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> Description 
'Shaft' the TV series premiered in October of 1973 as part of CBS's 'New Tuesday Night Movies' - a rotating 'wheel' consisting of 'Shaft', 'Hawkins' and the 'Tuesday Night Movie'. The show ran from 9:30-11:00 with Richard Roundtree reprising his role as New York detective John Shaft.

To make the character 'fit' for broadcast, Shaft needed to be toned down. Now he would be working with the man instead of against him. Whenever Shaft was in a jam, he could call on Lt. Al Rossi (Ed Barth) of the police department and he would provide Shaft with the back-up he needed to solve the more complex crimes he was now faced with.

Cries rang up from 'Shaft' fans that Richard Roundtree had sold out, that this new mellow-er Shaft was no Shaft at all. Because of this, the series never found a substantial following and was canceled when the season ended on September 3, 1974.

Show Description Credit: TV Party
> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Aug 20, 1974
Premiere October 9, 1973
Episodes 7
Network CBS
Format/Time Color / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
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