Monday, June 12, 2017

The CW Fall 2017 Premiere Dates; Remembering TV Legend Adam West of Batman

The CW

The CW Network announced its Fall 2017 premiere dates, as the network’s entire primetime line-up will all debut during the week of Monday, October 9. On Monday, October 9, Supergirl is back at 8:00pm ET/PT, followed by the thrilling new drama Valor at 9:00pm ET/PT. The Flash races back for its fourth season Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00pm ET/PT, followed by the third season premiere of DC's Legends of Tomorrow at 9:00pm ET/PT. Riverdale returns on its new night and time on Wednesday, October 11 at 8:00pm ET/PT, followed by the delicious high drama of the all new Dynasty at 9:00pm ET/PT. On Thursday, October 12, Supernatural at 8:00ppm ET/PT makes its season 13 debut paired with Arrow at 9:00pm ET/PT on its brand new night. On Friday, October 13, The CW's Golden Globe winners are back-to-back, with the season premieres of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend at 8:00PM ET/PT and Jane the Virgin at 9:00pm ET/PT. And that's it for CW premiere week! But before all that, The CW will once again kick off its fall season with the exclusive telecast of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, airing over two nights Wednesday, October 4 from 8:00-10:00pm ET/PT and Friday, October 6 from 8:00-10:00pm ET/PT.


Adam West

Actor Adam West, who was best known for his role as Batman in the 1960s series Batman, has died. He died in Los Angeles, California on June 9 following a brief battle with leukemia. Mr. West was 88.

West's early television guest appearances included The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse, Grand Jury, Lawman, Sugarfoot, Cheyenne, Bronco, Colt .45, 77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, Hawaiian Eye, Bourbon Street Beat, Johnny Midnight, Overland Trail, Bonanza, Michael Shayne and The Rifleman.

His first television starring role was as Sgt. Steve Nelson in the police drama Robert Taylor's Detectives. He appeared in the final season of the series, which aired in 1961-1962 on NBC. The series starred Robert Taylor as Capt. Matt Holbrook and Tige Andrews as Lt. John Russo.

West's 1960s television drama guest appearances included Perry Mason, Laramie, Gunsmoke, The Outer Limits, The Virginian and The Big Valley.

Batman - Burt Ward and Adam West

He starred as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman, in the 1966-1968 ABC action/adventure/comedy series Batman. The popular campy show ran for three seasons and 120 episodes. The series starred Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Madge Blake, Neil Hamilton, Stafford Repp and Yvonne Craig (1967-1968). A theatrical film titled Batman (also known as Batman: The Movie) was released in 1966.

In 2003, West and Ward reunited for the CBS television movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt. West voiced an animated version of Batman on The New Adventures of Batman, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.

The Last Precinct

West starred as Captain Rick Wright in the short-lived 1986 NBC sitcom The Last Precint. Captain Rick Wright led a group of misfit police academy rejects at Los Angeles' 56th precinct. The series starred Jonathan Perpich, Rick Ducommun, Ernie Hudson, Randi Brooks, Vijay Amritraj, Pete Willcox, Keenan Wynn, Hank Rolike, Lucy Lee Flippin, Wings Hauser, Yana Nirvana, Geoffrey Elliott and James Cromwell.

He made guest appearances in many sitcoms. His credits included Guestward Ho!, The Real McCoys, Petticoat Junction, Bewitched, Love, American Style, Alice, Operation Petticoat, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Nurses, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Hope & Gloria, Pauly, The Wayans Bros., Murphy Brown, Jenny, NewsRadio, The Drew Carey Show, Yes, Dear, The King of Queens, George Lopez, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory (200th episode) and Powerless.

West was also known for his voice work. He voiced Mayor Adam West, the lunatic mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island, on Family Guy beginning in 2000 (season 2). He voiced a cat-obsessed version of himself, who is famous for playing a superhero called Catman, and who actually believes he is Catman, in the Nickelodeon animated series The Fairly OddParents. He provided his voice in two episodes of The Simpsons. Some of his other voice credits included The Rugrats, The Critic, Animaniacs, The Batman and Futurama.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Marcelle Tagand Lear; two children from his second marriage to Ngahra Frisbie; and four children from his third marriage to Lear.

The Archive of American Television conducted an extensive interview with him on March 28, 2006.

Mr. West was a true TV legend. He was wonderful in his iconic role as Batman. West and Ward were a dynamic duo in the classic series. We thank him for the many hours of entertainment that he brought us in his career which spanned seven decades. He had a great on and off-screen presence. He will be greatly missed.

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