GILLIGAN'S ISLAND TO AIR 12 HOUR TOURATHON
The Professor in "Gilligan's Island" has died.
Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley, died of natural causes at his home in Washington. TMZ has more coverage HERE.
Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann, posted on Facebook, "My 2 favorite people are now gone. The professor past (sic) away this morning. My heart is broken."
So it seems timely that TV Land will be having a 12 Hour Tour Marathon.
The old gang is back and better than ever! TV Land is welcoming “Gilligan’s Island” back to the network after a 10-year hiatus and for the first time ever, fans will be able to see the series re-mastered in HD. The network is celebrating in a big way by kicking off with a “12-Hour Tour” marathon on Monday, January 20th from 9am to 9pm. The classic sitcom then settles into its regular slot in primetime airing between 7pm and 9pm from Monday through Saturday.
Join the fun online and follow @TVLand #12HrTourathon, and check out the TV Land Buzzfeed list of “Best Uses of Coconuts.” Pinterest will house pictures of the actual “island” and users can go to TVLand.com and TV Land on Facebook for more “Gilligan” fun.
Launched in 1964, “Gilligan’s Island” became one of the most widely-seen and successful series ever in syndication. Created by Sherwood Schwartz and inspired by “Robinson Crusoe,” Schwartz developed what he believed to be a meaningful show that represented various citizens of America, brought together to survive on a deserted island. With his selection of characters -- the wealthy, the glamour girl, a brainiac, a wholesome girl, the misfit and the resourceful bull of a man -- Schwartz had hoped that the audience would find someone on the island with whom they could identify. The S.S. Minnow crew – the bumbling, Gilligan (Bob Denver) and the Skipper, Jonas Grumby (Alan Hale, Jr.) -- get their passengers to safety and then spend the next four years trying to get themselves off of the island. The other survivors include: Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus) and his wife Lovey (Natalie Schafer), who are worth millions of dollars; Ginger Grant (Tina Louise), a Hollywood movie star; Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells), an all-American girl from Kansas; and the Professor Roy Hinkley (Russell Johnson), a scientist.