Delilah (TV series)

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Delilah
Genre situation comedy
Written by Bryan Barney
Directed by Ron Meraska
Jack Sampson
Starring Terry Tweed
Miles McNamara
Barbara Hamilton
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Producer(s) David Peddie
Running time 30 minutes
Release
Original network CBC Television
Original release 4 October 1973 – 3 January 1974

Delilah is a Canadian situation comedy television series which aired on CBC Television from 1973 to 1974.

Premise[edit]

Delilah marked the CBC's first situation comedy in prime-time, having aired its previous sitcom Toby in daytime.[1]

Delilah (Terry Tweed) moves out of the city and becomes a small community's first female barber. Her barbershop was intended to be given to her younger brother Vincent (Miles McNamara), but he must first graduate from school.

Other series characters include Delilah's Aunt Peggy (Barbara Hamilton, the town's newspaper editor T.J. (Eric House), family friend Franny Tree (Peter Mews), Frances (Kay Hawtrey), Mavis (Joyce Gordon) and Isabel (Paulle Clark).[2]

Production[edit]

Delilah was recorded before a live studio audience. Six of the episodes were written by Bryan Barney under script editor Jean Templeton.[1]

Scheduling[edit]

This half-hour series was broadcast on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) from 4 October 1973 to 3 January 1974.

Reception[edit]

The series generally received poor reviews and negative audience reception. It was cancelled after a single 13-episode season.[1] However, CBC's next sitcom, King of Kensington, fared much better and became a multi-year success.[1] Toronto Star television critic Jim Bawden declared the series as "Worst Canadian Sitcom", declaring the scriptwriting to be "appalling" and discovered an absence of laughter from the audience when he attended a taping of an episode.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Miller, Mary Jane (1987). Turn Up the Contrast - CBC Television Drama Since 1952. Vancouver: UBC Press / CBC Enterprises. pp. 125, 133–135. ISBN 0-7748-0278-2. 
  2. ^ Corcelli, John (August 2005). "Delilah". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Bawden, Jim (10 October 1992). "Roasting turkeys". Toronto Star. p. SW4. 

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