Alda Was the Man
Alan Alda has been discussed this slide a bit, but let’s discuss his importance again. If you had to guess how many episodes Alda wrote, what would you say? The correct answer is 13 for that one. And when it comes to directing the episodes he wrote, the tally rises all the way up to 31.
He was the first person to win an Emmy for the triple threat of writing, directing, and acting on the same show. We can all assume that it was not easy, but Alda sure made it look like a walk in the park. And that is what you can consider him as real Hollywood talent.
To advertise during this show it would have cost you a cool $30,000 when the show first started. That is a lot. And we can assume that the creators hoped that whatever was advertised during this show made them that $30,000 back with profit. Because the show was so popular it probably did.
Now remember we mentioned that the finale of this show had set a record? How much do you think it cost to advertise during the finale? if you guessed one million dollars you are wrong. If you said over a quarter of a million at $450,000 then you are correct.