TriStar Television is an American television production studio, launched in 1986 by TriStar Pictures. TeleVentures was formed as a television distribution company when Tri-Star Pictures joined forces with Stephen J. Cannell Productions and Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions. On July 11, 1990, both Tri-Star and Cannell dissolved the TeleVentures joint venture. Most of the series and the Tri-Star film packages that were distributed by TeleVentures were taken over by Columbia Pictures Television Distribution. CPT would continue on under Sony Pictures Entertainment, but TriStar Television was reestablished in October 1991 after CPT acquired some of the library of New World Television. Jon Feltheimer, president of New World Television became the new president of TriStar Television. On February 21, 1994, TriStar Television merged with Columbia Pictures Television and formed Columbia TriStar Television; when TriStar Television's productions were folded into Columbia TriStar Television in 1999, Early Edition retained the TriStar copyright until 2000.
The final season of Malcolm & Eddie was produced by CTT and TriStar Television operated in-name-only. On October 25, 2001, Columbia TriStar Network Television and Columbia TriStar Television Distribution merged to become Columbia TriStar Domestic Television. On September 16, 2002, SPE retired the Columbia and TriStar names from television, renaming CTDT as Sony Pictures Television. On May 28, 2015, TriStar Television was re-launched as a boutique production label for Sony Pictures Television; until her death in March 2018, the revived studio was run by Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs after being in-name-only for 15 years. The first new series was Good Girls Revolt and was piloted for Amazon on November 5, 2015. Columbia TriStar Television Columbia Pictures Television Columbia Pictures TriStar Pictures Sony Pictures Television TriStar Television on IMDb
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie is an American fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, with whom she falls in love and marries. Produced by Screen Gems, the show aired from September 18, 1965 to May 26, 1970 with new episodes, through September 1970 with season repeats, on NBC; the show produced 139 episodes. In the pilot episode, "The Lady in the Bottle", astronaut Captain Tony Nelson, United States Air Force, is on a space flight when his one-man capsule Stardust One comes down far from the planned recovery area, near a deserted island in the South Pacific. On the beach, Tony notices a strange bottle; when he rubs it after removing the stopper, smoke starts shooting out and a Persian-speaking female genie materializes and kisses Tony on the lips, shocking him. They cannot understand each other until Tony expresses his wish that Jeannie could speak English, which she does. Per his instructions, she "blinks" and causes a recovery helicopter to show up to rescue Tony, so grateful, he tells her she is free, but Jeannie, who has fallen in love with Tony at first sight after being trapped for 2,000 years, re-enters her bottle and rolls it into Tony's duffel bag so she can accompany him back home.
One of the first things Jeannie does, in a subsequent episode, is break up Tony's engagement to his commanding general's daughter, who, along with that particular general, is never seen or mentioned again. This event reflects producer Sidney Sheldon's decision that the engagement depicted in the pilot episode would not be part of the series continuity. Tony at first keeps Jeannie in her bottle most of the time, but he relents and allows her to enjoy a life of her own. However, her life is devoted to his, most of their problems stem from her love and affection towards Tony, her desire to please him and fulfill her ancient heritage as a genie when he does not want her to do so, his efforts to cover up Jeannie's antics, because of his fear that he would be dismissed from the space program if her existence were known, brings him to the attention of NASA's resident psychiatrist, U. S. Air Force Colonel Dr. Alfred Bellows. In a running gag, Dr. Bellows tries over and over to prove to his superiors that Tony is either crazy or hiding something, but he is always foiled and Tony's job remains secure.
A used plot device is that Jeannie loses her powers when she is confined in a closed space. She is unable to leave her bottle when it is corked, under certain circumstances, the person who removed the cork would become her new master. A multiple-episode story arc involves Jeannie becoming trapped in a safe when it is accidentally locked. Tony's best friend and fellow astronaut, United States Army Corps of Engineers Captain Roger Healey, does not know about Jeannie for several episodes. Roger is shown as girl-crazy or scheming to make a quick buck, he has hopes to claim Jeannie so he can use her to live a princely life or gain beautiful girlfriends, but overall he is respectful that Tony is Jeannie's master, her husband. Both Tony and Roger are promoted to the rank of major late in the first season. In seasons, Roger's role is retconned to portray him knowing about Jeannie from the beginning. Jeannie's evil fraternal twin sister, mentioned in a second-season episode, proves to have a mean streak starting in the third season trying to steal Tony for herself, with her as the real "master".
