Wizards and Warriors (TV series)
|Wizards and Warriors|
|Also known as||Greystone's Odyssey|
|Written by||Don Reo|
|Directed by||Bill Bixby
Richard A. Colla
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Executive producer(s)||Don Reo|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original release||26 February 1983 – 14 May 1983|
Wizards and Warriors is a CBS television series from 1983, starring Jeff Conaway, Julia Duffy, Walter Olkewicz, Duncan Regehr, and Clive Revill. Only eight one hour episodes were made of this offbeat fantasy-comedy. The series was created by Don Reo for Warner Bros. Television and most of the episodes were directed by Bill Bixby.
- Jeff Conaway – Prince Erik Greystone, a protagonist
- Walter Olkewicz – Marko, Prince Erik's sidekick
- Duncan Regehr – Prince Dirk Blackpool, "handsome" but a "villain"
- Julia Duffy – Princess Ariel, a "spoiled princess", who craves for "furs, jewels, and leather pants" and has a horse named Pumpkin
- Clive Revill – Wizard Vector, an "evil wizard"
- Thomas Hill – King Baaldorf
- Ian Wolfe – Wizard Tranquil, an aging wizard
- Tim Dunigan – Geoffrey Blackpool
- Jay Kerr – Justin Greystone
- Julie Payne – Queen Lattinia
- Randi Brooks – Witch Bethel
- Phyllis Katz – Cassandra
- Lonnie Wun – Oriental Guard
|1||"The Unicorn of Death"||26 February 1983|
|2||"The Kidnap"||5 March 1983|
|3||"The Rescue"||12 March 1983|
|4||"Night of Terror"||19 March 1983|
|5||"Skies Of Death"||9 April 1983|
|6||"Caverns Of Chaos"||30 April 1983|
|7||"The Dungeon Of Death"||7 May 1983|
|8||"Vulkar's Revenge"||14 May 1983|
Broadcast and reception
The series debuted as a midseason replacement for the cancelled series Bring 'Em Back Alive. It aired on Saturdays at 8:00pm Eastern / 7:00pm Central. Judy Flander from Washington, D.C., praised the series as "witty", including the directing, the writing, and the acting. Due to low ratings, the series was not renewed for the second season and was cancelled. The costume designer Theadora Van Runkle won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Series. The series' hairstylist Sharleen Rassi lost a Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling to Edie Panda for the made-for television film Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story.
On July 29, 2014, Warner Bros. released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.
- Flander, Judy (February 26, 1983). "Wizards wit sparkles". Wilmington Morning Star. p. 5C.
- Harmer, Ian (March 2, 1983). "Elizabeth Montgomery bewitching in Pieces". Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina). p. 5.
- Dudek, Duane (May 12, 1983). "Pink slips are all in the family as Archie and Gloria lose shows". Milwaukee Sentinel. Part 3, Page 2.
- "People behind camera get Emmys". United Press International. September 19, 1983. p. 57.
- "Wizards and Warriors". Emmys.com. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- "35th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners – Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling (1983)". Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- It's This Week After All for the Warner Archives' Complete Series DVD
- Wizards and Warriors at the Internet Movie Database
- Wizardsandwarriors.org, Unofficial Fan Site
- Wizards and Warriors at the Retroist
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