Thursday, September 21, 2006

‘Charlie’s Angels’ Anniversary Recalls Popularity of Early Chick Heroine Show

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Tomorrow (Sept. 22) should be an angelic day for couch potatoes: It’s the 30th anniversary of the day Charlie’s Angels debuted on TV.

One of those devoted to the divine date is Mike Pingel, author of Angelic Heaven: A Fan’s Guide To Charlie’s Angels (Signing Stars), a scrapbook-like chronicle of press clippings, marketing materials and personal photos donated by series regular Cheryl Ladd.

Pingel isn’t sure why the show has such staying power, but he remembers how “back then, the Angels were everywhere – magazines, TV ads – they were huge.”

The show was so popular, eventually there was a backlash – Pingel says when Farrah Fawcett quit after season one, some moviegoers even “booed her famous bathing suit poster when it appeared in Saturday Night Fever.”

Also, Pingel says feminists attacked the show’s use of three gals devoted to “some invisible male voice,” even though it showed “three female leads who solve their own problems.”

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