Thursday, May 19, 2011

Celeste Holm in Nancy (1970)

Obscurity factor: 10

With all the fervor over Tricia Nixon's White House wedding, NBC took a chance on this little series. Nancy Smith (Renne Jarrett) is the daughter of the president. She falls in love with a veterinarian from Iowa and their courtship and wedding happens under the watchful eye of the public, the secret service and her guardian (Holm). This series was produced by Sydney Sheldon, coming off the phenomenal hit that was I Dream of Jeannie. It failed to catch on, mostly because it was somewhat overly sentimental and cutesy, but is notable for Celeste Holm's wisecracking.

There were 17 episodes created and needless to say, they haven't been released on DVD. The NBC promo above was uploaded to YouTube by JetSetTelevision.

Obscurity factor: 10 (not on DVD, no complete episodes on the internet, largely forgotten)


  1. Awhile back I read in an interview with someone involved with the show that the problem was once you got past the initial premise and the couple's wedding there was not a lot left to make it interesting.

  2. I think the problem was you never saw the president. They could have turned it into a very funny spin on All In The Family if the president was an Archie Bunker type, but that was too edgy for TV in those days - they could do it now on a network like Comedy Central.

  3. Yes, I think the person interviewed may have also mentioned the problem with never seeing the president. Apparently it kind of became a show about a young newlywed couple in Iowa (I forget if they lived on a farm) and the political connection kind of got lost.

    This makes me think of another forgotten show, "The Governor and JJ," which I believe was the show that "All in the Family" replaced on CBS's schedule.

  4. Hmm, interesting. I'll have to look for that one.

  5. I've never seen the show but would love to see it. Looks like that possibility is doomed, NBC have even terminated the YouTube promo!

  6. Clips come and go, something will come around again eventually...