The White Shadow

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CBS (ended 1981)

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A knee injury forced Chicago Bulls forward Ken Reeves into retirement and he was talked into a coaching career by his old friend and teammate Jim Willis. That was the premise behind TV's White Shadow. Jim was a principal at Los Angeles' Carver High School, nestled right inside an inner-city, working-class neighborhood…and though Reeves was new to the world of clipboards and de facto paternal responsibilities, coaching soon appeared to be his true calling. The White Shadow was created by TV producer (and big basketball fan) Bruce Paltrow. It was about the sport, of course, but it was also about a growing up in a tough neighborhood at a tough time. The kids on the team had to face drugs, gangs, race hostility, learning disabilities, financial hardship, and more-so it wasn't all towel rattail fights in the locker room. Whatever the dilemma, Coach Reeves figured into the solution, be it through good advice or hands-on intervention. His players trusted him, and given the general mistrust they had for people older than them, that was really saying something. In the 1979-80 season, b-baller Curtis Jackson was shot while standing in a liquor store that was being held up. That was also the year that a load of players "graduated" from high school and moved on…and a new batch of actors came in to take their place. In its third season, the show lightened up--there were less episodes that dealt with serious topics, but the season still had it's moments, such as teacher burnout ("Burnout") and unfair treatment by law enforcement ("Cops"). On the court or off, the young men on the Carver High basketball team were a funny and eclectic group, and their coach, their "white shadow," was always there to lend an assist.moreless
  • R.I.P.

    The White Shadow Star Ken Howard Dies at 71

    Howard was also the boss of 30 Rock's Kabletown and the president of SAG-AFTRA.

  • THIS WEEK'S ROSTER OF DVD RELEASES INCLUDES ANIMATED GEMS FROM JUSTICE LEAGUE AND BATMAN BEYOND, A TRIO OF BELOVED '60S SERIES, THE CREEPY CAMP OF TALES FROM THE CRYPT, SHOWTIME'S DARK DRAMEDY HUFF, THE CRUDE HUMOR OF SOUTH PARK AND MIND OF MENCIA, AND MORE.

    March 21, 2006 DVD Releases

  • Kevin Hooks

    Kevin Hooks

    Morris Thorpe

    Ken Howard (I)

    Ken Howard (I)

    Ken Reeves

    Joan Pringle

    Joan Pringle

    Sybil Buchanan

    Jason Bernard

    Jason Bernard

    Jim Willis (pilot only)

    Thomas Carter

    Thomas Carter

    James Hayward (1978-1980)

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    Drama, Sports

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    70s, inspiring stories, pressures of high school, for sports nuts, for dreamers