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    Today in History: Saturday, October 9, 2021

    Television and Radio “Cavalcade of America” was first broadcast on CBS radio in 1935…“Land of the Lost” debuted on ABC radio in 1943…Doc Severinsen took over as musical director on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1967…The identity of the dead woman floating in the Ewing pool at Southfork is revealed to be Sue Ellen’s sister Kristin Shepard […]

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    Today in History: Friday, October 8, 2021

    Television and Radio “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” debuted on CBS radio in 1942. The TV show version aired for 14 seasons on ABC (from 1952 to 1966) and remains the longest running live action scripted sitcom in TV history…Also in 1942: Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launched their weekly radio show…There were four other prime time series premieres: “Lawrence […]

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    This Day in History: Thursday, October 7, 2021

    Television “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” Frank Sinatra, made his initial plunge into regularly scheduled series television as host of CBS’ variety-driven “The Frank Sinatra Show” beginning in 1950. The hour lasted two seasons…Other series premieres: “Route 66” (CBS, 1960), “Mr. Merlin” (CBS, 1981), “It Takes Two” (ABC, 1982)…A short-lived edition of “American Bandstand,“ hosted by Dick Clark, opened on ABC in 1975…The […]

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    Today in History: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

    Television ABC’s “The Dating Game” moved into primetime in 1966 in place of canceled sitcom “The Tammy Grimes Show”…Nickelodeon debuted its first game show “Double Dare” in 1986…“Dear John,” based on the British comedy of the same name, premiered on NBC in 1988. The sitcom, starring Judd Hirsch, ran for four seasons, thanks to initially following “Cheers” on Thursday nights…Lois (Teri Hatcher) and Clark […]

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    This Day in History: Monday, October 4, 2021

    Television Classic sitcom “Leave It To Beaver,” with Jerry Mathers as young Theodore Cleaver (aka “the Beaver”), premiered on CBS in 1957. It moved to NBC in season two (through six), and was revived as made-for TV movie “Still the Beaver” in 1983 and spin-off series “The New Leave It to Beaver” from 1984-89…Also debuting was CBS sitcom “December Bride” in 1954, which spun-off “Pete and Gladys” with Harry Morgan and Cara Williams in 1960; […]

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    Today in History: Sunday, October 3, 2021

    Television There were three classic sitcom premieres, all on CBS: “Father Knows Best” in 1954, which was based on the radio series of the same name; “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1960; and “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in 1961. “Father Knows Best” aired on all Big 3 networks at one point…“The Mickey Mouse Club” began on ABC in 1955. It […]

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    This Day in History: Saturday, October 2, 2021

    Television Showtime drama “Homeland” debuted in 2011 and ultimately ended the four year Emmy Award winning streak for Outstanding Drama Series for AMC’s “Mad Men.“…Other series premieres: “Faraway Hill” on the DuMont Network in 1946, which was the first network soap opera historically; NBC sitcom “The Aldrich Family” in 1949, which was based on the radio series; CBS interview series “Person to Person” in 1953; suspense anthology “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” in 1955, which […]

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