Question: Will Cavemen be the first time a show has been born through a commercial? I hate the cavemen ads and will not be checking out the show. Also, I was wondering if Geico will get any of the profits (if there are any!) from the show, since it was their commercials that started it all.
Answer: From what I understand of the credits I've seen, Geico sold the rights to the cavemen characters to a company called Management 360, and the ad guy who created and wrote the spots is a co-developer/executive producer of the series. Geico at this point seems to have little to do with the sitcom, and for that, they should be thrilled. To answer your first question: While there may have been other shows derived from a successful ad, the first (and most recent) one that comes to mind is CBS' ill-fated and mercifully short-lived sitcom Baby Bob ...
Question: I remember a show from the early '70s that starred Adam Arkin as a kid who was on his own for the first time. His apartment had wallpaper with ducks on it and Barbara Rhoades played the neighbor who lived across the hall from him. No one else seems to remember this show. Please help. If it helps, I think it was on Monday nights on CBS.
Answer: No one else remembers because you seem to have vacuumed up all the spare facts about the show, Chet. Impressive work; you make my job easy.
The CBS sitcom was called Busting Loose. It debuted on a Monday in January 1977 and did indeed star young Mr. Arkin (Baby Bob, Chicago Hope) as an engineering-school grad who m