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Wendy and Me
Genre Sitcom
Directed by Richard Crenna
Gene Reynolds
Willy Burns
Starring George Burns
Connie Stevens
Ron Harper
James T. Callahan
J. Pat O'Malley
Bartlett Robinson
Narrated by George Burns
Theme music composer Ervin Drake
Opening theme "Wendy"
Composer(s) George Duning
Frank Perkins
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 34
Production
Executive producer(s) William T. Orr
Producer(s) George Burns
Location(s) California
Cinematography Louis Jennings
Jacques R. Marquette
Running time 30 min (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 14, 1964 – May 24, 1965

Wendy and Me is an American sitcom that aired on ABC during the 1964-1965 television season. Principally starring George Burns and Connie Stevens, the series was Burns' first major work following the death of his wife and professional partner, Gracie Allen, who had died of a heart attack about a month prior to the program's debut.

Synopsis

In the show (a slight variation of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show), Burns plays a somewhat fictionalized version of himself. He is the owner of an apartment building, while Stevens plays his tenant, Wendy Conway. Episodes typically revolved around Wendy pulling Burns into comedic situations mostly involving her husband, played by Ron Harper, and other people in the building. As a regular part of its format, Burns would often break the fourth wall to comment directly to the audience about the episode's events[1]. Burns as landlord would watch his attractive young tenant on what appears to the modern eye to be a surreptitious closed circuit television transmission with hidden cameras (he also accomplished this with his "TV in the den" in later episodes of The Burns and Allen Show). James T. Callahan appeared in the series as Danny Adams, a playboy friend of Wendy's strait-laced husband. J. Pat O'Malley played the apartment handyman.

Prior to her Wendy and Me role, Connie Stevens portrayed singer Cricket Blake in ABC's Hawaiian Eye. Due to her contract with Warner Bros., in order for Stevens to appear on the show, Burns agreed to produce another series for her studio, No Time For Sergeants, which appeared before Wendy and Me on ABC's Monday night schedule.

Wendy and Me was followed on the ABC schedule by The Bing Crosby Show, an unsuccessful attempt by Bing Crosby to establish a situation comedy of his own. The program faced competition from Lucille Ball's The Lucy Show on CBS and The Andy Williams Show on NBC.[2]

References

  1. ^ Doug Quick's history of programming on television station WAND
  2. ^ 1964-1965 American network television schedule, in appendix of Alex McNeil, Total Television

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