The New Dick Van Dyke Show [#2] (sitcom, starring Dick Van Dyke and Hope Lange)

    (CBS Primetime, 1971 - 1974)

    [After the first "Dick Van Dyke Show" became a syndication classic,
     and the spinoff series "Mary Tyler Moore Show" also became a hit,
     Dick Van Dyke by then had acted in several big motion picture 
     projects including "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang" 
     and had been enjoying a private, semi-retired life in the community
     of Cave Creek, Arizona -- near Phoenix...

     But six years after his first series went off the network, he 
     was finally lured back to doing another sitcom on the small 
     screen by the idea of a new series which would be filmed at 
     a studio near his home, and would also be created by veteran
     writer/producer Carl Reiner who had created the first "Dick
     Van Dyke Show";

     In the new series Van Dyke played "Dick Preston", host of a 
     local talk show; Hope Lange played Van Dyke's wife; after two
     years during which the series was actually filmed in the studio
     near Phoenix, the plot changed that he got a job in Los Angeles
     on a Soap Opera, and filming also moved to Los Angeles;

     Although never a syndication hit like the first show, this one
     lasted for three years in primetime, and did a respectable job
     of comedy during that time;

     And as truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction, after this
     series went off the air, and Van Dyke did a few more movie projects
     he was lured back again at age 68 to play a medical examiner for
     yet another series, the 1993 series "Diagnosis Murder" -- which 
     again demonstrated what a durable and likeable performer he is...]

Theme: "Dick's Theme"

     Composers: Jack Z. Elliott (BMI)
               [pseudonym of Irwin Elliott Zucker], and
                Allyn M. Ferguson (BMI)

     1978 Publisher: [unknown]

     2001 Publisher: Cave Creek Enterprises, Inc. (BMI)
                        c/o The William Morris Agency
                        of Beverly Hills, CA
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