Felix and Oscar are back on Friday nights!
The classic 1970s sitcom The Odd Couple returns to the MeTV digital network lineup tonight, airing back-to-back episodes Friday nights from 10-11PM ET. The show originally aired on ABC from 1970-75, mostly on Friday nights.
The Odd Couple features Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as fussy Felix Unger and sloppy Oscar Madison. It replaces The Dick Van Dyke Show which has left the MeTV lineup.
Short birthday list today. We start with actor Richard Lawson (67) who guested on All in the Family, Kojak and Shaft. He has also appeared on the big screen, including 1982’s Poltergeist.
Others celebrating a birthday include Daniel J. Travanti. The 74 year old appeared on Kojak, Lost in Space, Naked City and Perry Mason. Travanti later starred on the long-running police drama Hill Street Blues. Former Today Show weatherman Willard Scott is 80. Scott also claims to be the creator of the Ronald McDonald character back in the 1960s.
Also celebrating a birthday, although we can’t confirm he’s still with us, is an actor named John Rodney. He guested on such classics as The Fugitive, McHale’s Navy and Sea Hunt. Although IMDB shows his last credited role was 50 years ago, it appears he is still alive and kicking at 100 years!
Several classic TV faces were born March 7 but have passed on. James Broderick starred in the 1970s family drama appropriately called Family. He was also the father of actor Matthew Broderick. Tammy Faye Messner was the long-time co-host of the religious talk show The PTL Club with then-husband Jim Bakker.
We also lost some classic TV friends on this day. Canadian-born movie actor Ben Blue appeared on The Jack Benny Program and The Land of the Giants. Bob Livingston guested on many classic westerns, including The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, The Cisco Kid and The Lone Ranger.
Paul Winfield also died March 7. He guested on numerous classic TV shows like Daktari, Ironside, Julia and Mannix, then starred in the 1978 miniseries King (as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.). Winfield was also in the movies (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Terminator) and later had a recurring role on the TV series Touched by An Angel.