History Main / MrsColumbo

14th Oct '13 8:25:06 AM StFan
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[[quoteright:230:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mrs.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:230:DonaldPleasence says: "''You're'' Mrs. Columbo? Sorry, not buying it."]] The {{Spinoff}} has a long and sometimes successful history. A character, usually minor, who has appeared in one show is upgraded to the central character of a new show. But never before had a character who ''hadn't'' appeared been spun off. After listening for about a decade to Lieutenant Series/{{Columbo}} ramble on about his never-seen wife, someone decided it would be a good idea to do a spinoff starring her as an AmateurSleuth in her own right. We suspect drugs were involved. But who could possibly play the famous detective's [[TheGhost Ghost]] spouse? Fortunately, Lieutenant Columbo had told us quite a lot about her: she was his [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend childhood sweetheart.]] She was shortish, stoutish, raven-haired, and extremely busty. So they cast Kate Mulgrew (later of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''), who was middling-tall, slender in build, redheaded, ''and'' about twelve the first time Mrs. Columbo was mentioned by her husband. We suspect drugs were involved. When ''Mrs Columbo'' failed to perform as hoped, the show was {{retool}}ed under the new title ''Kate Columbo''. Kate divorced her husband and carried out her amateur sleuthing under the auspices of her new job as a small-town newspaper reporter. We suspect drugs were involved. The series was eventually retitled ''Kate Loves A Mystery'', and then died. In all, only about a dozen episodes were made, possibly giving ''Mrs Columbo'' the highest titles-to-episodes ratio in TV history. LevinsonAndLink (creators of ''Columbo'') have [[WordOfGod emphatically maintained]] that Kate Columbo is ''not'' the unseen wife of their character, but the wife of some other detective of the same name. During the filming of the first post-''Mrs Columbo'' episode of ''Columbo'', they joked that they were considering having Columbo mention in passing that "some crazy girl" had been running around impersonating his wife. ---- !!This series provides examples of: * AfterShow * TheDanza: Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo. * TheGhost: Mr. Columbo. * MysteryOfTheWeek * PluckyGirl * {{Retool}} * [[OverlyLongGag Suspicion that drugs were involved in its conception.]] * WheelProgram: A&E aired this show as one spoke in a Mystery Wheel package in the early 90s when they lost the rights to air episodes of its first Wheel's shows including ''Series/McMillanAndWife'', ''Series/McCloud'', ''Series/{{Banacek}}'', and ironically, ''Series/{{Columbo}}''. ----
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[[quoteright:230:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mrs.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:230:DonaldPleasence says: "''You're'' Mrs. Columbo? Sorry, not buying it."]] The {{Spinoff}} has a long and sometimes successful history. A character, usually minor, who has appeared in one show is upgraded to the central character of a new show. But never before had a character who ''hadn't'' appeared been spun off. After listening for about a decade to Lieutenant Series/{{Columbo}} ramble on about his never-seen wife, someone decided it would be a good idea to do a spinoff starring her as an AmateurSleuth in her own right. We suspect drugs were involved. But who could possibly play the famous detective's [[TheGhost Ghost]] spouse? Fortunately, Lieutenant Columbo had told us quite a lot about her: she was his [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend childhood sweetheart.]] She was shortish, stoutish, raven-haired, and extremely busty. So they cast Kate Mulgrew (later of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''), who was middling-tall, slender in build, redheaded, ''and'' about twelve the first time Mrs. Columbo was mentioned by her husband. We suspect drugs were involved. When ''Mrs Columbo'' failed to perform as hoped, the show was {{retool}}ed under the new title ''Kate Columbo''. Kate divorced her husband and carried out her amateur sleuthing under the auspices of her new job as a small-town newspaper reporter. We suspect drugs were involved. The series was eventually retitled ''Kate Loves A Mystery'', and then died. In all, only about a dozen episodes were made, possibly giving ''Mrs Columbo'' the highest titles-to-episodes ratio in TV history. LevinsonAndLink (creators of ''Columbo'') have [[WordOfGod emphatically maintained]] that Kate Columbo is ''not'' the unseen wife of their character, but the wife of some other detective of the same name. During the filming of the first post-''Mrs Columbo'' episode of ''Columbo'', they joked that they were considering having Columbo mention in passing that "some crazy girl" had been running around impersonating his wife. ---- !!This series provides examples of: * AfterShow * TheDanza: Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo. * TheGhost: Mr. Columbo. * MysteryOfTheWeek * PluckyGirl * {{Retool}} * [[OverlyLongGag Suspicion that drugs were involved in its conception.]] * WheelProgram: A&E aired this show as one spoke in a Mystery Wheel package in the early 90s when they lost the rights to air episodes of its first Wheel's shows including ''Series/McMillanAndWife'', ''Series/McCloud'', ''Series/{{Banacek}}'', and ironically, ''Series/{{Columbo}}''. ----[[redirect:Series/MrsColumbo]]
4th Aug '13 9:55:23 AM Kadorhal
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After listening for about a decade to Lieutenant Series/{{Columbo}} ramble on about his never-seen wife, someone decided it would be a good idea to do a {{Spinoff}} starring her as an AmateurSleuth in her own right. We suspect drugs were involved.
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After listening for about a decade to Lieutenant Series/{{Columbo}} ramble on about his never-seen wife, someone decided it would be a good idea to do a {{Spinoff}} spinoff starring her as an AmateurSleuth in her own right. We suspect drugs were involved.

