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.
I thought the show was “It’s About Time” but after watching I realized I was wrong. Another show, around same time, maybe a little bit later. Same actor played both parts. Himself current day and he coming from the future to visit with himself to work out situations each week? I know I’m not giving you much to work with. I can picture the actor, but can’t think of his name. Kind of looked like Frank Aletter but crooked smile. If you can help at all?
I’ll admit to being stumped at first by Jeanie’s question. The only show I could think of from the time period in question in which one actor played two characters on a regular basis was The Second Hundred Years. But that show, a CBS sitcom, was about a man (played by Monte Markham) who is frozen in 1899 and wakes up in 1967 to learn that his son is now an old man and that he has a grandson (also played by Monte Markham). So it wasn’t exactly what Jeanie remembered.
However, Monte Markham was the man with the crooked smile and The Second Hundred Years was the show in question. I included it in my article 10 Of The Most Outlandish TV Concepts Ever where you can watch a scene from an episode.
I do wonder, however, if Jeanie was conflating her memory of The Second Hundred Years with another show or perhaps a made-for-TV movie in which a man met his future self.
I “think” the show was on in the 70’s. The star was a gunfighter. His brother was killed and he went back to his brother’s home to take care of his 3 children and gave up gunfighting. He had a relationship with the town’s female banker (she had an Irish accent – I think). Help! It’s driving me nuts.
Lee Horsley starred in Paradise — a CBS drama that premiered on October 27th, 1988 — as gunfighter Ethan Allen Cord. It was his sister who died and left four children for him to raise. So he gave up gunfighting — for the most part — to become a rancher in a town called Paradise in California. Sigrid Thornton played banker Amelia Lawson, his love interest, and although I cannot say if her character was supposed to be Irish (can a fan of the show shed some light on this?), Thornton was Australian and certainly could have had an accent.
Paradise ran for two seasons before being pulled, retooled and relaunched in January 1991 as Guns of Paradise. Ethan Allen Cord was now marshal of Paradise, engaged to Amelia, and a new character named Dakota was introduced (played by John Terlesky). The renamed series was cancelled after just thirteen episodes in June 1991. A total of 57 were produced; none of have been commercially released.