It's almost as if Baretta swapped his badge for a Bible.
Robert Blake returned to primetime in 1985 with Hell Town. It was on the same night as Baretta (Wednesdays), but on a different network (NBC). I think you know where I'm going with this, right? Yep. The show lasted just 4 months, the last episode airing on, ironically, Christmas night.
Blake was cast as ex-con-turned-Catholic priest Noah "Hardstep" Rivers, whose parish was in the same Los Angeles neighborhood where he grew up. Whitman Mayo (ex-Sanford & Son) co-starred. The theme song was performed by-----who else?----Sammy Davis, Jr., who made Baretta's theme, "Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow", as much of an icon as he or Blake.
Suffice to say, viewers just weren't ready. It wasn't long, though, before NBC tried again with a religious themed series on Wednesdays. Michael Landon came along with Highway To Heaven about a year or two later, and we'll cover that in due course. Also, we'd be treated to a lighter dose with Amen.
No rating. Never saw the show.