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Here's Boomer

Here's Boomer was a Syndication network adventure\drama series which aired from March 14, 1980 to August 14, 1982, lasting for two seasons. It is a spin-off series of "The Red Hand Gang."

A television movie "A Christmas for Boomer" aired on December 6, 1978, serving as the pilot episode.

PlotEdit

The show centered on the adventures of Boomer, a stray dog that traveled around helping people who were in trouble.

The show also featured a different cast each week and various guest star appearances.

Guest StarsEdit

  • John Amos
  • Rosanna Arquette
  • Scott Baio
  • Kaye Ballard
  • Tom Bosley
  • Todd Bridges
  • Dean Butler
  • Patrick Cassidy
  • Bill Dana
  • Jack Elam
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Jonathan Frakes
  • Tracey Gold
  • Rance Howard
  • Ken Kercheval
  • Matthew Laborteaux
  • Tammy Lauren
  • Meadowlark Lemon
  • Rue McClanahan
  • Roddy McDowall
  • Stuart Pankin
  • Gene Rayburn
  • John Reilly
  • Doris Roberts
  • Natalie Schafer

ProductionEdit

In all of the shows, the part of Boomer was played by a four-year-old mixed-breed dog named Johnny (who was trained by Ray Berwick). Johnny reportedly earned $3,500 a week while appearing on the series and had a stunt dog who stood in for him on some of his more difficult tricks.

An early title considered for the show was "Here's Johnny" (after the dog who played the role of Boomer), but it was rejected, owing to the use of that catch-phrase on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."

When "Here's Boomer" was set to return in the fall of 1980, viewers were to hear Boomer's thoughts the same way viewers had heard Jackie Cooper's dog's thoughts on "The People's Choice" back in the 1950s.

However, Boomer's thoughts were only heard in one episode aired as a special on December 7, 1980. When the series returned with new episodes in 1981, the gimmick was dropped and viewers could no longer hear Boomer.

AccoladesEdit

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResult
2nd Youth in Film Awards (1980)Young Artist AwardBest TV Series for Family EntertainmentHere's Boomer(nominated)
Best Young Actress in a Television SeriesNatasha Ryan(nominated)
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