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Old 04-27-2010, 09:51 AM   #1
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TV April 27th 1971: Green Acres Aired Its Last Episode & Then Was Shockingly Canceled!

April 27th 1971 - The final episode of "Green Acres" aired

Oliver has difficulties with an heirloom watch and seeks the aid of his ex-secretary to find the only jeweler in New York capable of fixing the timepiece

Green Acres was canceled in 1971 when CBS consciously targeted a younger demographic audience and purged its so-called "rural comedies." CBS cancelled the still popular Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies as part of a sweeping move on the networks part to get rid of all its "rural" comedies. Smart programming guys. "Gee, people still love these shows but lets cancel them anyway because they seem to have country appeal and not city appeal. And we want urban viewers not farmers." Because, of course, country folk only watch country themed shows and city folk only watch city themed shows. And so I guess only Nazis and POW could enjoy Hogan's Heroes and only people in parallel dimensions watched The Twilight Zone. And even if there was any truth to that way of thinking, what is up with snubbing country viewers anyway! Screw you 1971 CBS executives!

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I hate when they do things like that, its so stupid. There is not only one group of viewers out there, therefore they shouldn't only have shows that appeal to one group. Especially when they state it that way. LOL, I'm a girl, get good grades, can draw and speak a couple languages...guess I only like shows that have a character who is an artistic, smart bilingual girl. And I thought I actually liked all the shows that I watched, hmm, according to this I don't. LOL, I learn something new everyday.
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They also put a lot of people out of work by cancelling these shows, and TV would never be the same again.
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Great show - creative, funny, and 100000% better than anything on the air now!!!! "Olivah, what is an executive producer?"
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April 27th 1971 - The final episode of "Green Acres" aired

Oliver has difficulties with an heirloom watch and seeks the aid of his ex-secretary to find the only jeweler in New York capable of fixing the timepiece
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This was one of two "backdoor" pilots aired as the last two original Green Acres eps. Elaine Joyce played the ex-secretary, and Richard Deacon appeared as her boss. Another backdoor pilot aired previously starred Don Porter and Pamela Franklin as a father & daughter who ran a Hawaiian resort.
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But remember this:Fred Silverman,who was behind the getting rid of "rural shows on CBS"?before moving on to ABC,then NBC,is the SAME Fred Silverman who was the executive producer of 2 OTHER "rural" shows,both dramas,"In The Heat of the Night" and Andy Griffith's lawyer-courtroom drama "Matlock"in the 1980's.I kinda wonder what he thought when two OTHER CBS rural shows "The Waltons" and "The Dukes of Hazzard"became big hits for CBS.
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With all due respect, I've never thought of Matlock as a rural show. Some episodes did involve country locales, and there was the very occasional Randy Travis type of thing -- but not enough in my opinion for the series to qualify as a rural one.
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