Sitcoms Online - Main Page / Message Boards - Main Page / News Blog / Photo Galleries / DVD Reviews / Buy TV Shows on DVD and Blu-ray

View Today's Active Threads / View New Posts / Mark All Boards Read / Chit Chat Board

Hello, Larry Online / Hello, Larry links and theme songs at Sitcoms Online / Hello, Larry Photo Gallery


Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums  

Go Back   Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums > 1970s Sitcoms > Hello, Larry

Notices

SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Headlines Twitter Facebook Instagram RSS

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of July 16, 2018)
SitcomsOnline Digest: Game of Thrones Leads Emmy Nominations; New Beverly Hillbillies DVDs Coming in October
Fri-Yay: What Was the Best Decade for Sitcoms?; The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations
Netflix Gets Christina Applegate Comedy; South Park Returns Sept. 26 for Season 22
Alone Together Returns Aug. 1 on Freeform; Sony Crackle Gets Rob Riggle Comedy
CBS Fall 2018 Premiere Dates; Freeform Announces Holiday Movies for 2018
Antenna TV Is Singin' and Swingin'; Conan Returns to Comic-Con International


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July)

New Girl - The Complete Seventh Season Alice - The Complete Seventh Season Green Acres - The Final (Sixth) Season The Last Man on Earth - The Complete Fourth Season The Good Place - The Complete Second Season

06/05 - Living Single - The Complete Fifth Season
06/05 - New Girl - The Complete Sixth Season
06/05 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-First Season (Blu-ray)
06/12 - Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete Fourth Season
06/12 - Life in Pieces - The Complete Third Season
06/12 - The Office - The Complete Series
06/12 - Speechless - The Complete First Season
06/12 - Speechless - The Complete Second Season
06/12 - Step by Step - The Complete First Season
06/12 - Will & Grace (The Revival) - Season One (Blu-ray)
06/19 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fourth Season
06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Fifth Season
06/26 - Last Man Standing - The Complete Sixth Season
06/26 - The Mick - The Complete First Season
06/26 - The Mick - The Complete Second Season
07/03 - New Girl - The Final (Seventh) Season
07/10 - Alice - The Complete Seventh Season (WBShop.com)
07/10 - The Bill Engvall Show - The Complete First Season (WBShop.com)
07/10 - Green Acres - The Final (Sixth) Season
07/10 - The Last Man on Earth - The Complete Fourth Season
07/17 - Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life - The Complete Series
07/17 - The Good Place - The Complete Second Season
07/17 - Son of Zorn - The Complete Series
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-30-2011, 11:14 PM   #1
Brian Damage
I'm Rich Bitch
Moderator
Forum Legend
 
Brian Damage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 03, 2002
Location: What Ain't No Country I Ever Heard Of...They Speak English in What?
Posts: 62,616
Send a message via AIM to Brian Damage
Exclamation The Late McLean Stevenson Admitted That He Screwed Up 'Hello Larry'

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...e+sitcom&hl=en

In an interview dated April 14th, 1979 Mclean Stevenson said he felt responsible for the failure (Thus far) of his show 'Hello Larry.' He said he created the character Larry as a buffoon and then decided to "smarten him up" midway through the season. He also felt responible for its failure because he decreed himself the New Bonnie Franklin of TV despite his show being a lackluster ratings sitcom.
__________________
The Key to the Kingdom of Heaven: John 3:3

Money Doesn't Buy Happiness...But I'd Rather Cry in My Private Jet
Brian Damage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2011, 11:35 PM   #2
Mr. Television
15 Years at Sitcoms Online
Forum Legend
 
Mr. Television's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 06, 2003
Location: Were you're not
Posts: 60,792
Default

Hello Larry should have been a hit. I don't really understand why it wasn't.
__________________
Sonny
Mr. Television is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2011, 01:26 AM   #3
dakert
Member
Senior Member
 
dakert's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 10, 2007
Location: altoona PA
Posts: 2,576
Default

I only watched Hello Larry for KIM RICHARDS!!
dakert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2011, 02:53 AM   #4
Samme
Member
Forum Regular
 
Samme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 01, 2001
Posts: 460
Default

I couldn't see the article, but I wonder if he thought being the "New Bonnie Franklin" was a good or bad thing? He was a funny guy on talk shows, but sadly, as an actor, he was the "New Bonnie Franklin."
Samme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2011, 12:12 AM   #5
biffbronson
"My Three Sons" Fan
Senior Member
 
biffbronson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 22, 2009
Location: In my dreams, back at age 15 in Erin Moran's bedroom in 1980, making passionate love...
Posts: 3,209
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dakert
I only watched Hello Larry for KIM RICHARDS!!
She was the main reason I watched way back then, too.
__________________
In memory of lovely Erin Moran 1960-2017 ~ Missing you

"For you are beautiful ~ And I have loved you dearly ~ More dearly than the spoken word can tell..."

