Good Morning, World
|Good Morning, World|
Good Morning, World complete series DVD cover
|Created by||Bill Persky
|Written by||Carl Biddiscombe
John C. Chulay
James L. Brooks
E. Duke Vincent
|Directed by||Danny Dayton
Billy De Wolfe
|Theme music composer||Dave Grusin|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producer(s)||Sheldon Leonard
|Running time||30 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Discus Productions|
|Original release||September 5, 1967 – March 19, 1968|
Good Morning, World is an American sitcom broadcast on CBS-TV during the 1967–1968 season, originally sponsored by Procter & Gamble on Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time. On January 7, 2017, reruns of the show began airing on the Antenna TV network late night Saturdays at 1:00am ET (10:00pm PT).
It was designed as a starring vehicle for Ronnie Schell, who had proven to be fairly popular as "Duke", one of Gomer's buddies, in the hit program Gomer Pyle, USMC over the three previous seasons. Schell's character, Larry Clarke, was a morning disc jockey and part of a morning drive-time team, "Lewis and Clarke", on a smallish AM radio station in Los Angeles. The show also starred Joby Baker, who was known for guest starring in many sitcoms. The show's creators were Carl Reiner, Sheldon Leonard, Bill Persky, and Sam Denoff, all of whom had worked on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and was inspired by Persky and Denoff's personal experiences working as continuity writers for several disc jockeys on radio station WNEW in New York during the 1950s. In fact, William B. Williams, one of the station's most popular deejays, received screen credit for originating the show's title (adapted from his famous opening greeting, "Hello, World!").
Despite having the long-established and popular Red Skelton Show as a lead-in, and the young Goldie Hawn as a minor neighbor character, the show did not do well on Nielsen ratings and Schell returned to Gomer Pyle as Duke for the next season, which was also that show's last. Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully did voice-over narration in some of the episodes.
Ronnie Schell, on the DVD commentary for the series, claimed that the show might have been renewed for a second season on CBS, but there were issues with the main cast that alarmed the network. Baker could not memorize his lines and Parrish was having health concerns that slowed down her performance as the season progressed. Recasting both actors was considered.
Unlike most sitcoms of the era, Good Morning, World was filmed before a live audience; standard practice at the time was to film an episode on a closed set and add a laugh track during post-production. However, a laugh track was still used to fill any gaps in audience reactions or missed punchlines.
- Ronnie Schell as Larry Clarke
- Joby Baker as Dave Lewis
- Billy De Wolfe as Roland Hutton, Jr.
- Julie Parrish as Linda Lewis
- Goldie Hawn as Sandy Kramer
|Episode #||Production Code||Episode Title||Airdate|
|1||1||"Knits to You, Sir"||September 5, 1967|
|2||26||"You Can't Say That About My Wife and Neither Can I"||September 12, 1967|
|3||9||"You vs. Me"||September 19, 1967|
|4||2||"If You Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder, I'll Go Wild"||September 26, 1967|
|5||25||"Who Will Buy My Calamari?"||October 3, 1967|
|6||7||"Where Have You Been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy?"||October 10, 1967|
|7||4||"Love at First Flight"||October 24, 1967|
|8||5||"No News Like Nude News"||October 31, 1967|
|9||8||"Stan and Ollie Meet Larry and Dave"||November 7, 1967|
|10||6||"Feet of Clay and a Head to Match"||November 14, 1967|
|11||11||"The Return of Bibian"||November 21, 1967|
|12||13||"If You Marry Me Today, I'll Marry You Tomorrow"||November 28, 1967|
|13||3||"Don't Call Us and We Won't Call You"||December 5, 1967|
|14||14||"The Voice of the Turtle is Better Than Mine"||December 12, 1967|
|15||16||"The Man Who Came to Din Din"||December 19, 1967|
|16||12||"Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Maybe"||December 26, 1967|
|17||16||"First Down and 200 Miles to Go"||January 2, 1968|
|18||15||"I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dave"||January 9, 1968|
|19||17||"The Wedding Present"||January 16, 1968|
|20||18||"Partner Meet My Partner"||January 23, 1968|
|21||10||"Pot Luckless"||January 30, 1968|
|22||20||"I Love a Charade"||February 6, 1968|
|23||21||"For My Daughter's Hand, You'll Get My Foot"||February 20, 1968|
|24||22||"Here Comes the Bribe"||February 27, 1968|
|25||24||"Hutton's Mutt"||March 12, 1968|
|26||23||"The Lady and the Pussycat"||March 19, 1968|
All 26 episodes of Good Morning, World were released on DVD by S'more Entertainment on January 17, 2006.
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