Show Toppers: ‘The New Dick Van Dyke Show’ (1971)

'The New Dick Van Dyke Show,' TV title, 1971

‘The New Dick Van Dyke Show,’ TV title, 1971

The New Dick Van Dyke Show originally ran on CBS from September, 1971 to September, 1974. The sitcom, like the first Dick Van Dyke Show, was created (and occasionally directed and produced) by Carl Reiner.

Dick Van Dyke starred as Dick Preston, a Phoenix, Arizona-based talk show host. Hope Lange co-starred as Preston’s wife, Jenny. Daughter Annie was portrayed by Angela Powell. The family’s rarely seen son (away at school) was played by Michael Shea, and later, by Wendell Burton. Other cast members included; Fannie Flagg, Marty Brill, David Doyle (Charlie’s Angels) and Nancy Dussault (Too Close for Comfort).

Hope Lange and Dick Van Dyke ('The New Dick Van Dyke Show,' 1972)

Hope Lange and Dick Van Dyke (‘The New Dick Van Dyke Show,’ 1972)

For the third and final season, The New Dick Van Dyke Show was re-tooled. The show was moved to Southern California and Van Dyke joined the cast of a soap opera called Those Who Care. New cast members included Dick Van Patten as the soap’s producer and Barry Gordon as its writer. Richard Dawson and Chita Rivera played the Preston’s neighbors, Richard and Connie Richardson.

The New Dick Van Dyke Show TV Intro, 1971/’72

The New Dick Van Dyke Show TV Intro/Closing, 1973

The New Dick Van Dyke Show Wiki, IMDb

Previously on Show Toppers: ‘Turnabout’ (1979)

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