(Above: Harold Rollins and Carol O’Connor, ‘In the Heat of the Night’)
MeTV will add a police chief, a lawyer-turned-farmer and a spacefaring swashbuckler to its lineup this September.
In the Heat of the Night, which ran a combined eight seasons (1988 to 1995) on NBC and CBS, will air weekdays at noon ET starting Monday, September 3.
The police drama is based on the Academy Award winning 1967 film about an African-American detective investigating a murder in a racially hostile southern town. In the TV version, Caroll O’Connor successfully escapes the shadow of his iconic Archie Bunker by playing Chief “Bill” Gillespie, head of the Sparta, Mississippi police department. (Rod Steiger won a best actor Oscar for the film role.) Howard Rollins, Jr., known for Ragtime (1981), is Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (played by legendary actor Sidney Poitier in the movie).
The cast also includes Hugh O’Connor, Caroll’s son, as Lieutenant Lonnie Jamison. Rocky’s Carl Weathers joined the show as Inspector Hampton Roads for its last two seasons.
Oliver Douglas (Eddie Albert) and Lisa Douglas (Eva Gabor) gave up a successful Manhattan law practice and Park Avenue penthouse for the joys of a ramshackle farm and unannounced visits from some unsophisticated neighbors.
The opening title explains the premise with a memorable ditty:
The series, which lasted six seasons (1965 to 1971) on CBS, will air Saturdays at 7 am ET beginning September 8.
If you’re still glued to MeTV 16 hours later, at 11 pm ET, you’ll be able to catch Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Swashbuckling Captain Buck Rogers (Gil Gerard), Colonel Wilma Deering (Erin Gray) and Twiki the robot went on space adventures for two NBC seasons (1979 to 1981). In this iteration of the old movie serial, Rogers is a NASA astronaut from 1987 who gets caught in a time warp and returns to earth 500 years later.
This series is currently unavailable to stream.
You can watch MeTv for free with an antenna hooked up to your TV set. For the channel number in your area, check MeTV.com/wheretowatch.
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