Her final attempt in the series comes shortly after Tony and Jeannie are married, with a ploy involving a man played by Barbara Eden's real-life husband at the time, Michael Ansara. The evil sister wears a green costume, with a skirt rather than pantaloons. Early in the fifth season, Jeannie is called upon by her uncle Sully to become queen of their family's native country, Basenji. Tony inadvertently gives grave offense to Basenji national pride in their feud with neighboring Kasja. To regain favor, Tony is required by Sully to marry Jeannie and avenge Basenji's honor, by killing the ambassador from Kasja when he visits NASA. After Sully puts Tony through an ordeal of nearly killing the ambassador, Tony responds in a fit of anger that he is fed up with Sully and his cohorts and he would not marry Jeannie if she were "the last genie on earth". Hearing this, Jeannie bitterly leaves returns to Basenji. With Jeannie gone, Tony realizes how he loves her; that outweighs all concerns. He flies to Basenji to win Jeannie back.
Upon their return to NASA, Tony introduces Jeannie as his fiancée, in which she attires herself as a modern American woman in public and it is accepted that Tony has a girlfriend. This changed the show's premise in that instead of the avoidance of Jeannie's exposure, it was to hid
The Partridge Family
The Partridge Family is an American musical sitcom starring Shirley Jones and featuring David Cassidy. Jones plays a widowed mother, Cassidy plays the oldest of her five children who embark on a music career, it ran from September 25, 1970, until March 23, 1974, on the ABC network as part of a Friday-night lineup, had subsequent runs in syndication. The family was loosely based on the real-life musical family the Cowsills, a popular band in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the pilot episode, a group of musical siblings in the fictitious city of San Pueblo, California convinces their widowed mother, bank teller Shirley Partridge, to help them out by singing as they record a pop song in their garage. Through the efforts of precocious 10-year-old Danny they find a manager, Reuben Kincaid, who helps make the song a Top 40 hit. After more persuading, Shirley agrees, they acquire an old school bus, a 1957 Chevrolet Series 6800 Superior, for touring, paint it with Mondrian-inspired patterns, head to Las Vegas, Nevada for their first live gig at Caesars Palace.
Subsequent episodes feature the band performing in various venues or in their garage. The shows contrast suburban life with the adventures of a show-business family on the road. After the first season, more of the show's action takes place in their hometown than on tour; the Partridge Family was created for television by Bernard Slade. The show was inspired by and loosely based on the Cowsills, a family pop music group, famous in the late 1960s. In the show's early development, the Cowsill children were considered by the producers, but because the Cowsills were not trained actors and were too old for the roles as scripted and Claver abandoned that idea. Shirley Jones had been signed as mother Shirley Partridge and star of the show; the pilot was filmed in December 1969. This unaired pilot differs from the pilot broadcast in 1970. In the unaired pilot, Shirley's name is "Connie" and she has a boyfriend played by Jones' real-life husband at the time, Jack Cassidy, father of David Cassidy. Laurie mentions her late father once getting drunk at a Christmas party, the family has a different address and live in Ohio.
The show proved popular, but the fame took its toll on several, if not most, of the starring cast David Cassidy. In the midst of his rise to fame, Cassidy soon felt stifled by the show and trapped by the mass hysteria surrounding his every move. In May 1972, he appeared nude on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in a cropped Annie Leibovitz photo, he used the article to get away from his squeaky clean image. Among other things, the article mentions Cassidy was riding around New York in the back of a car "stoned and drunk."Shortly after the series ended, scriptwriter Roberta Tatum launched a lawsuit against Screen Gems concerning the creation of the show. Tatum claimed that she had submitted a similar premise to Screen Gems prior to 1970 called Baker's Half-Dozen; the matter was resolved out with Tatum receiving a reported $150,000 from Screen Gems. Shirley Jones as Shirley Partridge: vocals, tambourine, percussion David Cassidy as Keith Partridge: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, electric lead guitar, banjo Susan Dey as Laurie Partridge: vocals, piano, Hammond organ, percussion Danny Bonaduce as Danny Partridge: vocals, bass guitar Jeremy Gelbwaks as Chris Partridge: vocals, drums Brian Forster as Chris Partridge: vocals, drums Suzanne Crough as Tracy Partridge: tambourine, percussion Dave Madden as Reuben Kincaid: band manager Ricky Segall as Ricky Stevens: singer Simone, the family's pet dog On the show's soundtrack and records, none of the actors played the indicated instruments, only Jones and Cassidy sang.
