Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What Might've Been: It's About Time (1966)

As Gilligan's Island began its 3rd & final season, series creator/executive producer Sherwood Schwartz sold a 2nd series to CBS, but this time, he might've taken his fish out of water concept a little bit too far.

It's About Time sent two astronauts (Frank Aletter & Jock Mahoney) all the way to the Stone Age. Apparently, it was obvious that the show was not going to succeed, so Schwartz decided to reverse field about halfway through the season, and enabled the astronauts to return home, bringing their hosts with them. All that did was postpone the inevitable.

Imogene Coca is still better known for being Sid Caesar's sidekick on Your Show of Shows, and had tried a sitcom on her own, Grindl, a few years earlier. Joe E. Ross, of course, was on Car 54, Where Are You?, and transitioned into a new career as a voice actor in the 70's, landing a gig at Hanna-Barbera from 1971-78. Frank Aletter would sign with H-B as well, landing the male lead in the Danger Island serial on Banana Splits 2 years later.

Following is an intro/close, uploaded by PIMannix:

No rating. Never saw the show.


magicdog said...

I saw one half of one episode on YT, and the show was OK but not memorable like other silly sitcoms of the era. At least the astronauts were able to make it home in half a season, which is more than Gilligan and his gang got in 3 seasons!

hobbyfan said...

Not only that, but Schwartz, who co-wrote the theme, proved again that his one failing was as a songwriter. Pass the cheese dip!