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Old 08-24-2004, 05:55 PM   #16
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That act alone was very sickening and nasty that the FCC could have quickly canceled Hot_l Baltimore if it was aired right now.
Can you give me an example of the ACT you are referring to?
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I was referring to that incident involving the character Moose from Hot_l Baltimore whereas he ran rampant in the nude with a Hershey's Kiss implanted in his navel aka bellybutton, citing that it was a chocolate chip cookie1, which was mentioned in the quote Pentimento wrote.
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Old 09-01-2004, 09:45 PM   #18
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It was a funny show, ahead of its time. It was on on Friday evenings (one of the least viewed tv nights of the week) and it had a Columbian prostitute and a gay couple as members of the regular cast. Also, many "puritanical" tv stations refused to show "Hot L Baltimore." Too bad. The world was not yet quite ready for the adult dialogue of this show. It had a lot of potential.
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It was a funny show, ahead of its time. It was on on Friday evenings (one of the least viewed tv nights of the week) and it had a Columbian prostitute and a gay couple as members of the regular cast. Also, many "puritanical" tv stations refused to show "Hot L Baltimore." Too bad. The world was not yet quite ready for the adult dialogue of this show. It had a lot of potential.

I think Hot L Baltimore no longer exist on Video. I'm confident footage of that show is gone forever!!-lol
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I think Hot L Baltimore is one of the lost TV shows of the 70's.

Not lost, just not aired since the advent of home recording. I'm quite sure that the 2-inch masters are sitting in Columbia's vault (they bought all of the Lear shows). Just not too much demand these days for failed mid-70s shows.
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Not lost, just not aired since the advent of home recording. I'm quite sure that the 2-inch masters are sitting in Columbia's vault (they bought all of the Lear shows). Just not too much demand these days for failed mid-70s shows.

Damm i wish I had the key to the Columbia Vault.-LOL
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I don't think there were any other TV shows from the 1978s of before having a prostitute as a main character. If it ever airs on TV today, it should be rated TV-14 due to its content.
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I don't think there were any other TV shows from the 1978s of before having a prostitute as a main character. If it ever airs on TV today, it should be rated TV-14 due to its content.

Maybe that's why the ratings were so horrible, the fact that a prostitue was the main character-lol
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The show Hot L Baltimore was ranked #68 after the 1974-75 season


Blacks and White TV, 1983, F. Macdonald
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i saw a promo for it once but i have never seen a full ep
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i for got to add that the promo i saw didnt make the show seeem very funny or interesting and the laughter seemed canned
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Hot L Baltimore was a middle of the pack series for ABC in the 1974-75 season, garnering a 14.7HH rating for the regular season (ranking 13 of 28 regular and summer series aired on ABC that season), which tied it with "Barney Miller", a mid-season series that was a surprise renewal (it's late season ratings showed uptick, as I remember), and ahead of the 14.4HH rating for "Almost Anything Goes", another summer reality-type series that got renewed.

The only two higher rated cancellations on ABC that season were the summer series "Adams of Eagle Lake" (20.6HH) and "Caribe" (18.9HH).

My memory of the ratings pattern for "Hot L Baltimore" was that it opened huge (for ABC, and on Fridays) and then fell each week. Its renew/cancel decision was not a difficult one as by the end most viewers had deserted the show and were watching NBC's "Rockford Files" or movies on CBS.

I liked the show for its outrageousness and button-pushing, the novelty of the hotel setting and the young Mr. James Cromwell...I also remember ABC ran really strongly worded viewer advisories before every episode to assuage the FCC and nervous affiliates (if memory is correct, ABC had a significant affiliate clearance problem with the show, at least initially, which also may have hindered its renewal prospects).

I agree with the earlier poster that I'm almost certain the series exists in someones vault somewhere (really, who would ever pitch out Mr. Lear's work), and the reason it has probably never seen syndication is the limited number of episodes produced and lingering memories of the show being controversial, which every broadcaster seems to shy away from these days.
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There is ONE episode available for viewing at the Paley Center
(formerly the Museum of Radio and TV In Los Angeles).
I recall watching the show in prime time as a teenager, and
I liked it because it was controversial. I'd never seen
so many stereotypes packed into one half-hour sitcom before.
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Unhappy Missing from Mr. Lear's DVD Collection

I'm so disappointed with Sony that they did not include this brilliant series in Mr. Lear's DVD tribute collection.
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I'm so disappointed with Sony that they did not include this brilliant series in Mr. Lear's DVD tribute collection.

That's because Sony is more concerned with STEALIG from TV fans than Entertaining them.
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