- The Tycoon (TV series)
show_name = The Tycoon
Charles Isaacs(associate of Danny Thomas)
Walter Brennan Jerome Cowan Van Williams George Lindsey
network = ABC
Picture format = Black and white
September 15, 1964
April 27, 1965
list_episodes = [http://www.tv.com/the-tycoon/show/22028/episode_listings.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=episodessh&tag=episodes;more]
imdb_id = 057794
O.K. Crackerby!"infobox person
footnotes=(1) Brennan's second network series "The Tycoon" on ABC failed to attract the audience needed to survive in the 1964–1965 season though the quality of the program was never in question.
(2) Brennan followed his role as the rustic Grandpa Amos McCoy from ABC's "
The Real McCoys" with businessman Walter Andrews, the retired chairman of the board still meddling in company business but acting often as a philanthropist.
(3) The first episode of "The Tycoon" was entitled "Horatio Alger Again", a reference to the "rags-to-riches"
short storywriter Horatio Alger.
"The Tycoon" is a 32-episode American
situation comedy television seriesbroadcast by ABC. It starred Walter Brennanas the fictitious businessmanWalter Andrews. As chairman of the boardof the Thunder Corporation that he founded but no longer actively runs, Brennan plays an eccentric and cantankerous millionaire(when such persons were much fewer in number) with a common touch who helps promising persons in need. The series aired with new episodes at 9 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday from September 15, 1964, until April 27, 1965. It continued in reruns until September 7, 1965. The program did not develop sufficient audience, presumably because viewers may have preferred the versatile Brennan as the bucolicGrandpa Amos McCoy in his earlier ABC and CBSsitcom " The Real McCoys" (1957–1963). After "The Tycoon" floundered, Brennan returned to ABC two years later in a more homespun role , a western " The Guns of Will Sonnett" with costar Dack Rambo. [http://www.tv.com/the-tycoon/show/22028/summary.html The Tycoon - TV.com ] ] Jerome Cowanand Van Williamscostarred with Brennan in "The Tycoon". Cowan played Herbert Wilson, a by-the-book "bean counter" who decried Brennan’s questionable expenditure of company resources. Williams starred as young executive Pat Burns. George Lindsey, later with " The Andy Griffith Show", appeared in a few episodes of "The Tycoon" as Tom Keane. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057794/fullcredits#cast "The Tycoon" (1964) - Full cast and crew ] ] Van Williams had earlier appeared as Ken Madison in two ABC detectiveseries " Bourbon Street Beat" with Richard Long and Andrew Dugganand in " Surfside 6" with Troy Donahue. Later would star in " The Green Hornet", also on ABC. [ [http://www.briansdriveintheater.com/vanwilliams.html Van Williams at Brian's Drive-In Theater ] ]
The first episode of the series is entitled “
Horatio AlgerAgain”, and the last is called "Honest Man". In between, the series featured episodes as “Walter Gets Fired”, “Talent Scout”, “Baby Tycoon”, “No Place Like Home”, “Mr. Wilson in Retirement Land”, and “A Slight Case of Merger”.
"The Tycoon" and its lead-in "
McHale's Navy" starring Ernest Borgnine, were scheduled opposite " The Red Skelton Show" on CBS and Robert Vaughn’s " The Man from U.N.C.L.E." mysteryseries on NBC. In the 1965–1966 season, ABC replaced "The Tycoon" with Burl Ivesin " O.K. Crackerby!" about the supposedly richest man in the world, and that venture also flopped. [http://www.tvparty.com/fall64.html Television in 1964 / 1964-1965 TV season ] ]
"The Tycoon", produced by
Danny Thomasand Aaron Spelling, had a good time slot, having preceded the new nighttime soap opera"Peyton Place" (Top 20) and David Janssen’s returning "The Fugitive" (Top 10) on ABC. [1964–1965 American network television schedule] Like Robert Young who failed with CBS’s " Window on Main Street" in the aftermath of his successful " Father Knows Best", Brennan similarly fell short with "The Tycoon". In the same season, the venerable George Burnsalso failed with his unconventional sitcom " Wendy and Me" with Connie Stevens, Ron Harper, and J. Pat O'Malley.
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