Word Games (TVM 1979)

US / 94 minutes / color / Gambit, Universal, NBC Dir: Boris Sagal Pr: James McAdams Scr: Richard Alan Simmons Cine: Isidore Mankofsky Cast: Kate Mulgrew, Henry Jones, Lili Haydn, Robert Culp, Edie Adams, Bob Dishy, Rene Auberjonois, Priscilla Pointer, Allan Rich, Frederic Forrest, Barney Martin, Christopher Allport, Herb Armstrong, Neil Flanagan, Susan Connors, Miriam Nelson.

This was the pilot to a series spun off from Columbo and featuring the detection adventures of the wife whom the lieutenant constantly cites but never names. The series, by contrast, experienced a surfeit of names during its short lifetime (13 episodes), beginning as Mrs. Columbo, then becoming Kate Columbo, then Kate the Detective and finishing as Kate Loves a Mystery. As you’ll have guessed, in this spinoff the otherwise anonymous Mrs. Columbo is given a name, Kate; after a mid-series divorce from her more celebrated husband, she becomes Kate Callahan.

Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo.

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Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-5), episodes #5-#8

Episode 5: The Werewolf

Aired November 1 1974

US / 52 minutes / color / Francy, Universal, ABC Dir: Allen Baron Pr: Cy Chermak Scr: David Chase, Paul Playdon Cine: Ronald W. Browne Cast: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Dick Gautier, Henry Jones, Nita Talbot, Eric Braeden, Jack Grinnage, Ruth McDevitt, Jackie Russell, Lewis Charles, Bob Hastings, Barry Cahill, Dort Clark, Heath Jobes, Jim Hawkins.

Carl Kolchak (McGavin) is sent in place of Tony Vincenzo (Oakland) to report on a “Swinging Singles Cruise”—the valedictory voyage of the good ship Hanover. Cabin-mate Mel Tarter (Gautier) and Mel’s ex-wife now-girlfriend Wendy (Russell) set Kolchak up with Continue reading