The Wizard (TV series)
|Composer(s)||Arthur B. Rubinstein|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||19 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||1 hour|
|Original run||September 9, 1986– March 12, 1987|
The Wizard (originally on CBS Television 1986-1987) is a live-action, family friendly, action/adventure series created by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Paul B. Radin. The series included lessons in diversity, friendship, imagination, respect, and never giving up.
Simon McKay is a genius inventor with dwarfism who chooses to spend his life as a philanthropist and innovative toymaker dedicated to preserving and protecting innocence. CIC agent Alex Jagger is assigned to protect Simon from the evil forces who wish to use Simon's genius for their own nefarious purposes. They are soon joined by Simon's long time friend, Tillie Russell. Simon, Alex, and Tillie become a family unit working together through adventure and adversity, especially when it comes to defeating Simon's self-proclaimed arch-enemy, Troyan, who would rather seek revenge upon the world for his suffering from the radiation poisoning he brought upon himself than take responsibility for his own actions.
|David Rappaport||Simon McKay|
|Douglas Barr||Alex Jagger|
|Fran Ryan||Tillie Russell|
|Macon McCalman||Linden||"El Dorado", "The Other Side"|
|Roy Dotrice||Troyan||"Reunion", "Twist of Fate", "Trouble in the Stars"|
|Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa||Mr. Cheng||"Reunion", "Trouble in the Stars"|
|Peter Kent||Poole||"Reunion", "Trouble in the Stars"|
Midway through the first season Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz received word from 20th Century Fox Television that The Wizard was being abruptly canceled. Rather than simply accept this, Berk and Schwartz worked to obtain a guarantee of the series' filming continuance through the end of the season.
Immediately following this incident, Berk and Schwartz created the Save The Wizard Campaign. This campaign included making personal phone calls and sending out letters and special flyers asking fans of The Wizard fans to write in to the CBS Television executive office to tell what the show meant to them, as well as asking them to send letter copies to The Wizard's administrative office. Letters and petitions poured in from all over the United States and Canada. School children and families sent in letters collectively, while adults collected signatures.
Despite the ambitious campaign, the studio executives did not change their minds regarding the cancellation. The series has yet to be released on DVD despite some fan attempts.
- The Wizard at the Internet Movie Database
- The Wizard at TV.com
- The Wizard Official Fansite & Definitive Cyberhome