Mobile One (TV series)
Mark Wheeler and Jackie Cooper
|Created by||James M. Miller|
|Starring||Jackie Cooper, Julie Gregg, Mark Wheeler|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11|
|Executive producer(s)||Jack Webb|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Mark VII Limited
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original run||September 12, 1975– December 29, 1975|
Unlike most of Mark VII's other productions, Mobile One was not based on the real-life exploits of a police force or governmental agency. The show was set instead in a local television station's electronic news gathering operation, which at the time was a very new technology. Jackie Cooper starred as on-screen reporter Peter Campbell, Julie Gregg played Maggie Spencer, Campbell's producer, and Mark Wheeler played camera operator Doug McKnight. Much of the show was spent covering Campbell and McKnight's travels to the scenes of crimes, accidents, and other newsworthy events in a mobile unit van, thereby resembling Mark VII's Emergency! (which concurrently aired on NBC) in an emphasis upon action and adventure.
The show was produced by William Bowers and created by James M. Miller; Cooper directed at least one episode himself. ABC initially scheduled the show on Friday nights against three highly popular shows, NBC's Sanford and Son and Chico and the Man and CBS' M*A*S*H; it moved to Monday nights starting on October 27, 1975. The ratings were so poor that the network cancelled Mobile One after only 11 episodes.
The 90 minute pilot film for the series, Mobile Two, aired on ABC on September 2, 1975.
- Total Television: A Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present, Alex McNeil, New York: Penguin, revised ed., 1984.