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Bridget Loves Bernie - One of the 1-Season Greats


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#1 of 25 OFFLINE   Michael Alden

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Posted June 24 2006 - 07:01 PM

I loved this show and I'm thrilled it's coming to DVD. I bought 16mm prints on 20 episodes about 1983 or so, with several in black and white. For those unfamiliar with the show, it probably holds the distinction of being the highest rated show ever cancelled. It finished #5 for the year in the ratings but CBS (Chicken Broadcasting System) axed it because they were getting heat from religious groups, especially Jewish ones, who thought it made interfaith marriage seem too appealing. Hey, what Jewish guy wouldn't want to be married to a rich, blonde, gorgeous Catholic girl like Meredith Baxter? And that was the problem. So as has been CBS's way over the years (Smothers Brothers, Ronald Reagan movie), rather than battle the pressure, they caved in and cancelled the show, using some lame excuse. But for anyone who's never seen it, it is a really good show which should have had a nice run and died way before it's time.

#2 of 25 OFFLINE   Charles Ellis

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Posted June 24 2006 - 08:48 PM

It's coming out on DVD? Where did you hear this? Give us a link!
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#3 of 25 OFFLINE   Joe Karlosi

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Posted June 24 2006 - 09:53 PM

I remember this one. Wow. Now, THIS is really an obscure show. It really makes me wonder why so many more popular programs are still not out.

#4 of 25 OFFLINE   Ollie

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Posted June 24 2006 - 11:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Charles Ellis
It's coming out on DVD? Where did you hear this? Give us a link!

http://www.sitcomson....tv-legend.html

You'll have to scroll down, it's in the second to the last paragraph along with the announcement of the DVD debut of the 70's drama, Family.

#5 of 25 OFFLINE   Will Krupp

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Posted June 25 2006 - 04:36 AM

Wow...I remember this from when I was a little kid. It was part of CBS' awesome Saturday night line-up, smack dab between ALL IN THE FAMILY and MARY TYLER MOORE. I can only recall one plot line (something about a painting with another painting underneath it) but I know we watched every Saturday (I WAS only five.) It'll be worth checking out again.

#6 of 25 OFFLINE   David Von Pein

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Posted June 25 2006 - 09:52 AM

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I remember this from when I was a little kid. It was part of CBS' awesome Saturday night line-up, smack dab between ALL IN THE FAMILY and MARY TYLER MOORE.
Exactly. With Bob Newhart and Carol Burnett coming on after that.

Here's something fun I found re. that 1972-1973 TV season......

http://64.233.167.10....s&ct=clnk&cd=4

During the week of February 22, 1973, here's what the 3 major networks were airing (it's no wonder CBS whipped some butt here Posted Image):

CBS:
All In The Family
Bridget Loves Bernie
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Bob Newhart Show
The Carol Burnett Show


NBC:
Emergency
NBC Saturday Night At The Movies


ABC:
Here We Go Again
A Touch Of Grace
Julie Andrews Show
Jigsaw


Via the above-linked article, it's also interesting to note that Bridget Loves Bernie, as thread-starter Michael Alden aptly pointed out above, did very well in the ratings. In the 02/22/1973 example provided above, we can see that the ratings for "BLB" (a 26.1 that week) beat out shows like MTM, Hawaii Five-O, Flip Wilson, Medical Center, The Wonderful World Of Disney, Here's Lucy, Gunsmoke, Adam-12, and The Partridge Family. Not half-bad.

It's also interesting to note that Ozzie Nelson directed several of the "Bridget" episodes.....

http://www.tv.com/br....ode_guide.html

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#7 of 25 OFFLINE   Elena S

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Posted June 25 2006 - 12:58 PM

Wow, am I excited!!!

#8 of 25 OFFLINE   JohnMor

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Posted June 25 2006 - 01:43 PM

I am VERY excited about seeing this again after all these years. I really hope it holds up. And of course, it's great that it's coming out at all.

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Posted June 25 2006 - 04:26 PM

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it's also interesting to note that Bridget Loves Bernie, as thread-starter Michael Alden aptly pointed out above, did very well in the ratings.
Not to disparage BLB in the least (I enjoyed the show), but I think even "My Mother The Car" would have done well sandwiched between 2 of the 3 best (and most popular) sitcoms of the 70s (the other member of the 70s Holy Trinity besides AitF and MTM being, of course, "M*A*S*H" - also a CBS show but on Monday nights in 1973).

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* No good movie is too long, and no bad movie is short enough.

* No good movie is depressing, all bad movies are depressing.


#10 of 25 OFFLINE   David Von Pein

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Posted June 25 2006 - 04:46 PM

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Not to disparage BLB, but I think even "My Mother The Car" would have done well sandwiched between 2 of the 3 best (and most popular) sitcoms of the 70s.
LOL. Posted Image LOL.

You said a mouthful there, Craig. Very good point indeed. I imagine even the series "Watching Grass Grow In Silence" would have also done fairly well in that CBS timeslot. Posted Image

#11 of 25 OFFLINE   Michael Alden

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Posted June 25 2006 - 05:50 PM

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Not to disparage BLB in the least (I enjoyed the show), but I think even "My Mother The Car" would have done well sandwiched between 2 of the 3 best (and most popular) sitcoms of the 70s (the other member of the 70s Holy Trinity besides AitF and MTM being, of course, "M*A*S*H" - also a CBS show but on Monday nights in 1973).

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Well, not really. In the 1974 fall schedule, CBS put Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers in that time slot and it didn't make it past January.

#12 of 25 OFFLINE   Charles Ellis

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Posted June 26 2006 - 12:29 AM

I remember that show, and never got into it- didn't he play a cellist? Whatever happened to Paul Sand, anyway?
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#13 of 25 OFFLINE   Ethan Riley

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Posted June 26 2006 - 01:02 AM

Who?

Hmm...BLB and Family are both coming out. Both starred Meredith Baxter-Birney...could Family Ties be far behind?
 

 


#14 of 25 OFFLINE   Charles Ellis

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Posted June 26 2006 - 02:59 AM

Ask Paramount about that one!
Bring "The continuing story of PEYTON PLACE" home on DVD: the one that started it all- from Dallas and Dynasty to Desperate Housewives and Gossip Girl!!! Starting this May, see the legendary saga starring Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, Barbara Parkins, and Oscar-winner Dorothy Malone on DVD thru...

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Posted June 26 2006 - 09:34 AM

I loved this show and it was probably my introduction to having a show you loved cancelled. To this day I can still remember my heartbreak when they took it off the air.

Glad to hear it might be coming out on dvd, I will definitely get this one.

#16 of 25 OFFLINE   David Von Pein

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Posted June 26 2006 - 01:57 PM

Paul Sand played "Robert C. Brand" (the IRS man) in the S.1 ep. of MTM. He even participated in an audio commentary on the DVD for that episode ("1040 Or Fight"). It's one of the best eps. of that season (IMO).

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#17 of 25 OFFLINE   Ethan Riley

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Posted July 01 2006 - 01:25 PM

Uh...it was cancelled? How dare they...!
 

 


#18 of 25 OFFLINE   Michael Alden

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Posted July 01 2006 - 01:44 PM

First Man from UNCLE, now this. Great. Now can someone please announce The Fugitive and then yank that so my summer can be complete Posted Image

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Posted July 01 2006 - 03:27 PM

Well, looks like it's been de-announced now. Damn Sony ba$tards.

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Posted July 02 2006 - 07:54 AM

I was going to buy this but not Family.
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