A powerful, behind-the-scenes look at some of America’s all-time favorite television programs during their darkest hours, this study examines how various hit series have absorbed the death of a lead actor during production. Although each television program eventually resumed production, the lead actor’s death in each case had a profound impact on the surviving cast and crew and the future of the show itself.
Individual chapters explore the events surrounding the deaths of Freddie Prinze (Chico and the Man), John Ritter (8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter), Redd Foxx (The Royal Family), Nicholas Colasanto (Cheers), Phil Hartman (NewsRadio), and many others. Their stories are told through first-hand accounts by those who knew them best, including many of the most talented actors, producers, writers, and directors in television over the past forty years.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.45(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Douglas Snauffer is an Ohio-based freelance writer. He has contributed regularly to The Akron Beacon Journal and Starlog magazine, and is author of the book Crime Television. Snauffer is also a scriptwriter whose work has aired on The Sci-Fi Channel.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter: John Ritter 5
2. Alias Smith & Jones: Peter Duel 20
3. Bonanza: Dan Blocker 34
4. Cheers: Nicholas Colasanto 49
5. Chico and the Man: Freddie Prinze 62
6. Cover Up: Jon-Erik Hexum 79
7. Dallas: Jim Davis 96
8. Eight Is Enough: Diana Hyland 108
9. Gimme a Break!: Dolph Sweet 122
10. Lime Street: Samantha Smith 138
11. NewsRadio: Phil Hartman 155
12. The Royal Family: Redd Foxx 168
13. The Sopranos: Nancy Marchand 183
14. Bonus Chapter 199
List of Interviews 207