Mobile One (TV series)

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.

Mobile One
Jackie Cooper Mark Wheeler Mobile One 1975.JPG
Mark Wheeler and Jackie Cooper
GenreDrama
Created byJames M. Miller
StarringJackie Cooper
Julie Gregg
Mark Wheeler
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (plus pilot)
Production
Executive producerJack Webb
ProducerWilliam Bowers
Running time50 minutes
Production companiesMark VII Limited
Universal Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 12, 1975 (1975-09-12) –
January 5, 1976 (1976-01-05)

PremiseEdit

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.

EpisodesEdit

Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
0Mobile TwoDavid MoessingerJames M. Miller,
David Moessinger,
Leo Pipkin
September 2, 1975 (1975-09-02)
90-minute TV-movie pilot.
1"The Informant"Don TaylorTBASeptember 12, 1975 (1975-09-12)
2"The Pawn"E.W. SwackhamerTBASeptember 19, 1975 (1975-09-19)
3"Roadblock"Paul KrasnyTBASeptember 26, 1975 (1975-09-26)
4"The Bank Job"Don TaylorTBAOctober 3, 1975 (1975-10-03)
5"The Reporter"
"Life Preserver"
George ShermanTBAOctober 10, 1975 (1975-10-10)
6"Not by Accident"George ShermanTBAOctober 17, 1975 (1975-10-17)
7"Californium 252"Don TaylorTBAOctober 27, 1975 (1975-10-27)
8"The Crusader"Joseph PevneyTBANovember 3, 1975 (1975-11-03)
9"The Middle Man"Arnold LavenTBANovember 17, 1975 (1975-11-17)
10"The Boxer"Joseph PevneyTBADecember 1, 1975 (1975-12-01)
11"The Listening Ear"George ShermanTBADecember 22, 1975 (1975-12-22)
12"Murder at Fourteen"Joseph PevneyTBADecember 29, 1975 (1975-12-29)
13"Libel"George ShermanTBAJanuary 5, 1976 (1976-01-05)

Production notesEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  • Total Television: A Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present, Alex McNeil, New York: Penguin, revised ed., 1984.

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