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    Candid Camera

    Candid Camera

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    ABC (ended 2004)
    Allen Funt got wise to the power of comedic humiliation in the Army. He was known to secretly tape record his fellow servicemen's complaints about the state of things and then broadcast the recordings on the Armed Forces Radio. Stunts like those led to his national radio show, called Candid Microphone, which debuted in 1948 and peppered radio waves time and again for thirty years. That radio show led to a TV show that after over 50 years continues on the PAX network, hosted by Peter Funt (Allen's son) and co-hosted by Dina Eastwood (wife of Clint Eastwood). -The first "reality" show. -The longest-running comedy show on TV. -The current version of the theme song (beginning in Nov. 1999) is sung by Little Richard. Broadcast History Armed Forces Radio / ABC-Radio - 1947 "Candid Microphone" ABC-TV - Aug. 1948, Sun. 8:00 – Oct. 1948, Wed. 8:30 – Nov. 1948, Fri. 8:00 NBC - May 1949, Sun. 7:30 (name changed to Candid Camera) July 1949, Thu. 9:00 CBS - Sept. 1949–Sept. 1950, Mon. 9:00 ABC - Aug. 1951 - May '52 NBC - June 1953, Tue. 9:30 – Aug. 1953, Wed. 10:00 CBS - 1959–1960 (a segment within The Garry Moore Show) CBS - Oct. 1960–Sept. 1967, Sun. 10:00 syndicated - 1974–'78 CBS - May 1990, Fri. 8:30 - Aug. '90 syndicated - 1991–'92 CBS - Feb. 1997, Fri. 8:30 – Jan. 2000, Sat. 8:30 – June 2000, Fri. 8:30 PAX - Jan. 2001, Sun. 7:00 (now 60 min.) June 2001, Wed. 8:00 – Jan. 2003, Sat. 8:00 – Oct. 2003, Sun. 7:00 – Jan. 2004, Sun. 6:00moreless
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    Hong Kong

    Hong Kong

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    ABC (ended 1961)
    The British Crown Colony of Hong Kong was the locale for the adventures of Glenn Evans, an American Journalist living and working amid the intrigue of that exotic city. Evans' search for stories led him into encounters with smugglers, murderers, dope peddlers, and mysterious women who disappear behind beaded curtains.moreless
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    CMA Awards

    CMA Awards

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    ABC
    Since their inception in 1967, the CMA Awards have been country music's most anticipated night of the year. The hottest stars in America's most popular music genre turn out annually to see who will be named the top talent in categories such as Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of Year, Musical Event of the Year and many more. Outstanding performances and top notch entertainment make this awards show a not-to-be-missed tradition for the country music follower.moreless
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    The Farmer's Daughter

    The Farmer's Daughter

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    Glen Morley is a widowed congressman from Minnesota living in Washington D.C. with his mother and two sons. When Katy Holstrum, a Swedish-American farmer's daughter from his home district seeks his help in finding a government job, Glen ends up hiring her as governess for his sons. Katy's innocent charm loosens up the sometimes stiff politician and helps the house feel like a home again. Theme Song Lyrics, by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil: Katy the Farmer's Daughter You can't resist that gal. She's country style, but city designed; Got a smile that's sprinkled with sunshine. Look at the Farmer's Daughter; She'll perk up your morale. Her brand of charm is so disarming, Frowns turn upsidedown. We owe a debt to Sweden. She's just what we've been needin'. So glad the Farmer's Daughter came to town.moreless
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    ABC Stage 67

    ABC Stage 67

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    ABC Stage 67 was an ambitious hour long anthology series that aired on Wednesday night at 10pm/9 Central. Drama, variety, documentary, science fiction and original musicals were all featured in the one season it aired. The average cost per episode was around $350,000. The series was shot in color on "state of the art" videotape, although some episodes were a combination of film and tape. The show had no permanent host and it's theme music was by Elmer Bernstein. The show did not attract a large audience and was moved to Thursday night (same time slot) in January of 1967. The best remembered episodes are Sam Peckinpah's Noon Wine, Stephen Sondheim's Evening Primrose and Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. Quigley Publications (publisher of Television Almanac) gave the show awards for Best Network Program, Most Unique New Program and Best Dramatic Program-One Hour or More. Reportedly the master tapes were destroyed in the 1970's by ABC to make room in their storage facilities. The Paley Center For Media has copies of all episodes. The "Evening Primrose" episode only exists in a black & white version.moreless
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    Bourbon Street Beat

