Wizards and Warriors (TV series)
|Wizards and Warriors|
|Also known as||Greystone's Odyssey|
|Written by||Don Reo|
Richard A. Colla
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Executive producer(s)||Don Reo|
|Running time||60 minutes|
Don Reo Productions|
Warner Bros. Television
|Original release||February 26 – May 14, 1983|
Wizards and Warriors is a CBS television series from 1983, starring Jeff Conaway, Julia Duffy, Walter Olkewicz, Duncan Regehr, and Clive Revill. Eight one-hour episodes were made. The series was created by Don Reo for Warner Bros. Television and three of the episodes were directed by Bill Bixby.
In two neighbouring kingdoms, the respective princes come into repeated conflict. The good Prince Erik Greystone (who is engaged to Princess Ariel) fights the evil Prince Dirk Blackpool. Both princes use wizards and witches, both good and evil, in their conflicts with each other.
- Jeff Conaway – Prince Erik Greystone
- Walter Olkewicz – Marko, Prince Erik's sidekick
- Duncan Regehr – Prince Dirk Blackpool, Erik's handsome-but-sinister rival
- Julia Duffy – Princess Ariel Baaldorf. This "spoiled" heiress-to-the-throne craves for "furs, jewels, and leather pants". She has a pet unicorn named Pumpkin
- Clive Revill – Vector, an evil wizard
- Thomas Hill – King Baaldorf, Ariel's father
- Ian Wolfe – Tranquil, an aging wizard
- Tim Dunigan – Geoffrey Blackpool, Dirk's brother
- Jay Kerr – Justin Greystone, Erik's brother
- Julie Payne – Queen Lattinia
- Randi Brooks – Witch Bethel
- Phyllis Katz – Cassandra
- Lonnie Wun – Oriental Guard
US TV Ratings
|Season||Episodes||Start Date||End Date||Nielsen Rank||Nielsen Rating||Tied With|
|1982-83||8||February 26, 1983||May 14, 1983||89||N/A||N/A|
|1||"The Unicorn of Death"||26 February 1983||Bill Richmond||Bill Bixby|
|2||"The Kidnap"||5 March 1983||Don Reo||Richard A. Colla|
|3||"The Rescue"||12 March 1983||Don Reo||James Frawley|
|4||"Night of Terror"||19 March 1983||Bill Richmond||Bill Bixby|
|5||"Skies Of Death"||9 April 1983||Don Reo||Bill Bixby|
|6||"Caverns Of Chaos"||30 April 1983||Don Reo||Paul Krasny|
|7||"The Dungeon Of Death"||7 May 1983||Judith D. Allison||Kevin Connor|
|8||"Vulkar's Revenge"||14 May 1983||Robert Earll||Kevin Connor|
Broadcast and reception
The series debuted as a midseason replacement for the cancelled series Bring 'Em Back Alive. It aired on Saturdays at 8:00pm Eastern / 7:00pm Central. Judy Flander from Washington, D.C., praised the series as "witty", including the directing, the writing, and the acting. Due to low ratings, the series was not renewed for the second season and was cancelled. The costume designer Theadora Van Runkle won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Series. The series' hairstylist Sharleen Rassi lost a Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling to Edie Panda for the made-for television film Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story.
On July 29, 2014, Warner Bros. released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.
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