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This Date in MAVERICK TV History: Whitney Blake stars in “The Day They Hanged Bret Maverick,” airing Sept. 21, 1958

THE DAY THEY HANGED BRET MAVERICK Original Airdate: September 21, 1958 Synopsis. In the town of Hallelujah, outlaw Cliff Sharp breaks into Bret’s hotel room and plants evidence linking Maverick to a $40,000 robbery-and-murder scheme. After the town convicts him … Continue reading

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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 508 with guest Gigi Garner is available for listening on demand

The Humanity of James Garner Original Airdates: Sept. 18-20, 2020 TVC 508.4: Ed welcomes back Gigi Garner, daughter of beloved film and TV actor James Garner, and the founder the James Garner Animal Rescue Fund (JGARF), the nonprofit organization that … Continue reading

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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 508 with guest Steve Beverly is now available for listening on demand

The Return of Mr. TV Classics Original Airdates: Sept. 18-20, 2020 TVC 508.6: Part 3 of a conversation that began last month with Union University journalism professor and television historian Steve Beverly. When he isn’t teaching, Steve hosts Steve Beverly’s … Continue reading

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This Date in MAVERICK TV History: David Frankham stars in “Royal Four Flush,” airing Sept. 20, 1959

ROYAL FOUR FLUSH Original Airdate: September 20, 1959 Synopsis. David Frankham guest stars as “Captain” Rory Fitzgerald, a con artist acquaintance whom Bart encounters in Virginia City. Fitzgerald owes Maverick $4,000, but claims to be out of money. Bart becomes … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: “The Dark and Bloody Ground,” Gretchen Corbett’s first appearance as Beth Davenport, airs on Sept. 20, 1974

THE DARK AND BLOODY GROUND Original Air Date: September 20, 1974 Synopsis. This episode introduces Gretchen Corbett as Rockford’s attorney Beth Davenport, who (as Becker puts it) “collects lost causes like they were rare coins.” Beth’s client Ann Calhoun has … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Linda Evans and H.M. Wynant star in “The Farnsworth Stratagem,” airing Sept. 19, 1975

THE FARNSWORTH STRATAGEM Original Air Date: September 19, 1975 Synopsis. Dennis and Peggy Becker purchase 2½-percent ownership of a posh hotel resort in a deal brokered by Simon Lloyd, a flim-flam artist who doesn’t tell the Beckers that the “hotel” … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Richard Kiley, Kathryn Harrold, and Bryan Cranston star in “Punishment and Crime,” the sixth of the eight CBS ROCKFORD FILES reunion movies, airing Sept. 18, 1996

PUNISHMENT AND CRIME Original Air Date: September 18, 1996 Synopsis. Rockford’s renewed romance with old flame Megan Dougherty (Kathryn Harrold, reprising her role from the NBC series) takes a treacherous turn when he learns that her arrogant playboy cousin Patrick … Continue reading

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This Day in MAVERICK TV History: “The Bundle from Britain,” Roger Moore’s debut appearance as Cousin Beau Maverick, airs on Sept. 18, 1960

THE BUNDLE FROM BRITAIN Original Airdate: September 18, 1960 Synopsis. Introducing Roger Moore as Cousin Beauregard Maverick, the “white sheep” of the family, who had the embarrassing misfortune of earning a medal in the Civil War—accidentally. In many respects Roger … Continue reading

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This Date in MAVERICK TV History: “Dade City Dodge,” the first of two episodes featuring Mike Road and Kathleen Crowley as Pearly Gates and Marla, airs on Sept. 17, 1961

DADE CITY DODGE Original Airdate: September 17, 1961   Synopsis. At a horse race in New Orleans, smooth-talking hustler Pearly Gates (played by Mike Road) and his accomplice, Marla (Kathleen Crowley), talk Bart into betting $5,000 on a long shot. … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Rita Moreno wins an Emmy for her performance as Rita Capkovic in “The Paper Palace” at the thirtieth Emmy Awards ceremony, held Sept. 17, 1978. THE ROCKFORD FILES also won an Emmy that night as Best Dramatic Series of the 1977-1978 television season

In accepting the Emmy for “The Paper Palace,” Moreno thanked James Garner, executive producer Meta Rosenberg, producer Charles Floyd Johnson, and particularly singled out the writer of the episode—Juanita Bartlett—as “a lady who really knows how to write about ladies.” … Continue reading

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