    Bourbon Street Beat

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    ABC (ended 1960)
    Bourbon Street Beat was a crime drama very much in the same vein as 77 Sunset Strip, produced by Warner Brothers, running on ABC for 39 episodes during the 1959-60 television season.
    Chronicling the adventures of three private eyes solving crimes in the Big Easy, Bourbon Street Beat featured Richard Long as Rex Randolph, Andrew Duggan as Cal Calhoun, and Van Williams as Kenny Madison.
    Despite the show lasting only one season a couple of its characters would live on in other shows. Rex Randolph went to 77 Sunset Strip while Kenny Madison ended up on Surfside 6.moreless
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    The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

    The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

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    ABC (ended 1961)
    The first of its kind...the original adult western. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp was the first in a wave of new TV westerns aimed at adults (previous entries, such as The Cisco Kid and The Lone Ranger, were considered fodder for the after-school crowd). The show was then followed, in the same season, by Gunsmoke on CBS, Frontier on NBC and Wyatt's fellow ABC show Cheyenne. It was these four shows alone that started an incredible and unmatched phenomena that would see up to 28 new westerns premiering during the 1958 primetime TV season. But only a handful of them were able to dominate a few of the top 10 spots in the network ratings and Wyatt Earp was one of them. Wyatt Earp was inspired by the legendary events of the real life Frontier Marshal who lived from 1848 to 1929. The show followed Earp from his days as a Marshal in Ellsworth and then later Dodge City (this caused some confusion amongst viewers since Matt Dillion was the Marshal of Dodge City in Gunsmoke) and finally to the infamous Tombstone, Arizona. Along the way Wyatt would encounter such figures as John Wesley Hardin, the Thompson Brothers, Doc Holliday and Earp's brothers Virgil and Morgan. Bat Masterson would also appear before getting his own series (where he would be played a different actor). The show even featured the famous Buntline Special, a foot-long-barreled Colt .45 single-action revolver which many believe to be the kind of gun that the real Wyatt carried and was given to by Ned Buntline. The series would conclude in 1961, after six full seasons, with an epic five episode story that told of how Wyatt took on Old Man Clanton and the Ten Percent Gang in a final showdown at the O.K. Coral with the help of his brothers and Doc Holliday. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp is not as well known today as most other classic westerns such as Gunsmoke and Bonanza simply because it didn't last as long and was not shot in color. But ask any baby boomer who grew up in front of the television during the '50s and they'll easily recall Wyatt Earp with fond memories. By today's standards, the series was rare in that Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, an author and playwright, didn't just write the first episode (based on the 1931 biography by Stuart N. Lake), he wrote the majority of the 226 episodes throughout the series' entire six season run. This Desilu production originally aired from 1955 to 1961 on ABC, Tuesdays at 8:30pm. Witness for yourself how well this superb series, starring Hugh O'Brian, still holds up by watching newly restored episodes on TV Land every weekend at 3pm. Recently Rerun Episodes: Feb 5 - Wyatt Earp Becomes a Marshall Feb 5 - Wyatt Earp Comes to Wichita Feb 6 - Dodge Gets a New Marshall Feb 6 - Wyatt Meets Doc Holliday Feb 12 - Time for All Good Men Feb 12 - Sweet Revenge Feb 13 - Wyatt Earp Rides Shotgun Feb 13 - One Feb 19 - Two Feb 19 - Three Feb 20 - Four Feb 20 - The Bounty Killer Feb 26 - The Mysterious Cowhand Feb 26 - King of the Frontier Feb 27 - Little Brother Feb 27 - Tombstone Mar 5 - Wells Fargo Calling Marshall Earp Mar 5 - A Murderer's Return Mar 6 - China Mary Mar 6 - Wyatt's Bitterest Enemy Upcoming Reruns Mar 12 - Old Slanders Never Die Mar 12 - Requiem for Old Man Clanton Mar 13 - Just Before the Battle Mar 13 - Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Currently no more episodes are scheduled. Theme Song I'll tell you a story a real true life story A tale of the Western frontier. The West, it was lawless, but one man was flawless and his is the story you'll hear. Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp, Brave courageous and bold. Long live his fame and long life his glory and long may his story be told. Well he cleaned up the country The old wild west country He made law and order prevail. And none can deny it The legend of Wyatt Forever will live on the trail. Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp, Brave courageous and bold. Long live his fame and long life his glory and long may his story be told. Lyrics by Harold Adamson Music by Harry Warren Performed by The Ken Darby Singers And Johnny Westernmoreless
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    Naked City

