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    Today In History: Wednesday, April 24, 2024

    Television Raymond Burr made his TV acting debut on the “Gruen Guild Playhouse” on the DuMont Network in 1952 in an episode titled, “The Tiger”…Three NBC series began in 1978: two short-loved comedies “Rollergirls” and “Joe and Valerie,” and in NBC daytime, “Card Sharks.” The game show was originally hosted by Jim Perry and ran for three years. Its second […]

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    Today in History: Tuesday, April 23, 2024

    Television and Radio:  Game show “Whew,“ hosted by Tom Kennedy, launched on CBS in daytime in 1979. It ran for one year…The pilot episode of the long-running beach-themed drama “Baywatch” debuted as a TV movie on NBC in 1989…Also in 1989, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last regular season game in the NBA…Canadian TV movie “Due South,” which introduced the four season comical detective drama, […]

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    Today in History: Monday, April 22, 2024

    Television Barbara Walters was officially named the first woman to ever co-anchor NBC’s “The Today Show” in 1974…CBS sitcom “Maude,” starring Bea Arthur, concluded its six-season run in 1978. A seventh season was planned for Maude Findlay to move to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in politics, but Arthur decided to call it quits. The proposed new storyline for […]

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    Today in History: Sunday, April 21, 2024

    Television and Radio: The NBC daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives” expanded to one hour in 1975…”Blankety Blanks,” the game show hosted by Bill Cullen, debuted on ABC daytime in 1975. It aired for just two months…Comedian-parody singer “Weird Al” Yankovic made his first television appearance on NBC’s “The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder” […]

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    Today in History: Saturday, April 20, 2024

    Television and Radio: Comedian Jerry Lewis had a cameo appearance on ABC’s “Batman” in 1966 in the episode entitled “The Bookworm Turns.” Roddy McDowall played villain the Bookworm…The final episode of the controversial ABC sitcom “Soap” aired in 1981 after four seasons. The spinoff “Benson,“ starring Robert Guillaume, had a longer shelf life at seven seasons (from 1979 to 1986)…Classic fiasco: Geraldo Rivera […]

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    Today in History: Friday, April 19, 2024

    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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    Today in History: Thursday, April 18. 2024

    Television 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 Russell, Peter Billingsley and Fred […]

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