Date with the Angels

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ABC (ended 1958)

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Date with the Angels

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Insurance salesman Gus Angel and his wife Vicki were and the lead characters in this bland and short-lived ABC sitcom. The stories revolved around the newlywed couple and their little day to day adventures in their all-American middle class neighborhood.

It hit the air as a late-spring replacement for The Ray Anthony Show, a music/variety program featuring the orchestra leader and his band. Its sponsor, Chrysler Plymouth, was disappointed with its ratings and decided to try a sitcom instead.

The Angels had to contend with an odd assortment of less than -desirable neighbors, including loud-mouthed hothead "Murph" Murphy, and know-it-all Roger Finley whose elderly father frequently visited to get away from his son. Making several appearances was Wheeler, Vicki's lazy, dufus teenage nephew.

The show did well enough during the summer to be brought back as a fall entry for 1957, but was crushed in the ratings by its competitorsSchlitz Playhouse on CBS and The Thin Man on NBC. Plymouth and Don Fedderson Productions (producer of the show) tried hard in the fall of 1957 to drum up viewer interest in the series. They sent Betty White on a blitz of appearances to major markets around the country, conventions, and a 12-city junket to dine with Plymouth dealers and make local TV appearances. It didn't help.

In December 1957, The Billboard reported that the series would change time slots in January 1958, moving to Wednesdays at 9:30 Eastern. More importantly, Date With the Angels would shortly thereafter switch from being shot on film in the Desilu style (3 cameras, live audience) to being a live production, an odd choice in 1957.

The move to Mondays apparently didn't help. The final episode aired at the end of January 1958.

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