How did Shields and Yarnell ever get a show?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by DaleClark, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. DaleClark

    DaleClark Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Bexley, Ohio
  2. chacha

    chacha Forum Resident

    mill valley CA USA
    They were Really Talented. Use to see them perform all the time in Union Square in SF.
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  3. fr in sc

    fr in sc Forum Resident

    Hanahan, SC
    The same way "Pink Lady and Jeff" did!
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  4. Alan G.

    Alan G. Forum Resident

    Me, too, as I mentioned earlier. Remember when someone would walk across the square, minding his own business, and Shields would walk behind, mimicking him big-time? That used to kill me, but it's hard to translate that to a TV show.
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  5. DaleClark

    DaleClark Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Bexley, Ohio
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  6. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Senior Member

    I vaguely remember them from TV in the 70s.

    Robert Shields lives in Sedona AZ and owned some galleries, shops, and I think a restaurant at one point. I used to see him around town when I went out there to visit.
  7. antoniod

    antoniod Forum Resident

    I always thought that Shields and Yarnell had a bad case of the cutes.
  8. HenryH

    HenryH Forum Resident

    Yeah, it seemed that anybody with any sort of name recognition was given a variety show back in the 70's...The Hudson Brothers, Jim Stafford, Captain & Tennille, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Manhattan Transfer, Donny & Marie, The Brady Bunch, etc.

    I suppose Shields & Yarnell were unique enough that they stood out. I remember them appearing on other TV shows prior to their own, so they did have a certain degree of acclaim and notice. I remember watching their show at the time. They were good, but also a bit limited by the format.
  9. Dan C

    Dan C Forum Fotographer

    The West
    "Produced and Directed by Steve Binder"
    Seriously, is there a cheeseball 70s variety show he wasn't involved in??!! Amazingly, he directed one of the best examples of that genre (Elvis' '68 comeback special) and very worst as well (Star Wars Holiday Special).

    I hadn't thought of Shields and Yarnell in ages before this thread. Decades maybe. I distinctly remember seeing them when I was little, but it couldn't been on any number of TV appearances. I do remember watching an awful lot of these cruddy stupid variety shows and specials while growing up, however. This is the kind of programming I instantly think of when people start lamenting about how much better TV was back in the day. :laugh: Riiiiiiiight....

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  10. GLENN

    GLENN Forum Resident

    Kingsport,TN, USA
    The Hudson Brothers also had a Saturday morning show. Their big catchphrase was "No thanks, we're trying to cut down!" I guess you had to be there... :sigh:
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  11. HenryH

    HenryH Forum Resident

    It's funnier with the finger snap/hand slap gesture. :D
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  12. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Okay now we got a name...everybody got your bayonets on? OK, after me,boys - C-H-A-A-A-R-R-R-G-G-E...!!!

    This thread has dredged up my reflux symptoms from 40 years ago! I even had a dream night before last, turning on the teevee in the middle of Summer, and landing on some battle-of-the-network-superstars-ish show pitting Pink Lady, Starland Vocal Band, Shields & Yarnell, The Hudson Brothers, and everybody behind those Carpenters specials who weren't actual Carpenters*, all against one another. I think Paul Williams was the host, although it might have been Rodney Alan Rippie. Managed to wake up in the middle of a Swiffer commercial...

    *I'm betting the craft services table scared her off the set.
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  13. Jose Jones

    Jose Jones Outstanding Forum Member

    Detroit, Michigan
    I thought the same way about Joanie Loves Chachi.
  14. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
    I wonder why there was never a Loggins and Messina variety show.
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  15. Matt Richardson

    Matt Richardson Forum Resident

    That would probably be a hit on YouTube these days. Maybe they were ahead of their time.
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  16. Matt Richardson

    Matt Richardson Forum Resident

    Agreed. I think one of the reasons I used to like the show so much was seeing those form hugging body leotards worn by Yarnell (RIP).
  17. DaleClark

    DaleClark Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Bexley, Ohio
    I know it wasn't a variety show......but how did the Hager Brothers get a Made for TV detective movie? Networks were really desperate
  18. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Forum Resident

    New York city
    Is he the mime shown doing this in the Francis Ford Coppola film "The Conversation" ?
  19. halfjapanese

    halfjapanese Gifs moider!

    “The premiere last week broke the scoop that even the Captain and Tennille can be out-cutesie-wootsie’d.”
    Tom Shales - The Washington Post
  20. Solitaire1

    Solitaire1 Carpenters Fan

    I think what was happening is they were trying things in the summer just to see what would work. For every summer replacement show that worked, there were likely a dozen that didn't. With a TV movie, the investment probably isn't that much and it might work. A number of TV movies did became series, including: The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Salvage, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

    The hook with the Hager Brothers movie was that one of them was thought to be dead so they both would act as the same person, allowing him to appear to be in two places at the same time. To me it was a pretty tame hook but it could have been interesting although I don't know if it could have maintained a regular series.

    An example of a summer replacement series that worked is Three's Company, which was popular enough to return. But there was also a show called A Year At The Top about two musicians (if I remember correctly it was Greg Evigan and Paul Shaffer) who make a deal with The Devil for 1 year of fame in return for their souls (I remember one scene where a woman who had already made the deal desperately tried to warn them but her contract with The Devil caused her to only be able to speak nonsense to them).
  21. joefont

    joefont Forum Resident

    I remember seeing a film clip where Shields was doing his mime bit in Union Square and walking next to some guy copying his every move in exaggerated fashion (as mimes do). Well the guy didn't take too kindly to that and decked Shields on the spot; he went down for the count!
  22. Alan G.

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