The actors pretended while listening to recordings by session musicians who provided the real vocal and instrumental music attributed to The Partridge Family. During its four-season run, many actors made guest appearances on the show; some of them were well known at the time, such as Morey Amsterdam, John Astin, Carl Ballantine, John Banner, Edgar Buchanan, George Chakiris, Dick Clark, Jackie Coogan, Howard Cosell, Jodie Foster, Bernard Fox, Ned Glass, James Gregory, Margaret Hamilton, Pat Harrington Jr. Arte Johnson, Harvey Lembeck, Art Metrano, Mary Ann Mobley, Harry Morgan, Slim Pickens, Richard Pryor, Barbara Rhoades, William Schallert, Nita Talbot, Larry Wilcox, Dick Wilson, William Windom. Others would become famous in other roles, such as Meredith Baxter, Richard Bull, Bert Convy, Farrah Fawcett, Norman Fell, Anthony Geary, Louis Gossett Jr. Harold Gould, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Hamill, Season Hubley, Ann Jillian, Gordon Jump, Cheryl Ladd, Michael Lembeck, William Lucking, Stuart Margolin, Richard Mulligan, Michael Ontkean, Noam Pitlik, Annette O'Toole, Charlotte Rae, Rob Reiner, Jack Riley, Jaclyn Smith, Vic Tayback, Nancy Walker, Frank Welker.
Country singer Johnny Cash made an uncredited cameo appearance in the pilot episode. Ray Bolger played Shirley's father in three episodes, Rosemary DeCamp played Shirley's mother in four episodes. Then-Governor Ronald Reagan's daughter, Maureen Reagan, was featured in one episode. Future Charlie's Angels stars Jaclyn Smith, Farrah Fawcett and Cheryl Ladd all made guest appearances on separate episodes. Bobby Sherman appeared in the last episode of the first season as struggling songwriter Bobby Conway; this episode led into a short-lived spinoff series on ABC, Getting Together, starring Sherman and Wes Stern as Bobby Conway's business part
The Jeffersons is an American sitcom, broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975 to July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The Jeffersons is one of the longest-running sitcoms, the second-longest-running American series with a African American cast, the first to prominently feature a married interracial couple; the show focuses on George and Louise Jefferson, a prosperous African-American couple who have been able to move from Queens to Manhattan owing to the success of George's dry-cleaner chain. The show was launched as the second spin-off of All in the Family, on which the Jeffersons had been the neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker; the show was the creation of Norman Lear. The Jeffersons evolved into more of a traditional sitcom but did reference such issues as alcoholism, suicide, gun control, being transgender, adult illiteracy; the epithets "nigger" and "honky" were used especially during the earlier seasons. The Jeffersons had one spin-off, titled Checking In; the series was centered on Florence.
Checking In only lasted four episodes, after which Florence returned to The Jeffersons. The Jeffersons shared continuity with the show E/R, which featured Lynne Moody, who made a guest appearance in one episode of The Jeffersons. Sherman Hemsley guest-starred as George in two episodes of the series; the cancellation of The Jeffersons cleared the way for Marla Gibbs, who played Florence Johnston on the series, to move on to the new NBC sitcom 227 in the fall of 1985, a year earlier than scheduled. The Jeffersons ended in controversy after CBS abruptly canceled the series without allowing for a proper series finale; the cast was not informed until after the July 2, 1985, episode "Red Robins", actor Sherman Hemsley said he learned that the show was canceled by reading it in the newspaper. Sanford, who heard about the cancellation through her cousin who read it in the tabloids, has publicly stated that she found the cancellation with no proper finale to be disrespectful on the network's part; the cast reunited in a stage play based on the sitcom.
In the 1996 series finale of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the Jeffersons made a guest appearance as the buyers of the Banks family house. In an episode of Tyler Perry's House of Payne in 2011, Sherman Hemsley and Marla Gibbs reprised their roles of George Jefferson and Florence Johnston. In 1985, Hemsley and Sanford made a special joint guest appearance in the Canale 5 comedy show Grand Hotel, starring Italian actors Paolo Villaggio, Franco & Ciccio comic duo and Carmen Russo, they were guests in the fictional hotel, appeared just twice during the show, for a total of five minutes. Their voices were dubbed by Italian actors Enzo Garinei and Isa di Marzio, who dubbed their characters for the full series. Louise Jefferson, played by Isabel Sanford, first appeared in the All in the Family episode "Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood", broadcast on March 2, 1971; the episode, the eighth of the series, centers on Louise, her son Lionel, her husband George's moving next door to Archie and Edith Bunker in the working-class section of Queens.
