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Old 06-21-2001, 12:34 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm a new member to this message board and also a BIG Dick Van Dyke fan. The NDVDS doesn't air where I live and I've only seen about 2 episodes. I'm sure it's a good show, although probably not as good as the old DVD show.


I read somewhere that the show was taken off the air because there was a scene in an episode where Dick's daughter walks in on him and his wife while they were having sex and the censors didn't want it. Does anyone know if this is true or was it just slipping in ratings??
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Old 06-21-2001, 02:14 PM   #2
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It was cancled because DVD didn't want to do televison anymore. It's ratings were going upo, and NBC wanted to eb it because it felt it was good competion against CBS' All in the Family. Also, he quit because CArl Reiner had been fired a season before.
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Supposedly, Carl Reiner quit because of the episode where the daughter walks in on Dick and his wife. CBS never did show it, but it was included in the syndication package.
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I read somewhere that the show was taken off the air because there was a scene in an episode where Dick's daughter walks in on him and his wife while they were having sex and the censors didn't want it. Does anyone know if this is true or was it just slipping in ratings??
The incident you mention did happen, but CBS didn't cancel the show because of that. It was actually producer Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke who decided to end the show. Reiner was incensed at CBS for refusing to air the episode. Reiner thought they were being very hypocritical to air shows like "All in the Family" (ironically co-starring his son) and "Maude", which dealt so openly with very controversial topics. But CBS felt like this episode didn't go with Van Dyke's "Mary Poppins"/"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" image. At the time, Carl Reiner swore he would never do a show for CBS again. And when Reiner pulled out, Van Dyke decided he didn't want to continue the show without Reiner as producer.

Incidentally, though CBS never aired this episode, it is included in the syndication package. I saw it in the early '80s and I can tell you it's VERY tame. Only an adult would know what was going on. There was a scene at the beginning where Dick and Jenny's daughter is seen walking into her parents bedroom in the morning. She then steps back out with a surprised look on her face. The viewer never actually sees inside the bedroom itself, and only knows what's going on because of the look on the young girl's face. If this had been "All in the Family," we would surely have seen Mike in bed on top of Gloria.
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I could be wrong here, but I thought Dick Van Dyke did one more season of NDVD without Carl Reiner. This was the season where he and his family moved to Hollywood so he could take a role on a soap opera. Or did Reiner produce that season as well, and the withheld episode was one of the Hollywood ones?
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I could be wrong here, but I thought Dick Van Dyke did one more season of NDVD without Carl Reiner. This was the season where he and his family moved to Hollywood so he could take a role on a soap opera. Or did Reiner produce that season as well, and the withheld episode was one of the Hollywood ones?
Yes, he did do one more season without CR, the one in Hollywood. He also quit because he didn't like working on such a busy sked again.

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Yes, he did do one more season without CR, the one in Hollywood. He also quit because he didn't like working on such a busy sked again.

No, Carl Reiner was still VERY heavily involved in the show during its final (third) season (the Hollywood episodes). I have some of those shows on tape and have confirmed this. Actually, he was probably MORE involved in the third season than he was in the first two. In the third season, he is listed in the credits as both the creator AND the producer. Before the third season, Bernie Orenstein and Saul Turteltaub were the producers. Also during the third season, Carl Reiner was one of the show's writers.

A number of years ago, I read a newspaper article that came out in 1974, at the time Reiner and Van Dyke had decided to call it quits from this show. In that article, Reiner was very vocal about his anger towards CBS and why he was leaving it. And Van Dyke had no desire to continue without him. This show, from the beginning to the end, was as much Carl Reiner's as it was Dick Van Dyke's.
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From what I heard Carl left because after CBS changed the show it wasn't the same so he decided to leave.After the walking in episode they moved to LA dropping Nancy Dussault,Fannie Flagg and Marty Brill.Reiner said they ruined the show so he left.And one season later Dick left.
If you ask me CBS didn't give the show enough time to get popular.Fannie Flagg was starting to get spots on Match Game.The show grew safely into its Sunday night slot.But then they went and changed it and it got cancelled because DVD and CR left.The ratings were OK but well......I think it was something against DVD because if CBS wanted to successfully switch to a more sophisticated network they would've kept it.I say it could lasted to 1978.That'd be a good little run.Maybe they could have had the soap opera move to then instead of them moving to the soap opera.
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Supposedly, Carl Reiner quit because of the episode where the daughter walks in on Dick and his wife. CBS never did show it, but it was included in the syndication package.
Really? So it aired within a few years of being made?
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Really? So it aired within a few years of being made?
Yes, that is correct. It was a very innocuous, harmless episode, and Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke were right to quit.
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