Saturday, March 26, 2016

40th Anniversary

The cast of Charlie's Angels The Original Series
above from left: Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and David Doyle
below from left: Shelley Hack, Kate Jackson and Tanya Roberts
not in picture: John Forsythe and David Ogden Stiers

The 40th anniversary of the airing of the pilot of Charlie's Angels came up last March 21, 2016. The pilot starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith as the Angels. David Doyle and David Ogden Stiers rounded out the main cast; and Tommy Lee Jones and Bo Hopkins had guest starring roles. John Forsythe (the voice of Charles Townsend) wasn't credited, as he wanted. The pilot was a smash and went on to become a phenomenal hit TV series (but sans David Ogden Stiers, whose character was deemed too severe). Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts would join the series in later seasons. The original Charlie's Angels TV series spawned numerous remakes and reboots including Angels '88, Charlie's Angels 2000, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Charlie's Angels 2011. The Angels franchise is one of the most successful ever; and, last year, there were talks about another reboot of the franchise. Check it out at:

‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Draws Screenwriter
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a 1981 writeup about the beloved series after it was canceled