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Melba 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1986– )
Newly divorced Melba is raising her pre-teen daughter Tracy with the help of her mother Rose. Besides hanging out with her long time best friend Susan, she works at a NYC visitor center with Jack and Gil.
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Series cast summary:
Melba Moore ...  Melba Patterson 6 episodes, 1986
Gracie Harrison Gracie Harrison ...  Susan Slater 6 episodes, 1986
Barbara Meek Barbara Meek ...  Rose 6 episodes, 1986
Jamilla Perry Jamilla Perry ...  Tracy Patterson 6 episodes, 1986
Evan Mirand Evan Mirand ...  Gil 6 episodes, 1986
Lou Jacobi ...  Jack 6 episodes, 1986
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Newly divorced Melba is raising her pre-teen daughter Tracy with the help of her mother Rose. Besides hanging out with her long time best friend Susan, she works at a NYC visitor center with Jack and Gil.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

28 January 1986 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The show premiered January 28, 1986, the same day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded. The rating were so low, CBS canceled it immediately. In August 1986, CBS broadcast the shows they commissioned. This show produced the lowest rated prime time evening in the network's history. See more »

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CBS Didn't Listen
18 February 2017 | by SteeberSee all my reviews

My review is more of a memory than anything else. New to New York, I was employed part-time doing musical accompanying, and I had plenty of roam time for the city's famous sidewalks. Around Sixth Avenue, attractive female pages with clipboards were summoning passersby --querying them about coming into Black Rock (CBS's headquarters) to watch prospective TV shows. Who could resist?

I took up the invitation one day and was ushered into the famous black tower. We rode an elevator to whatever floor the screenings were happening, and I ended up entering a tiny theater with about fifteen to twenty other people. There was a projection screen (as I recall) for us to watch, and we sat in cloth-padded chairs that had consoles attached to them. Buttons corresponded to laugh moments, moments of approval and disapproval. I guess all of this "data" would go into some master view of audience reaction - a mediocrity Rorschach, in a sense.

I did mean mediocrity. "Melba" was pure formula. Even Lou Jacobi's asides, I remember, sounded like Yiddish-English commentary from a laugh barrel. Melba herself seemed a bit lost in her own sitcom. I voted with my buttons - sure that I might make the difference whether this show might air. I remember being incredulous that CBS didn't understand the dross they were offering for review.

After the lights went up, we were able to scribble a bit on our tiny comment cards with the usual dulled half-pencil. I started writing an essay on the foolhardiness of airing this comedy-like piece, so filled with clichés. A CBS page urged me to finish and exit, which I did - offering the card filled with my disapproval.

To my astonishment, CBS did air "Melba". I didn't remember that it was the night of the Challenger explosion, though I do remember that day. Perhaps I watched in astonishment once again, though I was hardly surprised that the show didn't make it any further than the ill- fated shuttle. In both cases, you had ground crews who might have known better, though thankfully no lives were lost at CBS - just jokes.

Upon exiting the floor I was given a ballpoint pen in a box "signed" by Donald T. Grant, thanking me for my time. I cherish it as a memento of 80's New York, and another adventure from much younger years.


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