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Old 12-28-2013, 12:14 AM   #4
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This is actually a cogent and well-thought out argument for the revamp of Newhart. As a viewer, I don't like most retools of sitcoms. They're usually done with all the subtlety of a jackhammer.

Examples of this include Happy Days, Charles in Charge, The Facts of Life, Family Matters, and Good Morning Miss Bliss. The old characters are suddenly gone, with some flimsy explanation of why they are gone (or sometimes no explanation at all), and then no one even remembers they ever existed. As a viewer, it takes me out of the show.

Newhart was a little better, since the changes that were made were more gradual. And the new characters meshed well with Dick and Joanna. So, while I don't in general approve of sitcom retoolings, I'll give Newhart a pass.
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