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  •  Hot L Baltimore (2+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, Hey338Too

    This shows my age...a 1970s sitcom set in a residential hotel.  Richard Masur, Conchata Farrel, James Cromwell, among others.  It featured an openly gay character who was a colonel in the National Guard, perhaps the first such on US TV, albeit in a bit part.

    Another is "Love, Sydney," featuring Tony Randall playing what was probably the first starring openly gay  character on US television in 1981 (the character in "Hot L Baltimore" had a minor role). It also had Swoosie Kurtz.

    More recent shows that ended prematurely:  Awake, Raines, and "Do No Harm."  

    Of course, Firefly's cancellation by Fox (go figure) has to be the all-time most stupid decision by programming executives.

    I have a corollary to the comment above that if I like a show, it get's cancelled.  If it does NOT get cancelled, they bring in new writers and ruin it.  Think Grimm and Lost for two obvious examples.

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke

    by mathGuyNTulsa on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 06:50:38 AM PDT

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