Lionel, played by Mike Evans, first appeared in "Meet the Bunkers", the premiere episode of All in the Family. Norman Lear created the character of George Jefferson for Hemsley. Lear intended for George to appear in the first season of the series. Lear created the character of Henry Jefferson, George's younger brother, replaced George with Henry in the series's scripts until Purlie finished its run. Mel Stewart was cast as Henry. George was introduced in the episode "Henry's Farewell", Hemsley and Stewart share their only scene together in its final minutes; the episode marked the final appearance of Henry. George and Lionel continued to appear on All in the Family until 1975, when the spin-off The Jeffersons created by Lear, premiered; the characters of Lionel's biracial fiancée, her family, all of whom first appeared in the 1974 All in the Family episode "Lionel's Engagement", were written into the new series. However, the roles were all recast, with Berlinda Tolbert taking over the role of Jenny, veteran actor Franklin Cover playing her father, Tom Willis, whose first name was changed from Louis, as it was in their first AITF appearance, Roxie Roker as her mother, Helen.
During the January 11, 1975 episode of All in the Family, titled "The Jeffersons Move Up", Edith Bunker gave a tearful good-bye to her neighbor Louise Jefferson as her husband George, their son Lionel, she moved from a working-class section of Queens, New York, into the luxurious Colby East, a ficitious high-rise apartment complex in Manhattan. The Jeffersons premiered the following week, on January 18, 1975. George's career as a dry-cleaner began in the first season of All in the Family in the third episode "Oh, My Aching Back". After his car was rear-ended by a bus, he filed a civil action and won $3200, enough to open his first store in Queens. At the beginning of The Jeffersons, he was operating five stores throughout New York City, with another two opening during the following seasons. Louise made friends with Tom and Helen Willis, an interracial couple with two adult children of their own: son Allan, a white-passing college drop-out.
Culver City, California
Culver City is a city in Los Angeles County, California. The city was named after Harry Culver; as of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 38,883. It is surrounded by the city of Los Angeles, but shares a border with unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Over the years, it has annexed more than 40 pieces of adjoining land and now comprises about five square miles. Since the 1920s, Culver City has been a center for motion picture and television production, best known as the home of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. From 1932 to 1986, it was the headquarters for the Hughes Aircraft Company. National Public Radio West and Sony Pictures Entertainment have headquarters in the city; the NFL Network studio is based in Culver City. Archaeological evidence suggests a human presence in the area of present-day Culver City since at least 8,000 BC; the region was the homeland of the Tongva-Gabrieliño Native Americans. The city was founded on the lands of the former Rancho La Ballona, Rancho Rincon de los Bueyes, Rancho La Cienega o Paso de la Tijera.
In 1861, during the American Civil War, Camp Latham was established by the 1st California Infantry under Col. James H. Carleton and the 1st California Cavalry under Lt. Col. Benjamin F. Davis. Named for California Senator Milton S. Latham, the camp was the first staging area for the training of Union troops and their operations in Southern California, it was located on land of the Rancho La Ballona, on the South side of Ballona Creek, near what is now the intersection of Jefferson and Overland Boulevards. The post was moved to Camp Drum, which became the Drum Barracks. Harry Culver first attempted to establish Culver City in 1913; the first film studio in Culver City was built by Thomas Ince in 1918. Silent film comedy producer Hal Roach built his studios there in 1919, Metro Goldwyn Mayer in the'20s. During Prohibition and nightclubs such as the Cotton Club lined Washington Boulevard. Culver Center, one of Southern California's first shopping malls, was completed in 1950 on Venice Boulevard near the Overland Avenue intersection.
Many other retail stores, including a Rite Aid and several banks and restaurants, have occupied the center since then. Hughes Aircraft opened its Culver City plant in July 1941. There the company built the H-4 Hercules transport. Hughes was an active subcontractor in World War II, it developed and patented a flexible feed chute for faster loading of machine guns on B-17 bombers, manufactured electric booster drives for machine guns. Hughes produced more ammunition belts than any other American manufacturer, built 5,576 wings and 6,370 rear fuselage sections for Vultee BT-13 trainers. Hughes grew after the war, in 1953 Howard Hughes donated all his stock in the company to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. After he died in 1976, the institute sold the company, which made it the second-best-endowed medical research foundation in the world; the Hal Roach Studios were demolished in 1963. In the late 1960s, much of the MGM backlot acreage, the nearby 28.5-acre of the RKO Forty Acres, once owned by RKO Pictures and Desilu Productions, were sold by their owners.