"What's the word?" (Paul Martin) ~~ "I don't want money for nothing." (Timmy Martin) -- Lassie ROCKS! WORD UP

"It's just a dugout that my dad built... In case the reds decide to push the button down..."
biffbronson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 11:06 PM   #6
70s show watcher
Member
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 20, 2008
Location: between point place and studio 8 h
Posts: 4,203
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by biffbronson
She was the main reason I watched way back then, too.
me too although i did like mclean
70s show watcher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2011, 07:07 AM   #7
biffbronson
"My Three Sons" Fan
Senior Member
 
biffbronson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 22, 2009
Location: In my dreams, back at age 15 in Erin Moran's bedroom in 1980, making passionate love...
Posts: 3,209
Default

I've been watching the early M*A*S*H episodes again -- what a terrific job McLean did. Perfect casting.
biffbronson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2011, 12:15 PM   #8
TVFactFan
Member
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 17, 2002
Posts: 89,488
Default

The Alder Family should have just moved to NYC near the drummonds
TVFactFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2018, 01:04 PM   #9
TMC
Member
Forum Celebrity
 
Join Date: Jan 09, 2001
Posts: 29,075
Default

I felt a little sorry for him. He was so beloved on MASH and it went straight to his head. He demanded more money, more episodes about him, etc. threatened to leave, and it was a huge deal. So they wrote him off the show, and not only that, KILLED his character. They made sure he could never come back.

He spent the next few years trying to crawl his way back on top and everything he did failed. Finally, became a regular on the Match Game (or something like that) where he just did his bad jokes.
TMC is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2018, 05:41 PM   #10
Dr. Thong
a/k/a "ACK!"
Senior Member
 
Dr. Thong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 10, 2001
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 4,785
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by biffbronson
I've been watching the early M*A*S*H episodes again -- what a terrific job McLean did. Perfect casting.
I'm pretty sure he regretted leaving M*A*S*H in his later years.

He had a perfect vehicle for his talents, but his ego wanted more.
__________________
"Sunday has been cancelled due to lack of interest. That is all."
Dr. Thong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2018, 06:12 PM   #11
catsrule
Cat-tastic and Whiskerlicious
Forum Veteran
 
catsrule's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 01, 2006
Location: The Catacombs
Posts: 10,938
Default

I am glad McLean Stevenson left M*A*S*H. As a result we got Harry Morgan's wonderful portrayal of Colonel Potter.
__________________
My Top 100 TV Shows http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/...d.php?t=367135
My Top 100 Movies http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/...d.php?t=367154
My Top 100 TV Theme Songs http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/...28#post5320128
FRASIER: As usual Frasier has to save the day.
MARTIN: As usual Martin has to hear about it.
Is Christ the cornerstone of your life? If not, he should be.

catsrule is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2018, 07:53 PM   #12
Dr. Thong
a/k/a "ACK!"
Senior Member
 
Dr. Thong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 10, 2001
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 4,785
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by catsrule
I am glad McLean Stevenson left M*A*S*H. As a result we got Harry Morgan's wonderful portrayal of Colonel Potter.
I'll bet Harry Morgan was glad Stevenson left also.
Dr. Thong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2018, 01:25 PM   #13
Duster76
Member
Frequent Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 01, 2008
Location: New jersey
Posts: 170
Default

I have a different take on Mclean Stevenson's decision to leave MASH, based on what he wanted for his career, it was the right decision and also a courageous one. He saw himself as a star not a supporting player, he wanted that, and was willing to put it all on the line to achieve it. He failed, no question about that, but there is an old saying, scared money can't win. At 44, Stevenson was no kid when he took the role as Henry Blake in MASH. He was almost 48 when he left, simply put, if not now, when. This was his one shot to be a big star, the aftermath was what it was, poor choices, bad execution or the plain fact he wasn't starring material in the first place, at the very least I give him credit for believing in himself and going for it. The saddest words in the English language, "it might have been".
Duster76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2018, 08:18 AM   #14
Dr. Thong
a/k/a "ACK!"
Senior Member
 
Dr. Thong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 10, 2001
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 4,785
Default

In 1981, while the show was still on the air, Stevenson was interviewed for a book on M*A*S*H. In the interview, he said that if they came up with a plotline where they found Henry Blake's body, barely alive with a pound of seaweed up his nose, that he would be taken back to the 4077th and resume his duties.

Make of it what you will, but I interpreted that as him having regrets over his decision. Did he come out and say he regretted it? No. I read between the lines.
Dr. Thong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2018, 10:58 AM   #15
robyrob
certified wackball#3
Moderator
Forum Legend
 
robyrob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 03, 2003
Location: hiding under the third booth at Arnold's
Posts: 54,872
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Duster76
I have a different take on Mclean Stevenson's decision to leave MASH, based on what he wanted for his career, it was the right decision and also a courageous one. He saw himself as a star not a supporting player, he wanted that, and was willing to put it all on the line to achieve it. He failed, no question about that, but there is an old saying, scared money can't win. At 44, Stevenson was no kid when he took the role as Henry Blake in MASH. He was almost 48 when he left, simply put, if not now, when. This was his one shot to be a big star, the aftermath was what it was, poor choices, bad execution or the plain fact he wasn't starring material in the first place, at the very least I give him credit for believing in himself and going for it. The saddest words in the English language, "it might have been".
i buy that - I don't think he was arrogant, he just wanted more. I was never a fan of M*A*S*H so I didn't care that he left and enjoyed the work he did on HL and other shows even if they weren't all that good.

..and that doesn't mean that he didn't regret leaving a hit show, but at at least he took his chance for a shot at something bigger.
robyrob is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:31 PM.


Although the administrators and moderators of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards, nor vBulletin Solutions Inc. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message. The owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

VigLink badge

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.