Thank you all for your very gracious replies to my latest update! As much fun as these many digressions have been, it's great to see some on-topic discussion taking place on this thread for a change That said, I am of course obliged to respond to those posts which were left hanging by this update first, so without further delay... I was just teasing, I always appreciate any concerns or constructive criticisms. And I hope you enjoyed the update! Yes it was! Something to bear in mind for future updates. Her Majesty is just coming off a remarkably successful Canadian tour as well; sometimes it's good to be the Queen. Which many people would use as a knock against the show, but I can't say I'm surprised that you're going against the grain. You are aware that Spock isn't dead ITTL, right? Thanks for helping to elucidate the concept for me, Thande. It's the challenge that comes with writing thematically instead of straight chronologically. I don't blame you for finding over 2,000 posts to be somewhat daunting. I think Asharella developed a winning strategy, in reading my posts exclusively (since I always quote the posts to which I am replying, you can follow the chains of conversation if need be) - which is "only" 273 posts, including this one I've bolded what you have exactly right - the miniseries seems to have moved to cable, which isn't as tightly restricted in terms of content, but is usually able to maintain a similar budget to comparable network productions (at least in recent years, as viewers have migrated over in droves). Cable was pretty scarce in the late 1970s. Thank you, Thande, and very well said - though I must say that Canadians have far more right to make that complaint than those living across the Pond Glad you're still reading, Richter10, and we'll just have to see what else is on the way! I know, right? Richard Pryor and Robin Williams, on the same stage, in the late 1970s, and it wasn't a hit? Sometimes OTL can seem downright ASB... Thank you, Steve! We will be hearing more about this as we cover the facets of New Hollywood - possibly as early as this cycle! Well, the law of averages says it was bound to happen eventually! Edie Grant basically existed to separate from and later divorce Lou. On the other hand, Lou Grant ITTL would be similar to the early seasons of Barney Miller, balancing between the central character's home and work lives. There would certainly be tension, as Edie left everything she ever knew behind to move to LA with Lou. I've never seen the show, so I couldn't say for sure either way, but perhaps it was just subtle for its time - that was an exceptionally preachy era. Butterflies are free to fly! It's interesting, because I've seen an in-depth interview with Bob Mackie (whom I omitted from the update only because it was not entirely dedicated to The Carol Burnett Show), and he seems somewhat bemused about that dress being his most famous creation. Granted, I probably would be too, if I had designed all of those other dresses. Just once a week! And he does have writers to help him with it. It's going to leave a very big impression ITTL, I can tell you that much. The aforementioned "home life" angle swings it in favour of Lou Grant over Rockford. Emmy voters seem to love that kind of thing. There's only one way to find out! Thank you again for your kind words, Andrew, and please don't feel any need to apologize I believe the answer to your question can best be expressed in song: "I'll be your long-haired lover from Liverpool, and I will do anything you say..." ...except for that. The answer is "no", sorry (Also: I will not be your long-haired lover from Liverpool. And you're welcome, for getting that song stuck in your head!) The sketches would be pre-taped (and definitely videotaped, because it was the 1970s), for obvious reasons, but the show would be structured in such a way so as to appear to be a live variety show (much like The Carol Burnett Show, actually, which was also pre-taped). Bloopers from the series would probably be the stuff of legend. Very, very true - which is why I'm glad to have found this alternate route for him. He'll probably come out of this stint as a bigger star than even Pryor (the obvious OTL comparison is Jim Carrey on In Living Color - though Richard Pryor has a more evenly distributed cast in terms of race). Well, Blazing Saddles went off largely as IOTL - except, of course, for Harvey Korman receiving his predicted Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor - and then he won the award, too. Over Robert De Niro. (Come to think of it, he isn't doing so well ITTL, is he?) Silver Streak, or a rough equivalent, will also exist ITTL, as it predates the premiere of The Richard Pryor Show. As for their later OTL collaborations, obviously I cannot reveal that information at this juncture. Thank you, Unknown! And I have not forgotten your previous request, though I make no promises, of course I told you all that I would find a replacement for Saturday Night Live! I just had to move it from NYC to LA. Even the drug dealers are fleeing that sinking ship ITTL! And in hopes of keeping this momentum going, I hope to have the next update ready for you in just two more days! So, until then!