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Who's Left in Mayberry?

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#21 OFFLINE   RunnerFL


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Posted 05 July 2012 - 04:41 PM

Fluffybear is absolutely correct.



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#22 OFFLINE   Geronimo


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Posted 05 July 2012 - 05:13 PM


As you mentioned, Wiki states that Desilu Studios was a filming location and that is a far cry from being the series producers. The show's producers were CBS and Danny Thomas Enterprises.

Additionally, It was not Paramount who ended the series but Andy Griffith himself who wanted to bow out while the show was still popular

But filming location is what is relevant here.
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 07:13 AM

But filming location is what is relevant here.

Actually it wasn't.. The original statement from Coldsteel was giving credit to Desilu Studios for Star Trek and Andy Griffith. Desilu in fact did produce Star Trek.
Henry's statement only confused things by stating in one sentence that Desilu did produce the show from 1960 to 1967 at which point Paramount took over and ended the series in 1968 and in another states these were filming locations.
The fact here is Desilu had no involvement in the "production" of the show itself other than being filming location. However, Paramount Television was involved in production from 1967 to 1968 but it was Andy Griffith who chose to leave the show while it was number 1 in the ratings (only 1 of 3 shows to bow out that way - I Love Lucy and Seinfeld are the other 2) and not a decision of Paramount.

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#24 OFFLINE   SamC


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Posted 08 July 2012 - 05:21 AM

The short version of Desilu is that, Lucy and Desi bought the huge RKO Studio, which included 33 soundstages and the "40 Acres" backlot, which was used for Mayberry and 10000 other things. Lucy got Desilu in the divorce and eventually sold it to Paramount.

Star Trek was produced by Desilu, and, although no one knew it at the time, was worth thousands of time the Desilu purchase price just by itself.

Andy Griffith Show just rented space at Desilu to film, Desilu had no role in the show other than landlord.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:47 AM

Have to love Desilu Studios for both Trek and Andy Griffith.

Andy was a teacher at one time.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:21 AM

The funny part of the Desilu/Star Trek story is that Desilu was so flush with cash they were having a hard time figuring out what to spend it on. This is one of the reasons that the Star Trek original pilot ("The Cage") was the most expensive pilot in history to that date AND why they went ahead with an unheard-of SECOND pilot when network executives thought the first one was "too cerebral".

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