Based on the books by Rex Stout, A Nero Wolfe Mystery is set in a classic New York of mobsters, socialites, and other charismatic characters. Wolfe would prefer to spend his days with the ten thousand orchids on the roof or annoying Fritz in the kitchen, but he makes a living as a detective with the help of Archie Goodwin who acts as eyes, ears, and noodge to the great detective.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Nero Wolfe is a television series based on the characters in Rex Stout's series of detective stories that aired January 16 – August 25, 1981, on NBC. William Conrad fills the role of the detective genius Nero Wolfe, and Lee Horsley is his assistant Archie Goodwin. Produced by Paramount Television, the series updates the world of Nero Wolfe to contemporary New York City and draws few of its stories from the Stout originals.
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First telecast January 16, 1981, Nero Wolfe aired Fridays from 9 to 10 p.m. ET — as NBC's challenge to the hit CBS show, The Dukes of Hazzard. In April 1981 Nero Wolfe was moved to Tuesdays from 10 to 11 p.m. ET, where it continued to air until June 2, 1981. Repeat episodes continued to air until August 25, 1981. Nero Wolfe was victim to an NBC programming strategy that was changed not long after the series left the air. Brandon Tartikoff was named president of the network's entertainment division in 1981, and he began to turn around the fortunes of the last-place network. “In the past, a series thought to have 'breakout' potential has been scheduled in a depressed timeslot,” Tartikoff told the Associated Press in December 1981. “So Gangster Chronicles was played off against Love Boat, Nero Wolfe against Dukes of Hazzard, Hill Street Blues against Fantasy Island.” Tartikoff implemented a new approach — programming to strengthen an entire evening's primetime schedule rather than challenging another network's hit show. In April 1996, when the TV Land network made its debut, Nero Wolfe was featured in its “Saturday Cavalcade” lineup of great detectives. In 1999 the series was part of an afternoon block of TV Land's counterprogramming to network soap operas, and it also aired in the wee hours of the morning.
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