Sheldon Keller, the author of the series' original pilot episode, based it upon "This is a Hospital?", an unsold and unaired pilot that he wrote in 1965. This pilot, which was also produced by William Asher, starred Shecky Greene. See more »
I could not understand why Lynde was brought in. He was coming off his own show which was a disaster and killed two successful series by producers trying to make him a star player. Frankly, I NEVER thought the guy was funny. Cleavon Little however (RIP) had a track record of GREAT laughs.
ABC did a lot of show tampering a lot then. Take a show that was popular, tamper with it and destroy it. They not only caused shows to "jump the shark", they provided the ocean and the shark! If somebody has the original film (tapes?) they should publish them. ME TV? Here is a great candidate for your line up!
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