Coming Up Rosie (Series) (1975-1976)

Coming Up Rosie was a situation comedy series for pre-teens. The half-hour programs aimed at eight to 12-year-olds had developed into family-viewing serialized comedy. The regular cast members were seasoned revue performers. Rosemary Radcliffe played Rosie Tucker; Barry Baldaro was Dudley Kightshade, her assistant. They produced documentary films for the school board, out of Zonk Productions at 99 Sumach Street. While Rosie was making low-budget films, she involved (and got involved with) the other tenants on the floor — Dan Hennessey, playing Ralph Oberding, the Neva-Rust Storm Door salesman; Catherine O'Hara as Myrna Wallbacker of the Ding-A-Ling Answering Service; John Candy as Wally Wypyzpychwk of Sleep-Tite Burglar Alarms; and John Stocker as Dwayne Kramer, the elevator operator and general-man-about-thebuilding. The series evolved out a previous series, Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins. The programs contained take-offs on other TV series — The Night Stalker, M.A.S.H., Ellery Queen and Mary Tyler Moore, Welcome Back Kotter, among others. There were programs that were takeoffs on game shows, and a melodrama with Dudley playing Sherlock Holmes.

Rosemary Radcliffe .... Rosie Tucker
Barry Baldaro .... Dudley Nightshade
Dan Hennessey .... Ralph Oberding
Catherine O'Hara .... Myrna Wallbacker
John Candy .... Wally Wypyzypychwk
John Stocker .... Dwayne Kramer
Dan Aykroyd .... Purvis Bickle
Fiona Reid .... Mona Swicker

Original Broadcaster(s): CBC

Related Shows:
Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins (1974-1975)
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