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Old 10-22-2017, 02:08 PM   #226
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Picking up Family Matters and Step by Step from ABC. One one hand it was an interesting move but both shows (especially FM) were long-in-the-tooth. There was no chance that they were going to be successful on CBS. TGIF was still a well-oiled machine and probably benefited by dropping the oldest shows on the line-up. CBS should've learned their lesson when they picked up The Hogan Family from NBC.
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Making The Pat Sajak Show into a carbon copy of Johnny Carson instead of making it like Jack Paar's old talk show as originally planned. Jack Paar was Sajak's hero and role model. and Michael Brockman and Pat Sajak wanted it to be like Jack Paar's show but it ended up being a carbon copy of Johnny Carson.
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Here's something for ya:

Dallas

Yes, the show was a successful hit from 1979-1986 when it was in the Nielsen Ratings Top 10

However, IMO, after the Who Shot J.R.? Cliffhanger and after the death of Jim Davis, the show seemed to lose its direction

Sure the show was still in the Top 2 and yes, Larry Hagman was the Heart & Soul of the show, but Jim Davis as Jock Ewing was the Team Captain and the Anchor for the show

No offense to the late Howard Keel who was a phenomenal actor, but he wasn't the answer for the replacement of Jim Davis and Clayton Farlow was NOT the answer to Jock Ewing

and also, after the Dream Season and bringing back Patrick Duffy after he quit after 1 season, the show went downhill with bad storylines and horrible scripts

Not to mention, Dallas along with Magnum, P.I., Simon & Simon and many other TV Dramas on CBS started losing viewers thanks to The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, The Golden Girls, A Different World, Empty Nest and many others, plus Murder She Wrote became THE Most Dominant Drama on Prime Time Television

The Final Years of Dallas saw the departures of Victoria Principal, Steve Kanaly and Linda Gray, the show took a HUGE DIVE and dropped out of the Top 30 and the Final 2 Seasons saw the openings without the split screens and the Final Season without Barbara Bel Geddes and Charlene Tilton and focusing on J.R. & Bobby was the final nail in the coffin

Even the Final Episode was downright stupid, but thankfully, 5 years later, CBS brought back Dallas with a 2-Hour Made for TV Movie "J.R. Returns" and it explained that J.R. blew a hole in his mirror, it was pretty good, but the 2nd movie "War of the Ewings"was awful

Dallas was AWESOME and it was voted by TV Guide as THE Greatest Prime Time Soap of All-Time, but not without its flaws
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Cancelling The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams. The show gave him something to live for and he wouldn't have ended life when he did if the show was renewed. He felt like the masses have rejected him.

Rebecca Schaffer probably wouldn't have been murdered if My Sister Sam was renewed. See: The Butterfly Effect. She would've at least have had some security being a network star.
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Cancelling The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams. The show gave him something to live for and he wouldn't have ended life when he did if the show was renewed. He felt like the masses have rejected him.
The Crazy Ones was a big disappointment for me. It was nowhere near Robin William's best work. Stars have shows get cancelled all the time, his depression and suicidal thoughts went a lot deeper than that.
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CBS' sitcom outlook by the start of the '80s showed just how they had lost their way.

For example, in one fell swoop, they cancelled WKRP in Cincinnati only to turn around undermine One Day at a Time's premise by having Howard Hesseman come on as Sam Royer and marry Ann. If I'm not mistaken, even Bonnie Franklin thought so. And the audience at the time agreed: it was ranked #16 in the 1982-1983 season but fell out of the top 30 altogether in the 1983-1984 season. Ultimately, Bonnie Franklin and Valerie Bertinelli told TV Guide they would not be returning for a tenth season, hence the last-ditch effort to re-invent it with Schneider taking care of his dead brother's children.

Meanwhile, The Jeffersons and Alice hung on another year and just plain got old.

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-expanding Family Feud to an hour. As a result The Bullseye round took too long to play. It overwhelmed Ray Combs so much that it was basically the beginning of his downfall.

- In 1990, CBS attempted to counter program ABC’s game show block of Super Jeopardy and Monopoly with a prime time version of The Price is Right. However, they failed to give Mark Goodson enough notice to prepare one and he candidly told them so
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Never getting a sitcom to air after the Super Bowl. Ever since the modern era of Super Bowl led-out programs started with NBC's Friends in 1996, CBS has only had two reality series, two dramas, and one of their late-night talk shows air in the post-Super Bowl timeslot, and never a sitcom. It was announced today that another reality series, a competition titled The World's Best, will air after Super Bowl 53. The Super Bowl lead-out programs on CBS were:

2001 (XXXV): Survivor: The Australian Outback
2004 (XXXVIII): Survivor: All-Stars
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2010 (XLIV): Undercover Boss
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CBS' sitcom outlook by the start of the '80s showed just how they had lost their way.

For example, in one fell swoop, they cancelled WKRP in Cincinnati only to turn around undermine One Day at a Time's premise by having Howard Hesseman come on as Sam Royer and marry Ann. If I'm not mistaken, even Bonnie Franklin thought so. And the audience at the time agreed: it was ranked #16 in the 1982-1983 season but fell out of the top 30 altogether in the 1983-1984 season. Ultimately, Bonnie Franklin and Valerie Bertinelli told TV Guide they would not be returning for a tenth season, hence the last-ditch effort to re-invent it with Schneider taking care of his dead brother's children.

Meanwhile, The Jeffersons and Alice hung on another year and just plain got old.
Yes! Had Howard Hesseman not agreed to do ODAAT, we could have seen WKRP come back!
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Allowing "Good Times" to go on without John Amos. Show was never the same after his departure.

Not cancelling "The Andy Griffith Show" when Don Knotts left. The show got worse afterwards
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