Thursday, May 13, 2010

Up and down the dial

This is the first time I’ve heard about this, but apparently NBC has plans for a remake of The Rockford Files to appear in the fall season—with Dermot Mulroney as the private eye icon essayed originally by TDOY god James Garner. According to this, however, the defiling of Garner’s legacy has come to a screeching halt…as thousands rejoice across the Internets. (Sadly, it would appear to be only a temporary reprieve.)

In addition, Stephen Bowie has a fascinating interview (part one in a series) with character great Jason Wingreen at his Classic TV History Blog that I cannot recommend highly enough. Wingreen is a familiar face from a myriad of movies and television shows (his best-known gig is probably that of bartender Harry Snowden on both All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place) and as should be expected has a wealth of stories and anecdotes to tell (my favorite is the Boris Karloff-Helen Hayes incident).

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3 comments:

Toby O'B said...

Even if I wasn't a Jason Wingreen fan (always love the character actors), I'd check out that interview just for the Boris Karloff and Helen Hayes story.....

Jeff Overturf said...

There's just no sense to remakes like this. Rockford worked beause it was James Garner...not the other way around.

Glennie9654 said...

All good things come to an end.