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‘My Three Sons’: Why Was Mike Written Off the Show?

‘My Three Sons’: Why Was Mike Written Off the Show?

Tim Considine put together an amazing litany of movie and television work, including his turn as Mike Douglas on My Three Sons. Considine joined My Three Sons in 1960 and started a five-season stay, but the show ran until 1972 – why was Mike written off so early?

From all we know about Considine’s time on the sitcom, he enjoyed it. His career was soaring in the mid-1950s when he got a call about working on My Three Sons as Mike. It seemed like a good career move. He trusted working with Fred MacMurray, who played his father. Steve and Mike, who was the oldest of the Douglas boys, seemed to have an unspoken connection.

Why Was Mike Written Off ‘My Three Sons’?

At one point, Considine wanted to direct some My Three Sons episodes himself. This did not go over well with executive producer Don Fedderson at all. They only wanted him to act. Considine didn’t like this “resolution,” so he made the call to leave the sitcom. He appeared in the show’s first color episode, marrying fiancee Sally, played by Meredith MacRae. After that, both Mike and Sally were written off the show.

Even before signing up to join this sitcom, Considine already was a well-known actor. He’d appeared in movies and television shows for Disney from 1955 to 1959. For the home of “Mickey Mouse,” Considine starred in serials that aired within Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club. Those 15-minute shows were titled The Adventures of Spin and Marty, The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty, and The New Adventures of Spin and Marty. Considine starred in these alongside actor and good friend David Stollery.

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In 1956, he played Frank Hardy opposite Tommy Kirk as Joe Hardy in The Hardy Boys detective shows.

He popped up in 1958 in another Disney serial, this one is titled Annette. It stars Mickey Mouse Club actress Annette Funicello and Considine plays Steve. Once again, Considine teams up with Stollery.

Moving on to 1959, Considine starred in The Shaggy Dog along with Fred MacMurray, Funicello, George Carlin, and Stollery. This would be MacMurray and Considine met before working together on My Three Sons.

After leaving as one of the Douglas kids, Considine appeared on both the big screen and the small screen. In 1960, he played Franklin D. Roosevelt’s oldest son opposite Ralph Bellamy in Sunrise at Campobello. TV work included guest-starring roles in The Fugitive, Bonanza, and Gunsmoke.

Considine had a memorable turn on the big screen in 1970. He played a soldier getting slapped by General George S. Patton (George C. Scott) in Patton.

He was married twice, once to Charlotte Stewart and the second time to Willett Hunt. Considine did have a son, Christopher. Tim Considine died on March 3, 2022 at 81.