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Short-Lived Shows: Sonny Spoon

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 7th 2006 10:07AM

Sonny SpoonHey, say that headline 5 times real fast.

I was watching Ebert & Roeper this weekend, and the fill-in for Ebert (he should be back in 2007) was actor and director Mario Van Peebles, who most recently won acclaim for directing the movie Baadasssss!, playing Malcolm X in Ali, and as a cast member on the show Rude Awakening a few years back. But back in the late 80s he starred in a really fun Stephen J. Cannell show titled Sonny Spoon, about a con man who helps people (and himself) out of various jams. He used his connections on the street, the help of a bar owner (real-life dad Melvin Van Peebles), and, best of all, several disguises to solve the crime. You don't see that enough on television these days, people using funky disguises. I think some of the heist shows have used them here and there, but it was a major part of Sonny Spoon. And the show was hip without being annoying, and was just really entertaining.

One of the writers on the show was Randall Wallace, who went on to write the movies Braveheart, Pearl Harbor, The Man in the Iron Mask, and We Were Soldiers, and is currently writing the big screen adaptation of Atlas Shrugged.

I think the show got OK ratings and some buzz (it was a midseason replacement), but I think viewers went away after that and the show was canceled the following fall.

You can add this to the list of shows I'd love to see on DVD, but probably won't make it.

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Toby OB

I remember a few things from this show. First off, that it came out during the writer's strike and allegedly scripts from 'Rockford Files' were dusted off and reworked to fit 'Sonny Spoon'.

For Toobworld, I made a theoretical link between a character Dan Lauria played in one episode named Nardo and one he played on 'One Life To Live' named Gus, saying that they were one and the same. Then I took it a step farther and said he was Elaine Nardo's ex-husband on 'Taxi'. Couldn't prove it, which works in my favor. LOL

And there was a quote that I still use at work (where I have to deal sometimes with people who visit America and expect me to speak their language):

"A person who speaks three languages is tri-lingual. A person who speaks two languages is bi-lingual. A person who speaks one language is an American."

November 07 2006 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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