Press and Sun Bulletin (New York) 06 novembre 1966

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Press and Sun Bulletin (New York) 06 novembre 1966 - j i 7 Binghamton, N. Y., Nov. 6, 19G6 Viewers...
j i 7 Binghamton, N. Y., Nov. 6, 19G6 Viewers Refuse a Sane Cop And Hatchet Falls on Hawk By CYNTHIA LOWRY Associated Press Writer New York Burt Reynolds, in custom-made shirt and beautifully tailored slacks, nicked with a fingernail a picture of a suspect, and stated, "Wanted in Massachusetts, wanted here, gand theft . . ." He stopped, groaned and turned to the director: "Indian boy no speak well today, Indian boy very tired." They reshot the brief scene, and Reynolds got through his lines without difficulty. The young actor, who plays the title role in ABC and Channel 34's new police drama, Hawk, strolled over to the sidelines as the production crew was preparing for the next shot. "I'm all tensed up today," he explained. "I'm just sick about our show's ratings. We'll get the word in a few days, but right now I just feel that we're not going to make it." Reynolds was right. The Nielsen ratings were bad and ABC announced the show will be dropped at the end of December. "Well," he said, just before the ax fell, "I've worked as hard as any actor could to make it work. And what's killing us is this big problemdamn movies in prime time. Obviously it's absolutely impossible for a show that costs $150,000 to go up against a movie that cost $3,000,000 and comes on an hour ahead of us." HE LOOKED around at electricans moving cables, cameramen adjusting their equipment and a makeup man l TV LOIJ Morning 8:00 J2j The Bible Answers 8:30 52) Faith tor Today 9:00 Storie Retold 9:15 Church Day by Day 9:30 (j?! This Is the Life 3 Linus the Lionhearted 10:00 Lamp Unto My Feet 55 Beany and Cecil 10:30 W Light Time Loot Up and Live ir rr w .( nr !4 f fjriff '" t in- i f' v J W k? : ' " ' '- 'J t L A"" i h"iiimii n--iii'i-,"ii,ifia r-ff-r"--""----''-.."-'-" j BURT REYNOLDS ash Upset Pro Football Plans swabbing perspiration from the forehead of Leon Janney. "All these jobs gone down the drain if we don't make it," he said sadly. "But I figured and the network people agreed that we'd be clobbered in the first ratings. Hawk is a word of mouth show, and we expected go give it time. But the network guys look at those ratings and they forget what they've said before and out we go." Reynolds, a Palm Beach boy, was a halfback on t h e Florida College football team when an automobile accident upset his plans to become a professional. He quit college, came to New York City arid turned actor. But in lean periods, he learned he could find jobs as a stunt man. It stood him in good stead in Hawk, where he did all of his own "stunts though it made everybody nervous. If anything should go wrong, the star of the show would be out of action. scarcUy had one line to speak. I played Dum-Dum, the whistle blower, or something, and one day I got so fed up with it I threw a director into the studio lake. I've never worked on the Universal lot since." Reynolds, whose physical resemblance to Marlon Brando has often been noted he is sick of it is a very intense young man, with a tendency to be prickly about things he cares for. After that he moved into Gunsmoke for a couple of seasons to play an Indian half-breed. This was followed, in Hollywood style, by three guest star roles as an Indian. "When they asked me about Hawk, and said he was an Indian I immediately thought of a fellow with a feather in his hair running around New Jack Webb York and wouldn't do it. Actually in the pilot they did have me wearing a knife up my sleeve but they finally took that silly thing out. "I wanted the Indian thing to come naturally, and in about six of the 13 shows we ve done there has been no mention of the fact that I'm an Indian." In spite of the preliminary low ratings, Hawk received excellent critical notices and was sometimes compared favorably to the old Naked City seires, which also was shot-often on location in New York. "I've been trying to act out my own idea of a cop not the sensitive type Paul Burke played in Naked City, and certainly not a Green Hornet or Batman," Reynolds said. "I THINK Hawk is a valid cop outwardly cold and calculating as you'd have to be to survive in that kind of a job, but he gets upset inside. If a cop really took things the way Burke did, they'd all be candidates for the funny folk farm. I play Hawk as a catalyst and show how things affect me. I wanted to play him the way Kirk Douglas played 'Detective Story' or like John Garfield always played cops tough and hard. I hope that 'with all his hostility and obvious appearance how many cops do you see in a Brooks Brothers suit? the audience will appreciate the character's qualities. "Anyway, I wanted to play this Indian my way after all those years of watching TV Indians getting undignified treatment." Reynolds, now in the process of getting a divorce after a short marriage to actress Judy Carne, feels that his career has not suffered by his involvement in Hawk. Even before the Hawk die was cast, he had several offers of jobs including two series. "That isn't what's bothering me now," he said. "It's los- ing' this fine crew." and Dragnet LAMP (10-10:30 "Jephthah's Dance particularly with choreographed to the Glan-ville vividly Lavallade. a. m., Preview." Mike Reason-er, Roger Sev-areid around preelection illustrated Nov. 8 which involved. a. m.-12 "Iron Pastures." program fiction to as and on a 84-year-old locomotive real Old FACE (12:30-1 p. m., Governor nia, CBS Agronsky Los Newsweek tape MEET p.m., Campaign Parties, Magnu-son Thrus-ton be Carl der, Dickerson. Washington. p. m., K. final key country, correspondents Peter Lawrence. the election graphics, as well taken special p. m., .Conversation

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