Movin' On (TV series)
Photo from the September 1974 series premiere.
|Created by||Philip D'Antoni
Barry J. Weitz
|Written by||Stanley Z. Cherry
Barry J. Weitz
|Theme music composer||Merle Haggard|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||46|
|Executive producer(s)||Philip D'Antoni
Barry J. Weitz
|Running time||45 mins|
|Production company(s)||D'Antoni/Weitz Productions|
|Original run||May 8, 1974– March 2, 1976|
|Preceded by||In Tandem (TV movie)|
Movin' On is an American drama series that ran for two seasons (and a total of forty-six episodes), between 1974 and 1976. It originally appeared on the NBC television network. The pilot episode for the series was known as In Tandem.
Movin' On stars Claude Akins as old-time independent "big-rig" truck driver Sonny Pruitt, and Frank Converse as his college-educated co-driver Will Chandler. The theme song, "Movin' On", was written and performed by Merle Haggard, and was a No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in July 1975.
The series was likened to Route 66 and Cannonball, following a similar format. Episodes usually centered around Sonny and Will, always traveling, becoming involved in the lives of people they met (or met again) in the various places they found themselves.
The pilot episode was a made-for-television movie originally titled In Tandem — a reference to the tandem axles on the tractor and trailer, as well as the fact that they drove as a team, or "in tandem". It begins with Will sliding out of control in a truck he was driving, due to poor maintenance of the brakes. After he manages to get the truck stopped, he drives to a truck stop and calls the company to quit his job. He then meets Sonny, a "gypsy" trucker, and they decide to try driving as a team. Of course, this works out well.
The truck tractor featured on the pilot episode was a dark green 1973 Kenworth W-925, but was later changed to a 1974 model for the series run. Movin' On was filmed on location all over the United States, including Glen Burnie, Maryland; Mobile, Alabama; Sedona, Arizona; San Diego and San Francisco, California; Buford and Jonesboro, Georgia; Durham and Charlotte, North Carolina; Astoria, The Dalles and Hood River, Oregon; and Norfolk, Virginia.
Akins and Converse actually drove the trucks during filming, having been trained and obtaining their Chauffeur's licenses (the forerunner to the Commercial driver's license) prior to making the pilot episode. Executive producers for the series were Barry Weitz and Philip D'Antoni. Akins later went on to appear in another trucking-related TV series, the more comedy-oriented B.J. and the Bear.
- "In Tandem" (May 8, 1974)
Season 1 (1974–1975)
- "The Time of His Life" (September 12, 1974)
- "Roadblock" (September 19, 1974)
- "Grit" (September 26, 1974)
- "Lifeline" (October 3, 1974)
- "The Trick Is to Stay Alive" (October 10, 1974)
- "Cowhands" (October 24, 1974)
- "The Good Life" (November 7, 1974)
- "Games" (November 14, 1974)
- "Hoots" (November 21, 1974)
- "Good for Laughs" (November 28, 1974)
- "High Rollers" (December 5, 1974)
- "Goin' Home (Part 1)" (December 12, 1974)
- "Goin' Home (Part 2)" (December 19, 1974)
- "Antiques" (December 26, 1974)
- "Explosion" (January 2, 1975)
- "Landslide" (January 16, 1975)
- "Ann's Party" (January 23, 1975) (never aired due to President television interview on NBC, simply an alternate title for "Ransom")
- "Fraud" (January 30, 1975)
- "Ammo" (February 6, 1975)
- "Tattoos" (February 13, 1975)
- "Ransom" (February 20, 1975)
- "The Price of Loving" (April 2, 1975)
- "Wedding Bells" (April 9, 1975)
Season 2 (1975–1976)
- "The Stowaway" (September 9, 1975)
- "From Baltimore to Eternity" (September 16, 1975)
- "The Toughest Man in America" (September 23, 1975)
- "The Elephant Story" (September 30, 1975)
- "Home Is Not a House" (October 7, 1975)
- "...To Be in Carolina" (October 14, 1975)
- "Will the Last Trucker Leaving Charlotte Turn Out the Lights?" (October 21, 1975)
- "General Delivery Raleigh" (November 4, 1975)
- "The Big Wheel"(November 11, 1975)
- "Prosperity Number One" (November 16, 1975)
- "Please Don't Talk to the Driver" (November 25, 1975)
- "The Long Haul" (December 2, 1975)
- "The Long Way to Nowhere" (December 9, 1975)
- "Breakout" (December 16, 1975)
- "Love, Death and Laura Brown"(December 23, 1975)
- "The Old South Will Rise Again" (January 6, 1976)
- "Witch Hunt" (January 16, 1976)
- "The Big Switch" (January 20, 1976)
- "Woman of Steel" (January 27, 1976)
- "Living It Up" (February 10, 1976)
- "No More Sad Songs" (February 17, 1976)
- "Full Fathom Five" (February 24, 1976)
- "Sing It Again, Sonny" (March 2, 1976)
The Retro Television Network (RTV) began airing the show on June 30, 2011. The show airs on RTV at 3 PM Eastern Monday through Friday as of August 7, 2012. Select episodes of Movin' On are also available through N2TV Classics, available to viewers with Roku media players. In 2012, the series also began airing on My Family TV.
The original producers of the show D'antoni/Weitz failed to renew the copyrights or register them properly with the United States Copyright Office therefore allowing 99% of the show to slip into the "Public Domain", the only copyrights registered with the US Copyright Office are for text, presumably for the scripts for the original pilot "In Tandem" and two episodes, "The Cowhands" and "Breakout", no other copyrights exist thus making 99% of the series, it's images, characters, likenesses, titles and recordings "public domain".
In 2006 a company by the name of "Truckerflicks" began distributing the "public domain" property and to this day has not backed down from the vile threats from it's original creators and those who represent them.
In 2012 Truckerflicks tried to reach an agreement with the Mark Rathaus (somehow related to Philip D'Antoni) whom had been constantly harassing Truckerflicks to license the episodes that he managed to get a copyright renewal on but according to Truckerflicks Mr. Rathaus refused to reach an agreement and told him what he offered wasn't good enough and he was looking for a better "deal" (apparently Mr. Rathaus thinks a 40 year old TV show that had an extremely limited fan base as it was is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in licensing fee's) thus no agreement was made, just continued threats against Truckerflicks who continues to not back down to this day. (you can view the items under copyright on the US copyright Office's website under Copyright numbers: RE0000930933, RE0000930769 and RE0000930768 From there you can also view links to anything else copyrighted by D'Antoni/Weitz.. nothing of which has anything to do with Movin' On.
As of 2012 the show began airing selected episodes on hulu.com. As of 2014, all episodes are available. Viewable at: http://www.hulu.com/movin-on
References in popular culture
During the series, truck drivers on the CB would say that they were going to "do it like Pruitt." After the series ended, the phrase became "do it like Pruitt used to do it." This phrase could still be heard occasionally 30 years later, often spoken by drivers too young to understand the reference.
- Movin' On at the Internet Movie Database
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