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6 January 1979 (USA) See more »
A man (Richard Schaal) abandons the corporate rat race to buy and run a small television station in a two-mule town, dragging his bemused wife (Elinor Donahue) and their kids along for the ride.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 7)

Tom Logan ... Announcer (1 episode, 1979)

Richard Schaal (1 episode, 1979)

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George Schlatter .... executive producer (1 episode, 1979)
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Robert A. Bowen .... camera operator (1 episode, 1979)

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30 min | USA:30 min (including commercials)
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In one episode, Frank tells Carol he must cancel some shows from his TV stations lineup. He mentions one, which is "Father Knows Best", to which his wife, Carol (Elinor Donahue) replies "You wouldn't dare!". Elinor Donahue starred in "Father Knows Best".See more »


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A Charming Show that Couldn't Overcome a Handicap and a Loss, 5 July 2007
Author: Athanatos from San Diego, CA

This show was generally well-written, and sometimes quite clever. The original cast -- perhaps especially Marcie Barkin -- were talented and otherwise appealing.

Unfortunately, the show was syndicated rather than provided by way of a network, limiting the exposure of the show.

Then Elinor Donahue left (I can only speculate as to why), and this show centered about a family of five had to choose between removing the character of the mother or replacing the actress. They chose to do the latter -- with an actress of markedly different physical type and mannerisms, and not of a great deal of presence.

Jointly, the handicap and the loss were too much, and the show failed in the television marketplace of the late '70s.

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