The New Dick Van Dyke Show

The New Dick Van Dyke Show

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The New Dick Van Dyke Show is an American sitcom starring Dick Van Dyke that aired on CBS from 1971 to 1974. This was Van Dyke's first return to series television since The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Production

CBS was so eager to have Van Dyke return to their network that they signed him to a three-year contract. Van Dyke was living in Cave Creek, Arizona at the time and did not want to move back to Hollywood. So the network agreed to film the show at Southwestern Studio on Stage 1 in nearby Carefree, Arizona. Dick Van Dyke Show creator Carl Reiner wrote and directed numerous episodes also serving as creative consultant.

Premise

Van Dyke played Dick Preston, a local television talk show host in Phoenix, Arizona. Like Van Dyke's previous series, this show divided its time between Dick's job in television and his home life with his wife and child. The show also featured Hope Lange as his wife, Jenny; Arizona native Angela Powell as their daughter, Annie; Fannie Flagg as his sister, Mike; David Doyle as his boss, Ted; and Marty Brill and Nancy Dussault as the Prestons' friends, Bernie and Carol Davis. The Prestons also had a son, Lucas, who was away at college and seen occasionally.

Reception

The show's Nielsen ratings were good during the first season. The show had a timeslot in CBS's highly-rated Saturday night lineup which included All in the Family, Funny Face and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (which starred Van Dyke's former...
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