Monday, April 21, 2014
R is for : Remington Steele!!
Back in the mid 1980s, it seemed that private investigator, Laura Holt, had a problem. She was a more than capable investigator but, gosh darnit, she just couldn't seem to be taken seriously.....because, well, she was a woman.
"I know", she thought, "I'll create a fictitious boss....a fictitious male boss...and then I'll be taken more seriously."
And that's exactly what she did. The snag came when her fictitious boss, Remington Steele (whom she named after a typewriter and football team) walked right into her life.
That's the basic premise of Remington Steele, which ran on NBC from 1982 to 1987, and starred Stephanie Zimbalist (the daughter of veteran actor Ephram Zimbalist Jr.) as Laura Holt and Pierce Brosnan as Remington Steele.
Steele, who's real name is never given, was nothing but a conman and thief with an encyclopedic knowledge of classic movies and could always seem to find a correlation between the current case they were working and the plot of an old movie. When he's mistaken for Ms. Holt's fictitious boss, he takes the ball and runs with it, seeing the opportunity to make some money. Seeing that the fake "Mr. Steele" is, actually, good for business Holt decides to keep him around with the usual romantic comedy/drama/police procedure type happenings ensuing.
One of the best parts of the show, for me, was Doris Roberts as Holt's crass secretary, Mildred Krebs. Many only know her as Ray Ramono's mom on Everybody Loves Raymond, but to me she'll always be "Ms. Krebs"
Just as with Tom Selleck losing out on the role of Indiana Jones because of shooting conflicts, the same thing happened to Pierce Brosnan. He lost out on the opportunity to play James Bond, inheriting the role from Roger Moore, due to scheduling/contractual conflicts with Remington Steele.
That, in my opinion, was the James Bond franchise's loss.
Remington Steele had something for everyone. Action, romance, comedy, drama, and a cast that exuded great chemistry. For me, it'll always be a classic.
Honorable Mentions: Real People, The Rifleman, The Rockford Files
Tune in tomorrow for a show that.....begins with the letter "S" :P (seriously....it's totally up in the air!)