Apple Pie (TV series)
Apple Pie promotional photo
|Created by||Norman Lear|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (only two were broadcast)|
|Running time||approx. 30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Tandem Productions|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||September 23, 1978 – September 30, 1978|
Apple Pie is an American television sitcom that was broadcast on the ABC network from September 23, 1978 until September 30, 1978. It is based on the play Nourish the Beast, by Steve Tesich, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for 1979's Breaking Away.
"You can't pick your own relatives," goes the old saying, but that is exactly what Ginger-Nell does. Placing classified ads in the local newspapers, she recruits a con-man husband, "Fast Eddie" Murtaugh, played by Dabney Coleman; a tap-dancing daughter, Anna Marie Hollyhock, played by Caitlin O'Heaney; a son who wanted to fly like a bird, Junior Hollyhock, played by Derrel Maury; and a tottering old grandfather, Grandpa Hollyhock, played by Jack Gilford; all of whom come to live together—for the laughs.
When the TV sitcom Maude ended in early 1978, producer Norman Lear created Apple Pie as a vehicle for Rue McClanahan, who had played Vivian Cavender Harmon on Maude. The show, however, was not well received and was canceled after only two episodes, though eight had been filmed under the direction of Peter Bonerz.
- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946-Present (New York: Ballantine Books, 1979), 33.
- Intimate Portrait: Rue McClanahan. DVD. Directed by Lee Grant. 2000; (Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2005).