In 1976 the sets were razed to make way for redevelopment. Today the RKO site is the southern expansion of the Hayden Industrial Tract, while the MGM property has been converted to a subdivision and a shopping center known as Raintree Plaza. In the 1990s, Culver City launched a successful revitalization program in which it renovated its downtown as well as several shopping centers in the Sepulveda Boulevard corridor near Westfield Culver City. Around the same time, Sony's motion picture subsidiary, Columbia Pictures, moved into the old MGM lot; the influx of many art galleries and restaurants to the eastern part of the city, formally designated the Culver City Art District, prompted The New York Times in 2007 to praise the new art scene and call Culver City a "nascent Chelsea."In 2012 Roger Vincent of the Los Angeles Times said that, according to local observers, the city's "reputation as a pedestrian-friendly destination with upscale restaurants, gastropubs and a thriving art scene is less than a decade old."
Hundreds of movies have been produced on the lots of Culver City's studios: Sony Pictures Studios, Culver Studios, the former Hal Roach Studios. These include The Wizard of Oz, The Thin Man, Gone with the Wind, the Tarzan series, the original King Kong. More recent films made in Culver City include Grease, Raging Bull, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial, City Slickers, Air Force One, Wag the Dog and Contact. Television series made on Culver City sets have included Las Vegas, Cougar Town, Mad About You, Hogan's Heroes, The Green Hornet, Arrested Development, The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C. Jeopardy!, The Nanny, Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef, the syndicated version of Wheel of Fortune and Tosh. O; the television series The Green Hornet featured Bruce Lee as Kato. John Travolta's "Stranded at the Drive-In" sequence in Grease was filmed at the Studio Drive-In on the corner of Jefferson and Sepulveda, it served as a set including Pee-wee's Big Adventure. The theatre was closed in 1993 and demolished in 1998.
Culver City's streets have been featured in television series. Since much of the
Good Times is an American sitcom that aired for six seasons on CBS from February 8, 1974, to August 1, 1979. Created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, developed by Norman Lear, the series' primary executive producer, it was television's first African American two-parent family sitcom. Good Times is a spin-off of Maude, itself a spin-off of All in the Family. Florida and James Evans and their three children live at 921 North Gilbert Avenue, apartment 17C, in a housing project in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago; the project is unnamed on the show, but is implicitly the infamous Cabrini–Green projects, shown in the opening and closing credits. Florida and James have three children: James Jr. known as "J. J.". When the series begins, J. J. is seventeen years old, Thelma is sixteen, Michael is eleven. Their exuberant neighbor, Florida's best friend, is Willona Woods, a recent divorcée who works at a boutique, their building superintendent is Nathan Bookman, who James, Willona and J. J. refer to as "Buffalo Butt", or more derisively, "Booger".
The characters originated on the sitcom Maude as Florida and Henry Evans, with Florida employed as Maude Findlay's housekeeper in Tuckahoe, New York, Henry employed as a New York City firefighter. When producers decided to feature the Florida character in her own show, they changed the characters' history to fit a new series, well into development rather than start from scratch to create a consistent starring vehicle. Henry's name became James, he worked various odd jobs, there was no mention of Maude, the couple lived in Chicago. Episodes of Good Times deal with the characters' attempts to overcome poverty living in a high rise project building in Chicago. James Evans works at least two jobs manual labor such as dishwasher, construction laborer, etc, he is unemployed, but he is a proud man who will not accept charity. When he has to, he hustles money playing pool. Good Times was intended to be a good show for John Amos. Both expected the show to deal with serious topics in a comedic way while providing positive characters for viewers to identify with.
However, Jimmie Walker's character of J. J. became the breakout character of the series. J. J.'s frequent use of the expression "Dy-no-mite!", credited to director John Rich, became a popular catchphrase. Rich insisted. Walker and executive producer Norman Lear were skeptical of the idea, but the phrase and the J. J. Evans character caught on with the audience; as a result of the character's popularity, the writers focused more on J. J.'s comedic antics instead of serious issues. Through seasons two and three and Amos grew disillusioned with the direction of the show and with J. J.'s antics and stereotypically buffoonish behavior. Rolle was vocal about her hate of his character. In a 1975 interview with Ebony magazine she stated: He's 18 and he doesn't work, he can't write. He doesn't think; the show didn't start out to be that... Little by little—with the help of the artist, I suppose, because they couldn't do that to me—they have made J. J. more stupid and enlarged the role. Negative images have been slipped in on us through the character of the oldest child.
