Category: JON CYPHER

Rest In Peace Angela Lansbury

Rest In Peace Angela Lansbury

On behalf of JON CYPHER ONLINE I want to say how saddened I am on the passing of the wonderful and incredible actress, Angela Lansbury at the age of 96. Jon was in three episodes of her series MURDER SHE WROTE where Ms. Lansbury played author and sleuth, Jessica Fletcher. We offer concordances to Ms. Lansbury’s family and wish them peace. The three episodes Jon appeared are listed below.

“Major Dad” To Leave Netflix in September

“Major Dad” To Leave Netflix in September

Jon’s series MAJOR DAD is leaving Netflix as of September 1st. So if you have a subscription, watch all you can until then. Jon of course played the part of Brigadier General Marcus C. Craig, Camp Hollister’s fearsome leader. More below.

Classic Sitcom ‘Major Dad’ Leaving Netflix US in September 2022

After only a year, the classic sitcom comedy series Major Dad will leave Netflix in the United States.

Airing on CBS between 1989 and 1993, the show is often a forgotten classic when it comes to sitcoms.

The cast included Beverly Archer, Matt Mulhern, Jon Cypher, Marisa Ryan, Nicole Dubuc, and Chelsea Hertford. It was about a U.S. Marine finding his once-orderly life no longer entirely under his command after he marries a journalist and becomes stepdad to her daughters.

As we first reported back in August 2021, the show was headed to Netflix unexpectedly on September 1st. All four seasons consisting of 96 episodes have been available on the platform ever since.

Netflix added the series in its original 4:3 format so it didn’t receive any HD upgrades like Seinfeld did when it dropped on Hulu (and subsequently Netflix).

As you may know, Netflix has been slowly losing its collection of classic shows in recent years as distributors pull back their catalogs to fuel their own streaming services.

As it currently stands, Netflix is the exclusive streaming home of the show with no other streamer carrying it.

After leaving Netflix in full on September 1st, you’d think that there are only two candidates for where the show streams next. The most likely is Peacock, owned by Universal/Comcast who serve as the distributors or Paramount+ owned by CBS/Paramount given that CBS was the original network for the show.

The short-term license from Universal Television is in line with generally what we’ve seen with licensed TV shows in recent years.

Universal, in particular, has been licensing TV series to Netflix on short 1-year deals for quite some time. Good examples include Friday Night Lights and 30 Rock, both licensed to Netflix on short 1-year deals.

Why they’re doing this is likely two-fold. Firstly, it gets themselves some short-term money from Netflix and secondly, they’re playing the long game in getting people addicted to these shows to hopefully bring them over to their own streaming service, in this case, Peacock.

For more on what’s leaving Netflix, keep it locked right here on What’s on Netflix. We’ve listed Major Dad alongside all the currently known movies set to leave Netflix in September 2022 here.

Will you miss Major Dad when it leaves Netflix? Let us know in the comments.

SOURCE: WHAT’S ON

Happy Birthday Jon

Happy Birthday Jon

Sorry for the late posting of this. I’d meant to have it up before now, but the site was going glitchy so I had to repair what was happening. So now things are actually working as they should, it’s time to wish Jon the Happiest of Birthdays on behalf of JON CYPHER ONLINE. So Happy Birthday Jon with all love.

Jon Cypher Online New Layout

Jon Cypher Online New Layout

As if you haven’t noticed JON CYPHER ONLINE has a new layout. I thought it was about time. I think the other one has been up for at least two or three years. I found this one and thought it would make it look more sophisticated and easy on the eyes. Please let me know how you feel about it as I personally love it. I’m still ironing out some of the glitches that are more behind-the-scenes things you won’t notice. I’m also hoping to update the Twitter account with something similar to this. Please take care and be safe.

Happy Birthday Jon

Happy Birthday Jon

Wishing my friend the happiest of days today. Jon turns a young 89 years today and I’m hoping he’s safe, and having a great day. Take care.

Jon’s Statement On Working On “Hill Street Blues” as Chief Fletcher Daniels

Jon’s Statement On Working On “Hill Street Blues” as Chief Fletcher Daniels

I want to thank Owain Mattocks of the Facebook HILL STREET BLUES Fan Group for allowing me to post this here. Jon contacted him and related his thanks knowing the show is still being remembered today some thirty plus years after going off the air. Owain has allowed me to post it here for Jon’s fans who either don’t know about the group, or who would just like to see what Jon’s experience was. Thanks again Owain. The all caps is Jon’s and the message is posted here directly as Owain provided with no corrections.

DEAR OWAIN,

WHAT A PLEASURE TO GET YOUR EMAIL AND TO KNOW THAT THERE’S STILL A HILL STREET GROUP REMEMBERING THAT AMAZING SHOW.THE REAL JOB OF AN ACTOR IS NOT ACTING. THE REAL JOB IS GETTING THE JOB. I AUDITIONED FOR HILL ST. FOR THE PART OF A CAPTAIN,A CHARACTER WHO WAS GOING TO RECUR IN 3 EPISODES. BOCHCO, THE PRODUCER, SAID TO ME AFTER MY AUDITION. “WELL, YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR THIS BUT THERE’S SOMETHING COMING UP AND WE’LL CALL YOU.” THOSE LAST WORDS ARE THE KISS OF DEATH FOR AN ACTOR.IN OTHER WORDS, “WE’LL CALL YOU” IS A NICE WAY OF SAYING, “GO AWAY, DISAPPEAR, NEVER DARKEN OUR DOOR AGAIN.”

