Tuesday, August 17, 2021

A mini-Laugh-In reunion on Get Christie Love! (1975)

 To suggest that Get Christie Love! had issues would be exaggerating the point.

Series star Teresa Graves had converted to the Jehovah's Witnesses while filming the series pilot, which aired in January 1974. 13 months later, producer David L. Wolper (Biography, The National Geographic Specials, etc.) had given way to Glen Larson as showrunner. In an effort to boost sagging ratings, Larson, and, presumably, ABC, decided to bring a few of Graves' old friends from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968-74) as guest stars in "Murder in High-C".

Arte Johnson was the villain of the piece as a mad bomber, whose motives were misplaced. Johnny Brown (Good Times) made a dramatic turn of his own as a forensic scientist. Henry Gibson, who would score some major accolades later in 1975 for "Nashville", Jo Ann Worley (billed as Joanne Worley), Judy Carne, and Gary Owens also appear. Owens has the shortest amount of screen time, but in a familiar role, as a news reporter. Owens played a news anchor on Green Hornet prior to Laugh-In.

It wouldn't be the last time Arte played a bad guy, but in later years, it was usually as a henchman for someone else. The writers made this too obvious from the jump, instead of a more appropriate whodunit.

Rating: B.


Hal said...

I have a copy of this, but haven't posted it to my channel yet.

Pretty fun episode of a pretty fun show, though Glen Larson's changes definitely brought mixed results. I haven't reviewed it yet for my episode guide but will get to it.

hobbyfan said...

Looking forward to it, Hal.