"WHERE HAVE THEY GONE? "PARCO P.I." AND "DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER"???
Do we need new episodes of "Dog the Bounty Hunter" back for a new season? Just like past episodes of "Barney Miller" which ran from 1975-1982 "Dog the Bounty Hunter" should remain where we last left it. As for Hal Linden, the actor who played Barney Miller, he moved on and so did Abe Vigoda who is still very much alive and well though many believe he has long been dead. As for Jack Soo one of the detectives at Barney Miller's made-up 12th Precinct, Jack is Soo dead. .
"WHERE ARE THEY NOW?"
In 1967 after practicing law as top-notch lawyer Perry Mason, Raymond Burr not to be confused with Orson Wells opted for a wheelchair bound San Francisco detective series called "IRONSIDE" which ran till 1975. "COLUMBO" 1968 Peter Falk wore a raincoat even when it didn't rain. "McCLOUD" 1970 wore a cowboy hat in NYC. "CANNON" 1971 also not to be confused with Orson Wells also starred as a seasoned district attorney in "JAKE & THE FATMAN"1982. KOLCHAK "THE NIGHT STALKER" 1972 was a newspaper writer who hunted vampires and weirdos."BARNABY JONES" 1973 aka JED CLAMPETT struck oil while hunting for his supper and moved to Beverly Hill after switching his car insurance to Geico. The general public has long been infactuated with detective stories since the first crime novels by EDGAR ALLEN POE "THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE" 1841 AND MAURITS HANSEN'S "THE MURDER OF ENGINE MAKER ROLFSEN" which first appeared two years earlier than Poe's. Long after SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S morphine addicted SHERLOCK HOLMES arrived on the scene came COURT T.V.'s "PARCO P.I." 2005 AND A & E' s "DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER" 2005. At one time these two television stars were considered the titans of Reality Justice T.V. There was even the weekly question of who was better, "PARCO P.I." or "DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER"?
"DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER"
DUANE "DOG" CHAPMAN is a fugitive's worst nightmare especially when he lectures. This in itself is enough to make a recidivist quit a life of crime or a former drug addict revert to crack-cocaine. Not since the likes of JACK LORD "HAWAII FIVE-O" 1968 has there been a more macho figure considering TOM SELLECK'S "MAGNUM P.I." 1980 also out of Hawaii was more of a beach bum. LITTLE LYSSA, DOG CHAPMAN'S daughter I confuse at times with HULK HOGAN'S daughter. "THE ROCKFORD FILES" 1974-80, were James Garner played an ex-con anti-hero trying to make an honest buck in the world one case at a time sounds like Dog The Bounty Hunter's real life senario. Chapman's show however came to an abrupt ending pending an investigation after Duane Chapman used words considered racist. Chapman should have learned his lesson. If you have enough sons eventually one of them will screw you over.
VINCENT "VINNY" PARCO PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR is the East Coast version of Hawaii's "MAGNUM P.I." except PARCO ain't no beach bum and unlike TELLY SAVALAS' "KOJAK"1973, Parco might be bald but you won't see him trying to conceal it with a ridiculous Davy Crockett coonskin cap. Parco's team is composed of female P.I's like who's really watching who. Parco had a successful first season on cable's COURT T.V. but got canceled after season II. These shows displayed modern day crime fighting & investigative techniques at it's finest if you didn't know any better.
