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Mel Brooks

'Get Smart' available digitally for first time

Studio executives decided to cancel the spy comedy "Get Smart" after its inaugural season in 1965. It was because of poor ratings, despite having a stellar comedy pedigree it was created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. "But, no one liked the show they put on as the replacement," Brooks says. "So, I got a call saying they were putting us back on the air. Any show becomes a habit if you keep it on the air. You want to see them." The decision proved wise. "Get Smart" ended up running for four seasons on NBC and a fifth on CBS. It won the outstanding comedy series primetime Emmy in 1968. The goofy battles between CONTROL and KAOS went on for 138 episodes....