Well ya got me. Yes I watched The New Leave It To Beaver, but under oath I will deny all knowledge of this lame series. Why would anyone make a show like this? I think I know.
Does anyone remember Phil Donahue? Around 1980 or 1981 Phil Donahue did a show on popular child stars who grew into disturbed adults. Top of the list was Jerry Mathers (Beaver Clever) and Jay North (Dennis The Menace).
Phil Donahue received a call for help from Jerry Mathers and Mr. Donahue put Jerry in touch with Paul Petersen who played (Jeff) on "The Donna Reed Show". Paul was head of an organization that provides medical/psychological assistance for former child actors. Both Paul and Jerry agreed to appear on Phil Donahue's show to talk about tv industry child abuse.
The reaction of the audience to seeing favorite child stars all grown up was ELECTRIC! Phil Donahue was overwhelmed by the public reaction to the show's topic "Why former child stars need counseling".
So powerful was the reaction to seeing Jerry Mathers again that many tv stations began showing "Leave It To Beaver"(LITB) reruns. Another talk show did a LITB reunion. So cool to see Jerry with Tony Dow (Wally) and Barbara Billingsley (June) together on tv.
The fact that Barbara Billingsley had begun to appear in tv commercials that same year to wide public approval (because she had taken such good care of herself) meant that a groundswell of public opinion was building for a reunion tv movie or a new tv series or BOTH!
So now you know. CBS makes the made for tv movie "Still The Beaver" which led to "The New Leave It To Beaver" tv series.
I do not like the Old or New Beaver series. Ok RJers, you know where I stand - what say all of you?
I liked the original, but only saw small bits of the syndicated 80s follow-ups. Being older now, I would like to see some of the "still the Beaver" episodes again as it might appeal more to me as an adult.
Yea I remeber watching it. It had the little girl from Poltergeist (Heather O'Rourke)on a few episodes. You know the one that died of cardiac arrest due to intestinal inflamation. To this day when I think about it, it makes me sad that she died.
Anyway the show had its good and bad. I thought the kids that played Eddie Haskells sons (also sons in real life) was the funniest on there. If I remeber correctly one of them were nominated for a kid actor award for their role on the show.
It was a real shame that Hugh Beaumont (Ward Clever) died before the tv reunions began. I still find it odd that just as the Reagan administration takes office there was an explosion of "reunionitis" appearing everywhere. Books, magazines, movies and TV.
CBS was under pressure to revive Lost inSpace but the network was in the middle of a war with series creator Irwin Allen. Too bad, by the end of the 80's Guy Williams (John Robinson) was dead and any New Lost in Space would also have a new cast.
But that's nothing compared to poor Paramount Studios. Always under attack by the natives to hurry with a new Star Trek for heaven's sake!