The New Bob Cummings Show

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The New Bob Cummings Show
Bob Cummings Roberta Shore New Bob Cummings Show 1961.JPG
Also known as ''The Bob Cummings Show''
Genre Sitcom
Created by Roland Kibbee
Written by Jerry Adelman
Roscoe J. Armbuster Jr
Mel Diamond
Lee Erwin
Robert Fisher
Austin Kalish
Sheldon Keller
Howard Leeds
Alan Lipscott
Milt Rosen
Sheldon Stark
Directed by Earl Bellamy
John English
Don Weis
Starring Bob Cummings
Roberta Shore
Murvyn Vye
Composer(s) Stanley Wilson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22 (list of episodes)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Revue Studios
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 5, 1961 (1961-10-05) – March 1, 1962 (1962-03-01)

The New Bob Cummings Show is an American situation comedy 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".[1]

It was filmed by Revue Productions and sponsored by the Kellogg Company and Brown & William Tobacco. The show replaced Angel on the network line up.[1]


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."[2]


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.[3] The last episode aired on March 1, 1962. It was replaced by Oh, Those Bells!.[4]


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  1. ^ a b By, V. A. (1961, Apr 03). CUMMINGS PLANS TV COMEDY SHOW. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  2. ^ R.F.S. (1961, Oct 06). Bob cummings show. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  3. ^ By, V. A. (1962, Jan 28). NEWS OF TV-RADIO. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  4. ^ By, V. A. (1962, Feb 05). SLAPSTICK SERIES PLANNED BY C.B.S. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from

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