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Buffalo Bill

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by John Lavalie
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aired from: Jun 1983 to: Mar 1984 26 eps NBC 30 min mono ________________

regulars:

  • Dabney Coleman as "Buffalo" Bill Bittinger, unlikable host of a talk show
  • Max Wright as Karl Shub Sr., the station manager
  • Joanna Cassidy as Joanna "Jo-Jo" White, the director
  • Geena Davis as Wendy Killian, the researcher
  • Charles Robinson as Newdell Spriggs Jr., the makeup man
  • Meshach Taylor as Tony Fittipaldi, the assistant director [ billed as Meshack in ep 008 ]
  • John Fiedler as Woodrow "Woody" Deschler, the stage manager

    recurring characters:

  • Pippa Pearthree as Melanie Wayne Bittinger, Bill's daughter
  • Claude Earl Jones as Stan Fluger
  • Eddie Bell as the cameraman [ billed as Eddie Alan Bell in episode 003 ]
  • Stuart Charno as Zawicki


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      1st Season Summer 1983

    1. _"UNTITLED"
      gs: Craig Littler [ Unknown ], Russell Johnson [ Unknown ], Feather Austen [ Unknown ], Letty Rush [ Unknown ]

      Bill tries to get a job with 60 Minutes.

      b: 1 Jun 83 pc: _________ w: Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses d: Tom Patchett
    2. _"UNTITLED"
      gs: Simone Griffith [ Unknown ], Elsa Raven [ Unknown ]

      Karl tries to tame Bill by giving him a co-host.

      b: 8 Jun 83 pc: _________ w: Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses d: Tom Patchett
    3. _"UNTITLED (a.k.a. Woody Quits)"
      gs: Conrad Dunn [ Unknown ]

      Bill insults Woody once too often.

      b: 15 Jun 83 pc: 2105 w: Jay Tarses d: Jim Drake
    4. _"UNTITLED"
      gs: Lu Leonard [ Unknown ], Deborah Geffner [ Unknown ], Biff Yeager [ Unknown ], Frank Sotonoma Salsedo [ Unknown ]

      Bill tries to get a part in a movie being filmed in Buffalo.

      b: 22 Jun 83 pc: 2112 w: Mitch Markowitz d: Jim Drake
    5. _"UNTITLED (a.k.a. Bill Proposes & Mrs. Buffalo Bill)"
      gs: Patricia Gaul [ Unknown ], Wendy Hoffman [ Unknown ], Lynn Longos [ Unknown ], Michael Alaimo [ Unknown ], E. Hampton Beagle [ Unknown ]

      Bill gets lonely so he proposes to Jo-Jo, but the next day he tries to get out of it.

      b: 29 Jun 83 pc: 2109 w: Merrill Markoe d: Jim Drake
    6. _"UNTITLED (a.k.a. Buffalo Bill Gets M*A*S*H*E*D)"
      gs: Gary Bayer [ Unknown ], Sandy-Alexander Champion [ Unknown ], John Gowans [ Unknown ], Bernard Kuby [ Unknown ], Sarah Lilly [ Unknown ], Nora Masterson [ Unknown ], Jim McKrell [ Unknown ], Milt Oberman [ Unknown ]

      The show is cancelled and replaced with reruns of M*A*S*H.

      b: 13 Jul 83 pc: 2113 w: Tom Patchett d: Tom Patchett
    7. _"UNTITLED"
      gs: Pamela Printy [ Unknown ], Earl Pomerantz [ Unknown ]

      Bill's daughter, who he hasn't seen in ten years, visits the station.

      b: 20 Jul 83 pc: _________ w: Carol Gary d: Tom Patchett
    8. _"UNTITLED"
      gs: Carol Willard [ Unknown ], Wendy Cutler [ Unknown ], Eldon Quick [ Unknown ], Jean Howell [ Unknown ]

      Melanie threatens to move in with Newdell.

      b: 27 Jul 83 pc: _________ w: Carol Gary d: Tom Patchett
    9. _"UNTITLED"
      gs: Al Fann [ Unknown ], Julie Brown [ Unknown ], Tom Waters [ Unknown ]

      When the ratings drop, Bill thinks he lost his touch.

      b: 3 Aug 83 pc: 2103 w: Gary Markowitz d: Tom Patchett
    10. _"UNTITLED"
      gs: Rebecca Street [ Unknown ]

      Bill sees a picture of a woman and wants her on the show.

      b: 10 Aug 83 pc: _________ w: Dennis Klein d: Jim Drake
    11. _"UNTITLED"
      gs: Peggy Feury [ Unknown ]

      A woman claims she will have Bill's baby.

      b: 17 Aug 83 pc: _________ w: Jay Tarses d: Tom Patchett
    12. _"UNTITLED"
      gs: Dana Gladstone [ Unknown ], Fred Leaf [ Unknown ]

      Wendy is insulted when Bill insults a guest she booked.

      b: UNAIRED pc: 2111 w: Dennis Klein d: Dennis Klein

      NOTE: This episode was not broadcast by NBC.

