Article from: "Adams gets smart about old TV show" By Ian Harmer. HOLLYWOOD, April 25, 1986.
Get Smart has been a staple of off-network TV stations continuously since NBC canned it more than 15 years ago -- but star Don Adams says he's only just become a fan.
Madcap writing by the likes of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, and the deadpan delivery perfected by Adams and the rest of the cast kept Get Smart on the air for five seasons, or more than 160 episodes.
Each one of those segments has been aired so many times that Adams devotees might feel that Check It Out, a new series with him playing a supermarket manager instead of an all-thumbs secret agent, is long overdue.
Meanwhile, it's taken Adams himself this long to catch up with his old show. He says he watched the first couple of episodes back in 1965 -- and hated them.
"They were doing something terrible with the laugh track and it drove me crazy," says Adams. "When they refused to change it, I decided the best way to keep my sanity was not to watch the show on the air.
"What I didn't know was that the producers and the network listened to me and, without telling me, corrected the problem," he says. "I happened to catch one Get Smart episode on TV a few weeks back, laughed out loud at it, and asked NBC to send me the best of the old shows on videotape so I could keep them for my grandchildren. They sent me all 160-whatever, which was nice."
It's too soon to tell if Check It Out, Adams' new syndicated series (which originally aired on the USA Cable Network), will join Get Smart in TV's Hall of Fame.
One thing that makes it stand out is that all 22 episodes of the show were taped in Toronto, about as far from the madness of Hollywood as it's possible to get.
"I didn't have a problem with that, except that I've worked in California so long, I'm not used to snow and freezing temperatures," he says. "I guess I spent four minutes a day, tops, out of doors, and as soon as we wrapped, I jumped on a plane to Acapulco!
"TV's a business, like anything else, and the fact is a top-quality show can be made cheaper in Canada than in the United States," he explains. "If it's a trend, I guess Hollywood should start doing something about it."
A Big Tip O' The Hat to Katherin O'Carroll for sending me this! Thanks, Kat! J