    Naked City

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    A police drama filmed entirely in New York City. The show was initially 30 minutes long during the first season (1958-1959). The second season didn't start until 1960, when it was expanded to an hour. The series was famous for their signature closing of every episode, "There are 8 million stories in the Naked City, this has been one of them"moreless
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    The Rat Patrol

    The Rat Patrol

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    ABC (ended 1968)
    The Rat Patrol was an ABC television series that aired for two seasons from 1966 to 1968. The show was loosely inspired by the Long Range Desert Group's actions against Axis forces in the North African Campaign of World War II, and followed the adventures of four Allied soldiers: Sergeant Sam Troy (Christopher George), Sergeant Jack Moffit (Gary Raymond), Private Mark T. Hitchcock (Lawrence Casey) and Private Tully Pettigrew (Justin Tarr). The show's first season was very successful, finishing as the 23rd highest rated TV show in 1966-67, and spawning numerous tie-ins such as boardgames, toys, models, and a feature-length film. The series is also notable for giving Eric Braeden (credited as Hans Gudegast) his first recurring TV role as The Rat Patrol's nemesis, Captain Hans Dietrich of the Afrika Korps.moreless
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    The Woody Woodpecker Show

    The Woody Woodpecker Show

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    ABC (ended 1958)
    Woody Woodpecker was a brash, high-strung woodpecker whose trademark was his staccato laugh, "ha-ha-ha-HA-ha". The character first appeared in the 1940 Andy Panda short, Knock Knock, voiced by Mel Blanc. When Blanc signed an exclusive contract with Warner Brothers, he was replaced by the man who originally designed Woody, Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, a former Schlesinger Studios animation director who had helped develop Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny. Woody received a permanent voice in 1952, when Lantz's wife, actress Grace Stafford, anonymously auditioned for and was awarded the job. The theatrical cartoon business was losing money in the 1950's. By 1956 there were only seven animation producers in the short-subjects business, and by the end of the decade that number would dwindle down to three. Movie theater owners were finding that they could release features with reissued cartoons, or no cartoons at all, and the audiences would still come. Walter Lantz and his distributor, Universal Pictures, knew that the only way to subsidize the rising costs of new shorts was to release their product to television. Norman Gluck from Universal's short-subjects department made a deal with the Leo Burnett Agency to release some older Lantz product on television. Burnett handled the Kellogg's cereal account, and Lantz soon met with the Kellogg's people to sign the contract. Lantz complied his best films into a half-hour TV show which he hosted himself. Additional live action & animation segments were created, such as "Woody's Newsreel" and "Around The World with Woody". 30-minute animated escapades of the world-famous woodpecker and other Walter Lantz character, including Andy Panda and Chilly Willy. Host-producer Lantz intergrated new footage with his theatrical cartoons and appeared with informative looks at the animation process. The Woody Woodpecker Show originally ran on the ABC-TV network from October 3, 1957 through September 25, 1958. Sponsored by Kellogg's, each episode featured three theatrical cartoons, with new animated Woody wraparounds and live action hosting chores handled by Lantz himself. The live-action segments were directed by Jack Hannah. Hannah was fresh from the Disney Studio where he had done similar live-action/animation sequences for the Disney show. Woody also appeared in animated commercials for Kellogg's. The series was seen once a week, on Thursday afternoons, replacing the first half hour of the shortened Mickey Mouse Club. After the initial year on ABC, The Woody Woodpecker Show was syndicated until 1966. In 1970, it reappeared on network television, with 26 additional episodes assembled by Lantz for NBC-TV. The 1976 show featured cartoons (and additional cartoons) from the early days to the later days, all products of full animation that created the appearance of natural movement. Other characters featured were Buzz Buzzard, Gabby Gator, Space Mouse, Homer Pigeon, Charlie Beary, Charles Beary Jr., Sugarfoot, Cuddles, Smedley, and Knothead and Splinter. Voices were Grace Stafford(Mrs. Walter Lantz) as Woody, and Daws Butler, Walter Tetley, Dal McKennon, June Foray, and Paul Frees.moreless
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    The Rebel

