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    Today in History: Sunday, May 19, 2024

    Television: The first “American Comedy Awards” aired on ABC in 1987. Betty White and Johnny Carson were two of the winners…Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing exited the original “Dallas” on CBS in the 12th season finale in 1989. She returned for the series finale (on May 3, 1991), TV movies “Dallas: J.R. Returns” in 1996 and “Dallas: War of the Ewings” in 1998; and the reboot series […]

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    Today in History: Saturday, May 18, 2024

    Television: Six series of note concluded: 1) Robert Blake crime solver “Baretta” on ABC on 1978; 2) syndicated musical drama “Fame” in 1987; 3) CBS’ “Murphy Brown” in 1998; 4) syndicated action/adventure “V.I.P.” starring Pamela Anderson in 2002; and two in 2006: 5) NBC’s “Will & Grace” and 6) “That ’70s Show” on Fox. The reboot of “Murphy Brown,” featuring Candice Bergen, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud and Faith Ford, ran for one season in 2018, taking […]

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    Today in History: Friday, May 17, 2024

    Television: In 1975, NBC TV bought the rights to telecast 1939 theatrical “Gone With the Wind.“ The one time rights came with a price tag of $5 million…Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) “died” on the season finale of “Dallas” in 1985. He returned the following season after it was all Pam’s (Victoria Principal) dream….Beloved Alex Trebek received a star on the Hollywood […]

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    Why Mike Fleiss Is Rewatching ‘The Sopranos’

    If you’ve ever wondered what TV producer Mike Fleiss has been bingeing lately, here’s the tea — he’s decided to revisit a smash-hit scripted New Jersey-based drama from the turn of the millennium.  “What have I been watching? The Sopranos,” Fleiss admits. “It feels more real than any other scripted show, or any other reality […]

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    Today in History: Thursday, May 16, 2024

    Television Seven series of note concluded: 1) Syndicated “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok” in 1958; 2) drama “In the Heat of the Night” (which began on NBC and ended on CBS) in 1995; 3) detective drama “Cagney & Lacey” on CBS in 1988; 4) western “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” on CBS in 1998; 5) sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” on CBS […]

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    Today in History: Wednesday, May 15, 2024

    Television and Lifestyle NBC’s Emmy-winning “Get Smart,” which began on NBC and moved to CBS in the fall of 1969, concluded after five seasons in 1970…McDonald’s Coportation was founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald in San Bernadino, California. They rechristened their business as a hamburger stand, and later turned the company into a franchise, with the Golden Arches logo being […]

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    Today in History: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

    Television Six series of note concluded: “Family Ties” on NBC and Cybill Shepherd/Bruce Willis detective dramedy “Moonlighting” on ABC, both in 1989; ABC sitcom “Coach” in 1997; NBC’s “Seinfeld” in 1998; WB drama “Dawson’s Creek” in 2003; and the NBC political drama “The West Wing” in 2006. Herve Villechaize exited ABC’s “Fantasy Island” after season six in 1983. In the final season, he was replaced with a more sedate butler type named Lawrence, played by […]

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