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      2nd Season Winter 1983

    13. _"Hit the Road, Jack"
      gs: Esther Phillips [ Unknown ], Leslie Bee [ Unknown ]

      Bill gets Newdell fired, but he begins to regret it.

      b: 22 Dec 83 pc: 3901 w: Dennis Klein d: Tom Patchett
    14. _"Jerry Lewis Week"
      gs: James Cromwell [ Unknown ], Harry Basil [ Unknown ], Mark Fensk [ Unknown ], Gary Raff [ Unknown ], Sandy Rosenberg [ Unknown ], Frank Verroca [ Unknown ], Keone Young [ Unknown ], Jim Carrey [ Jerry Lewis Impersonator (uncredited) ]

      Karl challenges Bill by stealing his mascot.

      b: 5 Jan 84 pc: 3905 w: Dennis Klein d: Jim Drake
    15. _"The Interview"
      gs: Gail Edwards [ Unknown ]

      A reporter interviews the crew for a news feature.

      b: 12 Jan 84 pc: 3907 w: Dennis Klein d: Ellen Chaset Falcon
    16. _"Company Ink (a.k.a. Wilkinson's Sword)"
      gs: Martin Landau [ Hayden Stone ], Lynn Stewart [ Unknown ], Janet Adams [ Unknown ]

      The new owner of the station wants to fire Bill.

      b: 19 Jan 84 pc: 3906 w: Tom Patchett d: Tom Patchett
    17. _"Jo-Jo's Problem (1) (a.k.a. The Abortion (l))"

      Jo-Jo's problem is that she's pregnant.

      b: 26 Jan 84 pc: 3903 w: Jay Tarses d: Jim Drake
    18. _"Jo-Jo's Problem (2) (a.k.a. The Abortion (2))"

      Jo-Jo's problem is that she's pregnant.

      b: 2 Feb 84 pc: 3904 w: Jay Tarses d: Ellen Chaset Falcon
    19. _"The Search High and Low for Miss WBFL"
      gs: Cynthia Leake [ Unknown ], Stephanie Carr [ Unknown ]

      Wendy and Melanie enter a beauty contest that Jo-Jo is protesting.

      b: 9 Feb 84 pc: 3908 w: Geena Davis d: Tom Patchett
    20. _"The Big Freeze"

      Bill and Jo-Jo have a falling out. Wendy wants to do a show about nuclear weapons.

      b: 16 Feb 84 pc: 3909 w: Dennis Klein d: Tom Patchett
    21. _"The Girl on the Jetty"
      gs: Jim Carson [ Unknown ]

      Jo-Jo takes in Karl when he's thrown out of the house.

      b: 23 Feb 84 pc: 3911 w: Jay Tarses d: Jim Drake
    22. _"Buffalo Bill and the Soviets"
      gs: Jack Lukes [ Unknown ], Carmen Argenziano [ Unknown ], Bill Sorrells [ Unknown ], Sandy Lipton [ Unknown ], Gay Hagen [ Unknown ], Len Lawson [ Unknown ]

      Bill thinks two of his guests are smuggling technology to Russia.

      b: 1 Mar 84 pc: 21?? w: Dennis Klein d: Jim Drake

      NOTE: This episode was probably intended to be shown after episode 003.
    23. _"A Hero"
      gs: Susan Ruttan [ Katherine Zawicki Shub ], Leighton Greer [ Unknown ], Carrie Lorraine [ Unknown ], Dan Knapp [ Unknown ], Sam Whipple [ Unknown ]

      Karl Jr. worships Bill, so Karl gets him a job at the station to show him the real Bill.

      b: 8 Mar 84 pc: 3910 w: Jay Tarses d: Jim Drake
    24. _"The Tap Dancer"
      gs: Argalia Thompson [ Unknown ], Lou Evans [ Unknown ], Stacy Strauss [ Unknown ], Patti Johns [ Unknown ]

      Bill's boyhood hero dies during the show.

      b: 15 Mar 84 pc: 3902 w: Gary Markowitz & Dennis Klein s: Gary Markowitz d: Tom Patchett
    25. _"Have Yourself a Very Degrading Christmas"
      gs: Susan Ruttan [ Unknown ], Martine Beswicke [ Unknown ], Susie Scherer [ Unknown ], Al Maines [ Unknown ], Daryl T. Bartley [ Unknown ], De Sha Bynum [ Unknown ], Lee Ryan [ Unknown ]

      Bill skips Jo-Jo's Christmas party for a date with a Brazilian movie star.

      b: 22 Mar 84 pc: 3913 w: Dennis Klein d: Tom Patchett
    26. _"Church of the Poisoned Mind"
      gs: Tak Kubota [ Unknown ], Frank Dent [ Unknown ], Brad Maule [ Unknown ], Jim Carson [ Unknown ]

      Bill insults a priest on the air, which ignites a boycott.

      b: 29 Mar 84 pc: 3912 w: Dennis Klein d: Ellen Chaset Falcon

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    NOTES

    According to Jay Tarses' production company, the first season scripts were UNTITLED. The three that were repeated during the second season were given ad-hoc titles.


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