Who Killed The Owner Of The Famous "2ND AVENUE DELI"? Questions Asked and Unsolved by New York's Finest
ON MARCH 4, 1996 ABE LEBEWOHL THE OWNER OF THE 2ND AVENUE DELI WAS MURDERED DURING A ROBBERY. ABE WAS A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR. THE MURDERERS HAVE NEVER BEEN CAUGHT. THE CRIME TO THIS DAY REMAINS UNSOLVED. PRIOR TO THE MURDER, THE 2ND AVE DELI HAD BEEN IN THE MIDDLE OF A LABOR DISPUTE. DETECTIVES RECOVERED A GUN AND HAD A DESCRIPTION OF TWO HISPANIC MEN WHO FLED THE SCENE. ABE WAS KILLED WHILE DELIVERING THE DAY'S RECEIPTS TO THE BANK IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. ABRAHAM LEBEWOHL DID GET A PARK ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE ORIGINAL LOCATION OF THE 2ND AVENUE DELI NAMED IN HIS HONOR. AL GOLDSTEIN THE FORMER PUBLISHER OF "SCREW" MAGAZINE WAS ONCE HANDED A BADLY NEEDED JOB THERE. HE LASTED ABOUT A WEEK. The 2nd Avenue Deli today is located between Lexington & 3rd Avenue on 33rd street and as ironic as it seems the original location is now a Chase Bank. If VINCENT PARCO P.I. was on the "ABE LEBEWOHL CASE" would the case be be solved. I doubt it. As for the fugitives, if they happen to be in Central/South America would Dog Chapman be successful in their apprehension. June 18, 2003 the DUANE CHAPMAN TEAM captured convicted fugitive rapist ANDREW LUSTER, Heir to MAX FACTOR COSMETICS, wanted for 86 counts of rape. LUSTER had fled to Mexico, after he managed to stay out of federal custody till CHAPMAN GOT HIM SOUTH OF THE BORDER. THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE WOULDN'T SEND THE MARSHALS CAUSE IT WOULD HAVE VIOLATED TREATIES WITH MEXICO. THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE did drop "THE DOG" eventually. DUANE CHAPMAN GOT BAMBOOZLED. IT DID GET HIM A NAME AS A BOUNTY HUNTER BUT HE COULD NEVER BE A RALPH "PAPPY" THORSEN OR BOB BURTON.
The Truth Behind The Murders @ "THE CARNEGIE DELI"
THE CARNEGIE DELI IS ANOTHER FAMOUS MANHATTAN OVER-PRICED TOURIST TRAP and THERE IS NOTHING KOSHER ABOUT THAT. ON MAY 10, 2001 FIVE PEOPLE WERE SHOT, THREE OF WHOM DIED DIRECTLY UPSTAIRS FROM THE CARNEGIE DELI. IT INVOLVED AN ON-GOING ILLICIT BUSINESS WHERE PATRONS COULD PURCHASE MARIJUANA AND STOP BY THE DELI for a MATZO BALL SOUP TO GO. THOUGH SANDY LEVINE THE OWNER OF THE CARNEGIE DELI DENIES ANY INVOLVEMENT WITH THE MURDERS HE HAPPENED TO BE THE LANDLORD WHICH HOUSED THE APARTMENT WHERE THE MURDERS AND DRUG TRANSACTIONS TOOK PLACE. THE TWO DEFENDANTS WHO WERE EVENTUALLY CAUGHT WERE FOUND GUILTY AND SENTENCED TO 120 YEARS TO LIFE WITH A LIFETIME SUPPLY OF KOSHER PICKLES.
Another Manhattan rival in the "Pastrami Sandwich Wars" is "KATZ'S DELI"located on Houston Street in Manhattan's lower east side. This was the location where Meg Ryan acted out a fake orgasm to BILLY CRYSTAL in the film "WHEN HARRY MET SALLY". KATZ'S DELI is famous for the World War II slogan "SEND A SALAMI TO YOUR BOY IN THE ARMY". This was a topic of jokes by the Queens telephone pranksters known as "THE JERKY BOYS". It was later on determined that many World War II soldiers today are dying at an alarming rate from clogged arteries perhaps caused by eating too much salami, not that old age has anything to do with it..
Then there is "MANGANARO's" GROSSERIA & RISTORANTE established in the 1890'S as "PETRUCCI's" still at the original location but that's another story which doesn't involved pastrami sandwiches but with who invented the six foot hero. This case has long been played out in a civil law suit between brother's SALVATORE "SALLY D" DEL'ORTO and JIMMY DEL' ORTO owner of the latter next door establishment called "HERO-BOY". Sal eventually lost to Jimmy although he did invent the 6 footer. I guess it pays to have the former mayor as your loyal patron. But the question which continues to haunt me is "WHATEVER BECAME OF VINCENT PARCO P.I. The DOG has been brought back. Why not Vinnie? COURT T.V. today is no longer called Court T.V. but TRU T.V. and we know that the A & E CHANNEL has been replaced on the dial by the SCI-FI CHANNEL.
