Our pic of the day is from “Superstar,” an episode of the (very) short-lived series Supertrain. It first aired on March 14, 1979. Bumbling hit men Clyde (Mills Watson) and Anderson are trying to talk their way out of an awkward situation.
Supertrain got little respect then, and still doesn’t today. It was the most expensive television series ever produced at the time, but money couldn’t overcome poor ratings and bad reviews. NBC had produced the show itself, and they really took a bath when the series was cancelled after only nine episodes. That, combined with the lost ad revenue from the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott, nearly sent the company into bankruptcy. TV Guide named the show one of “The 50 Worst TV Shows of All Time” in 2002, coming in at #28. It certainly wasn’t Timothy’s fault.
Today’s pic is another glimpse of grumpy hit man Anderson from “Superstar,” the fourth of only nine episode of the ill-fated Supertrain series, first airing on March 14, 1979. He’s not quite so grumpy here, as he’s reminiscing about the teddy bear he had as a kid.
“You had a teddy bear?” asks his fellow hit man Mills Watson. “Sure, I got him after they took away my dog.” “They took away your dog?” “After I bit him. He had a little discipline problem.” Romeo Carey told me that his mother Doris used to make teddy bears. I wonder if this was one of hers?
Today – Pi Day! – our pic revisits the Supertrain episode “Superstar,” which, by some uncanny coincidence, was first broadcast exactly 34 years ago today: March 14, 1979. Timothy’s grumpy hit man Anderson is itching to take a shot at the guy he’s gunning for, Jack Hogarth (Dennis Dugan).
Tim has lots of fun saying the name “Hogarth” in this episode. As usual, his greatest co-stars are his teeth. This ill-conceived series – all 9 episodes – is pretty dismal, but Tim and his interactions with the great Mills Watson as his hapless sidekick make this particular episode (barely) worth watching.
Our pic for today takes another look at “Superstar,” the episode of the short-lived series Supertrain that was first broadcast on March 14, 1979. Timothy and Mills Watson are a pair of inept hitmen trailing a TV star (Dennis Dugan). Sylvia Sidney‘s character calls them “Dopey and Grumpy.”
Watson pretty much had a lock on the bumbling sheriff/deputy roles on television in the 1970s and ’80s. Hard-working character actor Ed Lauter reports that he is now retired on a 22-acre spread in Oregon, “happy as a clam.”
EDITOR’S NOTE 10/11/12: The video has been made “private.” How do you like that??
A year ago I posted a video of the Supertrain episode “Superstar,” first broadcast on March 14, 1979. It got taken down due to copyright issues. Well, guess what? It’s back. It’s in several parts (part 1 seems to have disappeared, but it was the pre-credits sequence so we’re not missing too much), so enjoy it while you can. The famous teddy bear scene is in part 4.
It’s – well let’s be honest, it’s not very good at all. There’s enough ham and cheese here to stock a deli for a year. But Timothy is clearly having such a good time, it’s totally worth it. All aboard the Supertrain! And have a good day!
Our pic for today (and don’t forget to click to embiggen) is another from the Supertrain episode “Superstar,” first aired on March 14, 1979. Timothy’s generally grumpy hit man Anderson has just said something amusing to his boss on the phone. I guess you had to be there.
Tim turns in another great comedic performance in this episode of the short-lived but apparently very expensive television series. The director was David Moessinger, prolific television writer, producer and director of the 70’s and 80’s.
Getting our week started is a pic from the Supertrain episode “Superstar,” first broadcast on March 14, 1979. Tim is a grumpy, glowering bad guy named Anderson who suddenly becomes nostalgic for his childhood teddy bear during a visit to the train’s gift shop.
“You had a teddy bear?” asks his cohort Mills Watson, incredulously. “Sure, I got him after they took away my dog.” “They took away your dog?” “After I bit him. He had a little discipline problem.”