Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Forgotten TV: It Takes Two (1969)

Vin Scully is preparing for his 67th season as the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, remaining in LA while Charley Steiner, formerly with the Yankees and ESPN, is calling the games for Time Warner Cable's LA Sports channel, some of those games airing on MLB Network this month.

Back in 1969, however, Scully was given room to, ah, moonlight, if you will, by hosting a game show.

It Takes Two aired on NBC, and while my memory of the show is fuzzy, to the point where there won't be a rating, it does give us pause to take a look back, for those of you who aren't old enough to remember when Scully did more than just Dodger baseball.

This sample episode comes from June 1970. The series would end in August of that year. Gary Crosby (Adam-12), Pat Harrington, and their wives face off with the father-daughter team of Gordon & Meredith McRae.

As we noted yesterday, Scully would return to daytime television two years after the series ended, hosting a talk show for CBS, but that was a dud, due largely to affiliate disinterest. As memory serves, it didn't play in the home district, unlike It Takes Two.

There would be two more series under this title. One was a sitcom with Patty Duke & Richard Crenna. The other was a revival of this show, with Dick Clark hosting for the Family Channel. We'll take a look at both another time.

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