Q & A: Pink Lady and Jeff; Shields and Yarnell; MacGruder and Loud; McNab’s Lab

I get a lot of e-mails from people asking me about television shows, made-for-TV movies or miniseries they remember from years or decades past. I try to answer each question as best I can. Every now and then I like to dig through my inbox and pull out a few choice e-mails to answer here at Television Obscurities for everyone to read. Keep reading for today’s questions and answers.

Two questions. Does anyone remember a variety show from late 70’s early 80’s with a white host and two Asian women? If I remember correctly it was kind of like crazy Japanese TV Today. They did songs, stunts etc. The title was something like _____ and Mei. A play on the Asian girls names I believe. Could not have lasted more than one season.

The next question is about the “comedy” team Shields and Arnell (spelling??) They appeared on many variety shows and maybe guest starred on shows like Love Boat. They did dancing and robot miming? Kudos to anyone with info on these two questions!!
Joe

Pink Lady (also known as Pink Lady and Jeff) is considered by some to be on of the worst television shows of all time. It was certainly one of the most bizarre variety shows to ever hit the air. Produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, the series was a showcase for Pink Lady, a Japanese pop duo made up of singers Keiko Masude (or Kei) and Mitsuyo Nemoto (or Mie). Neither could speak English, greatly complicating production.

Comedian Jeff Altman hosted the series. Guests included Sherman Hemsley, Hugh Hefner, Larry Hagman, and Red Buttons. Pink Lady ran for just five weeks on NBC from March 1st to April 4th, 1980. A sixth episode was left unaired. Two Japanese singers made up the duo Pink Lady. In October 2001, Rhino Entertainment released all six episodes on DVD.

The mime team of (Robert) Shields and Lorene (Yarnell), best known for their robot act, headlined their own short-lived variety show on CBS called Shields & Yarnell. It premiered in June 1977 as a summer series and performed well enough to return in January 1978. Schedule opposite Laverne & Shirley, it tanked in the ratings and was off the air at the end of March. The two also made guest appearances on dozens of other shows.

Shields and Yarnell were married from 1972 to 1986. Yarnell passed away in 2010.

So there was a TV show in the 80’s about two cops who were married to each other but they weren’t allowed to be partners if they were so they kept their marriage a secret name of the show who was in it anything you can tell me would be great thanks
Cheryl

John Getz and Kathryn Harrold starred in MacGruder and Loud as secretly married police detectives Malcolm MacGruder and Jenny Loud. The two spent as much trying to hide their marriage from their boss as they did fighting crime. ABC had high hopes for the series, which was given a preview after Super Bowl XIX in January 1985. A total of 14 episodes were produced.

Question: My boss was in a TV pilot in either 1966 or 1967 called Timmy Mcnabb and the Magical Bat (it was not picked up- I think it was United Artists). I am trying to locate a copy of it. Can you help?
Lorie

I found no mention of a pilot (unsold or otherwise) titled “Timmy McNabb and the Magical Bat;” however, there was an unsold pilot called “McNab’s Lab” broadcast on July 22nd, 1966 as part of ABC’s Summer Fun, which broadcast unsold pilots during the summer of 1966. The pilot starred Cliff Arquette as Andrew McNab, a family man/inventor whose inventions always wind up getting his family into trouble. It was produced by United Artists and there was a character named Tommy McNab.

The UCLA Film & Television Archive has a copy of the pilot, and gives the following summary, from TV Guide: “Small-town druggist Andrew McNab is always busy with his inventions–too busy to realize that his son Timmy may not be able to play in the Little League championship.”


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