9. The Ballad of Coy and Vance

The Dukes of Hazzard was a top ten show heading into its fifth season. That’s when a report came out revealing just how much the show had earned in merchandising. And that’s when the stars of that show realized how much they weren’t getting. In this episode of The Industry we take a look at the contract dispute that led to two replacements joining a top ten show and how that show would never be in the top ten again. Byron Cherry (Coy Duke) helps tell the story of Coy and Vance.

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Show Notes

People Magazine, August 9, 1982 – https://people.com/archive/this-hazzard-feud-is-real-the-tv-show-puts-up-its-new-dukes-as-bo-and-luke-walk-out-vol-18-no-6/ 

The Dukes of Hazard: The Unofficial Companion – https://books.google.com/books?id=VHV5iZH9uG4C&authuser=0

 

 

 

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8. Staring at the Sunn

Aliens, mountain men, and Jesus were the stars of the day for Sunn Classic Pictures. Throughout the 1970s, Sunn Classic proved to be a highly successful independent movie studio, cranking out pseudo-documentaries and G rated nature themed movies like it was going out of style. They used unique methods to get their ideas and to get their movies out to the public. The Industry takes a look at the history of the company that specialized in inventing history.

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Show Notes

Sources

The Washington Post: A G Rated Success Story

Here Comes The Sunn – Rob Nelson: 

Sunn Classic Pictures: how Hollywood introduced America to fake history.

Second Decade Off Topic: The Sunn Also Rises.

Mormons, Aliens, and Dan Haggerty: The (Mostly) True Story of Sunn Classic Pictures

Music

Home Base Groove by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Avant Jazz – Disco Ultralounge by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Bumba Crossing by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Fast Talkin by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Anachronist – Oddities by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Dead Drop by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Additional Music in this episode was by Francis Preve, Biz Baz Studio, Drew Banga.

 

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7. Mr. Dugan Doesn’t Go To Washington

Mister Dugan had the potential to be a hit show. It was a topical series about a recently elected idealistic black congressman who gets elected and has to contend with his less than helpful staff. Norman Lear was producing, Cleavon Little was the star. However, just days before it was to air on CBS in 1979 Lear himself pulled the show from the schedule. What went wrong? We take a look at the troubled production that started when Lear’s hit series Maude ended.

 

Show Notes

Articles

Books by Richard Irvin including Forgotten Laughs can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Irvin/e/B001KD7NAQ

Black Caucus Strangles Mr. Dugan – Jet Magazine March 29th, 1979:

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The Recall of TV’s Mister Dugan – Washington Post, April 1st, 1979:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1979/04/01/the-recall-of-tvs-mister-dugan-two-views/5fb82814-82ac-4b91-984b-a75fabe971b3/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.dfb5117af2e2

Music
Drankin Song by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Slim And None by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

 

Bonus Episode: Waiting For Hoffman

In this bonus episode we take a look at how in the 1980s Cannon Films signed a major star to the biggest deal in entertainment history and still didn’t get the movie made. LaBrava was to be an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard (Justified, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown) novel and a signal that Cannon had moved into the big leagues. Instead Cannon’s own excitement over the project became it’s biggest problem.

10 Great Podcasts of 2018 (So Far)

by Dan Delgado

Anytime I go to look for a new podcast it can become an intimidating chore. much like the days of selecting a VHS at a good ole Blockbuster Video, the selection can be completely overwhelming. In an attempt to help alleviate some of that stress I am providing you (free of charge!) a list of podcasts that I have really enjoyed this year. Here they are, in no particular order.

Uncivil

This is a show that really belongs on a list from last year but I didn’t discover it until 2018 so it’s here. Uncivil is a show that takes a look at the Civil War and dispels some of the myths that have been built around. Education and eye opening, each episode tells you something you didn’t know but probably should have. And hey look at that logo, it won a Peabody!

Check out Uncivil here.

American Fiasco

I do not watch soccer. Okay? Got it? I don’t. Which should tell you just how interesting this show is since it’s about the USA’s disastrous 1998 World Cup. Host Roger Bennett’s enthusiasm and great interviews with members of that World Cup team make this a great and easy listen. Personally, I have a thing for fiascos so the appeal was right there in the title.

Check it out here.

Heaven’s Gate

Glynn Washington’s intros on Snap Judgement are always stellar. I just love listening to that guy dish out a story. Here Washington is hosting a 10 episode podcast on what happened with the infamous Heaven’s Gate cult, a group that took their own lives in 1997. Heartbreaking and always engrossing, this is one of the best listens of the year.

