Two more entries from Leonard Stern for the OTN.
I watched an episode of each today.
"Diana"---A short-lived sitcom, 15 episodes, starring the to-die-for gorgeous Diana Rigg.
This was in 1973, when she was still to-die-for gorgeous.
I didn't watch or like "The Avengers"
And she wasn't decked out in leather here as she was there.
It seemed to be an active attempt to emulate the success of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
It was shot on the same lot, at the same time, as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
Diana essentially played straight to a bunch of funny characters in an office situation.
But except for Richard B. Shull, who was hilarious, the rest of the "funny characters" just weren't all that funny.
And the writing didn't help make them any funnier.
It wasn't at all bad, it just wasn't wonderful.
But if you didn't like "The Avengers", this would be an excellent opportunity to catch Diana Rigg when she was still to-die-for gorgeous.
"The Good Guys"---This show was done in the late sixties.
42 episodes were made.
It starred Bob Denver and Herb Edelman as co-owners of a diner.
Certainly not a complicated premise
I remember watching it when it was on, and enjoying it.
But not nearly as much as I enjoyed the episode I watched today.
It had everything that great sitcoms had.
GREAT writing. The kind of writing that Garry Marshall used to describe as "verbal spins", i.e., turning the language inside out and upside down.
Garry often praised me for my use of verbal spins.
It also had GREAT physical comedy.
Physical comedy good enough to rival Lucy and Ethel and Laverne and Shirley on their best days.
I'd have to say that "The Good Guys" is far and away the most underrated show that would appear on the OTN.
And reason in itself that the OTN be formed.
Mark Rothman, CEO of the OTN.
My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne & Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays", and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings remaining, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne & Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.
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