BUT THIS TIME BOCHCO MEANT IT AND A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER, I GOT A CALL TO COME IN TO PLAY THE POLICE CHIEF. IT WAS TO BE A ONE SHOT.BUT AFTER I DID THAT FIRST SHOW, THEY CALLED AGAIN AND I WAS ON THE SHOW FOR THE DURATION…7 SEASONS. THE FUNNY THING IS THAT WHEN I CAME IN TO DO THAT SECOND SHOW, THE ASST. DIRECTOR SAID TO ME THAT WHEN THE PRODUCERS SCREENED THAT FIRST EPISODE I WAS IN, THEY NEVERSTOPPED LAUGHING AT WHAT I’D DONE. I WAS DELIGHTED. THE ONLY. PROBLEM WAS THAT I WAS PLAYING IT STRAIGHT…NOT FOR LAUGHS…BUT THE PRODUCERS THOUGHT I WAS FUNNY. SO! FOR THE REST OF THAT SEASON AND THE NEXT SIX, I WAS ALWAYS WALKING A WEIRD LINE IN MY BRAIN: IS THIS FUNNY; IS THIS NOT FUNNY? ALWAYS ASKING MYSELF THAT STRANGE QUESTION.

I SAID THE REAL JOB OF AN ACTOR IS GETTING THE JOB. WHEN I STARTED WORKING IN FILM AND ON TV THERE WERE AROUND 35 OR 40 THOUSAND MEMBERS OF SCREEN ACTORS GUILD…THE FILM UNION. WHEN I RETIRED AFTER 43 YEARS, THERE WERE ABOUT 145 THOUSAND. MORE AND MORE ACTORS FOR THE AVAILABLE WORK. AND TO MAKE A LIVING, ACTORS FREQUENTLY HAVE TO TAKE SOMETHING THEY KNOW IS NOT GOOD. THAT THEY KNOW SUCKS!I’VE DONE FIVE SOAP OPERAS FOR SHORT PERIODS DURING MY CAREER…JUST TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE. BUT ALL THAT IS A LEAD UP TO SAY THATHILL STREET BLUES WAS, CONSISTENTLY, WEEK AFTER WEEK, YEAR AFTER YEAR, THE FINEST WRITING THAT I’VE EVER HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO DO. I WAS WHAT IS CALLED IN THE BUSINESS, “A RECURRING CHARACTER.” I DID AS MANY AS 15 OF THE 24 EPISODES IN A SEASON AND AS FEW AS 8 OR 10. BUT EVERY TIME A SCRIPT WAS DELIVERED TO MY HOUSE, I WONDERED, “COULD THEY HAVE DONE IT YET AGAIN? COULD THEY HAVE FORGED YET ANOTHER SCRIPT WITH THE SAME BRILLIANT WRITING, THE SAME POWERFUL STORYLINE?? ANOTHER MASTERPIECE? AGAIN?

AND, OF COURSE, I WAS NEVER DISAPPOINTED. ALWAYS BRILLIANT, ALWAYS AWASH IN REALITY. HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: A WRITER SUBMITS A SCRIPT, THEY LIKE IT AND BUY THE SCRIPT FROM THE WRITER. THEN THE PRODUCERS PUT THEIR IMPRIMATUR ON THE STORY. AND, ON HSB THE LAST ONE TO TOUCH THE SCRIPT WOULD ALWAYS BE STEPHEN BOCHCO. AND WHEN BOCHCO TOUCHED IT, IT WAS TRANSFORMED INTO THE GEM THE WORLD SAW ON THEIR TV SCREENS.UNFAILINGLY. BOCHCO DID IT. AND, IF I MAY, WHAT A TRAGEDY THAT HE DIED SO YOUNG.

SO, YEAH, I CAN EASILY SAY THAT HILL ST. WAS THE FINEST THING I EVER DID ON TV. AND I CAN’T CHECK OUT WITHOUT MENTIONING THE LARGE CAST OF WONDERFUL ACTORS, FROM DAN TRAVANTI ON DOWN. I KNEW THEM ALL, CARED FOR THEM ALL, BUT, AS THE CHIEF, OF COURSE MOST OF MY SCENES INCLUDED CAPTAIN: FURILLO! AND I HAVE TO SAY, LOOKING BACK ON A LONG CAREER, I THINK, WITHOUT ANY DOUBT WHATSOEVER, DAN WAS THE FINEST ACTOR I EVER WORKED WITH.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR APPRECIATION FOR WHAT I THINK, EVEN TODAY, WAS THE FINEST TV SERIES EVER ON THAT SMALL SCREEN IN OUR LIVING ROOMS!AND I WOULD BET ANYTHING THAT EVERY ACTOR THAT HAD THE CHANCE TO WORK ON THAT SHOW WOULD SAY THE SAME THING.

BEST TO ALL, JON CYPHER (AKA CHIEF FLETCHER P. DANIELS)