Barbara Eden and Larry Hagmann they starred “I dream of Jeannie” in 1965 and became the biggest stars of the time. While the actors had enviable peaks of fame and their work on the NBC show earned them the love of millions of fans, the cancellation ended the magic of the iconic television series in 1970. Although there were several factors that led to the end of the story of Jeannie and the older Nelson, specifically it was a scene the ‘icing on the cake’ that ended up destroying the format and removing it from TV.
“My beautiful genius” is one of the most famous series of the 60s and 70s. Photo: NBC
The scene of “My beautiful genius” that caused its cancellation
Although “I dream of Jeannie” It had quite high audience levels during its time on the air, the last few chapters were making it increasingly evident that the public disagreed with the changes. This trend was sharpened when the wedding between the protagonists was shown.
As is known, the relationship between the main characters was built on the romantic tension that existed between them. However, when the producers led the narrative towards an imminent union between the magical being and the human being, the last straw broke the camel’s back and it was all over.
“I knew that once we got married it wouldn’t work out”, Hagman said in an interview with the “Archive of American television” program in 2009. Years later, Eden would second the position of his co-star. “We knew it. She (Jeannie) wasn’t human, but in that chapter (of the wedding) she made it clear that she was now. I think that’s where the credibility of the show was broken.”expressed the actress for Today, in 2015.
Thus, the marriage in question ended up pulling the cancellation trigger and “I dream of Jeannie” it’s over.
This is how Larry Hagman found out that “My Fair Genius” was canceled
Although Sidney Sheldon, creator of “I dream of Jeannie”commented —for his book “The other side of me”— that he and the protagonists pressured the producers so that they Tony and Jeannie not get married, NBC already had its decision. “They took a successful program and destroyed it,” the executive said.
Even so, Hagman found out in the least expected way that the show that made him famous had ended: he was returning from his vacation in South America and went to the studio to collect some things from his dressing room when a doorman told him that the TV series was no more. Not even his agent told him. “Now that’s Hollywood,” he said.
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