Riding high on the success of Batman, producer William Dozier added two more series to ABC's lineup in the fall of 1966. Unfortunately, on a professional level, Dozier had already jumped the shark.
We have previously discussed at length The Green Hornet, which led off ABC's Friday slate. It would've succeeded on its own merits if the network and/or Dozier hadn't insisted on a crossover with Batman. Having the Hornet & Kato (Van Williams & Bruce Lee) interact with the Dynamic Duo led viewers to expect another camp adventure series, but Hornet was anything but, and subsequently was cancelled. This also led to ABC, and the other networks, for that matter, not picking up Dozier's pilots for Dick Tracy and Wonder Woman (both previously discussed) the following year. Wonder Woman was awful, perhaps even worse than our next subject........
Bear in mind that before Batman, Dozier's 1st series was the CBS Western, The Loner. The combination of Dozier, at the time an unknown quantity, with actor Lloyd Bridges (ex-Sea Hunt) and series creator Rod Serling (Twilight Zone) should've equaled ratings success. It didn't, because there were still enough oaters on the schedule, such that 20th Century Fox, which would have difficulties mounting a hit Western the rest of the decade, was left on Boot Hill.
So, to complement Hornet & Batman at ABC, Dozier went in the other extreme, trying a straight sitcom. Comedienne-singer Tammy Grimes had been originally considered for Bewitched two years earlier before Elizabeth Montgomery landed the career defining role of Samantha Stephens. ABC felt they needed to do something for Grimes, hence, The Tammy Grimes Show, which instead goes down in history as one of the worst sitcoms of all time. And the 60's were full of clunkers, you know.
Future Oscar winner John(ny) Williams composed the mod score. Williams was well established at Fox, having composed the themes for Lost in Space and another Fox/ABC frosh, Time Tunnel, but a sitcom? Well...! Dick Sargent, fresh from being released from his contract at Universal after the cancellation of Broadside, played Tammy's "twin" brother. Fraternal twin, I would assume. He'd move on to Bewitched after this dismal failure, since Grimes lasted just a month.
Suffice it to say, after Batman ended 18 months later, Dozier's success rate would put him under baseball's Mendoza line, when you factor in the unsold pilots.
Following is a sample clip.
I imagine if they wanted a vocalist for the theme, Tammy would've done it herself.