Thursday, April 17, 2008

TV Series: The Women I Enjoyed Then Pt 4

I know you already know who these ladies are. Don't tell my you don't; you just have to know ok! I'm insisting here because I'd hate to be the only one :) Ok, ok, I'll give you a hint. Before Victoria's Secret had hers. "He" had his. It's all coming back to you now right? (I know for sure I'm not the only one.) Enough of this then. I mean it's just scrawled all over the pictures anyway. And yes, you might only be familiar with these angels of Charlie. But before these.... There were these. Yes, they started it off. No their names aren't Lucy Lui, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore. Let me introduce you to the original angels. Meet Kate Jackson who played the role of Sabrina Duncan from 1976 to 1979 Jaclyn Smith who played Kelly Garrett from 1976 to 1981 Farrah Fawcett who played Jill Munroe from 1976 to 1980 and Cheryl Ladd who played Kris Munroe from 1977 to 1981. The original Charlie's Angels show ran from 1976 - 1981 and was about a wealthy mystery-man (John Forsythe) who runs a detective agency via a speaker-phone and a liaison/personal assistant, Bosley (David Doyle). His detectives were three beautiful women who ended up in a variety of difficult situations. The introduction/opening credits to the show ran as follows: "Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the police academy - two in Los Angeles, the other in San Francisco - and they were each assigned very hazardous duties. But I took them away from all that, and now they work for me. My name is Charlie." Of course, Charlie was never seen for the duration of the series. There were times when they came close but there was never any cigars. Drew Barrymore, who has screen rights to the series did a very good job of recreating while at the same time modernizing the characters and scrapes that the angels got themselves into. If you haven't seen her interpretations, then you should - Charlie's Angels and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle are chock-full of action, entertainment and fall-off-your-chair laughing humor. I love the timing of the lines. Interesting tidbits: Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith) was the only Angel to last the entire series. When Farrah Fawcett left the series, her absence was explained by having her character Jill become a professional racing driver on the Grand Prix circuit in Europe. Kate Jackson's absence was explained by having Sabrina getting married and starting a family. The Angels all drove Ford automobiles. Jill, and later Kris, drove a Cobra, Kelly drove a Mustang and Sabrina drove a Pinto. For the record, Bosley drove a Ford Thunderbird. Although in most episodes Charlie was heard but never seen, he did actually appear in a couple of episodes, but his face was never shown. Jill, Kelly and Sabrina were all former members of the Los Angeles Police Department. Kris worked for the San Francisco police and Tiffany was with the Boston police. The only Angel who was never a cop was Julie, who originally was a model. Kelly is the only Angel to have been shot throughout the run of the show. Sabrina was the only Angel that was previously married. She was married to a fellow officer when she was still a cop but the marriage ended in divorce. In the opening sequence of the first season, the city where the Angels attended the police academy was never mentioned. It wasn't until the next season that we found out where the various Angels got their police training. The surname of David Doyle's character, John Bosley, was an in-joke reference to the fact that Doyle was often misidentified as TV actor Tom Bosley. Kris was studying to become a teacher before she decided on a career in law enforcement. The third season of the show was the only season to not feature a major cast change. A lot of writers were fired from the show because the stars were always demanding better scripts. Kate Jackson was the only Angel to receive an Emmy nomination. In fact, she was nominated three consecutive years but never won. On her first day on the set, Cheryl Ladd wore a t-shirt that said "Farrah Fawcett Minor" as a way of breaking the ice after replacing Farrah Fawcett. When Farrah Fawcett left the series, this began a series of lawsuits in which the producers sued her over breach of contract. However, the suits ended when Fawcett agreed to make a limited number of guest appearances. The show as nominated for 7 Golden Globes, had 5 wins and and additional 7 nominations. 1977 - Won People's Choice Award for Favorite Overall New TV Program 2007 - Won TV Land Award for Favorite Heard-But-Not-Seen Character - John Forsythe 2004 - Won TV Land Award for Favorite "Fan"-tastic Phenomenon and Farrah Fawcett also won an award for Most Memorable Mane.