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Subject: Here's an interesting little side story related to Connors' show "Branded".

Might shed a little insight on Connors' relationship with Hollywood post-Rifleman.
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Date Posted: Sunday, April 11, 09:08:14am
In reply to: TOBY 's message, "I never understood why Ed Asner got an Emmy for Roots over Connors" on Saturday, April 10, 05:40:43pm

When I think of Asner, I think of SAG, MTM and the likelihood he was more connected in Hollywood. Might be a classic example of who you know rather than performance (not to take a thing away from Asner, who is a very gifted actor).

Full article:


Chuck was responsible in great part for the series’ success—and its demise. According to Connors in TV GUIDE (10/23-29/65), it was about this time he became disgusted with phony cocktail parties, the public appearances and the interviews to promote the show. He released his agent, lawyer and press agent and said, “Nuts to everything but golf.” For Tony Williams’ book, creator Larry Cohen said, “Connors’ behavior became impossible. He finally alienated the sponsors, which was the worst thing you can do. So, even though the show was among the top 10 or 12 shows, (actually #14 in the first season—ed.), it ended up getting canceled after two seasons because the sponsors (Proctor and Gamble) were furious at him. Otherwise, I think ‘Branded’ would have run for five years. We talked about it years later. As Chuck’s career waned he became more friendly. He commiserated with me, ‘If I had just treated the sponsor a little better, I might have had a few more seasons’.”

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