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This site is about the tv cop show Nash Bridges, starring Don Johnson, which aired on CBS with 122 episodes in 6 seasons. The series is currently syndicated in many television markets and is available on DVD.

 [The Original Unofficial NASH BRIDGES]

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March 1999

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NB Sighting By Our Own San Francisco Sally (March 17, 1999)

San Francisco Sally spotted the NB production on location on March 9th. Here's what she had to say:

Spotted the NB Production company film trucks parked all day in Aquatic Park near the Hyde Street Pier. The "No Parking" signs were for 7am-7pm although they left the area at about 4:30 PM and relocated close to Pier 23 (the restaurant) on the embarcadero where the parking was reserved for 4pm to 2 am. What a grueling schedule but I guess they have to take advantage of the fact that the rain let up for a couple of days. San Francisco Sally.

Thanks San Fran' Sal'!
 

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Lots of Network Series Ready To Go Into Syndication (March 17, 1999)

The NBC series THE PRETENDER was recently sold to the TNT channel for syndication re-runs for what is considered to be a low cost of $250,000 per episode. This is due to the fact that there is a glut of current network programming ready to go into syndication. Coming up for syndication are PROFILER, NASH BRIDGES, EARLY EDITION, and MILLENIUM.

For premium shows such as ER, the TNT channel paid $800,000 per episode of ER. The USA channel paid $725,000 per episode of WALKER, TEXAS RANGER.
 

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"Pump Action" Episode Gets Pumped Up Ratings (March 17, 1999)

The "Pump Action" episode of NASH BRIDGES which aired during the February sweeps got the highest ratings of any NASH BRIDGES episode ever. The episode featured wrestling star Stone Cold Steve Austin, and an oil-up thong-bikinied female body builder.

The highly-rated episode was heavily promoted before it aired. There was a promo with Don egging on Steve Austin who had Cheech in a neck lock. Another factor is that wrestling is among the highest rated shows on cable; it draws in the coveted young male viewers.

What this means for NASH BRIDGES is a possible return of the character of Jake Cage (played by Steve Austin) or more wrestlers and female body builders as guest stars.
 

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Release Date Set for GOODBYE, LOVER (March 6, 1999)

The film GOODBYE, LOVER, shot in 1997, finally has a release date of April 16, 1999. This steamy noir-like thriller involves a love triangle of two brothers involved with the same woman. The woman is married to one brother and having an affair with the other. The other brother is played by Don Johnson.
 

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CBS Renews NASH BRIDGES for Next Season (March 6, 1999)

NASH BRIDGES has been renewed for a fifth season, CBS announced on March 3rd, the last day of the February sweeps period, as reported in Yahoo! News Entertainment Headlines. The unusually early announcement of renewals for NASH BRIDGES and other series was explained by CBS as:

  • To "convey network stability";
  • "...to give the shows a creative headstart: this way the studios can lock up writers and directors and get to work early writing scripts for fall."
  • "The network also wants to begin selling ads now for next season."

This virtually assures a syndication package for NASH BRIDGES as the show will be close to reaching its 100th episode in the next season. The ratings were up all this year for NASH BRIDGES.

The Friday night 9PM time slot before the 10PM NASH BRIDGES continues to be ratings poison, as THE MAGNICENT SEVEN looks unlikely to be renewed. Before THE MAGNICENT SEVEN, in the 9PM time slot was the early cancellation BUDDY FARO, and before that, DELLAVENTURA.

The other CBS series of note to NASH BRIDGES fans is the other Carlton Cuse produced-series for CBS - MARTIAL LAW. No decision as yet has been made on MARTIAL LAW.

The highly-rated WALKER, TEXAS RANGER is expected to be renewed, though negotiations are still pending. This long-running CBS series (currently in its seventh year) has had strong ratings all this season, and has been promoted with MARTIAL LAW as a "martial arts" Saturday line-up. Added to the Saturday line-up is a spin-off from WALKER, the action/martial arts new series SONS OF THUNDER.
 

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TIN CUP To Premiere on ABC Network (March 1, 1999)

TIN CUP, a Kevin Costner film, with supporting roles by Don Johnson and Cheech Marin, will air on ABC on Monday, March 1, 8PM. This was the 1996 film Don and Cheech made together before NASH BRIDGES premiered on March 29, 1996. Don plays the Bad Guy in this one. Get the video and see it without the commercials.
 

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