There is nothing realistic about Reality TV just as there's nothing realistic about television detective shows. This includes "LAW & ORDER", "THIRD WATCH", "NY UNDERCOVER", all the "C.S.I." 's, etc..etc... Television is as credible as the credentials these modern day law enforcement set advisors and their writers lack. Thank God for the writer's strike of the past. Too bad it ended. At the moment Hollywood seems to be winning it's on-going battle against reality. We witnessed that in the Iowa Caucus. "OPRAH WINFREY FOR PRESIDENT"! I would rather vote for "DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER" for President. AS far as the presidential debates I would rather watch re-runs of "PARCO P.I." or perhaps a new series called "PARCO M.D" or "PARCO, IS HE WATCHING ME?". Fortunately the writer's strike didn't bring back past episodes of "BANACEK". Yes, "BANACEK" A 1972-73 TV Series based on a Polish-American Investigator named THOMAS BANACEK, a wealthy suave freelance P.I. (well paid for solving the toughest insurance cases) played by GEORGE PEPPARD who later on went to Vietnam and came back to L.A. as Hannibal with his "A-TEAM"composed of out of work actors Face, Mr. T, and The Nutty Pilot. Face reminds me of another P.I. called "REMINGTON STEEL", played by PIERCE BROSNAN, the worst James Bond yet besides that other one. It's never too late to bring back Sean Connery. If there was an English P.I. then it would most definitely be ROBERT McCALL known as"THE EQUALIZER" 1985-86. This former government spy survived by employing his razor sharp instincts, dangerous skills, and top secret connections right in the middle of Times Square during the daytime. Another english character but Canadian was "SERGEANT PRESTON OF THE YUKON" 1950's who had a horse named Rex and a trusty dog named Yukon King which was copied in 1994 by Canadian Mountie Constable Benton Frasser, his dog, & Chicago cop Ray Vecchio in "DUE SOUTH"
This 1950'S show was created by the same team who created "THE LONE RANGER' and "THE GREEN HORNET". THE GREEN HORNET contained a big joke. In one episode, BATMAN & ROBIN meet the GREEN HORNET & KATO. Robin goes one on one with Bruce Lee. In real life BURT WARD wouldn't have lasted seconds against BRUCE LEE just like his career didn't last seconds after Batman while BRUCE LEE became Legend. MAYBE Hollywood could create a totally new super show were investigators track down the "TEST TUBE BABIES" living among us. They are usually the ones watching "MTV" or "ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT". These soulless artificial beings also believe Dr. Phil is a TRU doctor although he has no medical degree. In 2003 Dr. Phil marketed a line of weight-loss products called Shape-Up, which was promptly pulled when people lost more money than weight. He even once played a middle linebacker in college on a defense that gave up 100 points to the University of Houston. He was also sanctioned by a state board of examiners of psychologists for having an inappropriate relationship with a patient. His spouse wrote a New York Times number one best-seller which probably has nothing to do with the fact that he is the head of America's most popular book club. Dr. Drew Pinsky, a true doctor, stated "I get so frustrated with the Dr.Phils and with pop psychology today, which amounts to yelling at people to get better".
There are some detective shows worth mentioning like "The Untouchables". Characters like Eliot Ness played by Robert Stack faced off against formible foes like Al Capone. Other shows are just ridiculous and drug induced like "The Mob Squad" 1969 (three undercover cops who opt out of incarceration for fighting crime). Maybe one of the characters should have been wheelchair bound as well. How about "MATLOCK" 1986-87. Ben Matlock, a top-notch Atlanta attorney played by Andy Griffith who once played a sheriff in another southern town backed up by vigilante deputy Don Knotts who went on to becoming a bumbling bandit with "THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG" then attempted to win control over a western town in "HOT LEAD AND COLD FEET".
How about "The Streets of San Francisco" 1972-77. Karl Malden could smell trouble and solve cases with his nose while Michael Douglas presented a new breed of college educated cops. Sureee.
How about shows we've forgottan like "B.L. STRYKER" 1989 starting Burt Reynolds. Sure Burt Reynolds, it's good to forget.
How about shows we need to forget like "Miami Vice" 1984-90, "Diagnosis Murder" 1993-96, "Murder, She Wrote" 1984-91, and the future of television's reality TV "COPS" which has been on-going since 1989.
But there are worst things on television then detective shows. How about Donny & Marie.
Why are the amercian people today being subjected to torture by shows featuring DONNY & MARIE or any of those poorly aged OSMONDS? Weren't the 70's bad enough?
Most successful Hollywood stories end with some actor or rock star dying from a drug overdose.
When you come to think about it maybe "Dog the Bounty Hunter" isn't such a bad show after all.