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1976 was a very good year for the big three networks. Prime-time commercials were selling at prices 50% higher than the year before, and were sold-out well into 1977. "This season we could sell a test pattern" was the way one network executive put it. And sell test patterns they did.
One of the misguided series foisted on unsuspecting viewers in 1976 was Holmes and Yo-Yo. Never the less, it is one of TV Party's most requested shows, so a lot of kids must have liked it. "To an eight-year old kid it was cool stuff", one former viewer observed, "It was about a guy with a computer in his chest."
'Holmes and Yo-Yo' ran Saturday nights from 8:00 - 8:30, the series followed the mis-adventures of two New York City (?) police detectives. Unknown to almost everyone, one of the partners happens to be a super-sophisticated robot.
Never was there a more mis-cast robot in television history. John Shuck ('McMillan and Wife') plays Gregory "Yo-Yo" Yoyonovich, 427 pounds of police department relay circuits and armor. He looked more like 320 pounds of doughnut-eating actor. Richard B. Schull plays his partner on the force Detective Alexander Holmes. Bruce Kirby played Capt. Harry Sedford and Andrea Howard was Officer Maxine Moon, the girl who swooned after Yo-Yo, never suspecting his secret.
Yo-Yo had the power to eat anything, he had a built-in trash compactor that could absorb the shock of a bomb. He had a photographic memory, an independent power source and could print out color proofs. Just what you look for in an assistant today. But Yo-Yo was constantly malfunctioning - a bullet causes him to break out dancing, magnets fly out at him, he picks up radio signals from Sweden, and when his circuits blow he repeats "Bunco Squad, Bunco Squad, Bunco Squad" over and over.
Holmes and Yo-Yo was conceived as a comedy version of the highly successful 'Six Million Dollar Man/Woman/Boy/Dog' franchise that ABC had going at the time.
If the show reminded you of 'Get Smart', it's because they shared the same producers - Leonard Stern was executive producer and Arne Sultan was producer.
Most of the jokes on 'Holmes and Yo-Yo' were 'Get Smart' throw-aways: "Whyn'tcha try a bite of my blue plate?" Holmes asks Yo-Yo. Yo-Yo eats the plate.
To contrast the stupid jokes, the crimes were treated more 'realistically' to add an air of danger. But the real danger proved to be on the other channels - 'Holmes and Yo-Yo' lasted only three months opposite 'The Jeffersons' and 'Emergency', two gigantic hits in 1976.
ABC had high hopes for another 'robot that looked like a man' series - a drama called "Futurecop".
The pilot was shown as a special two-hour movie on March 25, 1977, and starred John Amos and Ernest Borgnine as two big city cops teamed up with a robot partner (Michael Shannon). The producers of that production were sued for plagiarism by noted science-fiction writer Harlan Ellison. Ellison contended that the "Futurecop" screenplay was stolen from one of his short stories/teleplays, and he prevailed in court.
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