Here's Boomer

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Here's Boomer
Here's Boomer title card.jpg
Genre Children/Family
Adventure/Drama
Written by Lowell Ganz
Edward Pomerantz
Arthur Silver
Sandy Veith
Directed by Claudio Guzmán
Herbert Kenwith
Paul Leaf
Victor Lobl
Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.
Theme music composer Edward Leonetti
Zoey Wilson
Composer(s) David Michael Frank
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
Production
Executive producer(s) A.C. Lyles
Daniel Wilson
Producer(s) Fran Sears
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Daniel Wilson Productions Inc.
Paramount Television
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run March 14, 1980 (1980-03-14) – August 14, 1982 (1982-08-14)
Chronology
Preceded by A Christmas for Boomer

Here's Boomer is an American adventure/drama series produced by Paramount that premiered on the NBC network on March 14, 1980.[1] A television movie called A Christmas for Boomer aired on December 6, 1979 and served as the pilot.[2] The show follows the adventures of the titular stray dog, "Boomer" and ran for two seasons, ending its run in August 1982, with the final original episode, "Flatfoots," airing on July 3 of that year.

Synopsis[edit]

The series followed the adventures of Boomer, a stray dog that traveled around helping people in trouble. The part of Boomer in all of the shows was played by a four-year-old mixed-breed dog named Johnny, who was trained by Ray Berwick.[3][4] One early title considered for the series was Here's Johnny, after the dog who played the part, but was rejected owing to the use of that catch-phrase on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.[5]

Johnny reportedly earned $3,500 a week while appearing on the series,[5] and had a stunt dog who stood in for him on some of his more difficult tricks.[2]

When the series was set to return in the fall of 1980, viewers were to hear Boomer's thoughts the same way viewers had heard Jackie Coopers' dogs' thoughts on The People's Choice in the 1950s.[6] However Boomer's thoughts were only heard in one episode aired as a special on December 7, 1980. When the series returned with new episodes in 1981 the gimmick was dropped and viewers could no longer hear Boomer.[7]

The premise of Here's Boomer was similar to that of the Benji films and television specials of the 1970s and 1980s. In real life, both Johnny and Higgins, the dog who first played Benji, were abandoned or lost mixed-breed dogs who were adopted from animal shelters by animal trainers in California.[5][8] On screen, both played the parts of stray dogs who were smart, friendly, and loving of their human and animal friends.

The show bore a similarity to the Canadian TV series The Littlest Hobo, which was running at the same time on CTV Television Network in Canada and in syndication in the U.S.[9] Both series are about a vagabond dog who helps people in trouble only to go on his way at the end of the episode, and both series even used similar title sequences involving split screens. The only significant difference between the shows was the breed of the dog in each show (London, the star of The Littlest Hobo, was a German Shepherd).

Cast[edit]

The series featured a different cast each week. Guest stars include:

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
1980 Young Artist Award Best TV Series for Family Entertainment Here's Boomer Nominated [10]
Best Young Actress in a Television Series Natasha Ryan Nominated

Influence[edit]

In 2010, a 44-year old Pittsburgh man and self-identified furry attempted to get his name legally changed to "Boomer the Dog", in a reference to the show's title character, but his request was denied by the judge.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Highlights - Here's Boomer". The Telegraph-Herald. March 14, 1980. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Barbara Yost (July 1, 2006). "Another dog goes to heaven". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ John Goudas - King Features (June 29, 1980). "Things Boom For Johnny". The Toledo Blade. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ ""Here's Boomer," the Friendliest Dog in Town". Kentucky New Era. October 23, 1980. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c UPI (May 14, 1982). "Boomer to return on film and TV". Times Daily. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Out Of The Slammer". The Times-News. October 7, 1981. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 526. ISBN 978-0-34-549773-4. 
  8. ^ "Boomer Makes Demands". The Herald-Journal. June 14, 1980. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Bill Musselwhite (March 17, 1980). "Radio and Television". The Calgary Herald. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ "2nd Youth In Film Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ McNulty, Timothy (August 11, 2010). "Man tries to get his name legally changed to Boomer the Dog". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Man's bid to change name to 'Boomer the Dog' nixed". Associated Press. August 12, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 

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