Hello, one and all, it’s Mrs. Crankipants, and unless you’re in a coma or think V.O. is part of a complete breakfast, you know it’s that time of year again!. It’s the Fall! If you’re a parent, you’re probably dancing a merry little jig. If you are a kid, you are probably depressed; possibly cutting yourself in secret places in the bathroom, and/or planning your wardrobe appropriately.
Don’t sweat it, kid! You’re not all alone. I was miserable when school started, too. The Magna Carta, equilateral triangles, volley ball in the girl’s gymnasium. Sheesh! I was catatonic! The only things that got me through were my Bonnie Belle Lip Smackers and the NEW FALL LINEUP ON ABC!
Having watched that, I’m not sure how I made it through 1974 to 1975. From the looks of it, ABC scarcely made it through themselves. Notice that the people in the beginning of this promo are doing everything and any thing other than watching TV. With a lineup like this, there were ample reasons. If all I had to look forward to was a Cher-less Sonny in The Sonny Comedy Revue, I would have taken up basket weaving or macrame or possibly studied harder. Fortunately there were two other competing networks at the time.
What’s weird about ABC’s lineup back in the Fall of 1974 is that practically every show they rolled out was a failure and was soon canceled. People fondly remember The Night Stalker and my personal favorite, Get Christie Love, but both got the axe. That’s My Mama did get picked up for one more season, but the rest of new lineup was packed with failure.
It’s funny how nostalgia always wears rose colored glasses and we all remember the hits. Everybody remembers Happy Days which was continuing at that time, but nobody gets those warm and fuzzy feelings over the Billy Jack knock-off Nakia or the tragically unfunny Where’s the Fire? Not every program was classic in the good old days. There was an incredible abundance of crap.
On the bright side, ABC made some wonderful made-for-television movies. If I had my way, I would have a cable channel that showed noting but Made-for-TV movies!
Okay, so what did Buddy Holly and Luke Skywalker have in common?
They were the Texas Wheelers!
At the time, Gary Busey and Mark Hamill were probably overjoyed to score a regular TV gig. There’s nothing like a regular paycheck to starving actors. Then they got that phone call from somebody on the production staff telling them that they needn’t bother showing up tomorrow. Of course they both went on to better things.