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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Leonard Stern Week On The OTN.

Leonard Stern was a great, and quite prolific comedy writer.
He was involved in such hits as "The Honeymooners" and "Get Smart"
I met him a few times.
Once, in his office, and several times on the studio lot.
He was always decked out in a distinguished three-piece suit.
I never recall any other comedy writer ever wearing a suit, much less a three-piece suit.
I'm told that he did that to intimidate people.
It certainly worked in my case.
But he turned out a tremendous output of quality work.
He also had about four, maybe five shows that have earned a place on the OTN.
That's why this is Leonard Stern Week on the OTN.
One post won't cover it.
I'll offer up a couple today.
First, "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster"
It debuted and departed in the early 1960s.
It was hilarious.
It brought to our attention John Astin and Marty Ingels in the title roles.
John Astin was much funnier here than on "The Addams Family", and on this show, he was basically playing straight for Marty Ingels.
Marty Ingels never had another series since then, but it had nothing to do with his talent, which was enormous.
It had much more to do with his emotional instability, which was enormous.
The series is out on DVD, and I highly recommend it.

The next series to be mentioned here is "He and She", which starred Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss.
It was smart, sophisticated, and wacky.
The wackiness provided primarily by Jack Cassidy, as an egocentric actor named Oscar North, who starred in the series "Jetman", based on the comic strip that Benjamin's character drew.
It was a pleasure to watch a married couple who respected each other, which is what we got here.
It's also nice to see that Benjamin's and Prentiss's marriage has survived so successfully after all these years.
Far more successfully that "He and She" did.

Mark Rothman, CEO of the OTN.

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8 comments:

  1. Lest we forget, Leonard Stern also did THE HERO, DIANA, HOLMES & YOYO, MCMILLAN & WIFE, HE & SHE, RUN BUDDY RUN, THE GOOD GUYS, OPERATION:PETTICOAT, and THE GOVERNOR & JJ. Liked the last one on that list a lot - a favorite as a kid, and still dig it today.

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  2. That's why this is Leonard Stern WEEK. Many of these shows will be covered.

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  3. It's Leonard Stern Week? I wish I had some advance notice. I didn't get you anything. Will there be cake?

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  4. It's not TV and so can't run on your network, but Stern and humorist Roger Price created the popular Mad Libs series of books.

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  5. Kirk, you should find a book that Roger Price wrote, and drew, called "Droodles"
    Droodles was much, much funnier than Mad Libs.

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  6. Price also had a short-lived DROODLES series during the summer of 1954 on NBC.

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  7. There's a chance you are qualified to get a Apple iPhone 7.

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  8. There is a chance you are qualified to get a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at macchus999@aol.com. Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."