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Mobile One was an American television series that aired on the ABC network from September 12 to December 29, 1975. The show was a production of Jack Webb's Mark VII Limited for Universal Television.

Unlike most of Mark VII's other productions, Mobile One was not based on the real-life exploits of a police force or governmental agency. The show was set instead in a local television station's electronic news gathering operation, which at the time was a very new technology. Jackie Cooper starred as on-screen reporter Peter Campbell, Julie Gregg played Maggie Spencer, Campbell's producer, and Mark Wheeler played camera operator Doug McKnight. Much of the show was spent covering Campbell and McKnight's travels to the scenes of crimes, accidents, and other newsworthy events in a mobile unit van, thereby resembling Mark VII's Emergency! (which concurrently aired on NBC) in an emphasis upon action and adventure.

The show was produced by William Bowers and created by James M. Miller; Cooper directed at least one episode himself. ABC scheduled the show on Friday nights against two highly popular shows, NBC's Sanford and Son and CBS' M*A*S*H; the ratings were so poor that the network cancelled Mobile One after only 11 episodes.

References

  • Total Television: A Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present, Alex McNeil, New York: Penguin, revised ed., 1984.

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