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Gloria ran from September 1982 untilSeptember 1983 on CBS.
Sally Struthers returned in her role as Gloria Bunker Stivic in this final spin-off of All In The Family.
Her marriage to Mike Stivic had crumbled when he left her to live on a commune with a flower child; she was back from California. Archie Bunker's little girl Gloria ( Sally Struthers), wanted to start a new life in fresh surroundings. Not wanting to be completely out of touch with her father, and hoping to become a vet, Gloria found a job as an assistant trainee to a couple of veterenarians in the rural upstate New York town of Foxridge. Crusty old Dr. Willard Adams ( Burgest Meredith), was not only her boss but her landlord as well. Maggie Lawrence ( Jo de Winter), was Dr. Adam's partner at the clinic, a true liberated woman, and Clark Utley( Lou Richards), was their other assistant. For Clark, becoming a vet seemed a ludicrous aim-he seemed to be feared or hated by almost every creature that came into the clinic.
The adjustments were not easy for Gloria, or for her 8 year old son Joey( Christian Jacobs). But her new friends-and all those cuddly animals-helped brighten thing's up for Archie's little girl, who never lost her little girl innocence.
A Review of Gloria and Three Other New Shows from The New York Times
3 NEW SERIES AND HBO'S 'CAMELOT'
By JOHN J. O'CONNOR
Published: September 24, 1982
A FEW new weekly television series can be sampled this weekend, and one of them is ''Bring 'em Back Alive,'' which CBS (Channel 2) is previewing with a two-hour special tonight at 8, but which will then have its premiere in its regular time period next Tuesday at 8 P.M. Confusing matters further, the preview and the premiere constitute a two-part episode. One will not make much sense without the other. On the other hand, maybe sense has nothing to do with this situation.
Followers of the new season may recall that just the other evening on ABC (Channel 7), Jake Cutter, the hero of ''Tales of a Gold Monkey,'' worked as an adventurous pilot in the South Pacific of 1938. His pals included a dog, an alcoholic, a young woman working as an American spy and the owner of a watering place called the Monkey Bar. The villains were Nazis. As it happens, Frank Buck, the hero of ''Bring 'em Back Alive,'' is portrayed as the legendary animal hunter working out of Singapore in the late 1930's. His friends include several animals, an Asian No. 1 boy, a young woman working at the American consulate and the owner of a swank club called Raffles. The villains are Nazis. Call it coincidence. Call it ''Raiders of the Lost Ark Revisited'' - twice.
Frank Buck, played with proper eye-twinkling dash by Bruce Boxleitner, is concerned about preserving animals. Despite the title, however, the authenticity of this series is wispy at best. For purposes of real adventure, Frank is far more interested in pursuing those Nazis. ''You can't go in there,'' his Malayasian aide says, pointing to what are supposed to be the Kuala Highlands. But Frank plunges ahead, explaining, ''We've got a job to do for Uncle Sam.''
There are assorted wandering animals, several fistfights, a car sinking in a swamp, threats of violence, promises of romance and a sniveling Peter Lorre type who ends up with a poison dart in his neck. Frank also has a wealthy friend in H.H., the Sultan of Jahore (Ron O'Neal), who likes to point out, ''I was born with a silver service for 24 in my mouth.'' As tonight's installment ends, the Sultan is kidnapped and Frank sets out to find him, presumably next Tuesday. NBC Offers 'Silver Spoons,' A New Situation Comedy
Retaining the image of silver in mouths, we come to ''Silver Spoons,'' a situation comedy beginning tomorrow night at 8:30 on NBC (Channel 4). In this case, we have Joel Higgins as Edward Stratton 3d, a wealthy but decidedly childish man in his mid-30's. Edward lives in a mansion with interiors that could have been designed by Disneyland. He rides a toy locomotive through the majestic rooms. Rows of space-game machines dominate the decor. His beautiful secretary (Erin Gray) simply notes, with admirable aplomb, that Edward just never grew up.
Enter Ricky, played by the always composed Ricky Schroder (who was in ''The Champ'' with Jon Voight and ''Little Lord Fauntleroy'' with Alec Guiness), explaining that he is Edward's son from a brief marriage that ended in divorce 13 years earlier. Edward is appalled at the thought of having to care for anyone other than himself. In addition, he has just been told by his crooked business manager that the Stratton coffers are empty. Ricky is sent back to military school, lonely and depressed.
Eventually, though - and it should be remembered that all this takes place in 22 minutes - there is a reconciliation, with Edward hoping that he can help the precocious son to be a little boy and that perhaps Ricky could help him to be less of a kid. Thus the scene is set for still another situation-comedy venture in which hopelessly immature adults are given human-development lessons by unbelievably sharp children. ''Silver Spoons'' is immediately preceded by ''Diff'rent Strokes.'' The differences in concept and tactics are infinitesimal. Sally Struthers Sets Off On Her Own in 'Gloria'
Sunday night at 8:30 on CBS, Sally Struthers returns to the weekly grind in ''Gloria,'' resuming the role of Gloria Bunker Stivic that she created on ''All in the Family.'' Gloria's husband has run off to a commune with one of his students, and she is now determined to prove that she can survive on her own. With her 8-year-old son, Joey (Christian Jacobs), she arrives at an upstate New York house owned by a gruff but lovable veterinarian, Willard Adams (Burgess Meredith).
