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Expedition Impossible (ABC 2011, Dave Salmoni)



It’s The Amazing Race meets Indiana Jones in the all action and thoroughly exciting Expedition Impossible. Hosted by Dave Salmoni the series takes us to Morocco where where thirteen teams of three embark on a series of challenges – whether they be in the desert, the mountain or across raging rivers the teams will have to work together and think on their feet in a bid to win $150,000 for the team and a brand new Ford Explorer.

In a great twist if one team member quits then the whole team is out and of course over the course of ten legs the team that finishes last is eliminated.

The Teams were
The Gypsies
John Post, 25, Pensacola Beach, FL. Sustainable Farmer
Taylor Filasky, 31, San Diego, CA. Video Producer
Eric Bach, 26, San Francisco, CA. Entrepreneur

No Limits
Erik Weihenmayer, 42, Golden, CO. Motivational Speaker/Writer (Erik is blind)
Jeff Evans, 41, Boulder, CO. Motivational Speaker/Physician Assistant
Aaron “Ike” Isaacson, 33, Topeka, KS. Soldier

Fab 3
Ryan Allen Carrillo, 36, Los Angeles, CA. Unemployed
Kari Gibson, 26, Los Angeles, CA. Model
AJ Gibson, 30, Los Angeles, CA. Mortgage Consultant

The Football Players
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, 31, Los Angeles, CA. Broadcaster
Robert Ortiz, 27, Solana Beach, CA. Business Owner
Ricky Sharpe, 31, Costa Mesa, CA. Health and Fitness Consultant

The Cops
Robert “Rob” Robillard, 43, Concord, MA. Police Lieutenant
Dani Henderson, 34, Marlborough, MA. Police Officer
James “Jim” Vaglica, 49, Billerica, MA. Police Sergeant

California Girls
Christina Chin, 24, Davis, CA. Corporate PR.
Brittany Smith, 24, Rancho Murieta, CA. Aspiring Pro Golfer
Natalie Smith, 25, Woodland, CA. Teacher/Coach

The Country Boys
Nicholas Coughlin, 28, Clinton, MS. Internet Marketing/Entrepreneur
Jason Cronin, 37, Pensacola Beach, FL. Business Owner/Entrepreneur
Chad Robinson, 27, Bolton, MS. Real Estate Investor

The Fishermen
Gus Sanfilippo, 48, Gloucester, MA. Fisherman
Nino Sanfilippo, 43, Gloucester, MA. Fisherman
Joe Sanfilippo, 44, Gloucester, MA. Fisherman

New York Firemen
Kevin “Fathead” Coursey, 39, Belle Harbor, NY. Firefighter
Rob Keiley, 34, Rockaway Park, NY. Firefighter
Mike Egan, 34, Rockaway Park, NY. Firefighter

Team Kansas
Lindsey Haymond, 27, Houston, TX. Teacher
Kelsey Fuller, 22, Overland Park, KS. Student
Mackenzie Fuller, 18, Overland Park, KS. Student

Grandpa’s Warriors
Dick Smith, 69, Normal, IL. Store Owner
Steven Smith, 48, Savoy, IL. Store Owner
Samantha Smith-Gibbs, 23, Thomasboro, IL. Store Manager

Mom’s Army
Eleanor “Ellie” Vanderbeck, 52, Reading, PA. Bookkeeper
Ruthie Vanderbeck, 28, Reading, PA. Realtor
Abbie Vanderbeck, 30, Norwalk, CT. Nanny

Latin Persuasion
Dashia Imperiale, 44, New York, NY. Fitness Instructor
Raven Garcia, 30, Bronx, NY. Freelance Writer
Mai Reyes, 38, New York, NY. Manager

The Gypsies romped away with the series winning 9 out of 10 legs including the all important final one. Only one season but it definitely had potential.

production details
USA | ABC – Mark Burnett International Distribution

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 10 | AIRDATES: From Thursday June 23, 2011 @ 9.00pm

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Mark Burnett, Lisa Hennessy

SEASON ONEMOROCCO – 23 June – 25 August 2011
1. SUN! SAND! SAHARA! (23 June 2011)
2. LIGHT MY WAY (30 June 2011)
4. THERE’S SNOW IN MOROCCO (14 July 2011)
5. A BLIND MAN’S NIGHTMARE (21 July 2011)
6. LEAP OF FAITH (28 July 2011)
7. ROCK THE KASBAH (4 Aug 2011)
8. NEVER GIVE UP (11 Aug 2011)
9. COME HELL OR HIGH WATER (18 Aug 2011)
10. AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR (25 Aug 2011)



Firehouse (ABC 1974, James Drury, Richard Jaeckel)




Firehouse 1974

Action adventure series Firehouse detailed the exploits of a fire crew.

In the series Capt. Spike Ryerson commands the squad of brave and hardworking firemen of Engine Company 23 working out of Los Angeles County. Like the similarly themed “Emergency”, there was much rescuing of people from dangerous situations. The thirty minute running time was possibly a mistake although it did allow the series to focus on the action.

The TV Movie pilot was broadcast in 1973.

James Drury as Captain Spike Ryerson
Richard Jaeckel as Hank Myers
Michael Delano as Sonny Caputo
Brad David as Billy Dalzell
Bill Overton as Cal Dakin

crew details
Producers: Dick Berg, John Ireland, Richard Collins

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: ABC – Metromedia
Duration: 1×90 minute episodes 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 17 January – 1 August 1974

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Caribe (ABC 1975, Stacy Keach, Carl Franklin)




Caribe Stacy Keach

In Caribe Lt Ben Logan and his partner, the black Sgt. Mark Walters are based in Miami but worked with the Caribbean Force, an international agency that fought crime whenever Americans were involved.

NBC used a format similar to this later on when the created Miami Vice in 1984.

Stacy Keach as Lt. Ben Logan
Carl Franklin as Sgt. Mark Walters
Robert Mandan as Capt. Ed Rawlings

crew details
Executive Producer: Quinn Martin

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: ABC – Quinn Martin
Duration: x50 minute episodes
Aired From: 17 February – 11 August 1975

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FBI, The (ABC 1965-1974, Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Philip Abbott)





Long running crime drama series The FBI was allegedly based on real case files from America ’s Federal Bureau of Investigation this series told stories of Inspector Lewis Erskine who kept a very cool head whilst tracking down the bad guys. Erskine initially had a daughter (only in season one) but the producers didn’t want a family relationship getting in the way.

Some location filming was undertaken at the FBI’s real life Washington headquarters and the gang always drove the latest Ford cars because the show was sponsored by Ford. The show would also quite often close with an appeal to the audience focusing on America’s most wanted criminals.

The FBI 1960s

EFREM ZIMBALIST JR. as Inspector Lewis Erskine
PHILIP ABBOTT as Arthur Ward
LYNNE LORING as Barbara Erskine (1965-1966)
STEPHEN BROOKS as Special Agent Jim Rhodes (1965-1967)
WILLIAM REYNOLDS as Special Agent Tom Colby (1967-1973)
SHELLY NOVACK as Agent Chris Daniels (1973-1974)

crew details
Executive Producer: Quinn Martin
Supervising Producer: Adrian Samish
Producers: Charles Larson, Philip Saltzman, Anthony Spinner

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: ABC – Quinn Martin
Duration: 236×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 19 September 1965 – 8 September 1974

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