Dear TVLand: Let Loni Anderson Be Your Partner In Crime
Today is Loni Anderson’s birthday and on this occasion I would like to pitch the idea that some network – probably TVLand is the best bet – should bring back Partners In Crime. In 1984, Loni Anderson and Lynda Carter teamed up for 13 episodes of hijinks, playing two women who inherited a detective agency from their ex-husband. They were strangers at first, two women married to the same man (at different times) and when he is murdered, they solve that crime and like doing it so much, they take over his business. Also, their ex-husband’s name was Raymond. THIS EXPLAINS SO MUCH IN MY LIFE.
Would this be considered a reboot? I think I want more of a sequel, like “After M*A*S*H”, but good. Perhaps the story goes that in the past 30 years, they’ve kept up the business but have decided to retire. Of course, all the petty crimes and mysteries of their town end up bringing them back into the fun. Maybe it could be a Hot In Cleveland spin-off.
It’s been 7 years since Anderson has been on TV – when she played KiKi Spelling in So NoTORIous, another 1 season show that was too weird and funny to last. (Most people didn’t see it, but those of us that did were the ones who knew right away that Zachary Quinto was family – he’s not THAT good of an actor.) I know Lynda Carter has been super busy singing her guts out and being fabulous in cabaret and Broadway shows, but who doesn’t need a little extra retirement money? Instead of an hour-long procedural, TVLand can produce their first hybrid show, a mystery-comedy series featuring these two fabulous women starting and finishing capers in a mere 23 minutes. They’re professionals, I trust they could handle it. Bring in some quality guest stars from the good old days of 80s mysteries (I’m looking at you, Lansbury) and you’ve got a major hit on your hand with both the senior set and those of us whose taste runs parallel to them (that would be me.) Look at the Betty White renaissance that just happened, let’s not leave our other beloved actresses from the 70s and 80s behind!
At any rate, happy birthday Loni Anderson. You were great in WKRP In Cincinnati and all, but I’ll always remember the summer I watched Easy Street everyday in syndication.