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    On facebook people have started sharing the intro to the classic 80s TV sitcom "My Two Dads". The series where a young girl (Staci Keanan) is some how allowed to live with 2 men who could be her potential father. The 2 older men (Paul Reiser , Greg Evigan) are forced to raise Keanan's character as father figures. Both men are vastly different as the Evigan character is a free spirited artist. While Reiser's is the more straight laced lawyer type.

    The series would be a start for Staci Keanan who would then go onto a long run as Dana Foster on Step by Step. But Keanan herself had a mid stumble after My Two Dads wrapped after 3 seasons. Her next project would be a show that would star a variety of 80's actors and a sex symbol in Heather Locklear. In fact the series was called "Going Places" and had a big history behind the scenes leading to it debuting in 1990.



    ABC was just starting to flex its powerful TGIF lineup and was looking to add another Millar/Boyett show to the schedule for a 2 hour block. They also wanted a show to capture a more adult type audience like Perfect Strangers had been doing at 9pm block. So they wanted a series to follow it. The producers pitched "Going Places" about a series featuring 4 TV writers fresh to LA who had to handle a TV actress on a series as well as their private lives.

    As shown it would feature 80's stars like Alan Ruck (Cameron from Ferris Bueller film) , Jeffrey Irvine (Stiles from Teen Wolf) , Hallie Todd (Brothers on Showtime Network) as well as Locklear and Keanan all starred in this series. It was amazing to see such an experienced cast come together for this and watch it literally start to fail. And it quickly did as ratings weren't good.

    But ABC and producers wanted the series to work and expanded Keanan's role as the know it all neighbor to the 4 writers living in a beach house. They soon added another kid role to the series and refocused the show towards a younger audience. They then removed a cast member (Holland Taylor who played Dawn on series). Taylor comically exited the series as the group lived at her beach house saying she'd be by once a month to get rent. She was never seen again for the rest of the series. This reboot of the series occurred halfway through season 1.

    The shows ratings started to move upwards and climbed to 34th as ABC decided to put the show on hiatus and air Baby Talk as planned. It was said ABC was wanting to move on owning Tuesday nights and was gonna move Family Matters to 8pm on Tuesdays to lead off the comedy block there. But in a surprise move ; the critically derided Baby Talk performed a lot better than ABC believed in its short run that spring of 1991. This had ABC decide to move Full House instead and keep Baby Talk for fall.

    The move pretty much spelled the end of Going Places and the series returned and ran off some episodes that summer of 1991. Keanan would move onto her next big role the next season on Step by Step ; which she'd star for 7-8 seasons...on ABC and TGIF. Today Keanan has retired from acting and in 2013 is actually a lawyer in LA.
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    Nothing Sacred starred Kevin Anderson as a priest. It was criticized by some who saw its portrayal of church issues in the post Second Vatican Council era as favoring those with a more liberal view of the Council at the expense of those with a more conservative one. The show and its sponsors were targeted for boycotts by the Catholic League.

    Despite promises that the show would air for at least one full season, after the failure of the program, ABC canceled its order for the final four episodes, and then canceled the series entirely after the March 14, 1998 episode (with four completed episodes left unaired).

    The show won the Peabody Award, being described as "an honest portrayal of the complexity of faith in the modern era." It also won the 1998 Humanitas Prize for a sixty-minute television series as well as the Founder's Award from Viewers For Quality Television.

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    The Powers That Be - lasted for one season. A hilarious show that was created by Norman Lear and starred John Forsythe, Holland Taylor, David Hyde Pierce, and Valerie Mahaffey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CellarDweller View Post


    Nothing Sacred starred Kevin Anderson as a priest. It was criticized by some who saw its portrayal of church issues in the post Second Vatican Council era as favoring those with a more liberal view of the Council at the expense of those with a more conservative one. The show and its sponsors were targeted for boycotts by the Catholic League.

    Despite promises that the show would air for at least one full season, after the failure of the program, ABC canceled its order for the final four episodes, and then canceled the series entirely after the March 14, 1998 episode (with four completed episodes left unaired).

