The Wizard (TV series)

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The Wizard
Genre Action/Adventure
Created by
Written by
Starring
Voices of
Composer(s) Arthur B. Rubinstein
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time 1 hour
Production company(s) BSR Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Release
Original network CBS
Picture format NTSC
Audio format Stereophonic
Original release September 9, 1986 (1986-09-09) – March 12, 1987 (1987-03-12)
External links
Website

The Wizard (originally on CBS Television 1986-1987) is an action/adventure series created by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Paul B. Radin. The series included lessons in diversity, friendship, imagination, respect, and never giving up.[1]

Plot[edit]

Simon McKay is a genius and inventor with dwarfism who chooses to spend his life as a philanthropist and innovative toymaker dedicated to preserving and protecting innocence. CIC agent Alex Jagger is assigned to protect Simon from the evil forces who wish to use Simon's genius for their own nefarious purposes. They are soon joined by Simon's long time friend, Tillie Russell. Simon, Alex, and Tillie become a family unit working together through adventure and adversity, especially when it comes to defeating Simon's self-proclaimed arch-enemy, Troyan, who would rather seek revenge upon the world for his suffering from the radiation poisoning he brought upon himself than take responsibility for his own actions.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
David Rappaport Simon McKay
Douglas Barr Alex Jagger
Fran Ryan Tillie Russell

Recurring cast[edit]

Actor Role Episodes
Macon McCalman Linden "El Dorado", "The Other Side"
Roy Dotrice Troyan "Reunion", "Twist of Fate", "Trouble in the Stars"
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Mr. Cheng "Reunion", "Trouble in the Stars"
Peter Kent Poole "Reunion", "Trouble in the Stars"

