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Today in History: Sunday, April 25, 2021

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NBC debuted western “Jefferson Drum” in 1958, which was co-written by future “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry…CBS sitcom “The New Phil Silvers Show” concluded after one season in 1964. Stafford Repp (pre-“Batman”) co-starred…ABC’s “Nightline” expanded from a half-hour to an hour in 1963…Gary (Ted Shackelford) and Val (Joan Van Ark) married for the third time on the 300th episode of CBS’ “Knots Landing” in 1991. The drama ended after 14 seasons on May 23, 1993…ABC sitcoms “Who’s The Boss”? and “Growing Pains” concluded in 1992. “Who’s The Boss?” aired for eight seasons, with “Growing Pains” at seven…TV movie “The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!” was telecast on CBS in 1997…

Celebrity Birthdays:
Oscar winner Al Pacino is 81; “Dancing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman is 77; Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”) is 57; Two-time Oscar winner Renee Zellweger is 52; “My Name is Earl” star Jason Lee is 51.

-Did You Know?:
When it came time for ABC to put together the fall 1985 primetime schedule, the plan was to renew one of the two then freshman sitcoms. One was “Who’s the Boss?, and the other was “Three’s a Crowd, the second spin-off from“Three’s Company.” Given its eight season run, “Who’s the Boss?” was obviously the better choice.