Sunday, August 29, 2021

Forgotten TV: The Bronx Zoo (1987)

 Think of the Bronx Zoo, and you think of the zoo itself, and the Yankee teams of the late 70's, whose locker room chaos led to sportswriters dubbing the Yankee clubhouse as the Bronx Zoo.

And, then, there is The Bronx Zoo, a 2 season high school drama that aired on NBC, starting off as a mid-season replacement before being granted what was hoped to be a full season commitment the following fall. However, declining ratings resulted in the series being cancelled.

Executive producer Gary David Goldberg (Family Ties) was taking a chance doing a drama, and built an ensemble cast that included future movie stars Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Mykelti Williamson, but at the head of the ensemble was Emmy winner Edward Asner (ex-Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show) as the school principal, Joe Danzig.

Following is the 2nd season premiere, co-written by Bruce Helford.

In memory of Asner, 91, who passed away earlier today. No rating out of respect.

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