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "El Dorado" Peter H. Hunt Michael Berk & Douglas Schwartz September 9, 1986 (1986-09-09)
The wish of a Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation recipient to meet The Wizard sends Simon, Alex, and Darcy Stafford (Cheryl Gates McFadden) on an unexpected journey, racing against the clock to find the legendary treasure of El Dorado and the missing brother whose bone marrow could save a life.
2 "Reunion" Peter H. Hunt Michael Berk & Douglas Schwartz September 16, 1986 (1986-09-16)
A hidden message on a necklace brings Simon and Alex to Hong Kong to rescue Simon's friend Tillie Russell from his arch-enemy Troyan (Roy Dotrice), whom the trio must stop before he can carry out his latest destructive, deadly, get-rich-quick scheme.
3 "Haunting Memories" Peter H. Hunt Kerry Lenhart & John J. Sakmar September 23, 1986 (1986-09-23)
Unexplainable events at a local toy store lead Simon and Alex to help the owner (Kristen Meadows). Alex realizes that the establishment was a gas station before being converted into a toy store, and that he and the owner bear a striking resemblance to a couple who was murdered at the gas station 30 years ago.
4 "Seeing Is Believing" Peter H. Hunt Douglas Barr & Dale Kern September 30, 1986 (1986-09-30)
Simon's prototype robotic helper dog, Aegis, and his new owner (Nadine Van Der Veld) find themselves in need of rescue when mercenaries try to turn this new technology to serve their own nefarious purposes.
5 "An Inside Job" E.W. Swackhamer Mary Ann Kasica & Michael Scheff October 7, 1986 (1986-10-07)
Simon, Alex, and Tillie help a mysterious runaway (Andre Gower) straighten out his life and stop the terrorists bent on destroying an airliner with Simon's radio controlled plane, The Golden Fleece.
6 "Born to Run" Burt Brinckerhoff Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon October 14, 1986 (1986-10-14)
Simon and Tillie are reunited with an old friend (Leslie Jordan) whose long shot to win permanent custody of his recently orphaned niece and nephew is jeopardized by Alex's new love interest (Morgan Brittany).
7 "The Other Side" Charles Braverman Brad Radnitz October 21, 1986 (1986-10-21)
Alex's surprise reunion with an old friend (Bart Braverman) leads to an unwanted reunion with an old adversary (Elizabeth Savage) and the unexpected field test of Simon's latest and most innovative invention. Being widowered from a Russian wife, Simon's friend is claiming responsibility for his 6 year old daughter from that marriage and that she is an American by law, whereas the daughter is held at the Russian Consulate with threats that she will be spirited away to the USSR if Simon does not comply.
8 "Twist of Fate" Peter H. Hunt Michael Berk & Douglas Schwartz October 28, 1986 (1986-10-28)
The early morning vision of a friend and mentor (Viveca Lindfors) in mortal danger sends Simon and Alex on a treacherous journey across the Himalayan mountains to cross paths once again with Troyan, and the possible fruition of Simon's other vision - his own fiery death.
9 "Nobody's Perfect" E.W. Swackhamer Rick Mittleman November 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
Simon inadvertently discovers the cure for Inventor's Block when he must rescue his best inventing buddy (Avery Schreiber) from the clutches of a mobster (Al Ruscio) bent on using a garbage eradicating machine to destroy incriminating evidence.
10 "It Takes a Chimp" E.W. Swackhamer Michael Berk, Jeff Kincaid,
Brad Radnitz & Douglas Schwartz
November 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
A mysterious coin, a new chimpanzee friend, and a run-in with a member of nobility (Sarah Douglas) who is anything but noble brings Tillie some unwanted and unexpected adventures, teaching her a valuable lesson about pre-judging others and herself.
11 "Endangered Species" Peter H. Hunt Michael Berk & Douglas Schwartz December 16, 1986 (1986-12-16)
Simon, Alex, and Tillie see a zoologist who has captured a feral child raised by wolves in India (Priscilla Weems) and are disgusted with how the zoologist considers her to be like one of the animals he studies. Things take a turn for the worse when a ruthless businessman tries to kill the wild girl, but she escapes into the unfamiliar environment of an American city. Simon believes that the businessman used to be a mercenary who murdered a family who were friends of Simon's, and the wild girl may be connected to the massacre.
12 "Trouble in the Stars" Michael Caffey Rick Mittleman & Brad Radnitz December 30, 1986 (1986-12-30)
The circumstances of a friend's very mysterious, out-of-this-world death brings Simon in contact with a teenage scientist (Robbie Rist) so focused on finding alien communications he doesn't realize he has actually stumbled upon Troyan's latest destructive, deadly, get-rich-quick scheme.
13 "The Heart of a Dancer" Peter H. Hunt Michael Berk, Deborah Zoe Dawson,
Victoria Johns & Douglas Schwartz
January 6, 1987 (1987-01-06)
When a dancer (Marine Jahan) is permanently paralyzed by a stalker's (Chris MacDonald) bullet, Simon, Alex, and Tillie help her to recover, grieve, take control of her new life, and stop her would-be assassin before he can finish the job.
14 "Never Give Up" Don Weis Michael Berk & Douglas Schwartz January 20, 1987 (1987-01-20)
The Wizard's board game Never Give Up inspires a determined young boy's (Kenny Morrison) initiative to seek Simon's help in freeing his isolated tribal community from the clutches of a drug dealer (Jud Omen) and his gang.
15 "Daydream Believer" Peter H. Hunt Gabe Torres & John Whelpley January 27, 1987 (1987-01-27)
A boy (Trey Ames) with an overactive imagination seeks out The Wizard to help him stop a Soviet plot to destroy a missile being tested at a nearby military base. But who really is the one letting their imagination run away with them?
16 "Gypies, Tramps and Thieves" Marc Daniels Michael Berk, Jonathan Glassner & Douglas Schwartz February 3, 1987 (1987-02-03)
Tillie must face her fear of superstitions and call on her experience as a fortune teller to help Simon and Alex rescue and reunite a girl and her twin sister (Natalie Gregory in a dual role) who have never met, but communicate through visions.
17 "The Aztec Dagger" Peter H. Hunt Michael Cassutt & John Whelpley February 19, 1987 (1987-02-19)
When Simon's hero and inspiration (Stewart Granger) suddenly turns up — a shell of his former self — Simon and Tillie soon find themselves in the Lost Temple of the Sun one step ahead of a crooked art collector (Roy Brocksmith) to return a stolen dagger, lift a curse, and help a hero regain his self-esteem and self-worth.
18 "Papa Simon" Michael Caffey Michael Berk, Jonathan Glassner,
Arthur Bernard Lewis & Douglas Schwartz
March 5, 1987 (1987-03-05)
A baby left on the doorstep brings 'Uncle' Alex and 'Papa' Simon a series of new adventures, including saving the infant's teenage parents from the clutches of a ruthless businessman looking to sell the baby for profit, and helping the young family find their way back home.
19 "H.E.N.R.I. VIII" Peter H. Hunt Steven Barnes March 12, 1987 (1987-03-12)
Simon must race against the clock and risk his own life to save the life of the robot he created and discover who is trying to frame H.E.N.R.I. (voice of Roddy McDowall) for murder before they kill again.

Save The Wizard Campaign[edit]

Midway through the first season Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz received word from 20th Century Fox Television that The Wizard was being abruptly canceled. Rather than simply accept this, Berk and Schwartz worked to obtain a guarantee of the series' filming continuance through the end of the season.[2]

Immediately following this incident, Berk and Schwartz created the Save The Wizard Campaign. This campaign included making personal phone calls and sending out letters and special flyers[3] asking fans of The Wizard to write in to the CBS Television executive office to tell what the show meant to them, as well as asking them to send letter copies to The Wizard's administrative office. Letters and petitions poured in from all over the United States and Canada[citation needed]. School children and families sent in letters collectively[citation needed], while adults collected signatures[citation needed].

Despite the ambitious campaign, the studio executives did not change their minds regarding the cancellation. The series has yet to be released on DVD despite some fan attempts.

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