Burt Reynolds' new television series will have a captive audience for its debut when the inmates at Lantana Correctional Institution view it on five new color televisions provided by the star.
Reynolds' production company, Blue Period Inc., provided $1,500 for the TVs to make up for inmates' inconvenience during three days of filming of the detective series "B.L. Stryker" at the prison in late January."It was a gesture on their part," prison Superintendent Ray Henderson said. "We did not require it. They wanted to do something that would impact the most, since the inmates were inconvenienced."
During the filming, the prison's 40 inmates were confined to one end of the prison and barred from using their outdoor recreation yard, Henderson said.
Officials expect the televisions to arrive in time for the inmates to catch Monday night's premier on ABC-TV.