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WFLD Channel 32 - "All That Glitters" (Promo, 1977)00:33

WFLD Channel 32 - "All That Glitters" (Promo, 1977)

A series promo from Chicago TV station WFLD.

All That Glitters is a 1977 syndicated soap opera parody (airing five times a week and with 65 episodes over 13 weeks) produced by Norman Lear, in a similar vein to his earlier Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (later Forever Fernwood). Its premise was a complete role-reversal, in that the women were in power while the men were treated as sex objects. The cast included the likes of Eileen Brennan, Jessica Walter, Gary Sandy (later of WKRP in Cincinnati fame), and Linda Gray, who played television's first transsexual character, Linda Murkland. The show's theme song was planned to be "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", but it was abandoned in favor of "Genesis Revisited" by Kenny Rankin ("Flowers" was later recorded by Neil Diamond on his album I'm Glad You're With Me Tonight, which was then turned into a duet with Barbara Streisand, this version becoming a #1 hit in 1979). Even before its premiere on April 18, the series received mostly negative reception from critics mainly for its depictions of men and women. Although critical reception has improved since then, the show was cancelled after the July 15 episode, and the only footage to have turned up since those 13 weeks is a promo, uploaded to YouTube on December 30, 2007 as part of a commercial break from a Chicago, Illinois airing of the better-received (at the time) Fernwood 2-Night (later made available separately on January 4, 2008) by The Museum of Classic Chicago Television. In addition, episodes from the very beginning and very end of the run can be viewed at the Library of Congress.

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