So, I may be the only one interested in this topic, but that has never stopped me before.
Curious about the existence of the foundation of the pre-Joe Paseo on the Paramount lot, I went back to season 1 to make sure there was no evidence of Joe being in the Paseo before season 2.
It was actually kind of fun to watch season 1 with a mission like that. It led to other things, as missions often do.
For example, season 1, even the pilot episode, features Joe with the cigarette lighter bit. The running bit is that Joe never has a light. He has cigarettes, but no match or lighter on him. He's always getting a light from friends, such as Lew, and even bad guys.
So, they carried this into season 2 some. It's noticeable in "The Silent Cry" when he has to grab a light from the deaf woman's coffee table.
But, it sort of dies down, even before it had to -- before Joe was forced to quit smoking, by CBS. The last I remember seeing it was in s4's "The Only Game in Town" when Art Malcolm gives Joe a light. That episode was actually produced late in the season, it had to have been aired very shortly after it was filmed, which is curious in and of itself, since it ran on Halloween night. But, that was also the same week Joe was featured on the cover of the TV Guide (the famous one with the multiple exposure action shot).
Then, the whole lighter bit disappears completely. But, it was fading away anyway, even when Joe continued to smoke.
What made this interesting to me was that this was a gimmick -- and the producers did not feel the need to hold onto it.
So many TV series are formed around a collection of gimmicks, so much so that they seem to think viewers will be unable to identify the main characters unless the gimmicks are in place -- Kojak and his lollipop, Colombo and his raincoat -- actually, quite a few characters are identified by wearing pretty much the same clothing all of the time.
But Mannix was never afraid to move beyond its gimmicks.
Heck, it didn't even always include Peggy in episodes, and quite a few episodes don't have Joe in his car or at the Paseo at all! But, those episodes are still clearly Mannix episodes.
This goes to the strength of its main character as being identifiable for a set of properties that were more important than a set of gimmicks.
Over the years, Mannix saw Joe giving up his convertible to spend two season in hardtops and Joe dressing in all manner of clothing -- not just a sport jacket and tie. It even moved the red golf bag out of its prominent spot in Joe's office, by the safe, to be replaced with a set of skis.
I find this yet another marker of the singularity of this series -- in addition to it being the only series I know of that is so much about a single character that ran for so long and included action and exterior shooting in addition to emotional scenes.
This series was all about strength of character -- and it displayed that in pretty much every way it could.
So, it seems Mission used the pre-Joe Paseo during 67-68 (see the previous post), but, unless I am missing something, Mannix did not. This is odd, since Mannix filmed so much on the Paramount lot, just like Mission did. But, it avoided accidentally using the pre-Joe Paseo.
I don't know if the producers took that into consideration or not when they picked Joe's new office location for season 2.
But, they did get close once -- in the scene in "Warning: Live Blueberries" where Joe takes the drugged out basketball player to the hotel. The exterior is one of the buildings that borders the Paseo.