Episode 214: The Ultimate Fan’s Guide to Scarecrow and Mrs. King

Susan and Sharon geek out with SMK experts David R. Johnson, Taya Johnston and Sabine Ludewig – the authors of “The Ultimate Fan’s Guide to Scarecrow and Mrs. King” - a #1 Bestseller in TV and Film on Amazon Books!
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The Conversation

  • David’s parents made sure to never plan anything on Mondays so he wouldn't miss a single episode!
  • In Germany, the show is called “Agent with Heart”.
  • How the network tried to NOT run SMK's pilot episode "The First Time" first! They wanted it fourth? Big mistake avoided, one which other 80s shows have made…
  • “QUIET DOWN, YOU KIDS!” -- The time Kate Jackson had to personally pay off some noisy neighbors so SMK could get their scenes completed.
  • COMFORT VIEWING: Taya returned to the show during a difficult time, when her son was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. And Sabine re-found the show after a break-up. She binged them to re-discover who she was and what she wanted out of life – including learning English.
  • BARBIE AND KEN… AND LEE, AMANDA, KATE AND BRUCE: Taya named her Barbies after the characters and actors from the show!
  • LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: David, Taya and Sabine have discovered over 1,000 SMK filming locations! Such as…
  • ~The inside of the IFF is The Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in downtown Los Angeles.
  • ~The Ballroom where the chandelier explodes in “The Triumvirate” is at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.
  • TOP RULE FOR FIRST-TIME BOOK WRITERS: Write your table of contents first!
  • Wait! Is the concept of "Riptide" really three men and a robot living on a boat and solving crime?
  • What other 80s show did David research? The short-lived detective duo show, "Partners in Crime" starring Lynda Carter and Loni Anderson!
  • Getting the cast interviews – including the one they thought would never happen…

So join Susan and Sharon – and David, Taya and Sabine – as they talk Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Martha Smith, Mel Stuart, Beverly Garland, breaking into secret locations, claiming the family TV for yourself -- and David’s personal replica of “Mrs. King Mobile”!

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80s TV Ladies™ Episode 214: “The Ultimate Fan’s Guide to Scarecrow and Mrs. King” Produced by 134 West, Summerland Entertainment and Susan Lambert Hatem. Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson. Guests: David R. Johnson, Taya Johnston and Sabine Ludewig. Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey. Producer: Melissa Roth. Associate Producer: Sergio Perez. Music by Amy Engelhardt. Copyright 2023 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.