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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]

[NashBITS News]
May 1996

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NB A Re-run This Week (May 30, 1996)

A reminder that NASH BRIDGES this week is a re-run of episode 3, "Skirt Chasers" for May 31.
 

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NB Production Finishes Next Week (May 30, 1996)

The NB production wraps up shooting next week, the first week in June. Usually in the industry, there is a wrap party for the production staff, crew and stars. The post-production people often assemble a private blooper reel for production people to review, laugh and remember how well the season went. A three month hiatus follows.

For the fall, the writers usually gather first, led by the head writer (usually the executive producer) for a brainstorming session in early August. In this big meeting, all the writers throw out as many ideas and concepts for scripts as possible for consideration. These "pitches" are weighed by the executive producer, and then workable concepts are given as assignments to the pool of writers. Scripts are produced, and by late August/September, a production schedule takes shape for the second season. By then, we'll be there to bring you the latest!
 

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We've Been Noticed! (May 30, 1996)

The Original Unofficial NASH BRIDGES Web Site has been selected (over all other NB sites) to represent the show NASH BRIDGES on the 1996 Prime Time Television Schedule Page:

[1996 Prime Time Television Schedule]

The 1996 Prime Time Television Schedule Page is produced by AmeriSites, a web site development company that specializes in business web sites with custom graphics and programming.

The Original Unofficial NASH BRIDGES Web Site has been accepted as a proud member of the:

A#1 Quality Internet Directory

To all who have visited our site, thank you for making our site a success! We couldn't have done it without your support, feedback, comments and tips. And thanks to Don Johnson for returning to TV in high style!
 

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NASH BRIDGES Renewed for Next Fall! (May 22, 1996)

The official word from CBS is that NASH BRIDGES will be in the fall line-up, retaining NB's comfortable spot on Fridays at 10PM.

CBS will air new NB episodes over the summer. We believe there will be 5 new NB episodes spread throughout the summer beginning July 5.

A reminder that this Friday, May 24, NB is a re-run of episode 2, "Home Invasion."

Thanks to Barbara Lopez for this NashBIT!
 

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NB Sighting at Filoli Gardens, Woodside, CA (May 20, 1996)

The NB production company is very protective about any information regarding the production schedule and locations. Just when we were getting discouraged about seeing or even getting close to the NB production, it appeared out of the greenery literally. We were at the Filoli Gardens on Canada Road in Woodside, CA (south of San Mateo) taking in the sights of the world class gardens on May 20. The NB production was there in full force, and judging by the filled parking lot for all the extras, the NB production was shooting a huge sequence in the gardens.

All of the Filoli Mansion and garden was closed off. From a distance, we saw a clown and lots of people mingling as if for a party in the Italian Renaissance Teahouse. Suddenly we saw a golf cart coming down the road; the cart made a shape turn up towards the Mansion cruising right by us, not less than 3 feet away. In the back of the cart was Cheech Marin, and next to the driver in the front seat was DON JOHNSON. We could hear Cheech talking and joking, with Don laughing in response. The golf cart took Don and Cheech to the back of the Mansion to shoot their scenes in the garden.

Even if the NB production isn't there, the Gardens are a scenic place to visit. Call ahead (415) 364-2880 to make sure Filoli is open (and not booked by TV productions!).
 

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Nash on 2 hours earlier (May 15, 1996)

A reminder that this Friday, May 17, NASH BRIDGES will be on two hours earlier at 8PM EST instead of the regular 10PM EST time slot. Please check with your local program guide for any last minute changes. There was no NASH BRIDGES last week due to the annual WIZARD OF OZ telecast.
 

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Unintentionally Funny Young Don in STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO (May 10, 1996)

Don Johnson's appearance on THE LATE SHOW was highlighted by Dave Letterman showing an edited clip of Don's guest starring role in the 1970s police series THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO. The Quinn Martin production ran from 1972-77 and featured a young, long-haired, mustachioed Don Johnson in an episode entitled "Hot Dog." The Letterman people edited the episode down to all the characters (such as Karl Malden) saying hot dog over and over again. The flustered Don Johnson took it all in good humor.
 

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See Don Up Close and Personal! (May 5, 1996)

Don Johnson will make a special appearance at the Geary Theater in San Francisco on May 19, 8pm. His appearance in "Comedy Night at the Geary" is for the benefit of the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T. Conservatory). Tickets are $10 to $25, call (415) 749-2ACT.
 

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Don with Tom Snyder (May 4, 1996)

Don Johnson will be appearing on THE LATE, LATE SHOW with Tom Snyder on May 6. Be sure to check this one out, as Snyder usually does in-depth interviews and asks tough questions. Don has so far refused to speak of an actress with initials MG.

Thanks to Ana Cristina Costa of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for this May 4th's NashBITS. In Brazil NASH BRIDGES isn't even broadcast yet! Ana's enjoying the series via the Internet!
 

