'MURDER, SHE WROTE'
"STEAL ME A STORY"
In the mid-1980s, actor Gary Patterson revived his flagging career by starring in the action/adventure mystery series 'Doctor Danger'. The show co-starred Brenda Blake and was produced by Sid Sharkey and Avery Stone (who also served as the script supervisor).
In 1987, the production of the show was rocked by scandal and murder when the show plagiarized one of the mystery novels written by Jessica Fletcher, which led to the death of Sid Sharkey by a bomb.
The police were able to solve the murder, thanks to the help of Ms. Fletcher and Sharkey's loyal secretary, Frieda Schmidt. And the notoriety from the case gave 'Danger Doctor' added life, extending its production by about two years.
"TRASH TV" (PARTS ONE & TWO)
Ten years later, producer Jackson Burley decided to revive the concept as 'Dr. Danger'. But to save on royalty fees to the creator of the previous show, Burley claimed that his show was based on the career of Dr. Mark Sloan at Community General Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. Sloan often worked in collaboration with his son, Detective Steve Sloan, on cases that usually turned into murder investigations.
'Dr. Danger' starred Derek Shaw in the lead role but he was murdered before the show could hit its stride. Eventually, Burley would not only produce the show but also play the lead role himself.