Gloria soon learns that being an assistant trainee means scrubbing out a lot of animal cages for at least two years. She hesitates about staying but, especially after an infuriating telephone call from her husband, decides she is not going to be a quitter. Among the vet's patients are a dog whose hyperactivity is attributed to the fact that he still has not got over the cancellation of ''Lou Grant,'' a parrot named Miss Fonda that keeps on saying ''No nukes'' and another dog who is presumably homosexual.
Mr. Meredith, a wily acting veteran, can make a little energy go an awfully long way. Miss Struthers is, as usual, a problem. She is terribly earnest, but then smothers her just-folks characterization in a hairdo that could have been left over from last night's most fashionable discotheque opening. When in doubt, she has a tendency to overact, resorting to Paul Lynd reaction bits or, in two instances, vulgar Bronx cheers. Two years of washing those cages would seem, from this vantage point, interminable. HBO Presents 'Camelot' Starring Richard Harris
On cable television this weekend, Home Box Office is introducing, Sunday at 8 P.M., its two-and-a-half-hour version of ''Camelot,'' the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe musical that was revived a couple of years ago for an extensive tour, at first starring Richard Burton as King Arthur and then, because of Mr. Burton's illness, going on with Richard Harris. This is basically the production that has been adapted for television. Although the sets have been supplemented, certain scenes were restaged to create a more intimate atmosphere, and dry ice was periodically hauled in to produce a fairy-tale mist.
The result, which was made to appear as if it were taking place entirely before a theater audience although 90 percent of it was shot without spectators, was worth the extra effort. The story of the Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot triangle emerges quite touchingly. Meg Bussert is a nicely melodic queen. Richard Muenz is a convincingly innocent knight. And Richard Harris, reported to have been ill and notoriously out of sorts during the taping, is a memorably majestic and troubled king. He skillfully elevates a serviceable musical to surprisingly moving drama.
Here is Burgess Meredith's Obituary from CNN.
Burgess Meredith dies at 89
Stallone: He was 'irreplaceable legend'
September 10, 1997
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Burgess Meredith, the raspy-voiced character actor best known for his portrayal of the gruff boxing manager in the "Rocky" movies, has died at his home in Malibu, California. He was 89.
Meredith, who died Tuesday, had been suffering from melanoma and Alzheimer's disease, said his son, Jonathan.
CNN's Ron Tank reports
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and educated at Amherst College in Massachusetts, Meredith's film and theater career spanned seven decades. His stage debut came in 1933 in New York, and his screen debut, at 26, was in the 1936 drama "Winterset," recreating a role he had played on Broadway. He would go on to appear in nearly 70 movies, mostly in supporting roles.
But it was as Rocky's boxing trainer, Mickey, for which he will probably be best remembered. He received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor in 1976 for his work in the original movie, and he reprised the character in three of the four "Rocky" sequels.
"Burgess Meredith always was ... an irreplaceable legend, a craftsman who rarely comes along, not (one) in a generation but in several generations," Sylvester Stallone said. "I thank him for his performance in 'Rocky' because I truly feel without his participation in the film, it would never have had its emotion core."
In addition to his Oscar nomination for "Rocky," Meredith was also nominated for the best supporting actor in 1975 for his work in "Day of the Locust." He didn't win either time.
In Hollywood, Meredith was known for having a tempestuous personality. In his 1994 autobiography, "So Far, So Good," he wrote that his violent mood swings were diagnosed as an illness called cyclothymia.
He was married four times, including a brief union with film star Paulette Goddard, with whom he starred in the 1940 film "Second Chorus." His other wives included Helen Derby, actress Margaret Perry and dancer Kaja Sundsten.
Meredith starred in the 1939 film version of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" and as the Penguin in the 1966 "Batman" televison seires which also spawned a movie. .
"I waddled like a penguin, which seemed rather obvious to do. The touch I liked was that peculiar penguinlike quack I use in my lines," he said.
In his later years, he was often cast as an elderly curmudgeon. He played Jack Lemmon's father in the 1993 comedy "Grumpy Old Men" and its 1995 sequel, "Grumpier Old Men."
"Burgess was not only a marvelous actor, he was one of the dearest human beings I ever knew," Lemmon said. "I will miss him terribly, as will everyone who was ever fortunate enough to know him."
His quirky voice also led to voice-over work in television commercials, including pitches for Untied Air Lines and Skippy peanut butter.
Meredith's fourth wife, his son and daughter were with him when he died. Funeral services were pending, and the body was to be cremated.
To read some articles about Gloria go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=tI0yAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MegFAAAAIBAJ&dq=gloria%20sally%20struthers%20sitcom&pg=6614%2C4893306 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=v0BPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=sgIEAAAAIBAJ&dq=gloria%20sally%20struthers%20sitcom&pg=6877%2C8533351 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VlcaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yiQEAAAAIBAJ&dq=gloria%20sally%20struthers%20sitcom&pg=4334%2C1413242
For a Website dedicated to Gloria go to https://web.archive.org/web/20060205152955/http://gloria.netfirms.com/
To see how Gloria was related to AITF go to http://www.poobala.com/allandgloria.html
For a Website dedicated to Sally Struthers go to http://members.tripod.com/sallystruthers/
For a Website dedicated to Burgess Meredith go to http://web.archive.org/web/20090429032440/http://www.burgessmeredith.com/
For a Page dedicated to Burgess Meredith go to http://www.triviatribute.com/burgessmeredith.html
For some Gloria-related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/shows/gloria
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