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A pilot for a “Zelda” spin-off starring Sheila James was produced in 1962, but was scrapped after James T. Aubrey, then head of CBS, rejected this. James was told by producer/director Rod Amateau that Aubrey found Zelda “too butch”, a critique that deeply worried James, then a closeted lesbian. James, under her real name of Sheila Kuehl, went into law and politics after acting parts dried up, eventually becoming the first openly gay person elected to the California State Assembly and a California State Senator.
Dobie’s father Herbert T. The sponsors disapproved of the running gag, and required the producers to both discontinue its use and soften somewhat the hard edges of Herbert T. Gillis. Gillis had a catchphrase during Season One whenever he found himself stymied or frustrated by Dobie: “I gotta kill that boy, I just gotta! “.’s father Herbert T. Gillis had a catchphrase during Season One whenever he found himself stymied or frustrated by Dobie: “I gotta kill that boy, I just gotta!”. The sponsors disapproved of the running gag, and required the producers to both discontinue its use and soften somewhat the hard edges of Herbert T. Gillis.
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Sensitive teenager Dobie Gillis (yes, Dobie being his real given name) exasperates his grocer father Herbert T. Gillis and is the apple of Winnie Gillis’ eye, she being his mother. Dobie has an almost singular focus on the opposite sex, more often than not the object of his affection being the beautiful but money hungry Thalia Menninger, who in turn often loves Dobie but always loves money more, which Dobie never has and in his current life direction probably will never have to the extent that would satisfy Thalia. If not Thalia, Dobie pursues several other girls in his search for true love. His best friend is Maynard G. Krebs, a largely clueless but kind-hearted beatnik and lover of jazz music, he who always does what his best buddy Dobie does, often much to the chagrin of others in Dobie’s life. While Dobie chases girls, the one girl he knows he does not want but who in turn knows that one day she will become Mrs. Dobie Gillis is bright Zelda Gilroy, who largely uses logic to
The pilot for this series was the first professional acting job for Bob Denver, who had been a grade school teacher and postal worker before joining the cast. Denver’s sister was a casting agent’s secretary, and had his name added to the audition candidates for the role of Maynard G. Krebs.
In every episode save for one (“Take Me to Your Leader” from Season Two), Dobie breaks the fourth wall and directly addresses the audience via monologues on the plot of the week’s episode, seated or standing in front of a replica of Rodin’s statue “The Thinker”. These monologues were typically used as framing devices at the beginning and end of each episode and during scene transitions. In the earliest produced episodes, Dobie would be seen sitting in the same pose as the statue.
Bob Denver was drafted during the production of the series’ fourth produced episode, “The Big Sandwich”. Maynard was therefore written out of the series with the episode “Maynard’s Farewell to the Troops”, and Michael J. Pollard was cast as Maynard’s cousin Jerome Krebs, who would assume Maynard’s role in future episodes. However, Denver failed his Army physical and was rejected “4F” by the draft board. After shooting two episodes with Pollard, this was decided to rehire Denver and write Maynard back into the series. Pollard had signed a “play or pay” contract, and was paid for all 30 episodes he had been signed for upon his dismissal.