Chat with Angelologist: Mike Pingel About the Classic TV Series: Charlie's Angels
Next week the original TV's Charlie's Angels will being its run on the MeTV channel on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 5pm est/pst. The network will being with the very first episode Hellride, starring Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith.
The series premiere in 1976 and made over night stars of Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith and the series became a world-wide hit and was pegged as "Jiggle TV." The series include a few cast changes which replaced leaving Angels: Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts. The show broke barriers and made over-night-rock stars of the stars of the show stars. The series celebrated it's 40 Anniversary on September 22, 2016.
Angelologist, Mike Pingel (www.mikepingel.com) is the man who knows all about Charlie's Angels. He has penned two books on Charlie's Angels, has of one of the largest Charlie's Angels Collections in the world and is the owner and webmaster of CharliesAngels.com. The website CharliesAngels.com been sharing all the news on the actress of Charlie's Angels to the world for over 20 years!
Pingel two books he wrote on the series where titled: Channel Surfing: Charlies Angels & Angelic Heaven: A Fan's Guide to Charlie's Angels. His books contain forewords by Angels, Farrah Fawcett, Cheryl Ladd and Tanya Roberts. Fawcett & Ladd also gave personal photos from their own collections and which are showcased in the book, Angelic Heaven.
Pingel's collection includes over 2,000 cool Angel items. This includes rare items as the original Harry's Angels script, a Charlie's Angels pinball machine, Cheryl Ladd's character Kris Munroe business card, one of the Jill's car license plates, Farrah's sunglasses (not from show), a tin the cast gave out to the crew, to mass-made toys as Charlie's Angels dolls, dresses, puzzles, games, trading cards, make-up sets, plus so much more!
Pingel was Farrah Fawcett's assistant for 2 years (2005-2007). He has run Cheryl Ladd (www.cherylladd.com) and Tanya Roberts (www.tanyaroberts.biz) websites for them. He has also been a consultant for many of Sony DVD Entertainment's Charlie's Angels dvd releases.
The series had six original TV Angels: Kate Jackson (Sabrina Duncan), Farrah Fawcett (Jill Munroe); Jaclyn Smith (Kelly Garrett), Cheryl Ladd (Kris Munroe), Shelley Hack (Tiffany Welles), Tanya Roberts (Julie Rogers). Also included in the cast was David Doyle (John Bosley) and John Forthsye as THE VOICE of Charlie.
· Charlie's Angels ran for five seasons on ABC-TV from 1976-1981.
· There are 109 episodes of Charlie's Angels.
· The show was in the top 15 for the first three years of the series.
· Kate Jackson was the shows original creator/idea.
· ABC-TV aired the first episode of Charlie's Angels titled "Hellrider" on Sept 22, 1976.
· Farrah Fawcett was on the series for only one year.
· After the court case, Farrah Fawcett was obligated to return to the show for a total of six episodes in 1978 (3 shows) & 1979 (3 shows) seasons.
· Kate Jackson left the show in 1979 and was replaced by Shelley Hack.
· Shelley Hack was on the show for only one season.
· Tanya Roberts replaced Shelley Hack in 1980.
· The final episode is titled "Let Our Angel Live" and aired 37 years ago in 1981.
There have been two major motion pictures made Charlie's Angels (2000) & Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) the films starred Drew Barrymore (Dylan); Cameron Diaz (Natalie) & Lucy Liu (Alex). The 2000 & 2003 films combined box office grossed over $523 million dollars worldwide. There also have been a few TV reboots, ANGELES (1999) a Spanish relaunch for Telemundo using the original TV scripts and ABC-TV Charlie's Angels reboot in 2011 ran for only 7 episodes.
Sony Pictures has teamed up with Elizabeth Banks for the 2019 Charlie's Angels theatrical re-boot Banks is set to direct but there has been no official casting announcements. The script is being written by screen writer Evan Spiliotopoulos.
Pingel created, CharliesAngels.com which premiered on the Internet in October 1996, and was quickly picked as site of the day on both Yahoo!com and WebTV. Since 1996, the site has updated fans on the current works of the heavenly actress and everything Charlie's Angels.
Pingel was called upon during the preparation for the 2000 Charlie's Angels movie for some consulting with producers Leonard Goldberg, Drew Barrymore and director, McG. Pingel even auditioned for the boyfriend of Natalie (Cameron Diaz's character) for the first film version of Charlie's Angels. He can be seen on the release of Charlie's Angels: The Complete First Season on DVD (Columbia/TRI Star) in the bonus featurette "Angels Forever"