The Dukes of Hazzard premiered on our television screens on 26 January 1979 as only a temporary replacement for the more popular show The Incredible Hulk. CBS initially planned to air just nine episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard, until the fresh episodes of The Incredible Hulk were ready. However, CBS was in for a surprise as the new show turned out to be a rating powerhouse. The series that revolves around two good-natured brothers facing troubles with the corrupted cops of Hazzard County quickly transformed into a profitable venture for the production house.
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1. CBS’s chairman considered The Dukes of Hazzard a Lousy Script:
William Paley, the chairman of CBS, hated the concept and story line of The Dukes of Hazzard. Paley had worked hard to transform Columbia Broadcasting System from an underrated radio station to one of America’s top three TV networks. Hence, he didn’t want to take any risk and was skeptical about whether the audience would love the show’s southern-fried humor. He even described the show as lousy in several of his interviews.