    The Rebel

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    ABC (ended 1961)
    Johnny Yuma was a former Confederate soldier. We follow his adventures in the Old West following the Civil War.
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    Sugarfoot

    Sugarfoot

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    ABC (ended 1961)
    "For the 1957-58 season ABC offered to purchase a full season of thirty-nine episodes of Cheyenne, but Warner Brothers declined. Since each hour-long episode took six working days for principle photography alone, the studio couldn't supply a new episode each week. Because Walker appeared in virtually every scene, it was also impossible to shoot more than one episode at a time. Consequently, Warner Brothers developed a second series, Sugarfoot, to alternate with Cheyenne. "In a gesture that would characterize creativity at Warner Brothers, the studio designed Sugarfoot as only a slight variation on the Cheyenne formula. Will Hutchins played Tom Brewster, a kind-hearted young drifter who travels the West while studying to become a lawyer. Toting a stack of law books and an aversion to violence, he shares Cheyenne Bodie's penchant for meddling in the affairs of others. But whereas Cheyenne usually dispatches conflicts with firepower, Tom Brewster replaces gunplay with a gift for rhetoric—though he knows how to handle a weapon when persuasion fails. The series was more light-hearted than Cheyenne, but otherwise held close to the formula of the heroic loner." (Christopher Anderson) "SUGARFOOT, SUGARFOOT, easy lopin', cattle ropin' SUGARFOOT, Carefree as the tumbleweeds, ajoggin' along with a heart full of song And a rifle and a volume of the law. SUGARFOOT, SUGARFOOT, never underestimate a SUGARFOOT, Once you got his dander up, ain't no one who's quicker on the draw. You'll find him on the side of law and order, From the Mexicali border, to the rolling hills of Arkansaw; SUGARFOOT, SUGARFOOT, easy lopin', cattle ropin' SUGARFOOT, Ridin' down to cattle town, a-joggin' a-long with a heart full of song And a rifle and a volume of the law."moreless
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    Judd for the Defense

    Judd for the Defense

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    ABC (ended 1969)
    Judd For The Defense features Clinton Judd as a high-priced, high powered criminal attorney modeled along the lines of such real-life legal superstars as F. Lee Bailey and Percy Foreman. Based in Houston, Texas, he travels all over the U.S. defending wealthy tycoons.moreless
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    Milton the Monster

    Milton the Monster

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    In the fall of 1964, primetime television was invaded by two clans of monsters who were definitely more funny than scary, The Munsters and The Addams Family. Ever quick to capitalize on the hot trend, Hal Seeger Productions sold The Milton The Monster Show to ABC for the 1965-1966 season. It would be Seeger's only network television series. Milton and his friends definitely fell into the more funny than scary category, thanks to some clever scripts by the team of Jack Mercer and Kin Platt, as well as Woody Kling. Milton himself was a giant Frankenstein-type, but since too much tenderness was added to the recipe by Milton's creators, Professor Weirdo and Count Kook, it resulted in Milton being a good-hearted monster. The late Bob McFadden did the voice for Milton as a good ol' Southern boy, not unlike Gomer Pyle. Milton's other friends included Heebie and Jeebie, as well as Abercrombie The Zombie. When Hiram The Fly puts on a pair of super glasses, he becomes the assertive superhero Fearless Fly in the most prolific supporting series from this show. Usually he hangs around the Sugar Bowl with his fly friends Flory and Horsey. Fearless adversaries include Dr. Goo Fee and (crossing over from his Milton role) Professor Weirdo. In the other supporting series, Stuffy Durma is a hobo who inherits ten million dollars, hires an advisor named Bradley Brinkley to handle his affairs, and opens his mansion to hobo friends like Ashcan Annie and Stu Mulligan. Most of the cartoons in this subseries were animated by New York cartooning legend Jim Tyer. Among the less-prevalent supporting series are Penny Penguin, Muggy-Doo, and Flukey Luke. The Milton The Monster Show aired on ABC from 1965 to 1968 and in syndication afterwards. It is still offered for syndication by Worldvision Enterprises.moreless
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    The Jimmy Dean Show

