Mickey

Mickey is an American situation comedy that aired on ABC from September 1964 to January 1965.  Mickey Grady (Mickey Rooney), a retired businessman, inherits the luxury Newport Arms Hotel in Newport Beach, California, and decides to run it.  Created and produced by Bob Fisher and Arthur Marx, the series stars Mickey Rooney, and was filmed at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.

Rooney won a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor in a Television Series” at the 21st Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremonies in 1964.
Ironically, the series failed to sustain ratings to survive the full season in its 9 p.m. Eastern time slot on Wednesdays.  Its principal competition was another sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show on CBS.  NBC ran television movies at the time.  Due to low ratings, ABC was considering canceling Mickey.  The network was hesitant to cancel the series due to the popularity of Sammee Tong’s character who had a solid fanbase thanks to his role in Bachelor Father.  In his 1991 autobiography, Life Is Too Short, Mickey Rooney wrote that Tong was upset by the news that the series faced cancellation.  Tong, who was a heavy gambler and owed money to the mafia, needed the money from the series to pay off his debts.  On October 27th, 1964, Tong took an overdose of barbiturates and died at his home.  Tong’s death effectively ended any chance for the series’ survival, and ABC canceled Mickey.  The series’ last episode aired on January 13th, 1965.
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