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Old 03-06-2011, 06:54 PM   #16
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Maybe, but I've always found David Birney a bit creepy and sinister-looking, and he came across as a bit of a phony. Plus, the fact that one of their shared children backed Meredith up on Oprah speaks volumes. So it may be a combination of both things, and again, this is just my opinion. In any case, it's just sad.
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There's always 3 sides to every story like this. The two people's sides and the truth which lies somewhere in the middle.
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^ That is so true. Plus, we the public will never really know all that went on. No matter which way you spin it, it's just a sad, sad story.
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As is the once smokingly hot Mererdith changing teams.
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^ You're not the only guy I've heard that sad lament from.
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If I were CBS's head of network programming, I wouldn't even think about releasing a top-rated show from its contract, especially if it was only in its first season and ranked #5. I'd have Bridget Loves Bernie run for the entire 20th Olympiad (1972-76).
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...CBS didn't want to offend anyone. And Fred Silverman knew that. Even though the series was in the "Top Five", he couldn't keep it on the air under all that controversy, and that's why he cancelled it after one season. If the series were produced today, there would have been very little objection to dramatizing a Jewish/Catholic marriage- even in a sitcom.

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It wasn't just a matter of not offending...lead-in 'All in the Family' offended plenty, and it generated lots of controversy.

Unlike 'All in the Family', which was basically sold out of ad availabilities at prices dictated by CBS, I seem to remember that 'Bridget Loves Bernie' suffered from advertiser skittishness, and CBS ad sales had a challenge in moving inventory at prices that the audience size should have merited.
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Years later, ABC tried to do a similar show called Chicken Soup, starring Jackie Mason and Lynn Redgrave as the leads. A very young, pre-Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe played Ms. Redgrave's teenaged daughter.
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I wonder if there's hope for Sony to license BLB out.

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Years later, ABC tried to do a similar show called Chicken Soup, starring Jackie Mason and Lynn Redgrave as the leads. A very young, pre-Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe played Ms. Redgrave's teenaged daughter.
I watched Chicken Soup. That was a very unfunny sitcom. One of the biggest flops of all time considering the hype.
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I never saw it, Sonny, but I'll take your word for it!!
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I wonder if there's hope for Sony to license BLB out.

It was scheduled to come out a few years ago, at the same time as Family. Then it just got cancelled and was never put back on the schedule. I wouldn't doubt that they were transferred and authored to DVD and are not sitting in a warehouse somewhere collecting dust. I have them all from a combination of film prints and off HA network but I'd still like to get a pristine set. One of my favorite one-season sitcoms ever. I've never met a Jewish guy yet who didn't love the show and I think that's what the problem was.
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I'd like to see it, period (as well as the remaining seasons of Family). It was on before I was born. Did Meredith Baxter and David Birney really have terrific on-screen chemistry?
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It was scheduled to come out a few years ago, at the same time as Family. Then it just got cancelled and was never put back on the schedule. I wouldn't doubt that they were transferred and authored to DVD and are not sitting in a warehouse somewhere collecting dust. I have them all from a combination of film prints and off HA network but I'd still like to get a pristine set. One of my favorite one-season sitcoms ever. I've never met a Jewish guy yet who didn't love the show and I think that's what the problem was.
Yeah, I bet Shout! or M.P.I. will release it sooner or later. That's a good point that the show has probably been re-mastered and would be ready to go!
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