TV Fact #226 – June 7th, 2015:

During the series “In the Heat of the Night” (1988-1995), based on 1967 film of the same name which in turn was based on the author John Ball’s 1965 novel of the same name, there is a photo behind the chief’s desk. The photo is of actor Rod Steiger in costume as the chief from the movie. Steiger had played the original Police Chief Bill Gillespie from the 1967 film that actor Carroll O’Connor took over playing during the run of the series. So, in a weird reference to the transition from the film to the series, the photo is remembering the previous Chief. There is some joke about film-to-TV continuity but I’ll let you the audience have fun with that.

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