23 April 2007 | rcj5365
The Great Jack Palance In A Brilliant Short-Lived Cop Show From The Mid-1970's
This was actor Jack Palance's only shot of doing a weekly television series. And the only weekly TV series he ever did.
Tough guy Jack Palance by the way,who frequently played heavies and mostly villains in movies,made the switch from being the baddie into a tough as nails comtemplative cop for this single-season series called "Bronk",which was first shown as a made for television movie for CBS in January of 1975 which starred Jack Palance and was directed by Richard Donner. On the strength and success of that two-hour movie pilot the series "Bronk" premiered on CBS-TV on September 21,1975 and ended its run on July 18,1976 producing 23 episodes-all in color and was produced for MGM Television. Tough as nails pipe smoking Lt. Alex Bronkov(who by the way was Polish-American)had been enlisted by his old friend Pete Santori(Joesph Mascolo),who was the mayor of Ocean City,in Southern California to help clean up the corruption-ridden town. Bronk worked on special assigments from the Mayor,with the assistance of fellow officer Sgt. John Webber(Tony King) in going after the low-lifes and the scums that have plagued the town. This was indeed one very interesting show too,with Jack Palance himself doing some of his own stunts on the show and not bad for a short-lived cop show that went beyond some of the tough competition of other detective shows of the 1970's.
Also featured in the cast were retired policeman Harry Mark(Henry Beckman),who was a close friend of Bronk's who was now in the auto-junkyard business,and Bronk's cripped daughter Ellen(Dina Ousley),who had been confined to a wheelchair by an accident that had crippled her and killed Bronk's wife(which happened to Bronk's wife was in the pilot episode of the series). Interesting point about this show by the way if you like to know.....Actor Carroll O'Connor who was at the time this show premiered and was known to audiences as the feisty Archie Bunker on the successful comedy series "All In The Family",was behind the production of this series as well serving as the creator(who was in charge of production),executive producer and not to even mention writing and directing several episodes of "Bronk",which lasted one season. The show was so successful that the network decided the renew "Bronk" for the 1976-1977 season,but despite the ratings it received,CBS pulled the plug after 23 episodes. But repeated episodes of this series did appear for CBS Late Night for the 1976-1977 season.