    The show won the Peabody Award, being described as "an honest portrayal of the complexity of faith in the modern era." It also won the 1998 Humanitas Prize for a sixty-minute television series as well as the Founder's Award from Viewers For Quality Television.
    As much as I have little use for religion. I watched this show and found it to be fantastic. Thus I knew it would never succeed.
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    Our family watched the religious anthology series, INSIGHT, which aired for many many years. I liked it for no particular religious reasons, but just because it had good stories and good acting. And on a Sunday afternoon, there was usually nothing else as good to watch on TV back then. Another anthology series I liked to watch in the 1970s was STORY THEATRE--which was wonderfully acted and quite entertaining, with the fables usually having some moral. I always thought this was American, as it had mostly American actors, but it supposedly was made in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada.
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    Almost human. I was so sad that we never got to see what was over the wall.
    Earth 2. It didn't even have a chance to be terrible.
    Terra Nova. It was getting good and dark and then poof gone!
    Farscape. It was just starting to come together pheh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by strangeeden View Post
    Almost human. I was so sad that we never got to see what was over the wall.
    Earth 2. It didn't even have a chance to be terrible.
    Terra Nova. It was getting good and dark and then poof gone!
    Farscape. It was just starting to come together pheh...
    Ooh, some good choices! I really liked Almost Human and Terra Nova, in particular.

    Also New Amsterdam (the one with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

    And Life.

    And The Finder.

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    Somehow I remembered the theme for "Going Places" but absolutely nothing else about the show, including what it was about or who starred in it. *shrugs* I wonder if that was before during or after Todd played Lal in "The Offspring" on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    Well I used the thread's search function and got nothing, so if it was mentioned don't blame me: "The Book of Daniel." Off the top of my head I remember the title character was a reverend addicted to painkillers and the "villain" (more like antagonist) was played by Ellen Burstyn. Wiki goes into more detail, so I'll leave that here instead of copy/paste the MANY plot threads.

    Speaking of Ellen Burstyn, she had her own sitcom called, um The Ellen Burstyn Show in 1986. Which starred a young Megan Mullally (Will & Grace fame) as her divorced daughter with a 5 year old. I'm guessing this is the first episode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    Our family watched the religious anthology series, INSIGHT, which aired for many many years. I liked it for no particular religious reasons, but just because it had good stories and good acting. And on a Sunday afternoon, there was usually nothing else as good to watch on TV back then. Another anthology series I liked to watch in the 1970s was STORY THEATRE--which was wonderfully acted and quite entertaining, with the fables usually having some moral. I always thought this was American, as it had mostly American actors, but it supposedly was made in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada.
    I think I remember that show, lol! My Dad would quizz me afterwards on the morals of the story.

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    Anyone remember Running The Halls from 1993? It was part of NBC's Saturday morning TNBC shows. It lasted one season but I really liked it at the time.


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    Anyone remember Running The Halls from 1993? It was part of NBC's Saturday morning TNBC shows. It lasted one season but I really liked it at the time.

    what was it about? besides high school. same producers as saved by the bell?


    As far as show I wouldn't mind seeing again, it would be Friday the 13th the Series (non-Jason show)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypestyle View Post
    what was it about? besides high school. same producers as saved by the bell?
    It had different producers than Saved By The Bell (and California Dreams, City Guys, etc...). It was filmed in that fast-paced style that MTV had made popular back then.

    The kids were at a private school and were usually scheming or trying to get away with something. And usually got caught. Hilarity ensued. There was some romance between some of the kids.

    You know, regular teenaged stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deathstroke View Post
    As much as I have little use for religion. I watched this show and found it to be fantastic. Thus I knew it would never succeed.
    I thought it was an amazing show.....and once the Catholic church came out against it, I knew it wouldn't last long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by numberthirty View Post
    I think you mean Ferris Bueller.
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    There have been so many shows that were cancelled too soon, but one that sticks in my head is "Now and Again" from 1999. That was a great show that really deserved another season. It ends on a cliffhanger with no resolution.

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