Boomer TV Trivia: Remington Steele
Q1. Which two of the four main cast members/characters from Season 1 of Remington Steele did not return for subsequent seasons, and why?
Q2. Did the characters of Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) and Remington Steele (Pierce Brosnan) ever marry on the show?
Remington Steele (photo above: Topkool.com) ran on NBC from 1982 to 1987, with 4 full seasons and then a final, 5th season comprised of 6 “movies”.
Baby boomer Pierce Brosnan had been a relatively unknown actor before to the series, but by the end of the 4th season, the popularity of the series, Brosnan, and his character, with other baby boomers, had caught the attention of James Bond movie producer Cubby Broccoli. NBC cancelled Remington Steele after the 4th season and Brosnan was in talks with Broccoli to star in the next James Bond film, when NBC decided to revive the show for a 5th season; Brosnan lost his chance to play James Bond. 8 years after Remington Steele ended, Pierce Brosnan was finally cast successfully as James Bond for the 1995 movie GoldenEye (Right photo: moviestillsdb.com). Brosnan went on to star in 3 more James Bond films in his 40’s – Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999), and Die Another Day (2002). Now in 2015 – age 62 and fast approaching his senior years – Brosnan has had 3 movies released this year and just finished filming a fourth, Urge (release date TBD).
Prior to starring on Remington Steele, baby boomer actress Stephanie Zimbalist (daughter of actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. of The F.B.I.) had a thriving acting career on stage and in television, primarily made-for-tv movies. After Remington Steele ended, Zimbalist continued her career in television movies throughout the 1990’s. Since 2000, Stephanie Zimbalist’s on-screen work has been primarily as a supporting or guest star in television series and films. Now in her late 50+ years, in 2015 Zimbalist has appeared in two films and on stage in Living on Love (Left Photo: courant.com).
Brosnan and Zimbalist have both said in interviews that at times there was stress and tension between them, but not enough to interfere with their work on the show. Stephanie Zimbalist has never married; Pierce Brosnan is now married to his second wife Keely Shaye Smith since 2001 (his first wife Cassandra Harris died of cancer in 1991), and is a father and grandfather.
Veteran stage, film and television actress Doris Roberts was well into her 50+ years when she began working on Remington Steele in a recurring role in Season 2. Post-Remington Steele, as a septuagenarian senior citizen Roberts co-stared in the long-running sit-com Everybody Loves Raymond. Today as a nonagenarian senior citizen (she turned 90 on November 4, 2015), Doris Roberts appeared in the movie Job’s Daughter (2015), and the movie Old Soldiers is slated for release in 2016.
A1. Detective Murphy Michaels (right photo: remingtonsteelewikia.com) was written out when the actor playing him, James Read, was released due to his unhappiness with the direction his character was going on the show; as a consequence, the character of secretary Bernice Foxe (played by Janet DeMay), was also written out so that they could introduce a new character that was a combination of detective/secretary.
A2. A real wedding was planned for the end of Season 4, which was to be the final season; however leads Stephanie Zimbalist (Laura Holt) and Pierce Brosnan (Remington Steele) did not support this; instead, at the beginning of an abbreviated Season 5, fake newlyweds Remington and Laura are on a “honeymoon” in Mexico.