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Don on the Guest Roster of Letterman's San Francisco Shows (May 4, 1996)

Continuing with his media blitz, Don will appear on THE LATE SHOW with David Letterman on May 10. The show will be from San Francisco, where Don currently resides (actually Don doesn't live in SF proper, but in Marin County). Letterman's been in the City for several weeks taping bits for the upcoming SF shows, causing all kinds of ruckus. The SF Examiner of May 2nd featured a front page headline from columnist Rob Morse blaring "Letterman, go home!" Letterman took over an elderly neighborhood and disturbed its residents, which prompted this great quote from an elderly resident: "We're going to die soon. We want some peace." Let's hope Don's production doesn't tear up San Francisco the way Letterman has.
 

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Interview with Don (May 3, 1996)

KPIX Channel 5 in San Francisco had an interview with Don Johnson after this evening's episode. KPIX had video of Don signing the Official Olympic Pace Car. The Pace Car had a map of the world as a paint job, and Don signed the appropriate spot in northern California.

Then Don sat down for an interview and thoughtfully reflected on NASH BRIDGES and his life. Don spoke of his baby boomer generation and how this shows up in NASH BRIDGES, dealing with things such as aging parents, teenage children, friends and ex-wives.

Don said he expected a lot of comparisons to MIAMI VICE and his own personal life, but feels NASH BRIDGES "has really defined its own place." Of his own life, Don espoused a humble philosophy of a survivor, of a man grateful for his life, as Don used this famous quote: "The measure of a man is not his successes, but how he overcame his adversities."
 

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Location Scout Ellen Winchell (May 2, 1996)

San Francisco location scout Ellen Winchell was profiled in the front page of the Style Section of the April 29th SF Examiner. In Episode 2, "Home Invasion," of NASH BRIDGES, Winchell described the spectacular stunt that ended the episode -"We ran an RV off the end of the freeway onto Third Street. It had to explode in mid-air. They could only shoot it once." This scene was used in the promotional trailer and is incorporated into the opening of NASH BRIDGES.

The City is quite accommodating to film and television production. A block of Post and Grant Streets was shut down for 3 weekends for Eddie Murphy's movie METRO. A cable car sequence on California Street was cut out of the Sandra Bullock movie THE NET.

A person like Ellen Winchell is invaluable to a production not only for their knowledge of highly visual locations, but as liaison in securing permits and permission to shoot. You can be sure Ellen will probably do more work on NASH BRIDGES.
 

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Hey Official Site, We're Cutting You Slack (May 1, 1996)

We stand by our NashBIT report "Official Site Discrepancy" of April 22 noting the discrepancy between the Official Site's story description for episode 1 which stated (as of May 1)- "Tracking down bad guys who stole computer chips and killed Nash's brother" and the aired episode of "Genesis." The first episode made no mention of Nash's brother Bobby getting killed or any other brother being a murder victim. Nash only mentioned to Evan Cortez that his brother Bobby owned the 'Cuda.

The additional information supplied by the Official Site's Biography of Nash Bridges is that Alex Rabb killed Nash's other brother Kenny. The Official Site compounds the discrepancy by asserting that "THIS WAS DEALT WITH IN THE PILOT." This simply was not mentioned or referred to in the aired pilot "Genesis."

But, dear reader, before you start bothering the Official Site or other Nashophiles about this discrepancy, consider this perspective. I don't know of many television series or even films which don't contain inconsistencies or continuity errors. For example, on the police series HUNTER, the series went through 4 seasons without ever mentioning the fact that Rick Hunter (played by Fred Dryer) was a Vietnam veteran (they even had an episode about a crazed Vietnam veteran). Suddenly in the fifth season, Hunter is a Vietnam veteran.

These kinds of storyline inconsistencies happen for many reasons known only to the producers. It's just not a big deal. NASH BRIDGES can even deal with this in a future episode (in which case we'd declare "I TOLD YOU SO" and "YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!") The difference with NASH BRIDGES is the tie-in with the Web Site and a contest based on extra info about the show. It's been reported that Don Johnson is heavily invested in the NetShow, the company that does the Official NB Site. We wish the Official Site well and have no desire to interfere in their business, which is to promote the show.

All television series have a "Bible" or "Biography" which may contain info which does not make it into the final script - it is fluid (meaning it's always changing and adapting) and used by any production to keep consistent attitude and atmosphere for the benefit of the writers, actors, and directors. While it is often revealing, this kind of heavily detailed backstory info often never makes it into a script because of the tightly formatted 46 and 1/2 minutes of precious air time.

Perhaps the backstory of Alex Rabb killing Nash's brother was taken out so that Nash wouldn't look like a vigilante cop or a cop with an out-of-control temper. Perhaps NASH BRIDGES was probably trying to be more sensitive to the image of police in light of police incidences such as the Rodney King beating or the recent spate of SFPD problems. Whatever happened, these changes occurred before the Web Site could match their story description. It happened again with the latest episode entitled "Vanishing Act" which was briefly entitled "Vanishing Point" by the Official Site and still remains unchanged in the graphics of the Webisode as of May 1.

The reference we stand by is the info contained in the aired episodes.
 

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