McCoy (TV series)
|Written by||Dean Hargrove
|Directed by||Nicholas Colasanto
Roscoe Lee Browne
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||5 (including a pilot film)|
|Running time||90 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Universal TV|
|Original run||October 5, 1975– January 25, 1976|
|Related shows||NBC Sunday Mystery Movie|
The series stars Tony Curtis as a con man who, along with a team of friends, "out-cons" bad guys in order to steal back their ill-gotten gains and return the loot to its rightful owners. The schemes were elaborate and laced with satirical humor. The series bears resemblances to the then-recent film The Sting, as well as to the contemporary series Switch and the British literary character Simon Templar. Co-starring with Curtis was Roscoe Lee Browne as a nightclub comedian.
Production and reception
The series was produced in the format of two-hour telefilms, that were broadcast as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie as one of several rotating series that would air once a month. Other series involved in the scheme were Columbo, McCloud, and McMillan & Wife. However, McCoy failed to garner the same ratings as its fellow programs and was cancelled after an initial 90-minute pilot TV movie ("The Big Ripoff") and four two-hour episodes were broadcast. At least one novel based upon the series was published in the United Kingdom.
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