The cast change did not help the show's ratings; ABC cancelled Naked City at the end of the 1958–59 season. Nancy Malone appeared regularly (ending up in about half the newly produced episodes) as Adam Flint's aspiring actress girlfriend, Libby Kingston.
One of the show's sponsors (Brown & Williamson), along with production staff, successfully lobbied the network to revive the show as an hour-long series, which premiered in 1960. The hour-long version of the show was broadcast on ABC in the p.m. For this iteration of the series, writer Silliphant was forced to cut down his involvement considerably, as he was simultaneously working as the main scriptwriter on Route 66 which launched in October 1960.
The 1960 version featured Paul Burke as Detective Adam Flint, a sensitive and cerebral cop in his early thirties who does much of the legwork in the episodes. Silliphant wrote the first three episodes of Naked City's second season, then did not pen any further episodes until he wrote three episodes in season four.
Naked City is a police drama series which aired from 1958 to 1963 on the ABC television network.
It was inspired by the 1948 motion picture The Naked City and mimics its dramatic "semi-documentary" format.
As in the film, each episode concluded with a narrator intoning the iconic line: "There are eight million stories in the naked city.
This has been one of them." The Naked City episode "Four Sweet Corners" (1959) served as a backdoor pilot of sorts for the series Route 66, created by Stirling Silliphant.
Route 66 ran on CBS from 1960 to 1964, and, like Naked City, followed the "semi-anthology" format of building the stories around the guest stars, rather than the regular cast.
Filmed on location in New York City, the series centered on the detectives of NYPD’s 65th Precinct, although episode plots usually focused more on the criminals and victims portrayed by guest stars, characteristic of the "semi-anthology" narrative format common in early 1960s TV (so called by the trade paper Variety).
For the first season, the primary writer was Stirling Silliphant, who wrote 32 of the season's 39 episodes.
Silliphant nurtured a focus on intelligent drama with elements of comedy and pathos, leading to significant critical acclaim for the series and attracting film and television actors of the time to seek out guest-starring roles.
Many scenes were filmed in the South Bronx near Biograph Studios (aka Gold Medal Studios), where the series was produced, and in Greenwich Village and other neighborhoods in Manhattan.
The exterior of the “65th Precinct” was the Midtown North (18th) Precinct, at 306 West 54th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, in the second and the third season, and the current 9th Precinct, at 321 East 5 Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues before it was renovated, in the first and in the fourth seasons.
Naked City first aired in the 1958–59 season, with the title The Naked City, as a half-hour series starring James Franciscus and John Mc Intire playing, respectively, Detective Jimmy Halloran and Lt.