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    Today in History: Monday, April 19, 2021

    Television and Radio: The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) launched in 1948…In 1987, the animated family named The Simpsons debuted on comedy/variety half-hour “The Tracey Ullman Show” as a series of shorts…NBC sitcom “Wings” premiered in 1990. It aired through May 21, 1997 and was what you would call a “time period hit”…Animated comedy “The Angry Beavers” opened on Nickelodeon in 1997. It aired […]

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    This Day in History: Sunday, April 18, 2021

    Television and Radio In 1966, “The 38th Annual Academy Awards” was the first Oscars ceremony to be broadcast in color. The winner that year for Best Picture was “The Sound of Music”…“Real People,” a combination of comedy, reality and talk, debuted on NBC in 1979. It aired for five seasons and the regular hosts included Sarah Purcell, Byron Allen, John Barbour, Skip Stephenson, Bill Rafferty, Mark […]

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    Today in History: Saturday, April 17, 2021

    Television and Radio CBS sitcom “Gilligan’s Island” concluded its three season run in 1967. It wasn’t until the first of three television movies, “Rescue From Gilligan’s Island” in 1978, that the castaways finally left the island. During a reunion cruise on the first Christmas after their rescue, fate intervened and the seven castaways found themselves wrecked on […]

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    Today in History: Friday, April 16, 2021

    Television and Radio: While visiting Italy, Lucy (Lucille Ball) worked in a vineyard to “soak up a little color” for a role in a film called “Bitter Grapes” in this classic episode of “I Love Lucy” in 1956…In 1962, “the most trusted man in America,” Walter Cronkite, began anchoring the “CBS Evening News” (which was initially called “Walter Cronkite with the News”)…Barry […]

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    Today in History: Thursday, April 15, 2021

    Television and Radio: Western “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok,” starring Guy Madison, debuted in first-run syndication in 1951. It moved to CBS in 1955… Adventure/espionage drama “I Spy,” starring Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, concluded on NBC in 1968. It aired for three seasons… Law school drama “The Paper Chase” starring James Stephens and John Houseman made its Showtime cable network debut in […]

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    Today in History: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    Television and Radio: “That’s Entertainment” opened at Edison Theater NYC for 4 performances…The 21st “Academy of Country Music Awards” aired in 1976. The winners included Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire…NBC sitcom “Teacher’s Only,” starring Norman Fell and Lynn Redgrave, opened in 1982. It aired for two seasons. Jean Smart was added to the cast in the second season, which was her first role in a […]

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    Today in History: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

    Television and Radio: Barbara Bel Geddes (pre-“Dallas”) killed her cheating husband with a frozen leg of lamb, and then cooked it and served it to the police officers investigating the murder on the “Lamb to the Slaughter” episode of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” on CBS in 1958. This was based on a short story by Roald Dahl…Sidney Poitier became the […]

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