James Mitchell on WHERE THE HEART IS
Posted by Roger Newcomb
WHERE THE HEART IS debuted in September 1969 and ran through March 1973. Lou Scofield and Margaret DePriest created the series and before the end of its run it was being head written by Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer. Set in the fictional town of Northcross, Connecticut, WHERE THE HEART IS focused on the sexual and psychological intrigues of the dysfunctional Hathaway family. James Mitchell played one of the three Hathaway children, Julian, who was professor of literature at the local university. Diana van der Vlis and Louise Shaffer played his sisters when the show debuted.
When the show first began, Julian had just married Mary, his son's former girlfriend. Mary was played by Diana Walker.
WHERE THE HEART IS and LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING went off the air the same day on March 23, 1973. WHERE THE HEART IS sped up stories to finish them off.
Julian revealed a secret to Mary: "Liz didn't have that abortion! The baby she's having is -- mine!"
Mary: "The baby is -- yours!"
The doorbell rings. Enter Liz Rainey, villainess extraordinary. Liz says brightly, "How's everything?"
Mary says: "Oh everything's just fine, considering that I've just found out you're carry Julian's child!"
Mary goes on to denounce Liz for (A) sleeping with Julian (B) marrying Julian's son Michael under false pretenses (C) craftily making Mary think Julian was actually sleeping with his blameless colleague at the university, a virginal Robert Browning specialist named Loretta and (D) worming her way into Mary's good graces. Mary winds up her true bill with: "I suppose you told Julian you got pregnant by accident!"
Liz says, "Of course it wasn't by accident!"
Julian is rocked by this. Liz has rocked him and rocked him and rocked him but only now in this elevnth hour does he show fight.
Julian says Liz's blackmailing days are over. He is going to spill the beans, all the beans, to Michael. "I suggest you start packing," says Julian to Liz. She goes rushing off to save her marriage. "I've got some packing of my own to do," says Mary, who has decided to end hers. She rushes upstairs for a suitcase.
WHERE THE HEART IS was replaced by a brand new soap, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, in CBS daytime lineup.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks to Rob Wargo for the wonderful photos.