The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on February 8, 1967 · 74
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 74

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15 Pert V-WSD, FEB. 8,1967- tat gltgtlt Zi Kt HOLY 1IUSTACHE i ; John Astin Solves BY PAUL HENNIGER TtaiM Staff Wrtttr There's no difficulty .in understanding the new Riddler on ABC'3 Batman. John Astin, "who ' takes over the role for tonight and Thursday episodes, is one who propounds clear thoughts about many things, including himself and television. . It will come as a shock to the small fry when they see their jolly green Riddler hero wearing a mu Btache. But just explain to them ' that the moustache comes with Astin, and that he's , replaced Frank Gorshin. Gorshin, who played - the Riddler from the start,-has moved on to greener pastures, that the moustache comes with Astin, and that he's replaced Frank Gorshin. Gorshin, who played the Riddler from the start, has moved on to greener pastures. ' ; . Good as Another Actually, G o r s h I n ' s price has escalated with his popularity to the point where , producer William Dozier, can't, afford him anymore. However, on the assumption that one giggling Riddler is as good (or should that be as bad?) as another Riddler, Dozier secured the services of an unemployed ghoulish character named Gomez Ad-dams. - "It's just a guest shot as . far as I'm concerned," says Astin, who formerly played the Charles Ad-dams weirdo in The Ad-dams Family which ABC dropped after the '65-'66 season. "You know, people forget that I've done Shaw, Shakespeare and Eugene O'Neill This is what I've been reveling in since the Addams series went off. After doing 'Oliver' and Rattle of a Simple Man1 1 was asked by writer friends why not do some TV guestings. I've since done six covering a wide range of roles." .Number seven is the Riddler. When Astin got the script he said the part appealed to him because he thought it might be interesting to try to provide reasons for . a nut going around in green underwear. Call Astin a method comedian. "I had very little knowledge of how Gorshin played the role," he con-, f essed, adding that he perhaps should have consulted with his three young sons first. "I ; figure the guy's got to be in love with himself a narcissist. 1 play him this way. You know, striding around. Striking a few muscle poses. It was fun." Another Series Astin's four appearances thus far with Phyllis Diller is the closest he's come to being in another series. He won't even admit to semi-regular status with Phyllis. Reason: "I can't really commit myself Foreign Touch for Programs on Channel 40 KLXA (Channel 40) has Inaugurated special foreign language programming, reports station president Angel Lerma. Foreign language shows begin weekdays at 8:30 p.m. . and Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. The initial weeks are presented in English -with subject matter featuring various aspects of the - foreign countries whose languages will be heard the following weeks. .'French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish will be offered. The station, has also started a new weekly presentation of - vintage motion pictures Saturdays at 2 p.m. The live portion of the program features little known facts about the movie being shown as well as an invitation .for viewers to phone in their movie requests. NERVOUS STOMACH Monty Back Trial Offer Cet fast relief from discomforts of nervous stomach, Indigestion, heartburn, gas, nausea, upset stomach. " S'jy $2.00 size TRIALKA get J1.C0 size FREE. TRIALKA helps bring faster, prolonged relief or return $2.00 sire to Ofty'limitM. to any series now, not with a series pilot film in the of-"fing."". Astin knows it's sure-death to talk about pilots succeeding before they're sold; but he's so sure about :a comedy western called Sheriff Who? - that he's willing to book odds. .'" ,"Put it this way," he ttonfidedvI had a good vl .;: , , J.'. . '-. 4 .5. : ''-'-I . Riddler feeling about a five-minute part I had in West Side Story.' My wife and I felt good about it. Didn't matter what any reviewer or critic said. It was what we thought that mattered. And that's how we feel about Sheriff Who?" If the pilot ends up on a shelf, Astin has plans for a play and doing a movie on 1 I S. Problem i 5 hi3 own ("Kind of a tragic comedy, I suppose."). " Instead of feeling surfeited from all the TV comedy he's been inAsthv seems content to roll with the tide. Regarding the spoof trend, he says, "It's a . consequence of the continuing effort to grab the audience. Having become satiated with one thing. ( :-. ::;-.-:-;;:;-: (but we sure make a lot Consider this clicaper-by-trie-dozsn family. Twelve peopb, but only 4-23 fares over 50dkcowiL(Cfaiaicfocge2fiesfree...9 more yp to age 22 go for 13 fare. ..Mom pcys 23 fare. Dad is the onfyfuR fare) Quite a break for any family, travelling any time from Monday noon to Friday noon. There's a substantial discount midnight Friday to noon Sunday, too.- If all families were this largs we couldn't afford it. But people with smaller families or no children get a break too . . 25 off with Delta's Discover America fare to most cities. Dallas Nobody beats Delta's low, low fare, just $54.40 on our 10:00p non-stop Jet 6 non-stops 'round the- clock from 8 .-00a to ' 1 :40a. Day Jetourist, $7150. : ' New Orleans Nonstop jet at nop, deluxe luncheon, 3 hrs. 22 mini Also 4 one-stops thru-out the day. Jetourist, $101.60. - Atlanta The only nonrstcp, 8 :45a, arrives 3 5 other Jet services, Jetourist $117.60. lowest fare KI5U Coach tl0.-00p...5S120. ihow creators have taken the next step. Tou know," let's give 'era something a ' little wilder. : "Where do we go from here? I don't know. I think ..they've -reached -the end:; this year. It's been a very - bland season all the way." -Rationalizing the situation, Astin concludes: "After all, these people are simply trying to sell soap 0OLDEN WEST BALLROOM C0CKTAIIS-DINIIV8 FREE PARKINS FOR 1000 CARS 12400 STUDE3AKER RD. IMi'LKIAI. AT 8TUDEBAKKB Fh. 648-471 'ft pt ''vis Jt 2-r' fMmmmmMMt im-'K v;; ; ITT AU v IU and cigars and provide a little light entertainment as a hook to bring viewers to thi set I see nothing wrong with it, as such. And I'm not sure TV is capable of much more than this as a medium. But I know it's not what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. . "A lot of men in TV are trying to make it an art ffn f CZZAKST EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT of Mends!) Orlando C. Kennedy onetop jet at 8:00a, arrives :05p. Other service 11:30a, l:50p, 1 :40a. Jetourist, $129.75. Night Coach' at 10:00p is just $115.90. 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