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    Today in History: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

    Television “These Are My Children”, the first official daytime drama (aka soap opera) debuted on NBC in 1949. The show was broadcast live from WNBQ in Chicago, airing 15 minutes a day, five days a week, at 5 p.m. ET…Lucy (Charlene Tilton) visited her newly remarried parents (Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark) on recently launched “Dallas” spin-off “Knots Landing” on CBS in 1980…ABC […]

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    Today in History: Tuesday, January 30, 2024

    Television Classic western “The Lone Ranger,” which aired from September 15, 1949 to September 12, 1959, began on radio on this day in 1933…Dramatic anthology “Robert Montgomery Presents” debuted on NBC in 1950 and aired for seven seasons…In 1977, “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” opened on ABC and alternated in the Sunday 7 p.m. ET hour. By the second season Nancy Drew was incorporated into the Hardy Boys’ mysteries, […]

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    Today in History: Monday, January 29, 2024

    Television and Radio “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” debuted on CBS in 1969. It ran through June 13, 1972 and is considered one of the victims of the “rural purge”…Shades of “I Love Lucy”: Chrissy (Suzanne Somers) and Jack (John Ritter) got handcuffed together on ABC sitcom “Three’s Company” in 1980. Early the following season, Somer’s demands at contract re-negotiation time (from a reported $30,000 to […]

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    Today in History: Sunday, January 28, 2024

    Television and Radio Elvis Presley made his first television appearance in 1956 on CBS musical/variety hour “Stage Show”…Detective drama “Barnaby Jones,” starring Buddy Ebsen, debuted on CBS in 1973. It aired for eight seasons…”Chico and the Man” star Freddie Prinze, 22, shot and mortally wounded himself in 1977.  He died the following day…In 1984, actor Ted McGinley joined the cast of ABC’s “The Love […]

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    Today in History: Saturday, January 27, 2024

    Television Schlemiel! Schlimazel! “Laverne & Shirley” debuted on ABC in 1976 and rose to the top of the charts from 1977 to 1979, ahead of parent series, “Happy Days.“ It aired for eight seasons, and spawned an animated series called “Laverne & Shirley in the Army”…Two short-lived series debuted on ABC in 1980: “Battlestar Galactica” spin-off “Galactica 1980” starring Lorne Greene; and the one-hour […]

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    Today in History: Friday, January 26, 2024

    Television “The Dukes of Hazzard” opened its seven-season run on CBS in 1979. The hour-long action comedy, which was inspired by the 1975 film “Moonrunners,” was a top 10 staple in primetime from 1979 to 1982. In its peak season, 1980-81, it finished second overall (behind “Dallas,” which immediately followed it on Friday)…Also debuting in 1979 were two short-lived NBC […]

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    Today in History: Thursday, January 25, 2024

    Television and Radio NBC radio presented the first broadcast of soap opera “The Guiding Light” in 1937. The show remained on radio until 1956 and began on CBS-TV in 1952…The 1st Annual Emmy Awards were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles in 1949…In 1961, John F. Kennedy became the first U.S. president to hold a live televised news conference…The “Cousin Oliver Syndrome” began […]

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