Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about Netflix’s extremely successful limited series Fool Me Once. The mystery/thriller is based on a book of the same name penned by Harlan Coben. The show was a huge success, securing a spot in Netflix’s ‘Top 10.’ Given how much fans enjoyed the series, Netflix has decided to try their luck with another Harlan Coben original.
Fool Me Once wasn’t the first time Netflix made an adaptation of one of Harlan Coben’s mysteries. The network first collaborated with the author in 2018 for the series Safe. They then went on to work together for another seven shows, including The Stranger, Stay Close, and, of course, 2024’s Fool Me Once. All these shows were relatively successful, so it’s no surprise that Netflix wants to work with Coben again.
Fans of Fool Me Once will be delighted to learn that Netflix is working on not one, but two more Harlan Coben series. The network took to social media to announce, “Following the recent success of Fool Me Once (Top 10 in 91 countries!) we’re excited to announce two new @HarlanCoben limited series adaptations… MISSING YOU will begin production this spring, and will then be followed by RUN AWAY.” As with all of Coben’s other work, both Missing You and Run Away are mysteries that revolve around crime and grief.
We’ll certainly be watching! Will you?
When discussing the annals of television history, one cannot overlook the tremendous success of Happy Days, a sitcom that not only epitomized the ’70s but also sparked a major wave of ’50s nostalgia.
Amidst its many triumphs, the show birthed numerous spinoffs, each attempting to capture the essence of its predecessor. One such spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi, took viewers on a short-lived but memorable journey into the ’60s. Here are some things you may not know about the show.
Baio and Moran Were Ambivalent Towards the Show
While the show aimed to catapult Scott Baio’s (Chachi) rising stardom and delve into his musical career, both he and costar Erin Moran (Joanie) had mixed feelings about the show! In a revealing 2014 interview, Baio laid bare the show’s messy production history, expressing regret over his decision to participate amidst the chaos. Eeek, talk about a negative review.
Moran, too, admitted feeling somewhat coerced into the project, expressing a preference for staying with the familiar grounds of Happy Days. Despite these reservations, both actors eventually returned to Happy Days, with Joanie and Chachi sealing their fate by getting married in the final episode. Cute.
Debuting in 1982 with promising ratings, Joanie Loves Chachi initially thrived, benefiting from its strategic placement after Happy Days. However, the show’s fortunes took a downturn in its second season.
As it faced fierce competition from more popular shows like Magnum, P.I., and The A-Team, its ratings plummeted, sealing its fate and leading to its eventual cancellation before the second season ended.
Henry Winkler’s Dual Role
Beyond his iconic role as the Fonz, Henry Winkler found an unexpected opportunity within Joanie Loves Chachi to explore his directorial skills. Stepping behind the camera for an episode titled Fonzie’s Visit, Winkler showcased a new facet of his talent.
This directorial debut set the stage for a later career in directing, with Winkler contributing to various shows and even helming movies. Just remember where he started.
Pop Culture References
Even though the show was a fleeting moment in the expansive history of television, Joanie Loves Chachi found a second life in pop culture references, demonstrating the enduring impact of its quirkiness. Ben Stiller immortalized the show in the 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, where the mere mention of Joanie Loves Chachi became a humorous insult!
The show’s name also made unexpected appearances in movies like A Night at the Roxbury and Can’t Hardly Wait. With Baio and Moran’s conflicting feelings, the rollercoaster of ratings, Winkler’s directorial debut, and its recurring references, the show remains a peculiar footnote in the broader Happy Days legacy. We still prefer Frasier though.