Hart to Hart: Stefanie Powers on the TV Series, Reunion Possibility

Hart to HartStefanie Powers has had a long and impressive career that has included starring in numerous stage plays and musicals, television shows, and movies. She’s also written books on fitness, authored an autobiography, and released a CD.

While speaking with Powers about the Warner Archive’s release of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. on DVD, I had a chance to ask her about her most beloved TV role, playing opposite Robert Wagner on Hart to Hart. The series ran for five seasons on ABC before being cancelled in 1984. The characters found new life some nine years later in a series of eight TV reunion movies on NBC. The final movie was broadcast exactly 17 years after the first episode of the series.

Before we get to Hart to Hart, I’d like to ask you briefly about The Feather & Father Gang, a TV series you did with Harold Gould.
Stefanie Powers: Ah yes, my dear Harold. Harold just died last year. What a loss, what a great actor. What was so great about The Feather & Father Gang was that, here were all these wonderful comedians. It employed the most fabulous assortment of comics that were all those… comedians, and oh God, they were sensational. Nothing short of wonderful.

Hart to Hart ran for five seasons, 110 episodes. Anything that immediately comes to mind about your working with, your partnership, with Robert Wagner?
Powers: Oh yes, lots of thoughts, of course. We are still friends — thank God. Unfortunately, we see each other a lot at funerals these days. We’ve lost a lot of our pals from that period, which is very sad and lamentable.

But it was a fantastic privilege and great period of time for all of us. One of those rare things — if you’re lucky it happens once in a lifetime.

Did you actors know, when you filmed the last episode, that that was going to be the series finale?
Powers: No, we had no idea. I was in Paris filming Minstrel’s Daughter which was a mini-series. It was Sunday night. We had been in discussions about starting the next season of Hart to Hart in Paris and doing a couple of shows where Freeway [the dog] falls in love with a French poodle and runs off and something surrounding the fashion world. And those were actively on-going discussions. And that Sunday night, I got a telephone call from Robert Wagner and Leonard Goldberg and Tom Mankowitz, saying that we were not on the fall schedule. And that’s how it happened.

So we felt very much nipped in the bud. And when it was possible, four years later, we began discussions about doing a reunion of Hart to Hart. It came in many forms, it was going to be a movie for television, and then it was going to be a miniseries, and then it was going to be a series… so many different things. And then, finally NBC came up with the idea of doing a mystery “wheel”. Do you remember those things called wheels?

Oh absolutely.
Powers: About four people do remember them. Unfortunately. Not enough people understood what the rotating wheel was all about. And I don’t think that NBC really understood that in order to make something like that happen, you really do have to commit. You can’t just sort of see how it goes. You have to educate the audience that they’re going to see one of four alternating shows each week. When the wheel was invented, it was MacMillan & Wife, Columbo, McCloud, and The Name of the Game. And they all committed to making eight shows a piece. So, for a full year, you could see your favorite shows at least once a month.

But if you’re producing that, you have to commit, you can’t drop shows, you know, and say we didn’t get a rating on that one, so we’re going to drop it and next time we’ll have a new show. They never did really commit to it.

And we were a remake, we were revisiting Hart to Hart so we already had an audience. The other shows were brand new. So, it really was badly conceived unfortunately, but for us it accomplished one thing. We were able to put a period at an end of the sentence a little more gracefully than we were allowed to do when it was cancelled.

In closing, do you have any thoughts about where Jennifer and Jonathan might be today?
Powers: You mean, if we were to revisit them? I have no idea. They didn’t have children so they wouldn’t be grandparents… You know people have frequently asked if we’d want to go back and do another reunion. And, I think we’ve said good night to it. I think it’s had its day and had its moment. I don’t know where we could recapture it or how. It just wouldn’t play the same.

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. is currently available from the Warner Archive on DVD.

What do you think? Are you a fan of Hart to Hart? Do you have any favorite memories? Would you like to see the Harts reunited once more?

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17 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Michele Post says

    I would love to see another Hart to Hart movie or even a miniseries. My husband and I stay up to watch the shows every night.

  2. JoAnne says

    I would love another Hart to Hart movie. There is still a HUGE fan base and would do well and sell.

  3. Anonymous says

    I would love another movie of Hart to Hart..there is still a HUGE fan base and it would sell well.

  4. Amy koons says

    Me and my thirteen year old son watch Hart to Hart every night. Good show. I would love to see a reunion episode.

  5. cheryl Dennis says

    I have always loved Hart to Hart and although they’re older I would love to see them have a reunion it would be absolutely wonderful to see these two back together as a team

  6. brenda doyle says

    It would be wonderful to see them in action again, who knows after 30 years they may have had children or adopted ones, the show did emphasis on children that they took cared of.
    It just a GREAT IDEA!! R.J and S.P. still looking great and there are still a whole lot of fans that would love the reunion….

  7. CAROLE says

    YES, YES, I think a reunion would be wonderful. I am watching an episode right now.

    It would be “fun” to see where there lives are now.

  8. says

    the best show ever, Stephanie powers and Robert wagner just looked like they were made for each other, I still watch the reruns and would love to see a show reuniting them even though they are on in age. Would be great to see a movie also about them instead of all the junk the have on tv now.

  9. Pam Furdo says

    I sm a Hugh fan of Hart to Hart and would love to see them re unite. All the episodes were fantastic and I really believe a good story line is possible.

  10. marcia says

    gostaria muito de ver hart to hart reunido outra vez , acho que tem vários caminhos para esse final, independente de eles não terem filhos, pois poderiam passar o verdadeiro amor para outra geração.

  11. kim endres says

    absolutely, all the fans would love it. and, believe me , there are a lot of us. we’d also like to have the last three seasons finally come out on dvd. we’ve been waiting years, i’d like to say patiently, but we’re crazy with desire to see those darn things released.

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