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Honey Vicarro

Rev. Donald Wildmon, founder of television watchdog group, the American Family Association, credits HONEY VICARRO with igniting his lifelong mission to clean up television.


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In 1966, upstart producer, Gavin Hurrell, at the height of his career, initiated development of a radical new television program, HONEY VICARRO. The ABC show was plagued from the outset by production problems, culminating in the death of its sex-vixen lead, Kim Carlyle, from a prescription drug overdose.  

Honey VicarroHurrell pitched HONEY VICARRO as a standard action series (albeit one featuring a female protagonist). Riding on the wild success of NAKED CITY and SECRET AGENT, Hurrell received a deal-point unprecedented in the industry: the right to shoot twenty-six episodes without network oversight. The only requirement ABC stipulated was that the series "comply with standards and practices."

Under the cloak of this arrangement, Hurrell began shooting episodes whose themes pushed well outside the envelope--from Honey's brazen bisexuality to her sensual relationship with her African-American chauffer, Chad (Cliff di Marco).

Even her wardrobe--skin-tight leather body-suits, leopard-skin matinee jackets, Ray-Ban Cats, spike-heeled boots--oozed an in-your-face sexuality informed by a less-than-subtle B&D sensibility (virtually every episode, for instance, featured a scene in which Honey was bound and gagged--often wearing nothing but panties and brassiere).

Likewise, the stories were cutting edge, focusing on drug abuse, homosexuality, incest, police corruption, interracial sex, pornography and other issues rarely addressed in films of the day, much less prime-time television.

Sunset BlvdOnly one of its original twenty-six episodes would ever be aired (the relatively tame "Love Me, Don't," guest-starring Sal Mineo). Due to public outrage, anger among affiliates (particularly in the South) and the condemnation of the Roman Catholic Church as well as virtually every other organized religious group, the show was abruptly cancelled and replaced with reruns of THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER.

His career in ruins, Hurrell subsequently retired, rarely setting foot outside his Benedict Canyon estate until his death.

Meanwhile, fueled by stories related by the few executives, cast and crew who had been involved in its production, HONEY VICARRO evolved from its status as a brief footnote in television history into the cult-legend it is today. Over the ensuing decades, the show's reputation grew, largely due to the internet gossip-mill.

CardThe mysterious disappearance of the negatives from the network vaults only intensified the mystique of the series. Today, only a few surviving partial scripts, the opening theme, a handful of production stills and a few pieces of archival footage provided an ample blank screen upon which fans of the show could project their own speculations and theories regarding its nature.

Nevertheless, what was actually shot on Stage 7 of the Desilu studios was only a dim memory in the minds of the show's surviving cast, crew and guest-stars. The only person who actually knew every detail of its production--its embittered creator, Hurrell--refused to discuss it on or off the record until his death in 1992.