The story of the cancellation of Gilligan's Island is one of the most widely discussed, and disputed, stories of television history. Gilligan creator Sherwood Schwartz, in his book "Inside Gilligan's Island", says that "someone" at a CBS board meeting suggested cancelling GI for the fall 1967 season to make room for Gunsmoke on Monday nights. He also said that CBS chairman William Paley, who ordinarily did not involve himself in the schedule writing process, was "furious" upon seeing the schedule minus Gunsmoke, his favorite program. However, according to a biography of Paley, he had at first acquiesced to the executives' decision to cancel Gunsmoke, and only later suggested moving it from its twelve year Saturday night slot to a different time and night. Schwartz says Paley was sensitive to criticism of GI and considered it an embarrassement, in spite of the fact that it consistently won its time slot. Precisely what role Paley played in the decision to cancel GI is unknown. In retrospect, saving Gunsmoke was a wise decision, as its new Monday night slot breathed new life into it and pushed it back into the top ten for a few seasons. As for the castaways, they were relegated to reruns, where they flourished for years, and were ultimitely rescued in a highly rated 1978 TV movie, followed by successful sequels. Still, I think GI was treated disrespectfully by the ungrateful CBS brass.