The New Bob Cummings Show
|The New Bob Cummings Show|
|Also known as||The Bob Cummings Show|
|Created by||Roland Kibbee|
|Written by||Jerry Adelman|
Roscoe J. Armbuster Jr
|Directed by||Earl Bellamy|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company||Revue Studios|
|Original release||October 5, 1961 –|
March 1, 1962
The New Bob Cummings Show is an American sitcom which was broadcast by CBS during the 1961–62 television season. The series was originally titled The Bob Cummings Show when it first appeared on the CBS schedule on October 5, 1961; however, this led to confusion between this program and series stars Bob Cummings' earlier 1955 series, also called The Bob Cummings Show; thus, the title The New Bob Cummings Show was officially adopted beginning with the December 28 episode.
The New Bob Cummings Show began two years after production had ended on Cummings' previous, successful sitcom The Bob Cummings Show, which, when the newer program began its run, was still being rerun on ABC's daytime schedule under the title Love That Bob, which it was to retain through many years in syndication.
The new program, like its predecessor, took advantage of Cummings' real-life interests; once again, the character he played, Bob Carson, was a pilot. Carson owned two planes, a conventional, twin-engine plane which he used for long trips, and the Aerocar, which, as its name implied, was a vehicle which could be alternately flown or, with its wing detached, driven on highways as an automobile, which he used for short hops near his California base.
In addition to his activities as a charter pilot, Carson was an amateur detective, a fact which provided the basis for the plots of most of the episodes. In contrast to Cummings earlier program, which had several co-stars, the only recurring roles in The New Bob Cummings Show other than Cummings' own were that of "Lionel", Carson's bodyguard, played by Murvyn Vye, and "Hank", the tomboyish-yet-precocious teenage daughter of the owner of the airstrip where Carson's planes were based, played by Roberta Shore.
When The Bob Cummings Show ended, Cummings said he was not keen to do comedy for his next series. However The New Bob Cummings Show was very much in the same vein as the first one.
The show was announced in April 1961. The network said Cummings' character would do anything that was not "illegal, immoral or underpaid".
It was filmed by Revue Productions and sponsored by the Kellogg Company and Brown & William Tobacco. The show replaced Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre on the network line up.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Executive Sweet"||Don Weis||Mel Diamond & Henry Sharp||October 5, 1961|
|2||"Very Warm for Mayan"||Don Weis||Sheldon Stark & Mel Diamond||October 12, 1961|
|3||"Vive La Credit Card"||Don Weis||Howard Leeds||October 19, 1961|
|4||"The Ox-Tail Incident"||John English||Roscoe J. Armbuster Jr.||October 26, 1961|
|5||"Roamin' Holiday"||Don Weis||Alan Lipscott & Bob Fisher||November 2, 1961|
|6||"Who Chopped Down the Cherokee"||Don Weis||Jerry Adelman, Lee Erwin, & Mel Diamond||November 9, 1961|
|Bob tries to convince some Native Americans to give up land for a missile base.|
|7||"Always On Tuesday"||Earl Bellamy||Howard Leeds||November 16, 1961|
|8||"Re: Fifi"||Earl Bellamy||Sheldon Keller & Mel Diamond||November 23, 1961|
|9||"The Guns of Abalone"||Earl Bellamy||Austin Kalish, Milt Rosen, & Mel Diamond||November 30, 1961|
|10||"Lavender's Hale"||David Orrick McDearmon||Joel Rapp & Sam Locke||December 7, 1961|
|11||"The Saga of Twangy McCoombs"||Don Weis||Mannie Manheim, Arthur Marx & Mel Diamond||December 14, 1961|
|12||"National Satin"||David Orrick McDearmon||Glenn Wheaton, Elroy Schwartz, & Mel Diamond||December 21, 1961|
|13||"La Dolce Roma"||Earl Bellamy||Lee Karson & Ron Bishop||December 28, 1961|
|14||"The Unretouchables"||Unknown||Unknown||January 4, 1962|
|15||"Swiss Family Gogerty"||Eddie Rubin||Mel Diamond & Austin Kalish||January 11, 1962|
|16||"The Turbulent Thirties"||Don Weis||Austin Kalish & Mel Diamond||January 18, 1962|
|17||"U.N. The Night and the Music"||Eddie Rubin||Howard Leeds & Mel Diamond||January 25, 1962|
|18||"A Cuppa Cawfee, a Sangwich, and Youse"||Unknown||Unknown||February 1, 1962|
|19||"My Son, The Voodoo Doctor"||Eddie Rubin||T : Mel Diamond & Austin Kalish|
S/T : Peter Bourne, Mel Diamond, & Austin Kalish
|February 8, 1962|
|20||"Operation Cake Lift"||Eddie Rubin||Sol Stein, Glenn Wolfe, & Mel Diamond||February 15, 1962|
|21||"North by Southeast"||David Orrick McDearmon||Steve Fisher & Mel Diamond||February 22, 1962|
|22||"Fasten Your Money Belt"||Herschel Daugherty||Ronald Kibbee||March 1, 1962|
The show aired on Thursday nights opposite two popular shows, The Real McCoys on ABC and Dr. Kildare on NBC.
The New York Times said "the style but not the setting is about the same as his past series... Fast talk, pretty girls and breezy comedy are still the main ingredients. It's bright, quick, inconsequential and inoffensive."
Two months after the show debuted in October the title was changed to The New Bob Cummings Show. Ratings did not improve and the show was cancelled in January. The last episode aired on March 1, 1962. It was replaced by Oh! Those Bells.
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