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    Today in History: Sunday, June 12, 2021

    Television NBC sitcom “Mister Peepers,” starring Wally Cox, Marion Lorne and Tony Randall, concluded after three seasons in 1955. Marion Lorne, of course, went on to play Aunt Clara on “Bewitched” and Tony Randall as Felix in “The Odd Couple”…ABC game show “Make Me Laugh,“ hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, ended in 1958. Bobby Van hosted a syndicated revival during the 1979 to 1980 season, while Ken Ober hosted a 1997 version on […]

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    Today in History: Saturday, June 11, 2022

    Television: Sitcom “Amos ‘N’ Andy,“ based on the radio show of the same name, concluded on CBS in 1953 following ongoing protects from the NAACP and other civil rights groups on its depiction of the black community. An additional 13 episodes was produced for 1954-55 to be added to the syndicated rerun package…American game show history was made […]

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    Today in History: Friday, June 10, 2022

    Television: HBO horror anthology “Tales From the Crypt” debuted in 1989. It aired for seven seasons, producing 93 episodes…Surrealistic serialized drama “Twin Peaks” concluded on ABC in 1991 after a two season (and 30-episode) run. It was revived as a miniseries on Showtime in 2017…Syndicated talker “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” premiered in 1996. Although it lasted just six […]

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    Today in History: Thursday, June 9, 2022

    Television: NBC variety series “The Doodles Weaver Show” debuted in 1951 as a summer replacement for Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows.“ It was telecast from June to September with Weaver, his wife Lois, vocalist Marian Colby, and the comedy team of Dick Dana and Peanuts Mann. It only aired for that one summer…The “Milton Berle Show/Texaco Star Theater” concluded on […]

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    Today in History: Wednesday, June 8, 2022

    Television: ABC sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter” concluded its four season run in 1979. By that time, both Gabe Kaplan and John Travolta were no longer series regulars and Marcia Strassman as Julie Kotter was suddenly working at James Buchanan High School as the office secretary and substitute teacher…ABC comedy “The Slap Maxwell Story” starring Dabney Coleman ended after one season in 1988…Daytime talk show “Forgive […]

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    Today in History: Tuesday, June 7, 2022

    Television: “The Texaco Star Theater”, hosted by Milton Berle, opened on NBC in 1948. The variety series was largely credited with driving American television set sales heavily; the number of TV sets sold during Berle’s run on the show was said to have grown from 500,000, his first year on the show, to over 30 million when […]

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    Today in History: Monday, June 6, 2022

    Television: “The Ed Sullivan Show,” which ran on CBS for 23 years, aired its final telecast in 1971…ABC newsmagazine “20/20” began in 1978…HBO’s “Sex and the City,” based on the best-selling book by Candace Bushnell, opened in 1998. It aired for six seasons, spawned two theatricals (in 2008 and 2010), and was the subject of prequel “The Carrie Diaries” on The CW (which was telecast for two half-seasons from 2013 to 2014) and […]

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