Re: Why Did Gene drop Christopher Pike?
Really? What I always heard was that Maverick's production schedule wasn't up to the demands of being the first weekly full-hour "adult" Western (Cheyenne was the first hour-long, but was only bi-weekly), and when they realized they wouldn't be able to deliver all the episodes in time they came up with the solution of brother Bart and shooting his episodes with a separate crew. Roy Huggins said that the characters were supposed to be interchangeable, since they didn't know in advance which actor would be working on which script. The only times writers were supposed to write Bret or Bart specifically were episodes in which both appeared.
None of what you say is incompatible with what I've said. Garner was the sole star of Maverick for the first half-dozen episodes or so. The strain of which caused Garner to rethink his position and make his frustrations regarding work and reward known. Kelly's addition was inspired for those reasons and their ramifications. Both Huggins and Garner left the series around the third series. They would later work together on the Rockford Files.
Last edited by Danger Ace; April 4 2013 at 06:17 PM.