Temperatures Rising is an American television sitcom that aired on the ABC network from September 12, 1972 to August 29, 1974. During its 46-episode run, it was presented in three different formats and cast line-ups. Set in a fictional Washington, D. C. hospital, the series featured James Whitmore as a no-nonsense chief of staff, forced to deal with the outlandish antics of a young intern and three nurses.
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Temperatures Rising is an American television sitcom that aired on the ABC network from September 12, 1972 to August 29, 1974. During its 46-episode run, it was presented in three different formats and cast line-ups. The series was developed for the network by William Asher and Harry Ackerman for Ashmont Productions and Screen Gems. Set in a fictional Washington, D. C. hospital, the series featured James Whitmore as a no-nonsense chief of staff, forced to deal with the outlandish antics of a young intern and three nurses. In the second season, Whitmore was replaced in the lead role by comedian Paul Lynde, and Asher was replaced as producer by Duke Vincent and Bruce Johnson. The New Temperatures Rising Show ran for 13 episodes before being placed on hiatus in January 1974 due to poor ratings. Offered as a summer replacement on Thursday nights, the third version of the sitcom ran for seven episodes, after which it was cancelled permanently. It returned in July in yet another incarnation. Asher returned as producer and restored the series to its original format, albeit with Lynde continuing in the leading role. The show was one of two sitcoms that ABC premiered in its 1972–73 prime time schedule, the other being The Paul Lyndes Show. Ashed drew on the British Carry On franchise as his inspiration for Temperatures rising. The first season was written by Sheldon Keller, and starred comedian Shecky Greene as a mischievous intern who Asher referred to as ‘Sgt.
Bilko in a hospital’ The second season featured a new line-up of supporting players: Alice Ghostley, Barbara Rucker and, returning from the first season’s cast, Nancy Fox. In 2000, Asher described the series as being about being a young surgeon who was being pressured by the government to work with a black actor. Little’s guest appearance on All in the Family led to his casting in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles, which in turn led to him being cast in the role of Dr. Jerry Noland in Blazing Saddle. During the show’s production, Fox declined an offer to leave the series and was in production in another production, Pins and Pins. The third season was the last in which she was on the show, and she was cast as Ellen Turner, a shy student nurse who becomes Noland’s most faithful follower. She was the only returning member of the original cast. The fourth season featured Sudie Bond, Barbara Cason, Jennifer Darling, Jeff Morrow, and John Dehner. The fifth season featured Joan Van Ark and Reva Rose, who offered satirical comments on the shenanigans going on in the hospital. The sixth season featured an Italian-American former combat surgeon, who looks upon Noland with both pride and shock and refers to the young intern, nurses Carlisle, MacInerny, and Turner as the “Four Horsemen of Aggravation” as the hospital’s chief of surgery.
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