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    Today in History: Wednesday, April 10, 2024

    Television Ricky Nelson sang for first time on ABC sitcom “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” in 1957, performing the song “I’m Walking.” In 1983, NBC launched drama “Casablanca,“ based on the classic 1942 theatrical. It starred David Soul (“Starsky and Hutch”), Scatman Crothers and Hector Elizondo. Short-lived CBS crime drama “Double Dare,“ headlined by Billy Dee Williams and Ken Wahl, debuted in 1985. Six episodes aired…“America’s Most […]

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    Today in History: Tuesday, April 9, 2024

    Television Animated special “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” launched on CBS in 1974…Johnny Carson hosted “The Academy Awards” for the first time in 1979. “The Deer Hunter” was named Best Picture…In 1980, the Madison Square Garden Sports Network relaunched as USA Network…Also in 1980 was the debut of CBS made-for television movie “Nurse,“ starring Michael Learned (“The Waltons”) and “The Brady Bunch’s” Robert Reed. It led to the short-lived […]

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    Today in History: Monday, April 8, 2024

    Television The final episode of half-hour western “The Rifleman,” starring Chuck Connors, aired on ABC in 1963. It ran for five seasons…The series finale of ABC’s “The Addams Family” aired in 1966. “The Addams Family,” like “The Munsters” on CBS, ran for only two seasons. But the norm for any typical series back then was at least 30 original episodes per season. […]

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    Today in History: Sunday, April 7, 2024

    Television The first official demonstration of television was presented at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories auditorium in New York City in 1927. The live picture and voice of then secretary of commerce Herbert Hoover were transmitted over telephone lines from Washington, D.C…In 1984, the Ted Knight sitcom “Too Close for Comfort” was revived in first-run syndication after a three-season on ABC. One year […]

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    Today in History: Saturday, April 6, 2024

    Television The inaugural “Tony Awards,” then called “The Perry Awards,” were presented at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City in 1947. Notable first winners included actress Ingrid Bergman, playwright Arthur Miller, and director Elia Kazan…“All My Sons” and musical “Finian’s Rainbow” were honored…The food company Swanson & Sons introduced the “TV Dinner” in 1954, which for 98 cents included a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, dressing, peas and […]

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    Today in History: Friday, April 5, 2024

    Television The original “Hawaii Five-0” ended on CBS in 1980 after 12 seasons. Combined with 10 seasons for the recent reboot (2010-2020), that is 22 seasons of “Hawaii Five-O.” Fox Broadcasting Company officially launched in 1987 with Sunday night comedies “Married with Children” and “The Tracey Ullman Show.” The latter series, of course, was the original home of those animated characters […]

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    Today in History: Thursday, April 4, 2024

    Television There were four series-finales on this day: 1) “Petticoat Junction” on CBS in 1970, 2) “Hogan’s Heroes” on CBS in 1971, 3) the original “Knight Rider” with David Hasselhoff on NBC in 1986, and 4) syndicated drama “Renegade” with Lorenzo Lamas in 1997. Of the four, “Petticoat Junction” had the longest run at seven seasons, followed by “Hogan’s Heroes” at six, “Renegade” at five and “Knight […]

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