Andy, Opie: Aunt Bee's Calling You Home
Aunt Bee should be smiling down from on high.
Some 35 years after they walked away from the Mayberry fishing hole, “The Andy Griffith Show” veterans Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knots and Jim Nabors will take a sentimental journey for a Nov. 11 reunion on CBS, reports Reuters.
Griffith, 77, who starred as the widowed sheriff Andy Taylor on the beloved rural-themed show will host and narrate the one-hour special from the steps of the courthouse that was used on the series. (It will be a replica, Reuters, notes.)
The nostalgia pot will be stirred by Academy Award-winning director Howard, 49, who played Andy’s red-haired son, Opie; Knots, 79, who portrayed Andy’s high-strung deputy Barney Fife, and Nabors, 73, the gas station attendant at Wally’s filling station who then left the show to star on his own, 1965’s “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”
The special is also due to include separate interviews with other surviving cast members, including George Lindsay (Goober) and Betty Lynn (Barney’s girlfriend, Thelma Lou).
Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee, died in 1989, eight days before her 87th birthday. She will be shown in archival footage, according to the Internet Movie Database, as will the show’s producer, entertainer Danny Thomas.
The show itself, which is still popular on TV Land (where it is called “Andy of Mayberry”), originally ran from 1960 until 1968, when Griffith left the supporting cast to carry on with a new star, Ken Berry, in the retitled “Mayberry R.F.D.”