When ''MrsColumbo'' failed to perform as hoped, the show was [[{{Retool}} retooled]] under the new title ''Kate Columbo''. Kate divorced her husband and carried out her amateur sleuthing under the auspices of her new job as a small-town newspaper reporter. We suspect drugs were involved.
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When ''MrsColumbo'' ''Mrs Columbo'' failed to perform as hoped, the show was [[{{Retool}} retooled]] {{retool}}ed under the new title ''Kate Columbo''. Kate divorced her husband and carried out her amateur sleuthing under the auspices of her new job as a small-town newspaper reporter. We suspect drugs were involved.

LevinsonAndLink (creators of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'') have [[WordOfGod emphatically maintained]] that Kate Columbo is ''not'' the unseen wife of their character, but the wife of some other detective of the same name. During the filming of the first post-''MrsColumbo'' episode of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', they joked that they were considering having Columbo mention in passing that "some crazy girl" had been running around impersonating his wife.
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LevinsonAndLink (creators of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'') ''Columbo'') have [[WordOfGod emphatically maintained]] that Kate Columbo is ''not'' the unseen wife of their character, but the wife of some other detective of the same name. During the filming of the first post-''MrsColumbo'' post-''Mrs Columbo'' episode of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', ''Columbo'', they joked that they were considering having Columbo mention in passing that "some crazy girl" had been running around impersonating his wife.

* TheDanza (Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo) * TheGhost (Mr. Columbo)
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* TheDanza (Kate TheDanza: Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo) Columbo. * TheGhost (Mr. Columbo)TheGhost: Mr. Columbo.

* [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs Suspicion that drugs]] [[OverlyLongGag were involved in its conception.]] * WheelProgram (A&E aired this show as one spoke in a Mystery Wheel package in the early 90s when they lost the rights to air episodes of its first Wheel's shows including ''Series/McMillanAndWife'', ''Series/McCloud'', ''Series/{{Banacek}}'', and ironicly, ''Series/{{Columbo}}''.
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* [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs Suspicion that drugs]] [[OverlyLongGag Suspicion that drugs were involved in its conception.]] * WheelProgram (A&E WheelProgram: A&E aired this show as one spoke in a Mystery Wheel package in the early 90s when they lost the rights to air episodes of its first Wheel's shows including ''Series/McMillanAndWife'', ''Series/McCloud'', ''Series/{{Banacek}}'', and ironicly, ironically, ''Series/{{Columbo}}''.
15th Jun '13 4:23:22 PM StFan
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* WheelProgram (A&E aired this show as one spoke in a Mystery Wheel package in the early 90s when they lost the rights to air episodes of its first Wheel's shows including ''McMillanAndWife'', ''{{McCloud}}'', ''{{Banacek}}'', and ironicly, ''{{Columbo}}''.
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* WheelProgram (A&E aired this show as one spoke in a Mystery Wheel package in the early 90s when they lost the rights to air episodes of its first Wheel's shows including ''McMillanAndWife'', ''{{McCloud}}'', ''{{Banacek}}'', ''Series/McMillanAndWife'', ''Series/McCloud'', ''Series/{{Banacek}}'', and ironicly, ''{{Columbo}}''.''Series/{{Columbo}}''.
24th May '13 2:32:51 AM garrisonskunk
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* WheelProgram (A&E aired this show as one spoke in a Mystery Wheel package in the early 90s when they lost the rights to air episodes of its first Wheel's shows including ''McMillanAndWife'', ''{{McCloud}}'', ''{{Banacek}}'', and ironicly, ''{{Columbo}}''.
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