This week, Susan and Sharon begin their examination of the hit 1980s series “Remington Steele”. Premiering on October 10, 1982, “Remington Steele” starred two relative newcomers to the network TV landscape -- Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan. The premise was simple: Private eye Laura Holt finds that clients are reluctant to hire a female investigator. So she invents a fictitious male “boss” named Remington Steele to increase business. The ruse works perfectly until the day a former thief and con-man shows up and assumes the identity of Remington Steele, setting into motion a classic romantic comedy -- with plenty of mystery and danger thrown in for good measure. Susan and Sharon dig deep into the pilot, and along the way reveal some deep, dark secrets about this 5-season hit NBC series…
Why did it take over 13 years for the idea to finally make it to television?
Who was “Mildred Krebs” originally supposed to be – and how did Doris Roberts ultimately snag the role?
Why was the second episode filmed first? And the first episode filmed second??
Why was the show cancelled – and then reverse cancelled? And how did that result in Pierce Brosnan losing the role of James Bond to Timothy Dalton in “The Living Daylights”?
Susan and Sharon examine the role of Laura Holt as the lead character in a show that quickly became more about her male counterpart. Who’s show was it really? Did it suffer – or improve – as the focus shifted to Steele? And ultimately, was the show feminist?
Grab your fedora and a bucket of popcorn as the 80s TV Ladies begin their investigation of one of the most beloved 80s series of all time -- “Remington Steele”!
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80s TV Ladies™ Episode 107 – “DEEP DARK SECRETS: WELCOME TO ‘REMINGTON STEELE’” Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem. Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson. Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey. Producer: Melissa Roth. Associate Producer: Sergio Perez. Music by Amy Engelhardt. Copyright 2022 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.