Publishing magnate R.B. Kingston, with help from his young assistants, solves crimes in his spare time from operating his empire of newspapers and TV stations.
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...  R.B. Kingston 14 episodes, 1976-1977
...  Tony Marino 13 episodes, 1977
...  Beth Kelly 13 episodes, 1977
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He may be rich and powerful, but never let it be said that multi-millionaire R.B. Kingston sits around and takes it easy. When not operating the Frazier News Group, a conglomerate of newspapers and television stations, former investigative reporter Kingston scopes out murder, kidnappings, extortion and corruption with the aid of his sexy young undercover assistants Tony and Beth. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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15 September 1976 (USA)  »

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Third Time No Charm
8 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

When you think of how many players hope to star in one successful television series, Raymond Burr was one of the luckiest people ever to don greasepaint. He did ten years as Perry Mason and seven years as Robert Ironside. Enough success for any man.

Luck does have a lot to do with it, some of the most talented people around flopped on getting one successful show. A lot depends on the public's taste. Sometimes the best of them get overexposed, it's why Madonna keeps reinventing her persona.

Kingston: Confidential cast Raymond Burr as a media tycoon like Rupert Murdoch or Ted Turner. As I remember right Burr was generally involved with the print media. But like so many of our television heroes, Burr had an idealistic streak in him and sought to use his power to right wrongs done to the average joe.

In the cast were Pamela Hensley, Linda Galloway and Art Hindle as his assistants who handled the rough end of the business under Burr's direction.

The shows weren't bad, but I guess the viewing public just didn't take to Burr in this role and maybe after almost 20 years of him as Perry Mason and Ironside they were overexposed. So Kingston: Confidential died a quick broadcast death after 13 episodes.

Again, maybe some nostalgia channel can give this like so many other flop shows another airing.


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