sometimes i think they stay too long, or at least the show goes on too long. the shows i never tire of are the ones with the baldwin ladies. why, cause you never saw that much of them so the writers could go just about anywhere with the story line. the last few years they were so grabbing at straws, some of the episodes made no sense at all. for instance, when jim bob found out he had a twin brother that died at birth. as close knit as that family was, or made to be by the writers and mr hammer, how could a family like that not bring a baby home and bury it on waltons mountain with the rest of the "kin"..no, can't say as that one had any sense to it at all.
I was sad to see Richard Thomas leave the Walton's. He was one of my favorite actors on the show, although I have to say I liked all the actors. I actually liked Robert Wightman too, as John Boy. I normally don't care for people who take over in parts which have previously been played by others. However Robert Wightman is the exception. I think he was equally as good in the role of John Boy as was Richard Thomas. I haven't seen much of Robert Wightman after 'The Walton's. Only in one movie years ago, when he played a 'Bad Guy' role, & I didn't care for him in that movie. On the other hand, Richard Thomas is quite a talented actor & has had much success, even after 'The Walton's'. I've seen him several movies, including, 'The Christmas Box', 'The Time Piece', 'Go Toward The Light' & 'What Love Sees'. He's made several guest appearances on some of the more recent TV shows, although I can't recall the titles right now.
"There's a rainbow somewhere, And you were born to be there. You're just running in circles, Till you reach out your hand to the King Of Hearts". -- Randy Stonehill
Interesting that Michael said her relationship with Richard was 'up and down' - you'd think that would show in their acting but that certainly wasn't the case. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall.
Oh.... that's true in many, many productions. One of my favorite examples is "Dirty Dancing" -- Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayzey HATED each other !!!
That's what acting is all about
On "I Love Lucy", William Frawley (Fred Mertz) and Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz) hated each other very much but still delivered excellent performances as husband and wife. I cannot confirm it but I have read that on "Bewitched", Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha) was not all that fond of Dick York (the first Darrin). It happens in show business but the actors/actresses know they have a job to do and put personal feelings aside.
ncwaltonsfan - yes they did!! I guess Desilu Studios offered them to have there own "Spin-off" series after I "Love Lucy/The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" had ended. But, Vivian Vance declined because she didn't think it would be a big hit with out Lucy and Desi/Lucy and Ricky and didn't want to work with William Frawley again. William Frawley was up for it!! I wish they had accepted -- but, if they did I assume that The Lucy Show would never have been created. Who knows?? I love Vivian Vance, but I felt she was a little bit selfish.....
ncwaltonsfan - Glad you were able to read it!! It's a GREAT article about the cast!! And, it answers a few questions that we fans have!! But, there are still so many unanswered!!