how he closed her cabaret.
Off-topic (and out of order):I happened upon the Made For TV Mayhem podcast site tonight, where I found you and Amanda chatting about House On Greenapple Road.Since Dan August qualifies for this podcast (one season, 26 episodes), and on the off-chance that you might just do it up here - - Welcome to More Than You Wanted To Know! - Fun Facts about Greenapple Road: (1): The TV-movie was made in 1968; ABC kept it on the shelf for two years, mainly because Quinn Martin wouldn't cut out the 15-minute overrun. (2) ABC finally decided to burn it off in '70 - after deciding to pick up The Immortal as a series for that fall. (3) When HOGR got rave reviews and good ratings, ABC offered Chris George the option of doing either The Immortal or Dan August as a weekly; Chris chose The Immortal because it was more in his action wheelhouse.That choice made, Chris then promoted Burt Reynolds, an old friend, to Quinn Martin as the August lead, and so the deed was done. - The novel House On Greenapple Road, by Harold R. Daniels, was published in 1966; the reviews in the mystery community were very favorable.As it happens, I've got a copy of this one (Dell paperback, 60c, one year after the hardback came out).When George Eckstein, an old QM hand (he was co-writer of the two-part finale of The Fugitive), did the Greenapple teleplay, he reduced the number of characters and slightly simplified the plot.He also changed the name of the detective, which had been Lt. Daniel Nalon; most of the other characters kept their original names.And on the subject of cutting characters: in the novel, Lt. Nalon is a married man - and his wife figures in the story's conclusion (no spoilers here).Greenapple the novel is written much like a fact-crime book, which genre was just getting popular in 1968; in the final chapter, we get a wrap-up of how the just-solved case played out (if QM had kept this part, the movie might have made it to two and a half hours, which ABC likely wouldn't have gone for in '68). - And that, as they say, is that.Be sure to pass this along to Amanda at a fitting time.Until # 79!