Mobile One (TV series)
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Mobile One is an American television series that aired on the ABC network from September 12, 1975 to January 5, 1976. The show was a production of Jack Webb's Mark VII Limited for Universal Television.
Mark Wheeler and Jackie Cooper
|Created by||James M. Miller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (plus pilot)|
|Executive producer||Jack Webb|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Production companies||Mark VII Limited|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 12, 1975 –|
January 5, 1976
Unlike most of Mark VII's other productions, Mobile One was not based on the real-life exploits of a police force or any other governmental agency. The show was set instead in a local television station's electronic news gathering operation, which at the time was a very new technology. Jackie Cooper starred as on-screen reporter Peter Campbell; Julie Gregg played Maggie Spencer, Campbell's producer; and Mark Wheeler played camera operator Doug McKnight. Much of the show was spent covering Campbell and McKnight's travels to the scenes of crimes, accidents, and other newsworthy events in a mobile unit car, thereby resembling Mark VII's Emergency! (which concurrently aired on NBC) in an emphasis upon action and adventure.
|Nº||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Original air date|
|0||Mobile Two||David Moessinger||James M. Miller,|
|September 2, 1975|
|90-minute TV-movie pilot.|
|1||"The Informant"||Don Taylor||TBA||September 12, 1975|
|2||"The Pawn"||E.W. Swackhamer||TBA||September 19, 1975|
|3||"Roadblock"||Paul Krasny||TBA||September 26, 1975|
|4||"The Bank Job"||Don Taylor||TBA||October 3, 1975|
|George Sherman||TBA||October 10, 1975|
|6||"Not by Accident"||George Sherman||TBA||October 17, 1975|
|7||"Californium 252"||Don Taylor||TBA||October 27, 1975|
|8||"The Crusader"||Joseph Pevney||TBA||November 3, 1975|
|9||"The Middle Man"||Arnold Laven||TBA||November 17, 1975|
|10||"The Boxer"||Joseph Pevney||TBA||December 1, 1975|
|11||"The Listening Ear"||George Sherman||TBA||December 22, 1975|
|12||"Murder at Fourteen"||Joseph Pevney||TBA||December 29, 1975|
|13||"Libel"||George Sherman||TBA||January 5, 1976|
The show was produced by William Bowers and created by James M. Miller; Cooper also directed at least one episode. ABC initially scheduled the show on Friday nights against NBC's Sanford and Son and Chico and the Man and CBS' M*A*S*H; it moved to Monday nights starting on October 27, 1975. The ratings were so poor that the alphabet network cancelled this series after only thirteen episodes.
The 90-minute pilot film for the series, Mobile Two, aired on ABC on September 2, 1975.
- Total Television: A Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present, Alex McNeil, New York: Penguin, revised ed., 1984.