Monday, May 30, 2011

Saturtainment: Westwind (1975)

In the mid-70's, the networks thought it'd be a good idea to put more live-action programming on Saturday mornings, turning back the clock, if you will, to the 50's and early 60's.

Producer William P. D'Angelo already had 1 hit on NBC with Run, Joe, Run, renewed for a 2nd season. Joining Joe on the schedule was Westwind, a comeback vehicle for 60's star Van Williams (ex-The Green Hornet). This was more of a family drama that could just as easily have been repurposed in primetime had NBC been so inclined. Unfortunately, Westwind would be Williams' swan song, his last series gig, as it was cancelled after 1 season. 70'skidvid uploaded the open, with the inestimable Paul Frees as the announcer, the same gig he had on Run, Joe, Run:

Regrettably, I never saw the show. I was watching the competition, particularly Ghost Busters, so I cannot give it a fair rating.

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