In 1961 TV producer Leonard Stern (Get Smart, Sgt. Bilko, Honeymooners) was having his house remodeled. As he observed the construction workers building a hood over his fireplace, he noticed they had sealed their steel ladder inside. It took hours for the workers to deconstruct the fireplace to retrieve the ladder. With this incident in mind, Stern approached the ABC television network. I'm Dickens He's Fenster, starring John Astin (in his warm up to The Addams Family) and Marty Ingels (The Dick Van Dyke Show) was ultimately given the green light for the 1962-63 TV season. Unfortunately the show was cancelled after just 32 episodes.
reminds me of the current state of affairs in Washington DC.