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Old 04-11-2015, 06:33 PM   #31
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I think he may have been the only black adult male character on a sitcom with a jheri curl at that time

No way, man! LOL. Have you seen Miami Vice(drama) or Charlie and Co? LOL. A couple of years before that, The New Odd Couple.
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No way, man! LOL. Have you seen Miami Vice(drama) or Charlie and Co? LOL. A couple of years before that, The New Odd Couple.


Oh yeah the Older Brother on Charlie and Company
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It needed at least a few more episodes to wrap things up. Kimberly was no longer living at home. Willis had moved off to college. The series finale needed to be something big, but by this time everything was sort of done once Mr. D. married Maggie.
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It needed at least a few more episodes to wrap things up. Kimberly was no longer living at home. Willis had moved off to college. The series finale needed to be something big, but by this time everything was sort of done once Mr. D. married Maggie.
Since DS was already axed by NBC that should have given the writers when it moved to ABC a clue to maybe develop stronger episodes by then, the episode with Kimberly's eating disorder was a good start but the show was way past its prime.
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ABC had sunk to last place by then so yea they were desperate.

Yup, after ABC refused to green light The Cosby Show, only to see it become a big success on NBC, their ratings went right into the commode, as The Cosby Show was so popular, that it created a ripple effect at NBC in which several of its other programs, many of them heretofore struggling with viewership, also became hugely popular in the ratings as well.
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I thought the last season of DS was ok. I mean I did think it was a little overwhelming at first. Think about it. New network, new theme song, new color scheme on the apartment, no Kimberly, new Maggie. I mean, for a viewer, that would be a lot to digest.
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ABC had sunk to last place by then so yea they were desperate.

I think that also, Gary Coleman's parents convinced him to keep going with Diff'rent Strokes for one more year (on another network) after he had had enough and his body was giving out from overwork. Basically, Gary was told that dozens of people would've lost their jobs had he left.
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