Check it out here.

The Gateway

This podcast’s release was perfectly time. Right after going through the cult of Heaven’s Gate, I stumbled upon The Gateway. This show is taking a look at a potential cult going on right now. Is Teal Swan a scam artist, a cult leader, or a genuine spiritual guru? Host Jennings Brown does a deep dive into Swan and her group to try to find some answers. One thing I really liked about this podcast was Brown’s genuine interest to find out what is going on with Teal Swan. Though he certainly comes to many conclusions during the show, it seems like he was going in fairly open-minded.

Check out The Gateway on Stitcher here  and on Apple Podcasts here

Additionally, if you liked The Gateway then you should also listen to this episode of Shoot This Now (itself a great podcast!) which features Brown and his podcast producer, Jessica Glazer. Check that one out here.

The Habitat

Have you ever wondered what it be like to be on the first exhibition to Mars? I certainly haven’t, but The Habitat told me about it anyway. Here we have a small group of people who go through a simulation (on Earth, fyi) of what it would be like be on the red planet for a year. Yeah, that’s right a year. Each episode, while always interesting keeps making me happy to be on this spinning planet of love called Earth.

Check out The Habitat here.

You Must Remember This

After a too long hiatus You Must Remember This has returned has picked up right where it left off, giving us great stories of Hollywood’s first century. This season’s episodes, all about fact checking Kenneth Anger’s infamous book Hollywood Babylon, is just a fascinating listen. For anyone who likes show business, I cannot recommend this enough. Host Karina Longworth always exhaustively researches each episode and is one the more knowledgeable hosts you’ll find out there.

Check out You Must Remember This here.

Disgraceland

This is the coolest podcast going. Period. A true crime podcast that focuses on rock stars? Sounds like a good beginning, but then you add in some great production to this truly insane stories and toss in the too-cool-for-school delivery of host Jake Brennan and you have a podcast that you can binge all day long. I honestly do not know why this podcast isn’t a bigger deal than it already is.

Check out Disgraceland here.

Slow Burn

The first season of Slow Burn focused on Watergate and was shockingly addicting. Fortunately for me, all the episodes were already out on that season and I can gobble them all up quickly. Now Slow Burn has just returned with a new season about Bill Clinton’s impeachment (is Andrew Johnson going to be season three?) and I’m stuck waiting week to week like everyone else. The first season was great deep dive into Watergate and gave you much more insight than just what you know about Woodward and Bernstein. I expect this second season to do the same about the Clinton Impeachment.

Check out Slow Burn here.

The RFK Tapes

A podcast about the Kennedy assassination? Oh wait, the OTHER Kennedy assassination? Okay let’s do it. Shame on me for having never listened to Crimetown, the makers of that podcast who happen to making this one. It’s a hard sell on a conspiracy here. After they caught the guy on the scene with the gun in a room full of people. After an episodes or two you may find yourself leaning the other way. That name is serious though, there is an abundance of tapes from 50 years ago on this subject that you likely have nor heard. It really the usage of this audio from years past that sets this one apart. Hearing RFK’s killer, Sirhan Sirhan, going under hypnosis in 1968 to find out why he did it is not something you’ll forget.

Check out The RFK Tapes here.

The Industry

I will admit it. This is a total cheat, since this is my podcast, but come on give it a shot! A storytelling podcast about some of Hollywood’s lesser known stories with a charming host (!) and some interviews mixed in and you have your next favorite podcast! Well, that’s the idea at least.

Check out The Industry here (or hit the home button on this page).

Okay so that’s my list. What do you think? What podcasts am I missing out on. Come on, I know you have some recommendations too so let me have me have ’em!

 

 

6. The Legend of Supertrain

 The fall season for NBC in the 1978-79 season was a disaster. It was such a wreck that virtually of their fall debuts were gone by the time January rolled around. However, hope was on the horizon. For the last place network, they had an ace up their sleeve that they could not wait to play. That was called Supertrain, a super expensive, super marketed, super show that couldn’t miss. Until it did. The failure of Supertrain is of legendary proportions. A failure that all other giant television failures would become measured against. Was it really that expensive? Was it really that bad? And did it really almost bankrupt NBC? We talk to Supertrain Superfan Tony Cook to sort out the truth.

Visit Tony’s Supertrain website here.

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