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The Governor and J.J.

The Governor & J.J.
Jessie Royce Landis and Julie Sommars, 1970.
Genre Comedy
Created by Leonard Stern
Arne Sultan
Starring Dan Dailey
Julie Sommars
James T. Callahan
Neva Patterson
Nora Marlowe
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 39
Location(s) Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Running time 30 minutes
Production companies Talent Associates-Norton Simon
Original channel CBS
Original run 23 September 1969 – 6 January 1971
Followed by All in the Family

The Governor & J.J. is a television series that ran from September 1969 to January 1971 on CBS in the United States and in Canada, where it ran on CBC Television. Selected episodes were rerun by CBS during the summer of 1972. It was produced by Talent Associates and CBS Productions. CBS Television Distribution now owns the distribution rights to the program.

The series starred Dan Dailey and Julie Sommars. It focused on William Drinkwater (Dailey), a governor in an unnamed Midwestern state, who, in lieu of his late wife, had a "first lady" in his twenty-something year-old daughter, Jennifer Jo (Sommars). J.J., as Jennifer Jo was called, had a regular job as an assistant curator at a zoo in the capital city and had a love for animals. She was bright and opinionated and could also debate political issues with her father as well as anyone else. Despite their difference in opinions, (she was more liberal, and he was more conservative) William really loved J.J., and she proved herself to be charming and efficient in her duties being "first lady" for her widowered father. J.J. often gained support and advice from Maggie McLeod (Neva Patterson), the governor's secretary; George Callison (James T. Callahan), the Governor's press secretary, and from Sara Andrews (Nora Marlowe), the housekeeper at the Governor's Mansion, who appeared in twenty-three episodes.


The series won three Golden Globe Awards in 1970 for Best Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical TV series for Sommars and Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical TV Series for Dailey.

Francis De Sales guest starred as Senator Loomis in the 1970 episode "Charley's Back in Town".

In real life Sommars has long been involved in politics, mostly behind the scenes with the Republican Party, even though her son Michael worked with Vice President Albert Gore's 2000 Presidential campaign.

When the program was canceled by CBS, it was replaced in its timeslot by All in the Family.

External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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