    The Jimmy Dean Show

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    The Jimmy Dean Show a variety hour featured Jimmy Dean welcoming country and pop acts of the era, along with comedians and other favorites. He also bantered with Rowlf (Jim Henson's piano-playing Muppet hound). Jim Henson was the left hand, the head and the voice of Rowlf. Frank Oz was the right hand and the handle props. Jimmy Dean's first television exposure came in 1957, when he had a self-titled daily CBS series that was based in Washington. He also had a primetime series that ran during the summer of '57 and featured primarily country talent and older popular acts. The daytime series ran from April to December 1957, and again from September 1958 to June 1959. Regulars included Molly Bee, Ron Martin (a comic singer who never seemed to finish a song), Roger Price and Mort Marshall (whom, as Lud and Lester, did a comedy act) and the Jubilee Four, a gospel act who closed out each show and the Peter Matz Orchestra. The 1963 incarnation of The Jimmy Dean Show ran for three seasons on ABC, with the show going "on location" during the final year. The most notable telecast occured in October 1965, when the show featured the first Country Music Association Awards show. In addition to "Big, Bad John," Jimmy Dean's hits include another No. 1 hit, "The First Thing Ev'ry Morning (And the Last Thing Ev'ry Night)" (1965), "P.T. 109" (1962, depicting the wartime career of President John F. Kennedy), "To A Sleeping Beauty" (1962) and "I.O.U." (1976, a Mother's Day tribute). He later hosted a syndicated series (another self-titled entry) from 1973-1975. Today, of course, Jimmy Dean is best known for his pork sausage business. To many classic country fans, however, he'll always be known for his saga songs and his easy-going crooning style.moreless
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    Hondo

    Hondo

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    ABC (ended 1967)
    In the Arizona Territory of the 1870s Hondo Lane, ex-Confederate Calvary Captain, works as a scout. Hondo is a loner who travels with a dog named Sam. Hondo had lived with the Apaches for a while and had married the daughter of their chief Vittoro. Hondo's Indian bride was slain in a massacre by the army and he still mourns her death. He now troubleshoots for the army, trying to avoid more killing as he faces land swindlers, renegade Indians and outlaws. The base of operations is Fort Lowell which is commanded by young Captain Richards who is watched over by Colonel Crook. Buffalo Baker is Hondo's fellow scout and friend. Angie Dow is a widow who runs the general store with the help of her nine-year-old son Johnny. She is Hondo's romantic interest. Many times Chief Vittoro and the Apaches assist Hondo and the Calvary with keeping the peace. This show is based on both the original Louis L'Amour novel and the John Wayne movie.moreless
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    Turn-On

    Turn-On

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    ABC (ended 1969)
    Turn-On was a fast paced comedy that featured computerized music and stop action photography. The show was immediately canceled when it was discovered to have double entendres and hidden meanings. Here is an example: a beautiful woman is about to be executed by a firing squad; the squad leader approaches the woman and instead of saying the usual "Do you have a last request?" says, "I know this may seem a little awkward miss, but in this case the firing squad has one last request." It is the shortest running TV series ever.moreless
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    The Green Hornet

    The Green Hornet

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    ABC (ended 1967)
    Welcome to The Green Hornet guide at TV.com. The Green Hornet debuted shortly after the 1966 Batman TV Series and was produced by the same company. Whereas Batman was known for its heavy camp and semi-comedic storytelling, The Green Hornet took a more serious and realistic approach to masked crimefighting. However, this may have hurt the show as Batman is easily recalled by many for the outlandish villains such as the Joker and the Riddler, but The Green Hornet featured the protagonists battling against various "normal" criminals with no odd gimmicks. Despite only lasting one season, The Green Hornet has amassed a cult following, most likely because of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, who made his American television debut on the show. "Another challenge for the Green Hornet, his aide Kato, and their rolling arsenal, the Black Beauty. On police record, a wanted criminal, The Green Hornet is really Britt Reid, owner/publisher of The Daily Sentinel. His dual identity known only to his secretary and to the District Attorney. And now, to protect the rights and lives of decent citizens rides the Green Hornet!" -Narration from the opening creditsmoreless
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    Ben Casey

    Ben Casey

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    Dr. Ben Casey was a resident neurosurgeon at County General Hospital along with Dr. Zorba, the chief of Neurosurgery. Casey's hard nosed demeanor and no nonsense approach made him almost unlikeable but he saved lives and that's what counted.moreless
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    NBA Finals

    NBA Finals

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    ABC
    It's every team's goal to be playing in June, when ABC airs every game of the NBA Finals, which always prove to be an exciting series.
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