Although doing so less publicly, Amos was outspoken about his dissatisfaction with the J. J. character. Amos stated: The writers would prefer to put a chicken hat on J. J. and have him prance around saying "DY-NO-MITE", that way they could waste a few minutes and not have to write meaningful dialogue. While Amos was less public with his dissatisfaction, he was fired after season three due to disagreements with Lear. Amos's departure was attributed to his desire to focus on a film career, but he admitted in a 1976 interview that Lear called him and told him that his contract option with the show was not being renewed. Amos stated, "That's the same thing as being fired." The producers decided not to recast the character of James Evans, instead opting to kill off the character in the two-part season four episode, "The Big Move". By the end of season four, Esther Rolle had become dissatisfied with the show's direction and decided to leave the series. In the final two episodes of the season, "Love Has a Spot On His Lung", Rolle's character gets engaged to Carl Dixon, a man she began dating toward the end of season four.
In the season five premiere episode, it is revealed that Florida and Carl married off screen and moved to Arizona for the sake of Carl's health. With Amos and Rolle gone, Ja'net Dubois took over as the lead character, as Willona checked in on the Evans children since they were now living alone. In season five Janet Jackson joined the cast, playing Penny Gordon Woods, an abused girl, abandoned by her mother and adopted by Willona. Before taping of season six began, CBS and the show's producers decided that they had to do "something drastic" to increase viewership. According to then-vice president of CBS programming Steve Mills, "We had lost the essence of the show. Without parental guidance the show slipped. Everything told us that: our phone calls, our research. We felt we had to go back to basics."Producers approached Esther Rolle with an offer to appear in a guest role on the series. Rolle was hesitant but when producers agreed to a number of her demands, she agreed to return to the series on a full-time basis.
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Fish (U.S. TV series)
Fish is an American sitcom and a spin-off of Barney Miller that aired on ABC from February 5, 1977 to May 18, 1978. The series starred Abe Vigoda as New York City Police Department Detective Phil Fish and Florence Stanley as his wife Bernice; the series focused on the domestic side of Fish's life: he and Bernice became foster parents to five racially mixed children known as "Persons in Need of Supervision" or PINS. The kids were played by Todd Bridges, Denise Miller, Len Bari, John Cassisi, Sarah Natoli. Barry Gordon played Charlie, a college student majoring in child psychology, assisting Fish and Bernice in supervising the kids. Miller and Cassisi both had appeared as the same characters throughout the first three seasons of Barney Miller getting in trouble with the law and Fish having to supervise them. Vigoda's character of Phil Fish continued to appear sporadically in the second half of Season 3 of Barney Miller while leading the cast of Fish. Detective Fish retired from the NYPD in Episode 2 of Barney Miller.
Creator Danny Arnold was against the idea of giving the character of Fish his own spin-off, believing that Fish was a character, better suited to the precinct. Arnold agreed to the spin-off on the condition that Vigoda continued to play his Fish character on the show in half of the episodes of the third season, as well as future seasons. However, Vigoda persisted on quitting Barney Miller and staying on just Fish, wanting to be the star of his own series. "I found myself with a unhappy actor on my hands. Abe would walk around the set like a man in shock. Who was I to deprive an actor of this once-in-a-lifetime break? I said,'Okay, just stay through the third year of Barney Miller, we'll go with your show, too," recalled Arnold. ABC was publicly contemplating a Fish spin-off as early as October 1975; the initial premise was to show Fish's home life with "his wife, his daughter, his daughter's suitor" with only occasional visits to the 12th Precinct. The intention was to have a pilot air as an episode of Barney Miller in early 1976 with a series debut that fall.
The second-season episode of Barney Miller, "Fish" was the pilot for that concept, with much of the episode taking place in Fish's home and featuring Fish's wife and daughter, along with the daughter's romantic drama. Fish was directed by Jeremiah Morris and aired from February 1977 through June 1978 on ABC. According to Bridges, just 12 during the show's second season, Fish was cancelled after Vigoda demanded more money for a third season than the producers were willing to pay; the series had no episode written as a finale. However, during a guest appearance on Barney Miller nearly three years after the cancellation of Fish, the Fish character stated that money for the group home had been cut off, so the city took back the kids. Fish stated, that Cassisi's character had gotten arrested for assault and battery, Miller's character had gotten pregnant and married the baby's father. Shout! Factory released the entire Barney Miller series in a 25-disc DVD set on October 25, 2011. A bonus feature of the set is the complete first season of Fish, making it the first time that Fish has seen a DVD release.
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