As we take a final look back (part 3 of 3 clips) at the Sherwood Schwartz created television series: It's About Time, this clip is the opening sequence from the episode '20th Century Here We Come', which was broadcast on January 22, 1967.
The series debuted on CBS on Sunday night, September 11, 1966, and it's final first-run broadcast was April 2, 1967. The cast was strong, with well known actors Imogene Coca (from Your Show of Show fame) and Joe E. Ross (from Car 54 fame).
The ratings for the show were not what was hoped for, and by mid season, a serious 're-tooling' was developed, with hopes that having series away from the prehistoric setting would give the show new life, a better look in color and less repetition.
Alas, not meant to be. The show last just the one season. Many aspects of the series, including background music, sets and some basic storylines were borrowed from Gilligan's Island (and vice-versa). The 1966-67 season was a very good one for Sherwood Schwartz and company, but the spring of 1967 was not. Not only was It's About Time canceled in it's maiden season, but Gilligan's Island was also canceled by CBS after three seasons on the air. Gilligan and company were initially on the CBS fall 1967 schedule, but CBS chairman William Paley loved Gunsmoke (as did his wife), and that Monday night, 8pm slot turned out to be the one Gunsmoke needed to continue onward.
Sherwood Schwartz would come back strong however two years later during the winter/spring pilot season for ABC. In spring 1969, his pilot called The Brady Bunch was picked up for a fall 1969 launch, and the rest is history.
Long live both Gilligan's Island,