Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a US sitcom that won three awards and was nominated for 2 Golden Globes – I Dream of Jeannie
Opening Titles / Theme Tune
About the Show
Summary of Plot
A United States astronaut finds his life vastly complicated when he stumbles on to a bottle containing a female genie. – IMDB
Number of Seasons / Episodes
Barbera Eden – Jeannie
Larry Hagman – Major Anthony Nelson
Bill Daily – Major Roger Healey
Hayden Rorke – Dr Alfred Bellows.
+ Jeannie’s pink 1960s-era harem costume is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.. The green one is probably there also, next to the far more popular pink.
+ Larry Hagman could be so hard to work with that the producers seriously considered replacing him with another actor. Darren McGavin was at the top of the list for Hagman’s replacement. They even wrote out a story with Tony losing Jeannie and McGavin finding her. However, studio executives liked Hagman much more than they did.
+According to Sidney Sheldon in his autobiography “The Other Side Of Me”, NBC wanted to film season 1 in black and white because they didn’t believe the show would last more than 1 season. He offered to pay the extra $400 per episode needed for color filming. Screen Gems executive Jerry Hyams advised him, “Sidney, don’t throw your money away.” The first season was filmed in black and white, then colorized much later.
+ Originally, Jeannie’s power was activated by folding her arms followed by a series of eye flutters. This was soon replaced by nodding her head and blinking once.
+ The Nelson home still stands on the Warner Brothers Ranch in Burbank, CA, where it has a new role as the Ranch Operations office. Aside from minor cosmetic changes, the house remains almost exactly the same after nearly 50 years.
+ I Dream of Jeannie (1965) debuted on NBC TV, stations, on Saturday, September 18th, 1965, one evening after Hogan’s Heroes (1965), debuted on CBS TV, on Friday evening, September 17th, 1965.
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