Sable is a television program that aired on ABC during the 1987-1988 season, and is based on the comic book, Jon Sable: Freelance, by Mike Grell. Seven episodes of the series aired. The show was a one-hour adventure/drama about mercenary and vigilante Jon Sable (Lewis Van Bergen), who by day was children's book author Nicholas Fleming. The program ran on Saturdays at 8:00, and aired its final episode on January 2, 1988. Rene Russo had her first television role on the series. Lara Flynn Boyle also had one of her first acting roles playing a kidnapped girl in the series pilot. In the original comic book, Jon Sable had been an Olympic pentathlete, winning the bronze medal. After that, he was a mercenary for a foreign army, then wound up in Africa watching over an animal preserve. Poachers killed his wife and family. Back in the U.S., Sable wrote a novel about his experiences. Eden Kendall, a New York City literary agent, rejected it, but was intrigued by the stories he told his children around the campfire. Those were expanded to become best-selling book and products.
    Jon Sable adopted a "secret identity" as the children's book writer by the name of B. B. Flemm. For promotional appearances, he wore a blonde wig and glasses. The success of the books made Sable rich. It did nothing for his hunger for adventure. Shortly, Jon Sable began to hire himself out to freelance for those who needed his help. The television show made changes. Sable was wanted for murder in Africa, having slain the man who killed his wife and children. A wanted man, Sable made his way back to the U.S. He met Eden Kendall, who managed to handle his literary career. Sable was known to the public as Nicholas Flemming. Eden also became his love interest, although the relationship seemed strained.Sable could be reached by ads in the newspaper, or Sable would intervene in situations involving friends. His fee was never mentioned, but it was apparently a high figure.