1995: 'Something Wilder' Ends its Run on NBC
This day in 1995 marked the last telecast of Something Wilder, an NBC situation comedy starring Gene Wilder.
Wilder played Gene Bergman, the fifty-something co-owner of a small-town Massachusetts advertising company who had become a father (to two precocious fraternal twins) late in life. Much of the show focused on Gene's love for his two boys and the enjoyment he got over spending time with them, and the angst he experienced over the generational age gap.
Wilder's on-screen wife was played by Hillary B. Smith, who was also simultaneously starring in the daytime drama, One Life to Live. Medium's Jake Weber played her younger brother, who also worked for the ad agency. Actor Gregory Itzkin was Gene's business partner.
Something Wilder experienced several scheduling issues, from a delayed premiere to several scheduling changes. Three original episodes never aired.
The show's second-to-last episode, "Hanging with Mr. Cooper," featured guest star Alice Cooper: